Can you imagine the world without adhesive labels?

Can you imagine the world without adhesive labels?

Open your refrigerator, open your kitchen cupboards – and then your medical cabinet, bathroom drawers and more. Everywhere you look, there are adhesive labels: on your packaged meat, on your canned goods – on your prescription bottles, cosmetics, toiletries and more. Adhesive labels are taken for granted nowadays but, in the big scheme of things, they haven’t been around all that long. The roots of today’s labels began with a process called lithography. This was developed when a Bavarian playwright, Alois Senefelder, figured out how to duplicate his play’s scripts in 1796: he wrote the text with a greasy crayon on limestone and then printed them by rolling on ink. Artists quickly began using this technique – and, by the 1880s, businesses began creating colorful advertisements using lithography. These included eye-catching labels that were attached to products using a form of gum. These labels are sought by collectors now, including those plastered on crates of fruit, vegetables and cigars, flour sacks and more. Although these added a nice touch of color to otherwise mundane packaging, the purpose was really more practical. Because products were put into whatever containers were available, the containers themselves weren’t always the same, and so customers needed to know what was inside.

Adhesive label revolution

In 1935, a man named R. Stanton “Stan” Avery created the first self-adhesive label, which consisted of a layer of paper coated with adhesive and then a protective liner. He created his labeling machine after receiving an investment of $100 from schoolteacher Dorothy Durfee – a woman who later became his first wife. The motor of his self-adhesive labels came from a washing machine, and other parts came from a sewing machine and a saber saw. Barcodes  Enter the barcodes. In the late 1940s, a graduate student at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, Bernard Silver, partnered with Norman Joseph Woodland to invent a way to encode data in circles. This was based on the Morse code and was patented in 1952. Unfortunately, they didn’t invent a system to read the code and so the patent expired without any practical applications. In the 1970s, IBM’s Universal Product Code was created, similar to the previous system but using vertical lines rather than circles. In 1974, the first item – a pack of chewing gum in a supermarket in Troy, Ohio – was scanned. Two years later, with little interest in barcodes to date, Business Week called them “The Supermarket Scanner That Failed.” In the 1980s, though, bigger retailers such as Kmart began using barcodes and they became the standard. It’s incredible how much barcode label technology has advanced; see what we can do for you.

Barcodes

Enter the barcodes. In the late 1940s, a graduate student at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, Bernard Silver, partnered with Norman Joseph Woodland to invent a way to encode data in circles. This was based on the Morse code and was patented in 1952. Unfortunately, they didn’t invent a system to read the code and so the patent expired without any practical applications.

In the 1970s, IBM’s Universal Product Code was created, similar to the previous system but using vertical lines rather than circles. In 1974, the first item – a pack of chewing gum in a supermarket in Troy, Ohio – was scanned.

Two years later, with little interest in barcodes to date, Business Week called them “The Supermarket Scanner That Failed.” In the 1980s, though, bigger retailers such as Kmart began using barcodes and they became the standard.

It’s incredible how much barcode label technology has advanced; see what we can do for you.

How can we help with your adhesive labels?

Technology has come a long way from 1796 when lithography was first invented. It’s come a long way since the 1980s – and continues to evolve. Contact Adhesa Plate for your adhesive label needs, both now and in the future. If you have questions or want to talk about your labeling needs, call 1-800-634-9701 now or email us at sales@adhesaplate.com

Graphic Overlays Adhesive Labels

Graphic overlays are used across all industries that require a custom control instruction for machine or device operators. From medical devices seen in patient rooms to monitor vitals, to industrial machinery, a graphic overlay has been employed to identify the inner workings of the machine and to help instruct the proper interface with the machine.

Planning Your Graphic Overlay

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As mentioned graphic overlays are adaptable to just about any industry, so deciding what is the best option for your application can be overwhelming. That’s what we are here for. Our planning process starts with questions that help guide you to the perfect product.

To begin we define the application for your graphic overlay, what environment will it be used in, will it be used every day and how often will it be used. These factors guide us to the best material to use when manufacturing your graphic overlay.

If you need chemically resistant graphic overlays for your product, contact us today for high quality chemical resistance built to withstand even the toughest conditions.

The materials used can range from high grade polyesters or polycarbonates. The finish can range from high gloss, matte or matte texture. There can even be gloss or matte hard coating to add extra protection from scratching. Adhesa Plate can even print a textured finish on a factory gloss finish to minimize glare or scratching and still leave a LCD display window clear and legible. We offer many options to help meet all your graphic overlay needs and budget.

Custom Graphic Overlays

When laying out the design of your overlay we take into consideration the user experience and the function of the overlay for ease of use.

We offer a mix of clear and colored transparent windows and the combination of smooth and textured finishes. We also can create embossed (raised) key pads, as well as internal cut-outs.
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Graphic Overlay Experts

At Adhesa Plate we can customize the best quality graphic overlays with the highest quality standards and certifications. We produce graphic overlays for medical, industrials and energy fields. Our graphic overlay options range from economical and low-impact vinyl to indoor/outdoor Lexan.

Our team is trained to produce top quality graphic overlays that are produced to withstand everyday use. If you are not sure what kind of material is best for your application, we can recommend what is best for your uses. Please do not hesitate to call us through the quoting and planning process.

Adhesa Plate Graphic Overlay Solutions

Graphic overlays are the ideal solution for creating unique and custom designs for your industrial equipment or electronic device. Offering accurate cutouts for switches or keypads to transparent windows for LED or LCD displays, we can create the graphic overlay that will enhance your products image using UL 969 certified materials and manufacturing processes.

Adhesa Plate Options

We pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of options for our clients. There’s really no limit to our adhesive label capabilities. Tinted transparent LED windows, custom embossed keypads, selective adhesive applications and internal cutouts are just a few of the choices you have when designing your label.

For design, there are really no limitations. We can use digital UV inkjet printing for crisp, unlimited colors and variable data like sequential barcodes or hexadecimal 2D barcodes or UID codes.  For precise cutting, Adhesa Plate offers conventional steel rule die cutting, digital laser or plotter cutting for custom cut shapes.

Call your Graphic Overlay Specialists Today!

There’s really no limit to our adhesive label capabilities.  Whether you have a design or just an idea, we can identify your product in a way that will create an impressive 1st impression.  Call us today for a free quote and consultation at 1.800.634.9701.