Adhesive Labels for the Medical Industry

Proper equipment labeling is an important part of a health facility’s risk management plan. Each piece of equipment, from IV pump to a hospital bed, requires some form of labeling. The message the label carries is dependent on the function of the device.

While hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare facilities are under constant pressure to meet governmental standards, most labeling falls to the equipment manufacturer.

Medical equipment manufacturers must make sure their devices meet the stringent standards of their industry. Before a piece of medical equipment is approved for sale, it undergoes testing and regulation reviews. Part of that approval process includes making sure the device is properly labeled with UL 969 approved medical device labels.

Medical Device Classes

The required labeling for a medical device is determined by its class:

Class I – Class I devices pose a negligible safety risk to patients and service providers. Stethoscopes and forceps are Class I devices.

Class II – These devices are subject to FD&CA, standards, as specified in Section 514. Endoscopes and surgical lasers are Class II devices.

Class III – These are typically life-support apparatuses, which must be approved for sale to patients and medical facilities. A cardiac pacemaker is a Class III device.

The use of UL-approved labels and especially UL 969 certified labels will ensure the label stays in place and stands up against heavy usage or possible malfunction.

Why is UL Certification Important in Medical Labeling?

UL is an independent safety certification company. UL trains, tests, and certifies individuals and groups in the labeling industry.

UL has been offering these services for more than four decades. UL tests labels for the medical industry under the UL 969 PDGQ2 certification to ensure that they meet performance standards, adhere to regulations, and satisfy the customers’ needs. UL 969 approved labels will not curl, shrink, or fade due to conditions such as exposure to sunlight, changes in temperature, high humidity or contact with solvents or cleaning solutions.

Types of Medical Device Labels

The actual label type depends on the function of the device. For example, x-ray machines require a warning label specifying the necessary safety practices that need to be observed. Another example, medical membrane switches can be customized to particular devices, such as equipment monitors and IV pumps. Membrane switches offer a “NEMA 4 seal” that keeps moisture from penetrating into the device.

Other common labels in the medical device manufacturing industry:

  • Back Panel Labels
  • Graphic Overlays
  • FCC labels
  • ID Labels

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At Adhesa Plate, you can rest assured that our UL recognized and UL 969 certified labels will meet your needs and stand the test of constant use. We are experts in helping our clients determine the best labels and customized solutions. Adhesa Plate will help your company succeed in the medical equipment marketplace, where 1st impressions are so critical.

Importance of Labelling Industrial Machinery

Manufacturers and purchasers of industrial machinery need to pay close attention to machine labelling. Industrial machinery labels are very important, especially those that provide safety precautions or other essential information. Proper labelling and clear messaging reduces injuries and improves efficiency in the workplace.  UL regulations in the verbiage can also apply.

Understanding Labelling Standards

Make sure that you are aware of current labelling standards. You can find national and global labelling standards by searching for ANSI Z535.4 and ISO 3864-2. These publications are updated every five years. Also, undertake regular risk assessments. Manufacturers are responsible to define workplace risks and offer solutions to mitigate them. UL regulations may also require a UL 969 certified label, per UL PDGQ2 Component – Marking and Labelling System.

As you design your industrial machinery systems, analyse the likelihood of a variety of workplace disasters and rank the level of severity of these situations. Decide whether you can reduce the danger by repositioning equipment; if not, make sure that the warnings are clear with proper equipment labelling.

Global Thinking

Industrial labels should also be global, even if the machinery you manufacture is intended for sale in your country. Safety symbols ensure safety for everyone, despite any language barriers. This is especially important if you employ foreign workers.

New Technology

Innovative new uses for the UID or QR codes and labels. Applying a proper UID or QR code to your label can allow a service technician or operator to scan the code with a smart device and be linked to a service or operating manual on a secure website. Imagine the possibilities.

Making it Stick

Industrial machines have varying surface textures and surface energies. You must choose industrial labels that will stick permanently to these surfaces. All powder coated surfaces require special LSE adhesives, standard adhesives will not adhere. Also, you want these labels to stay attached to your machinery, even under extremes of heat, cold, and pressure. The use UL approved labels that are certified to meet industry standards will ensure they stay attached to your equipment.

We Identify Your Product

When you order from Adhesa Plate, you can be confident that you will receive a quality UL approved product and top-notch customer service from labelling experts. We are proud to offer polycarbonate or polyester equipment labels, warning labels and custom equipment labels that will hold up in any manufacturing environment that will stand the test of time.

Not sure, what you need or the right material? For over 60 years our slogan has been, “We Identify Your Product.” Call us, we are the experts and are here to help!

Static Cling Window Decals and Parking Permits

Static cling window decals can be seen on car windows, store windows, and glass display cases. They are commonly used to identify one’s association with an institution, like a company or school. They also announce key information about a business, such as store hours.

Static Cling Label Usage

Parking Permit Labels

Parking permits are an essential part of maintaining control and organization of business and school parking lots.  Typically, parking permits are custom made with sequential numbering. Sequential number labels allow for a quick visual identification of the permit to assure the car belongs in your lot. Adhesa Plate can now offer barcodes & QR codes to the labels for machine readable devices.

