How Many Labels Should I Buy?

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Will I get a better price if I buy a higher quantity?

We are asked this a lot for obvious reasons. The answer depends on the following:

  • Type of material: If ordering aluminum nameplates, your best bet is to maximize a sheet of material. So the more plates we can fit on a 10″ x 12″ or 12″ x 20″ sheet, the lower your price. For non-metal materials like vinyl and polyester, our printable area is about 12″ wide (length doesn’t matter).
  • Method of attachment: This is probably the most important consideration when deciding on quantity to order. We recommend 6 months to 1 year’s worth estimated usage if the labels have adhesive. You don’t want adhesive-backed labels sitting on a shelf longer than a year. You want to know that the labels will stick to your surface and stay there once applied. If riveting on anodized aluminum nameplates, order as many as you like. They will last forever on a shelf!
  • Size of label: With our production processes, the larger the label, the less need to order more to get a good price. If we are maximizing the yield on the material, order only what you need. If your labels are tiny, it may be wise to order 50 instead of 10, for example.
  • Overall cost of order: Just because you might get a better bang for your buck ordering a higher quantity doesn’t mean you should. Take a look at your estimated usage and the total cost of the order. The total expenditure will be less if you order only what you need than if you order more. So if you’ll end up throwing extra labels away, why pay for them in the first place.

We are happy to provide guidance at the time of your quote request. We only “sell” you what you need. We will never entice you to increase a quantity unless it makes economic sense for you to do so.

Durable nameplates and labels should not be viewed in the same light as purchasing paper business cards or throw-away address labels. In those cases, printers would rather run thousands than hundreds once their machines are set-up.

The best value is a nameplate or label that meets the durability needs of your environment. After all, if the labels don’t last, then you know you’ve wasted your money!

Need advice? Use our helpful “Label Wizard” on our website or contact us for personalized attention you can count on to make the right decision.

If we can be of assistance, please let us know!

Susan Willens

Pros and Cons of Lexan® Labels

img_PolyLabelsIf you desire a great looking label, look no further than Lexan®. Any designer will confirm that texture adds a richness to design of any kind. Lexan® is a polycarbonate belonging to a group of thermoplastic polymers.  The labels are usually reverse printed on the rear side. This gives the printed image added protection from abrasion and fingerprints.

The Lexan® materials we stock have a velvet texture on the surface. There is very little glare and while the texture may appear matte, it is very unique in appearance. Commonly seen on everything from exercise equipment panels to appliances, Lexan® labeling is rich-looking. Colors can appear slightly muted but rather than take away from the overall appearance, in my opinion, it enhances it.

We stock a 10 mil thick Lexan® for reverse printing with digital UV inkjet. It comes without an adhesive which is an advantage. Most label stocks come with adhesive already on the rear side direct from the material manufacturer. When using a non-adhesive backed material we have total flexibility to add the appropriate 3M adhesive for your application. This polycarbonate only comes in clear so all color, including backgrounds, must be printed.

There are 3 considerations when specifying 10 mil Lexan® for your labels. One, this material is more costly than a vinyl or polyester. Two, the color may not be as solid or opaque since the base material is clear. Third, the labels may discolor over time when exposed to UV light.

To address these concerns, we often suggest an alternative that provides labels with the exact same look of a pure Lexan® label. An outstanding alternative is our 5 mil Velvet Lexan® overlaminate. We print on an adhesive-backed, solid white, silver or clear vinyl or polyester and then overlaminate the label with 5 mil Lexan®.

This laminate has excellent heat stability and resistance to scratches. It is rated 5 year UV stable with UV inhibitors to prolong the color of the graphics.

The suggested temperature range of both the 10 mil Lexan® and the 5 mil Lexan® overlaminate is -40F to 212F.

If within your budget, Lexan® labels go beyond product identification. They make quite an impression.

If we can be of assistance, please let us know!

Susan Willens