Face Perforation

Face Perforation

Face Perforation is a perforation that includes the top layer of the face stock only and stops when it reaches the liner

Face Slit

Face Slit is a slit located in the top layer of the face stock only and ends when it reaches the liner

Facestock or Face Stock Material

Facestock refers to the material that forms the visible surface of the label. It is the layer that is printed, embossed, or otherwise decorated to create the final label design.

Facestock can be made from a wide range of materials, including paper, film, foil, and other synthetic materials. The choice of facestock depends on the specific application and requirements of the label. For example, paper facestock is often used for cost-effective labels, while film facestock is used for durable and moisture-resistant labels.

The characteristics of the facestock can impact the overall quality and durability of the label. Some common factors to consider when choosing a facestock material include:

– Durability: The facestock should be durable enough to withstand the environmental conditions the label will be exposed to, such as temperature changes, humidity, and exposure to light or chemicals.

– Printability: The facestock should be compatible with the printing process used to create the label, ensuring that the printed design is of high quality and remains legible over time.

– Texture and finish: The texture and finish of the facestock can impact the look and feel of the label. Some common finishes include matte, glossy, and satin.

Adhesive compatibility: The facestock should be compatible with the adhesive used to attach the label to the product or packaging.

Overall, the choice of facestock is an important consideration in adhesive label printing, as it can impact the overall quality, durability, and visual appeal of the label.


Fanfold is another form of a label packaging method that folds the labels into an accordion-style


A film is a face material made out of either acetate, polyester, polyethylene vinyl, and other polymeric


Finish is a surface appearance of a face material that can either be glossy or matte

Flexographic Printing Press

A flexographic printing press, also known as a flexo press, is a type of printing machine that uses a flexible relief plate to transfer ink onto a substrate, such as paper or film, in order to create high-quality labels and packaging materials.

Flexo printing press for printing labelsFlexo presses are widely used in the label printing industry due to their versatility, speed, and ability to print on a wide range of substrates, including both absorbent and non-absorbent materials. The plates used in flexo printing are typically made of rubber or photopolymer and are mounted onto a cylinder that rotates continuously during the printing process.

In a flexo press, ink is transferred from the anilox roll, which is coated with a precise amount of ink, to the printing plate. The plate then transfers the ink to the substrate as it passes through the press. Flexo presses are capable of printing in multiple colors and can also perform other functions such as laminating, die cutting, and embossing in a single pass.

Flexo printing is ideal for high-volume label printing due to its speed and efficiency. It is also well-suited for printing on materials such as pressure-sensitive labels, shrink sleeves, and wraparound labels. The process is highly customizable, allowing for precise color matching, registration, and variable data printing. Flexo printing is widely used in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods industries, among others.

Flood Coat

Flood Coating generally refers to a coating being applied (usually in liquid form) to the entire surface of a material (e.g., label). Coating types include varnish, inks or adhesive.

More specifically in relation to colouring a label, it means it the ink has a solid colour and has been applied across the full surface edge-to-edge.

Food Contact Adhesives

Food Contact Adhesives are adhesives that meet standard regulations set by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for direct food labeling

Food labels

In the context of adhesive label printing, a food label refers to a label that is affixed to a food product or packaging that provides information about the food product’s ingredients, nutritional content, and other relevant information required by law.

Food labels are important for providing consumers with the necessary information to make informed choices about the foods they purchase and consume. They typically include information such as the product name, ingredients, allergens, nutritional facts, serving size, and contact information for the manufacturer or distributor.

Food labels are regulated by various government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Canada, to ensure that they meet specific guidelines and standards for accuracy and completeness.

New Zealand food labelling resources:

In addition to providing information about the food product itself, food labels may also include various symbols and certifications, such as organic or non-GMO certifications, to help consumers make more informed choices about the foods they purchase.

Read our blog providing a summary of the Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) rules.

Four Colour Printing (CMYK Printing)

Four Colour Printing (CMYK Printing) uses four colors mixed in different combinations to create a huge range of colors. The colors are applied as tiny dots which then combine to create the visual effect known as full-color printing.  The four CMYK colors are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black

Freezer Adhesive

Freezer Adhesive is a type of adhesive designed to withstand cold environments (below freezing point) without peeling