How to Make Your Custom Cosmetics Labels Attractive and Effective

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan


In the cosmetics industry, looks matter. There’s a lot of pressure for product packaging to portray the end results –even when working with small surfaces.

But while trying to catch the consumer’s eye, there are still regulations products must follow. So how can you make your custom cosmetic labels both attractive and effective?

First Things First: Product Requirements

Regardless of your product line, you need to be aware of the industry requirements.

What are the most common rules and regulations for labeling in the cosmetics industry?

According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, it is prohibited to market cosmetics that are adulterated or misbranded as well as while in interstate commerce.

FDA regulations are required for any product, except soap, intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering appearance.

A cosmetics label is considered misbranded if:

  • labeling is false or misleading
  • label does not state the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor or the net quantity of contents
  • the required information is not stated prominently, with conspicuousness and in terms that it is read and understood by consumers under customary conditions of purchase and use the container or its fill is misleading

Read the full list of FDA cosmetics labeling standards here.

Make Compliance Easier 

Ensure products meet all FDA regulations and easily maintain labels with an in-house label printer – this includes overseas,  certifying compliance within each country.

Printing in-house also offers a much more affordable option compared to outsourced printing.

By printing in your facility, you have the ability to produce large or short runs of labels as needed with expiration dates, ingredients lists, allergen warnings, barcodes, organic and natural certifications.

Check out some of our favorite commercial color label printer options here!

Make Sure Your Products Have What They Need 

In addition to FDA requirements, environmental exposure can require a higher need for durability.

If you offer lotion, body wash or facial cleansers, you may want to consider a printer that applies water-resistant labels. This will help protect your labels fading or peeling.

Utilizing these resistant labels will bring your products to another level of professionalism. By adhering to both FDA standards and product needs, your cosmetics will perform effectively.

Watch how CJ’s Unique Boutique uses their durable QuickLabel printer to label all of their lotions and creams:

Stand Out On The Shelves!  

Looks matter in this industry.

Makers of cosmetics and personal care products don’t just need a lot of labels – they need a lot of different labels. One body lotion alone can be available in dozens of different scents, array of bottles, tubs and more.

Your product packaging is what makes you stand out from the competition. What catches eyes on the shelves can be the difference between the purchase of your brand over a competitors.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to enhance your cosmetics label designs, an in-house label printer is the best solution.

Not only will printing cosmetics labels in-house save money, but it is perfect for short-runs of seasonal products, new scents, sizes and formulations – especially when it comes to the design process.

Using your own label printer will allow you to control your label from start to finish – making sure it showcases your product as envisioned.

Make Your Custom Cosmetics Labels Attractive and Effective With The Kiaro! 

If you’re looking for a photo-quality, colorfast label printer with high-production rates, we recommend the Kiaro! color label printer (as used by CJ’s Unique Boutique).

The Kiaro! is an extraordinarily fast printer with the ability to produce beautiful, vibrant color labels in astounding 1200 dpi.

“It’s a cost effective time saving printer. It creates excellent quality labels for our packaging, and I couldn’t be happier.”
– Ryan Flynt, CJ’s Unique Boutique

By acknowledging your products packaging design, durability of labels and FDA standards, custom cosmetics labels are able to function effectively while attracting consumers to your products.

If you’re interested in learning more about creating eye-catching labels in your own facility, feel free to check out our website!

 

 

 

 

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Why is it Important for Printers to be BS5609 Certified?

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan


Did you know not all labels meet the requirements to be considered BS5609 certified?

If your business generates products that require this certification, such as chemical jugs, hardware and industrial products labels and more, it is important to know what BS5609 is and the standards that need to be met.

What is BS5609?

BS5609 is the internationally recognized British Standard for pressure-sensitive adhesive labels used for overseas shipping. Also known as the Marine Immersion Label Testing Standard, chemical manufacturers refer to this standard when their labels are used on hazardous chemical containers transported by sea.

BS5609 certification establishes whether or not labels remain adhesive and readable on containers and barrels, after prolonged exposure to ocean environment including both seawater and sand abrasion.

Elements, including those required by GHS, such as red and black ink of GHS pictograms, hazard statements and health warnings all must remain identifiable on the label with slight or no color change or print removal in order to pass BS5609 testing.

Where Can You Get BS5609 Certified Labels?

