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Choosing a Label Material & Adhesive

2017-04-17 08:00 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Material Selection

Material and Adhesive Selection

Choosing a material for your label can be a confusing process; there are so many options! Here are a few factors to consider when choosing your label material:

  1. Look: What look are you going for? A textured paper material can be used to create a high-end label look, or a more natural, organic look, depending on the label design. A metallic film is just as versatile, appropriate for applications from candles to nutraceutical products. There is no one size fits all material, adjustments will likely need to be made for each application.

  2. Environment: Will your labels be exposed to an environment other than a retail shelf? Environment is a huge factor in material selection. If your product will be labeled or stored in an environment other than room temperature, this should be taken into account. There are materials and adhesives made for refrigeration and water resistance. 

  3. Product: Is your product a liquid or spray? Oils and sprays can drip on and eat away at some materials over time. There are specific materials we can suggest for maximum shelf life.

  4. Container: What are your labels being applied to? Coated papers, glass, and plastic each have their own considerations and will interact differently with different materials and adhesives. 

  5. Imprinting & Writability: Some craft products, food and beverage, will write in their batch number. Some pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products will print their batch numbers and expiration dates on their labels as well. Depending on the material, some labels can be printed on directly. Others will need a specific coating to ensure the print doesn’t smudge.

We offer comprehensive sample packets, specifically tailored to your label project. Contact us today and we can help you narrow down the options!

What is Outlined Text?

2017-04-10 08:00 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Live Text vs. Outlined Text

Live Text vs. Outlined Text

So you have your material picked out, artwork ready, and size confirmed. You are all set to place your order when your artwork comes back from review and the text still needs to be outlined. What? What if I don’t want my text to be outlined?

Not all printing facilities and designers carry the same fonts, especially if they were purchased specifically for your label design. If you use a font that your printer doesn’t carry, the text will revert to the program’s standard font. The easiest way to get around this is to convert the text to outlines. This means that it is no longer text, but now an un-editable vector graphic. Because of this, we suggest saving an editable copy of the document as well. This is important for any typos or formatting changes that may arise. Another solution? You can also submit your font files along with your artwork.

You can learn more about our artwork guidelines for your upcoming label project here.

Eye-Catching Decorative Options: Specialty Coatings

2017-03-27 12:16 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Prismatic Effect

Prismatic Effect

Dion Label Printing offers a variety of specialty coatings, ranging from outdoor laminations to the more decorative prismatic effect. The prismatic effect is essentially a holographic finish that can be used as an integrated part of your artwork, as seen in the Mila label above. The colors in the coating will shift as your vantage point and light source shift. The prismatic effect can be used as an all-over coating or in select areas to enhance parts of your artwork. Markets that would benefit from this effect include wine & spirits, health & beauty, and candles.

Prismatic Effect

Prismatic Effect

Additionally, the prismatic effect be used as a security feature to prevent counterfeiting. This is especially helpful in the ski and recreation industry to avoid fraudulent ticket use.

Contact us for a sample packet today and see for yourself!

FYI: Benefits of Short Run Digital Printing

2017-03-24 09:00 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 1)

Digital Press

Benefits of Short Run Printing

There are benefits to running your label project in digital and/or flexographic printing environments depending on your project needs. Here we will discuss some of the pros of printing your label project digitally.

  1. Environmental: With short run printing, there is less raw material and energy waste which benefits the environment. There will also be minimum excess labels to dispose of.

  2. Costs: Digital printing will save you the cost of purchasing plates, a large savings if you have multiple varieties of one label. You can also avoid purchasing in bulk. Labels could sit on the shelves and become obsolete in design or ingredient information before use.

  3. Decoration: Short run digital printing provides many graphic decorative opportunities for on-the-fly orders. Digital printing effects and material can give the same artwork completely different looks, depending on what you are going for. This is beneficial if your product is sold seasonally; candles for example.

  4. Lead Time: There is a quicker turnaround time for short run printing jobs as the set up time is reduced and plates do not need to be made.

  5. Variable Data: Short run digital printing allows for maximum flexibility when it comes to label projects that require text, data, number, or micro-text changes with each run.

Do you have a label project you need quoted? Contact us today to speak to a sales representative!

Dion Label Printing is a Part 11 and Annex 11 Compliant Printer

2017-03-20 14:28 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Press Release

Dion Label Printing is proud to be registered with the FDA and compliant with both FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11.

Part 11 was established in 1997 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate security of electronic records. The law was established for pharmaceutical, medical, and similar FDA-regulated biotech companies. As a label printer for those industries, Dion Label Printing was required to complete the process to be a compliant printer and provide guaranteed secure printing. 

EU Annex 11 was established in 1992 through the European Union and details the steps needed to maintain Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in relation to electronic records and systems. GMP helps maintain quality control over items produced to confirm quality is maintained. The law ties directly into Part 11 as quality and compliance is especially necessary in pharmaceutical and medical companies. 

