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Abrasion Resistance

Abrasion Resistance refers to the resistance level of labels to damage caused by friction. Some labels may need to be durable against rubbing, scuffing, and scratching 

Acetates

Acetates are a type of transparent film used in label facestocks

Adhesion

Adhesion refers to the force required to separate a label from the liner

Adhesive

Adhesive in the label industry is the substance that holds the label and substrate together

Application temperature

Application temperature is the temperature of the label material at the time of application

Applicator

An applicator is a machine that automatically applies labels to a substrate or product

Backing

Backing or backing paper (also known as release liner) is a sheet that supports the label until it is applied on a substrate or product

Barcode

Barcode is a series of vertical lines that represents data that is readable using optical scanning devices

Bleed

Bleed refers to ink and/or print that extends to the edges of the label. The label surface must be larger than the actual size of the artwork/design

BOPP

BOPP, also known as biaxially-oriented polypropylene, basically a polypropylene (PP) stretched in two directions to flatten it. It is non-toxic and highly resistant to solvents and acids

Butt Cut

Butt Cut is a type of cut that separates the labels by a single cut in the backing paper, leaving no gap between them. 

Chemical Resistance

Chemical resistance is the resistance level of the label to certain chemical substances

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