Surprisingly enough, you can print them yourself. With some help, of course.

QuickLabel now has a line of BS5609 certified label printers for GHS labels. These label printers are available in three models for various label sizes, all of which are able to produce BS5609-compliant labels.

Not only will you remain compliant, but you can print all of your labels in short-runs, in-house.

Eric Pizzuti, Vice President of QuickLabel states, “We are confident that our Kiaro! D label printers and our BS5609 certified labels and inks comprise the most durable, reliable, and easy-to-use GHS label printing solution on the market.”

Pizzuti continues, “Chemical producers who need to print black and red GHS labels for bottles and cartons will be pleased to know that they can also print their front-panel primary display labels in full-color using the Kiaro! D, which boasts excellent print quality and 1200 dpi resolution.”

QuickLabel’s Family of BS5609 Label Printers

The Kiaro! D family of label printers allow you to print durable labels that can get dirty, wet, scuffed, and exposed to sunlight and chemicals – all while maintaining legibility and color fastness.

Thanks to cutting-edge pigment ink formulation and QuickLabel’s qualified label stocks, labels printed by the Kiaro! D comply with GHS hazard warning labeling regulations and BS5609 certification, one of the most stringent physical label standards in the world.

The Kiaro! D Label Printer

Variable color shoe box labels, hardware labels, electrical labels, industrial product labels, and color warehouse labels are ideal uses for the Kiaro! D. Its reliable operation, 5.9 ips print speed and 1200 dpi print quality make the Kiaro! D a high performer for your production facility.

Similar to the original Kiaro! commercial label printer, the Kiaro! D prints labels from 1”- 4” wide and up to more than 15” in length. The Kiaro! D is also compatible with matte polypropylene and paper label materials and doesn’t require lamination to make durable labels.

The Kiaro! 200D Label Printer

Similar to the Kiaro! D, the Kiaro! 200D is the quintessential extra-wide label printer, capable of making durable labels in large sizes for gallon jugs, shipping drums, pallets, cartons, and cases – all in full CMYK color.

 


The Kiaro! 50D Label Printer 

The Kiaro! 50D is the smallest of the family, but it’s still tough. The Kiaro! 50D prints small, durable labels that withstand big challenges from industrial environments. This compact printer is ideal for printing small GHS labels with red and black pictograms that also have brand logos and product graphics in full CMYK color.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Kiaro! D label printers, please feel free to visit our website.

To see a Kiaro! D label printer for yourself, contact us today to schedule an in-person demonstration at your facility.

 

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How to Read & Label Chemical Cleaning Supplies

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan


Not all labels are easy to get approved. If you handle sanitation or chemical supplies, you know there are specific marks and content that must appear on the product labels.

In this post, you will gain insight into chemical and GHS label markings and how to label them. In addition, we will cover how utilizing an on-demand color label printer can provide the best labeling solution for your products.

What Are GHS and Chemical Regulations?

Janitorial and sanitation products are among the chemicals that require color-coded chemical hazard identification labels in compliance with GHS Labeling regulations.

GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, which are usually represented as red and black pictograms.

Also known as graphic symbols, pictograms are used to communicate specific information about the hazards of a chemical. The GHS regulation standards use a total of nine pictograms.

The purpose of these symbols are to provide workers with better information on the safe handling and use of hazardous chemicals, thereby allowing them (or anyone handling the product) to avoid injuries and illnesses related to exposures to hazardous chemicals.

To read more on each GHS classification symbol, with a more in-depth review of each, please view  our white paper GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance: Requirements & Solutions.

What to Include on Chemical Cleaning Supply Labels

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) states, “chemical manufacturers, importers, or distributors must ensure that each container of hazardous chemicals is labeled, tagged or marked with the following information: product identifier; signal word; hazard statement(s); precautionary 1 2 statement(s); and pictogram(s); and name, address and telephone number of the chemical manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party.”

Make Compliance Easier by Printing Compliant Labels In-House 

Now that you have a better understanding of the labeling requirements, what’s the best way to create your labels?

If you are in the industry, you already know most GHS label printers offer the ability to print GHS compliant labels in just two colors, red and black.

An ideal durable label printer, QuickLabel’s Kiaro! D tabletop label printer has the ability to instantly print full color GHS labels in 1200 dpi resolution.