Dion Label Printing understands the importance of maintaining compliance as it is mandatory for some of our FDA-regulated customers. As a printer, Dion understands it is now our responsibility to maintain compliance with Part 11 and GMP to meet the needs of our customers as they grow into larger markets. 

Co-owner John Dion commented, "As the FDA ramps up enforcement under 21 CFR Part 11, our compliance (and also with EU Annex 11) will provide select customers greater confidence in computer software, system and records security at Dion Label as required under the rules. Although the process is initially time-consuming, maintenance of our status will have minimal effect on the cost of product manufactured accordingly."

Dion Label Printing is a digital and flexographic label printer located in Westfield, MA. Dion prints labels, shrink sleeves, pouches and specialty medical products for multiple industries. Dion Label Printing is a leader in the packaging industry with two HP Indigo presses, five flexographic presses, shrink sleeve equipment, sustainable practices and print options as well as finishing options including hot stamping, cold foil, embossing, and specialty coatings.  

For Immediate Release 

Editorial Contact: Ashley Obara 

Marketing Manager 

Dion Label Printing 

aobara@dionlabel.com 800.583.6366   413.568.3713 x 137 

Dion Label Exhibiting at the New England Made Spring Tradeshow

2017-03-17 09:00 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

New England Made Spring Tradeshow

NEM Tradeshow 2017

We are happy to announce that we will be exhibiting for the 4th year in a row at the New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Spring Tradeshow taking place in Portland, Maine this upcoming weekend. You will be able to find us at booth #733 from March 18th - 20th.

The New England Made Spring Tradeshow is a wholesale buyer show that features only New England made products. Produced by Giraffe Events since 2002, the NEM tradeshow continues to “provide an opportunity for a significant source of revenue and networking for participants,” which in turn encourages economic development and small business.

If you will be in the area, stop by booth #733 and say hi! For more information or a free sample packet before the show, contact us today!

The 2017 NSAA Eastern Winter Conference Review

2017-02-03 08:35 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

2017 NSAA Eastern Winter Conference

2017 NSAA Eastern Winter Conference

The 2017 NSAA Eastern Winter Conference was a success! Sales representative, Lisa Lauer was available at our booth both days of the event to answer questions and give attendees more information about Dion Label Printing’s capabilities. The show featured over one hundred other companies showcasing everything from equipment to apparel to snow technologies. It was a pleasure to see old and new ski friends!

2017 NSAA Eastern Winter Conference

2017 NSAA Eastern Winter Conference

The NSAA is the National Ski Areas Association, which is the trade association for ski area owners and operators. Every year, the NSAA offers a number of conferences, tradeshows and seminars. The NSAA Eastern Winter Conference is centered on educational programs and a tradeshow that will benefit members of this industry. Read more here

Dion to Exhibit at the 2017 NSAA Eastern Winter Conference

2017-01-30 09:30 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

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NSAA Eastern Winter Conference

Dion Label Printing will return to the NSAA Eastern Winter Conference this year. The Eastern Winter Conference is held at the Mount Snow resort in West Dover, Vermont and is sponsored by the NSAA (National Ski Areas Association). The NSAA’s primary objective, “is to meet the needs of ski area owners and operators nationwide and to foster, stimulate and promote growth in the industry.” Dion Label Printing will be available in booth #305 on both days of the event.

Dion Label Printing has over 45 years of experience in the ski, recreation and admission industry. We work with each client individually to ensure their customer ticket specifications are met, from the art to the finishing process. Dion offers tickets in a large array of styles, sizes, and colors, and we stand behind every ticket printed. Our quality control procedures guarantee a high level of satisfaction for every order and our customer service is second to none. Please take a moment to stop by our booth and find out more about our extensive material options, security and fraud features, and printing capabilities!

We’ll see you there!

Happy Thanksgiving

2016-11-23 09:30 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

from the Dion Label Team

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Dion Label Team!

 

Thanksgiving Hours:

Thursday, November 24th - Closed

Friday, November 25th - Closed

Dion Label Printing Exhibits at 2016 New England Museum Association Conference

2016-11-16 09:30 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

NEMA Conference

NEMA Conference

This past week, the 98th annual New England Museum Association Conference took place in Mystic, Connecticut. Just over 50 companies exhibited at this intimate conference with over 800 attendees.

NEMA ConferenceNEMA Conference

NEMA Conference

Dion Label Printing exhibited in booth #18 at the Mystic Marriot Hotel & Spa. Dion Label showcased their flexo and digital ticket and label printing capabilities, with a focus on their 45 years of experience in the admission, ski, and recreation industry. Dion Label will work with each client individually to ensure their custom ticket specifications are met, from the art to finishing process. Some specialized features they offer include: hot and cold foil stamping, clear fraud seals, black light features, sequential numbering and custom perforations.

NEMA Conference

NEMA Conference

If you are interested in seeing samples of ski, recreation and museum tickets, request a sample packet today!