Car Maintenance Reminder Labels

Static cling labels are also used as car maintenance reminders. When creating these labels, we customize them with your company’s logo and contact information. A write-on space is left for the car technician to fill-in when the next maintenance visit should be scheduled. Again barcodes & QR codes make scanning devices effective for quick & accurate data entry.

Static Cling Labels for Retail

Static cling window decals are often seen on storefront windows. Typically, they display pertinent payment information – like which credit cards you accept, or your store hours.

Static cling labels can also be seen on in-store glass display cases. With the addition of a QR code read by a smart phone, these labels can display information like product details, special promotions, coupons, and pricing.

Design Options

In many cases, your static cling decals will need to be customized. This is valuable for branding purposes, communicating logistical information, or for marketing and sales promotions.
Our custom window clings can be produced with a clear or an opaque background that are readable from inside, outside or both sides of a window. Static cling decals can also be customized with either spot-color or full-color graphics with sequential numbers, barcodes or QR codes for added value.

These labels are made with non-fade graphics.

Contact Adhesa Plate:

We are standing by to get your static cling label order started. Contact us at 1.800.634.9701, or email us at

New Website Launch

In celebration of our upcoming 62nd anniversary, we are excited to announce the launch of our new website. The new is designed with simplicity in mind. The site layout offers a quick visual of our many products, materials, services and printing certifications.

Labeling Certifications

RoHS certified labelsOur customers come from a variety of manufacturing industries, electronic devices, energy, industrial and medical devices that are strictly governed by environmental rules and regulations. Any violation of those rules can result in fines or even shutdowns.

Our certification section is there so that you can rest assured our label processes and materials are up to date and that we have a variety of label types that are in compliance to produce RoHS certified labels.

Adhesa Plate also has a variety of UL tested labels to 969 standards. These labels are most often required where safety issues are a concern. Because most of our labels are certified, even if you are not required to buy a UL certified label, you will be receiving one.

Our Capabilities

We have achieved our success over the years by consistently incorporating new technology and tactics to stay competitive and on the cutting edge of label production. Our capabilities page displays the extensive amount of processes used to make our high-quality labels such as digital inkjet printing and cutting, laminating, urethane dome coating, steel rule die cutting, serializing-variable data, color matching and more.

With every product, we want to keep our customers unique needs in mind by creating cost-efficient solutions for their custom adhesive labels, graphic overlays, dome labels, UL labels and other adhesive backed products.  That’s why we offer a nearly endless range of combinations when it comes to producing and manufacturing our labels. This section allows you to view a detailed description of each available process, and discuss intelligently the processes that best suit your needs.

Labeling Materials

custom adhesive label materialsOur materials section presents the options for all labels, graphic overlays, and nameplates. Customers can choose from polycarbonate, polyester, vinyl and metallic material, with creative options for adhesives, films, and foams as well.

Clicking on the name of a material reveals a specific breakdown of that material’s qualities. For each option, we have included a list of possible uses for that type of label. The description also includes helpful information such as temperature resistance levels, scratch resistant properties, indoor or outdoor qualities and production recommendations.

With customization in mind, each material page includes a list of options concerning the thickness, colors and finishes available for the production of new labels.

Our Products

Customers can browse through our wide variety of labels, dome labels, nameplates and graphic overlays on our new products page. Each product type is displayed alongside sample photographs of that option, providing a visual example of the types of labels that are produced under this category.

For a list of specifications and details, customers can simply click on the name of the product. This view allows for a comprehensive look at all of the most important features of that product type. Customers can instantly learn the standout specifications of each product along with material options, industry certifications, and production capabilities.

If a customer wants even more details, the ‘Get a Quote’ button found at the bottom of the page provides an easy way of contacting one of our qualified Label Experts.


Our blog section provides helpful answers to common questions within our industry. Customers can find posts on what kinds of products require labels, what types of label to choose and what the best method of production might be.

In addition, we also keep our customers up to date with our latest product offerings and relevant industry news. This page primarily serves as a way to educate and inform our customers on what labels they might need and how we can be of help.

Choosing the right label can be a complicated process. The new Adhesa Plate website makes it simple by providing an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for browsing, selecting and shopping for all your label and nameplate needs. To get started on your order call 1.800.634.9701 or email us at

Do you need a warning label?

No matter what kind of equipment or electronic device you manufacture, you will most likely need a warning label. If your product is UL certified, UL will definately require a UL 969 label. Adhesa Plate labels are UL 969 tested and certified. This certification will give you the assurance that the labels manufactured by Adhesa Plate are durable and will resist solvents, high temperature and UV exposure on many surfaces. Go to our Certification page to see the different label materials and their profiles.

Other common warning label examples include:

•    Machine Safety
•    Hands Clear
•    Hot Surface
•    Confined Space
•    Crane Warning
•    Ladder Safety
•    Fire Exits
•    Authorized Personal Only
•    Chemical Warnings
•    Stairways

Whether equipment labels , medical device labels or UL 969 labels, creating a custom label is the best way to ensure your specific warning is communicated.