QuickLabel’s “D” printers produce durable, pigment based labels able to withstand water, dirt, exposure, abrasion and hazardous chemicals while maintaining color-fastness.

With a Kiaro! D, you can print your entire chemical label in seconds, including your logo and primary display panel graphics and the red and black GHS pictograms, text, barcode and serializations.

See What the Extra-Durable, GHS Compliant Kiaro! D is Capable of:

Printing in full color, 1200 dpi allows your compliant GHS labels to send two messages:

1. A responsible manufacturer has packaged the product safely.

2. The company logo and branding stands out from other competitors.

A QuickLabel printer provides valuable competitive advantages by maintaining GHS compliance and showing off signature brands.

Stand Out on the Shelves

While other companies are stuck with identical packaging, you have the option to stand out with custom messaging. Your custom label and verbiage will ensure customers and clients know exactly who manufactures their chemicals.

To get the perfect package, we recommend using labeling software in addition to an in-house label printer. Labeling software allows you to link your database of chemical descriptions with a label printer for accuracy.

With a robust color label printer such as the Kiaro! D and a fully-featured GHS labeling software such as NiceLabel, it is easy to become compliant and maintain compliance.

Interested in learning more about in-house durable label printers?
Visit our website or contact us for more information.

For more information on GHS and chemical labeling, feel free to read our white paper, GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance: Requirements & Solutions.

 

 

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5 Reasons Why QuickLabel is the Best Solution for Printing Essential Oil Labels

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.

A trusted partner in the essential oils industry, doTERRA defines essential oils as naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark,
stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.

For hundreds of years, essential oils have been used for medicinal, beauty and cleaning treatments. So how can you make your oils stand out from the rest?

You have to catch your audience’s eye. And that’s why we’re here.

1. We Make Label Creation Simple

We know that makers of essential oil products don’t just need a lot of labels – they need a lot of different labels.

Instead of dealing with the hassle of an outside printing vendor, with the risk of costly re-prints, overstock, delayed shipments or wasted expenses, we give you the ability to control everything in-house.

Our in-house commercial label printers print labels in any quantity. They are perfect for short-runs of seasonal products and ideal for printing custom labels for new scents, sizes, and formulations. That means growing your line of essential oils doesn’t have to be difficult. With a QuickLabel printer, you can start printing off your new scents as soon as they are designed.

What’s more, our printers are designed to be user-friendly and specifically designed for narrow labels.

That means you can focus on creating beautiful aromas, and we can take care of the rest.

2. We Meet All Labeling Rules & Regulations

As you know, being a producer of personal care products in the USA, your essential oil labels must comply with the FDA standards.

With a QuickLabel printer, you can print ingredients lists, allergen warnings, barcodes, organic and natural certifications on demand; ultimately giving you the advantage of keeping up with the constant changes being made to label requirements as they go into effect.

We’ll help keep you one step ahead and easily producing FDA-compliant labels.

3. We Let Your Beauty Shine Through

We want your labels to be as beautiful as you’ve imagined.

At QuickLabel, we know the importance of personalization. Your brand has to be able to tell your company’s story to stand out from the crowd. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Our label printers allow for complete customization of your labels. And they don’t only look good on screen.

Our label printers have the ability to print in up to 1600 dpi at 12 inches per second. That’s fast, photo-quality imagery!

Especially helpful for narrow labels, our systems precisely print 3-point font to list every ingredient, percentage and note you need.

We’ll help you print stunning imagery, barcodes, pricing, expiration dates and ingredients all in one round.

4. We Make It Personal

We like to get to know our customers, too.

Stopping by CJ’s Unique Boutique in Colorado Springs, we were able to see how they use our label printer to create their personal care lotion and oil labels. See for yourself:

5. Finally, We Are Always Here For You

You can always reach out to us without hesitation. With representatives throughout the nation and around the globe, we are here for you.

Having over 40 years of experience and reliability, we not only have the support, but the resources to guarantee the best quality product on the market.

Interested in our in-house color label printers?

Contact us today to start learning more or set up a free in-person demonstration.

 

 

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5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a In-House Label Printer

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

So you’re thinking of  buying an in-house label printer? Great! You’re on the path to gain more independence and control within your business. That’s probably why you’ve come here, am I right? Before you make the call, you may want to take a look at these 5 questions to ask before buying a in-house label printer.

We know the issues that can arise when using an outside printing source. No longer are you going to have to deal with costly re-prints, overstock, delayed shipments or wasted expenses.

Now the question is what type of inkjet label printer do you need?

kiaro_new_labelsDepending on the type of industry you’re in, your labeling needs are bound to vary. There are requirements and specifications that you need to look into before making your purchase.

But don’t worry; QuickLabel is here to help make your buyer’s journey much easier.

There are 5 questions to ask before buying an in-house label printer. These questions will help determine what type of inkjet label printer is the best fit for your business.

Let’s get started.

1. Buying an in-house label printer: What size labels are you printing?

Each printer has different characteristics, including the label width they are capable of printing on. You wouldn’t get the same label printer used for e-cigarette labels as for a cleaning solution jug.

You may know the type of label you want to create in-house, but before you go making any decisions, you really need to know the width you require.

If you know what size labels you need, you should be able to have them printed out just as you want them on the first run. After all, this is supposed to make things easier for you.

quickflex-label-collage-3For example, if you’re printing e-liquid bottles you don’t want a system that prints up to 9.07 inches in width. You’d go for the smaller, narrower print of up to 2.48 inches in width. The same applies if you want to produce wide, durable labels. The printer has to be able to give you exactly what you and your product require, which bring us to the next question…

2. Do your labels have regulations? (FDA)

Are there certain requirements your labels are supposed to follow? For example, FDA regulations for medical labels or nutrition facts. If you want to distribute your products, these must be met. They also have to be accurate.

Meeting FDA regulations for nutrition panels can be an intimidating task. There are font restrictions, mandatory statements, allergen alerts, and difficult calculations for daily values. As a food manufacturer, you need to spend your energy on your recipes, production, branding and sales – not on interpreting FDA labeling mandates.

However, it’s absolutely necessary to adhere to FDA regulations to avoid recalls and to present your customer with the quality and transparency in packaging they’ve come to expect.

There is a great risk of mislabeling when you rely on pre-printed labels. Human beings are responsible for selecting the correct label, and they can make mistakes. Whether it is a food, medical or other health related label, both create a serious health risk if not labeled properly.

food_and_drug_administration_logo-svgWith QuickLabel printers, you gain the flexibility and accuracy you need to meet the required standards.

For example, the Kiaro! label printer has the capability to print your food labels in astounding 1200 dpi resolution to ensure that the intricate details (and small text sizes) on your nutrition labels are perfectly printed every single time.

Printing compliant food labels in-house with a Kiaro! label printer also gives you the capability to control your compliance in-house, by overseeing each part of the labeling process: design and printing.

You’ll have fewer labeling mistakes because you’ll be able to control the entire labeling process.

3. Do you need to print barcodes? If so, do you need 200dpi or 600dpi?

If you are printing for food, beverage, clothing, or any item that requires purchasing, you need a barcode label.

So what next? Many people debate the pros and cons of whether to select a 200 dpi barcode label printer or a 600 dpi barcode label printer.

High-resolution barcode label printers can economize limited label space and improve barcode scan ability, but are higher-priced than traditional 200 dpi barcode printers.

Barcode printing in 200 dpi is great for text, numbers, and codes, but may appear a bit grainy or pixelated. You can improve the print quality of a barcode printed in 200 dpi by making the barcode physically larger on your label, but you may not have enough space to do this on your label.

If you decide to do this, please note that each barcode must be scaled proportionately, since the aspect ratio of each barcode is strictly defined by each barcode symbology.

Using a 600 dpi barcode printer is best if you wish to minimize the size of the barcode you print on your label, or when you need to print a lot of text and want to minimize the space it occupies on your label. A high resolution label printer is also useful when you have a small size label, a small size product, or when you are labeling a small area on your container or package. It’s also the best way to reproduce a 2D barcode.

All in all, buying an in-house label printer is really based on your product needs. Take a look below to see the difference:

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4. Do your labels contain heavy or intricate imagery?

Not all labels are used commercially, meaning not all labels require photographic imagery. If you’re using your labels for strictly barcodes or low resolution imagery, you don’t need to waste your expenses on a higher resolution printer when buying an in-house label printer.

For example, you can use a 600 dpi barcode printer to make barcode labels with very small text, at sizes as small as 4 pt., and makes barcode label graphics in near-lithographic print quality with consistent, solid fills and clean lines and curves. This can be used for small-size identification labels, rating plate labels, and PC board labels.