Custom Options and Artwork for your Label

As with any custom options, you have many choices and are only as limited as the label requirements. Our customers can supply their design or contract our full-service art department to design and layout your custom warning label. We can have creative proofs ready within 1-2 days from receipt of order.

Our Adhesa Plate Promise

Adhesa Plate is certified for the Authorized Label Supplier Program of UL labels and nameplates, and UL Marking and Labeling Systems. We also follow the standards defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for safety signs and labels. You can rest assured our custom warning and caution labels meet the certification requirement for your industry and need.

Let our label experts help you with your warning label needs. Contact us at 1.800.634.9701, or email us at, and get started designing the ideal warning label for your application.

New Wide-Format Inkjet Printer Added to the Adhesa Plate Lineup

We are excited to announce the addition of a new wide-format UV inkjet printer. This printer will offer savings in cost and time when printing custom labels in varying quantities.

The new inkjet printer is a high-speed model that allows the production of larger sized labels and custom labels in both large and small quantities without the expense of set ups. The printer is ideal for 4 color process graphics and variable data of custom labels. Traditionally, the savings found in printing larger quantities of labels could offset pre-press costs. With this new inkjet printer, there is a shorter pre-press time making large or small print runs cost-effective.

Save on Set Up Costs and Variable Data Printing

The greatest value is in the reduction of pre-print tasks, with at least 1 to 2 hours eliminated from the process of creating a label order. Gone from conventional screen printing is eliminating the film, the screen imaging, the ink mixing and the actual press set up, making it ideal for variable data printing of all print quantities.

Variable data printing is the printing of sequential numbers, barcodes QR and UID codes. It is used in retail environments, warehouse stocking, and asset labels, or unique product identifying is required.

High-Resolution Printing Every Time

The new printer offers top quality high-resolution labels at 2400 DPI. Once the profile of a job is created in the digital printer, it will create a consistent, high-quality image, order after order, year after year.

We are excited to offer this new printing equipment and service. In our 50+ years in label printing, we have always looked for ways to meet the labeling needs of the manufacturing industries we serve. This new printer allows us to expand the opportunities while saving time and money for our customers.

Contact us at 1.800.634.9701, or email us at, and get started on your custom label project today!

What is Variable Data Printing?

Have you ever wondered how mass labels are printed with unique content – like a barcode, QR code, or UPC? This is made possible by a printing technique called Variable Data Printing (VDP) and the end result is variable data labels.

Variable Data Printing is a form of digital printing in which varying data can be printed on each label. This technique enables fast printing of a large number of labels for various units of a product, facilitating easy identification.

How Does Variable Data Printing Work?

The process is simple. The data comes from a client provided database of unique information. The database is loaded, and the information integrated with our printing machine. The overall process is seamless and efficient, allowing for a cost effective, unique labeling solution.

Examples of Variable Data Printing Applications

Marketing: Variable Data Printing is widely used in marketing. Printed labels with individual names or customized information tend to yield a higher response rate than a generic printed piece.

Tracking: With QR codes, a company can add an individually coded label for signage or a printed piece and track the number of visits to the landing page or website.

Inventory: Printing sequential number labels in bulk is simple with Variable Data Printing making inventory day easy. Each adhesive label can have unique numbers or text and barcode as needed.

Customize your Labels

As with any of our labels, we can print a custom branded look. If you simply need a templated label with only room for the varying data, we can provide that also. And with our thermal transfer digital print and plot cutter options, you have

Call your Adesa Plate label printing specialists at 1.800.634.9701 to get started on your Variable Data Printing project.

What Are the Benefits of Custom Dome Labels?

When it comes to choosing the right label for your product, there are many things to take into consideration: Will the label be used for branding? Will the label be exposed to the elements? Do you need a custom cut and designed label? If the answer to these questions is “yes”, then you need to consider using custom dome labels.

Dome labels are three-dimensional ID labels that provide an eye-catching and durable means of labeling products. Their 3-D appearance and thick clear polyurethane coating create a high-end look to make product-branding really stand out.

Because of their durability, dome Labels are trusted by equipment manufacturers for permanent marking applications. Their urethane coating is chemical resistant and tolerant to environmental extremes.

Dome labels provide many other benefits:

• Their LSE adhesive backing adheres to powder-coated paint and polyethylene

• Their “self-healing” Polyurethane coating doesn’t show minor scratches or cuts

• Domed coating is non-yellowing and suitable for both indoor & outdoor use

• Domed labels can be permanently added at the end of a production cycle, offering time to adjust to new product developments.

Custom Options in Domed Label Printing

With our domed labels, creativity does not need to be compromised. We offer custom shapes and sizes of domed labels, as well as full color or screen printing options for exact color matching. Additionally, the transparent ink used during printing, with an added dome coating, creates an eye-catching label.

Let our label experts help you with your dome label needs. Contact us at 1.800.634.9701, or email us at, and get started designing the ideal dome label for your application.