203dpi barcode printers are also an option, creating low-cost custom labels for primary display labeling in the color of your choice, including variable information such as product description, flavor, weight, size, nutrition facts, ingredients, and barcode onto the open space of the pre-printed label.image

Or, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, if you need superior high quality resolution for commercial labels, that’s an option as well. It may cost more, but for the product type and quality, it’s definitely worth it.

So, you have options. The only speed bump is determining what level of imagery your product needs when buying an in-house label printer.

5. Where do you store your products?

This question is sometimes overlooked, which can result in unattractive products and wasted label stock.

Did you know that if you label frozen food products, you have to use a durable, freeze resistant labeling system? That’s right. Your printer must be able to print that specific label material and adhesive to remain on your product.

What your products are exposed to and the environment in which they are normally stored can completely ruin a label.

Without the right printer, your frozen food labels can wrinkle due to condensation, fade away due to UV store lights, or lose their adhesion and fall off due to low temperature.

jones_priav2a6221_co_tire_label2For example, a Kiaro! inkjet label printer can print frozen food labels that don’t peel off at the astounding quality of 1200 dpi. That means you’ll have professional frozen food labels printed instantly – right in your facility, and you can apply them after your foods are already frozen or before they go into the freezer.

This applies to chemical resistance, UV resistance, abrasion and water resistance as well.

So make sure that when buying an in-house label printer, it has every single one of the traits you require.

You deserve nothing less.

Hopefully, this article helped you get a clearer idea of what you need, or at least the types of questions you should be asking to get you there!

Good luck on your journey to owning your own color label printer. Happy printing!

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What Label Materials Does QuickLabel Have to Offer Its Clients?

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

There’s more to labels than meets the eye. Whether you are using a QuickLabel printer or another brand of desktop label printer, serious consideration needs to be given to the label facestock and the adhesive. Nobody wants their food labels peeling off their refrigerated products, right? That’s why we’re here, to make it easy for you. So what label materials does QuickLabel have to offer?

We have four main types of labels and ribbons, each with a variety of options to best suit your product and design, whether it is for our printer or a competitor’s.

So What Label Materials Does QuickLabel Have?

Inkjet Labels

QuickLabel’s specially developed materials absorb inks extremely fast so that printed labels do not smear or smudge. With QuickLabel label stocks, you buy peace of mind & performance at an affordable price.

img_8861Tire Labels: Yes, we make inkjet tire labels.  Our unique PET label stock withstands high temperatures, moisture, will not be affected by rubber out-gassing and will definitely not come off your tires.  With 40 grams of low-ooze, next generation hot melt adhesive, you’ll be in business.

Beer Labels: We have high gloss inkjet paper labels with a water-soluble adhesive that disintegrates after a few minutes in 100F water.  You’ll be able to send your bottles out for cleaning without a hitch!

Drum Labels: A variety of drum labels are also available, including paper & polypropylene, with aggressive and plasticizer-resistant adhesives.

Freezer Adhesive Labels: Freezer adhesives are available both on glossy paper and on glossy polypropylene label stocks

Cover-up and Removable

We manufacture a variety of cover-up and removable inkjet label stocks.  Just ask and we’ll get you exactly what you need.

Whether you choose a textured paper label for wine labels or a glossy clear synthetic label for cosmetics labels, there is an ideal label for you.

When you place your order, we make your labels fresh from raw material, using our just-in-time production management system.

We carry nearly 100 different label and tag stocks, and if we don’t have the material you’re looking for, we’ll engineer it, test it and produce it to meet your end use requirements.

Just ask one of our Media Sales Specialists!

See how Browndog Creamery uses our inkjet labels to not only create delectable designs to match their delicious ice cream, but how our labels maintain color-fastness and quality even in their freezing storage conditions.

To read descriptions of our inkjet label and tag materials, click here.

Thermal Transfer Labels

To enhance print performance, QuickLabel’s Media Lab created our line of thermal transfer label materials to produce excellent print quality and end-use durability – especially, but not limited to, use with QuickLabel’s own line of thermal transfer ribbons and label printers.

Our labels produce high-quality printing on other brands of thermal transfer and barcode printers. Just like the inkjet labels, all of our labels are made to order.

quickflex-label-collage-3With QuickLabel, you have the choice of 70+ Materials.

We manufacture and stock over seventy different pressure-sensitive and non-adhesive printing materials – from matte paper labels with freezer adhesive to polypropylene labels with removable adhesive and much more.

To read descriptions of our thermal transfer label and tag materials, click here.

Thermal Transfer Ribbons (Black or Color)

We also manufacture and sell barcode ribbon (also known as thermal transfer ribbon) for your barcode printer.

Our barcode ribbon is sold at a direct low price, from general-purpose black wax ribbon to black wax-resin ribbon and black resin thermal transfer ribbon for every thermal printer brand.

QuickLabel manufactures the largest variety of spot color thermal transfer ribbons in the industry. No one has as many thermal transfer ribbons colors as us.

  • Black Barcode Printer Ribbon: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin, Special Resin
  • Color Thermal Transfer Ribbons: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin

Laser / LED Labels

We’ve even developed special materials that are capable of withstanding high fusing temperature while producing vivid, long-lasting printed labels that resist moisture, UV light, abrasion, and most solvents – even without lamination.

product-main-kiaro-200Impressive, right?

Our labels are able to portray highly accurate design and multi-level shading for superior print quality and clarity. To read descriptions of our Laser / LED label and tag materials, click here.

All in all, we have label materials for any and all product labeling requirements. No matter what industry or storage specifications, we make sure our labels always remain durable and maintain high quality.

Our labels are available for competitor printers as well, allowing you to experience the value and ergonomic pricing of our products without owning a QuickLabel printer.

To shop our complete list of labels and ribbons and learn more about what we offer, visit our supply store!

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Simplify Your Manufacturing Process with Kanban Cards Printed by the Kiaro! Digital Color Printer

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

Have you heard you can simplify your manufacturing process with Kanban cards? If you’re in the manufacturing industry, you should.

Kanban cards originated from the Japanese term “Kanban” meaning “visual sign” or “signal.” The physical cards became widely used during the 1940’s in Toyota’s manufacturing process to improve work flow and efficiency. kanban_card

The simplicity of the cards allow for quick comprehension, ease of use and accurate control of inventory in the workplace.

Working in the manufacturing industry, you know how beneficial the Kanban cards are.

They help your company keep track of the parts you have, the parts (and therefore orders) you need, the deliveries you have scheduled or should schedule, and the demand of your products internally and externally.

But what makes the Kiaro! the ideal color label printer for Kanban cards? A lot of things.

The Kiaro! appreciates the need for high quality.

With the Kiaro!, you are not limited to having only a barcode or color code — you have the ability to include photo-quality pictures of the product or part along with a full product description on the card as well.

This makes it easier to verify a complete visual of what it is you need.

What’s more, you can print your cards in full color and 1200 dpi resolution. With that said, you’ll be sure to print with the finest detail and color accuracy.

This is especially useful for not only images, but the color coded cards distributed amongst different product lines.

kiaro_manufacturingThe Kiaro! understands the value of time.

And what’s more valuable than yours?

The Kiaro! has the ability to print at 8 inches per second. The edges are even perforated, so you can produce your prints as needed and separate them just as easily.

It certainly knows how to maintain productivity. No scissors, no cutting and no measuring needed. You can also check out our label slitter for larger productions.

It’s even easier than you thought. Just grab it and go.

The Kiaro! is never wasteful.

A forecast is usually one of two things: lucky or wrong.

Instead of having to predict how many cards to order, the Kiaro! gives you the ability to print your Kanban cards on demand.

Now, you’ll always meet your company’s needs. No more wasted supplies and no more storage rooms full of extras. You can print in batches of one and cut to custom lengths immediately with the optional Kiaro! tag cutter.

And, if you need to change something, you can reconfigure a process instantly without being burdened by the cost of scrapping pre-printed cards. You have the ability to respond to what’s actually being done and fulfill your precise needs with the highest accuracy.kiaro_kanban

All in all, these little cards make a big impact – but they can also become a significant pain to stay on top of.

With the Kiaro!, the process of producing Kanban cards remains effortless — and the possibilities endless.

It’s your visual indicator, it’s your reminder and it’s your record keeper.

Make your Kanban cards with the Kiaro! label printer and you’ll have everything your team needs to know on that little card.

The Kiaro! delivers Kanban cards efficiently, precisely and in a manner that’s most beneficial to you and your company’s continuous improvement initiatives.

Any Questions on How We Can Help Simplify Your Manufacturing Process with Kanban Cards?

To learn more about how the Kiaro! color label printer can save you time, money, and provide you with highly accurate color labels, click here.

Or contact us today by giving us a call, sending us an email or deciding to schedule your own Kiaro! demonstration!

 

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New Labeling Regulations for Canadian Natural Health Products

Posted on by Savannah Brodeur

downloadOur friends at Health Canada have just updated their labeling regulations for natural products. If you’re a Canadian maker of nutritional products, then there are some new regulations that you must keep in mind when selling your products there.

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The red circled area of the label is the Natural Product Number. This 8 digit number verifies that the product has been approved by Health Canada.

What is the Natural Product Number?

The Natural Product Number is a new labelling tool that is being required by Health Canada. The NPN is an eight-digit number that indicates the natural health product has been approved by Health Canada and is safe, works, and is of the high-quality. All products with a Natural Product Number are licenced for retail in Canada.

In order to meet Health Canada’s new regulations, here’s some information you will need to have on your label, along with the Natural Product Number:

– product brand name
– product license holder
– product’s medicinal ingredients
– product’s non-medicinal ingredients
– product’s dosage form
– product’s recommended use or purpose (ie its health claim or indication)
– risk information associated with the product’s use (ie cautions, warnings, contraindications, and known adverse reactions)

If you have all of the above information on your natural health product, along with a Natural Product Number, then you’re good to go!

My Label is Good to Go… Now What?

Now that your label meets the new Health Canada regulations, you need a printer that will make your new label in the highest quality and resolution – and the Kiaro! inkjet label printer is just the tool for the job.

QuickLabel Systems has plenty of experience making labels with the natural products industry, and takes great pride in working with you to assist you on all of your labeling needs. Contact us here for a demonstration of the Kiaro! Inkjet Label Printer, or call our Canadian headquarters at 800-565-2216 with any questions regarding your labeling needs.

Best regards on all of your health product labeling, Canada!

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What You Need to Know About Pet Food Labeling

Posted on by Savannah Brodeur

Labeling Pet Food Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds – And Here’s How

Whether you’re thinking of entering the pet food business, or you’re already in the pet food business, you may already know that the regulations for pet food labeling are no walk in the park with your furry friend.

As you may or may not know, labeling pet food is highly regulated – just like human food. Pouch_of_Gourmet_Dog_FoodNot only do you have to create labels that will entice your customers to purchase your product, but you also have to follow really intense guidelines, or you’ll be left chasing after your own tail.

Naming Your Pet Food

First, let’s start with the first step to product labels. Obviously, you need a name for your product, but how do you name it? What will be enticing? What won’t be misleading?

Naming your product can be one of the most daunting tasks a business owner will face. You have to come up with a name that will advertise your product correctly as well as one that will stick with your customers. In the pet food business, not being misleading is a huge deal. It’s almost up there with your product being lick-the-bowl good.

Ingredients and Pet Food Names

The ingredients in your product are extremely important. In fact, if you couldn’t come up black-cat-with-food-bowlwith a clever name for your product, you could choose the safe option, which is naming it based on the ingredients inside. However, if you choose to take this route, then you have to follow very precise regulations. These regulations are set so that you don’t falsely promote your product, and so your customers are completely sure of what they’re purchasing.

There’s something in the pet food labeling business called the “95% Rule,” which requires that products are named after an ingredient that composes 95% of your finished product. For instance, if you wanted to name your product “Chicken for Dogs,” then your product would have to be 95% chicken (minus the percentage of water in the chicken.) Remember: this rule applies for the first ingredient you wish to name in your product.

If you have multiple components in your pet food, then you must name the ingredient that has met the “95% Rule.” If your product does not contain meat, or if the highest percentage of an ingredient is not meat, then you have to include whatever you have the largest amount of as the first ingredient in your pet food’s name.

There is also a “25%” or “Dinner” Rule, which calls for the named ingredients to add up to less than 95% of the entire product (not including water for processing). You would have to follow these guidelines if you wanted to name your product something along the lines of “Lamb Dinner for Dogs” or “Tuna Dinner for Cats.”

“Veterinarian Approved”?small bulldog puppy laying beside large bowl of dog food

It sounds good, right? Using the term “Veterinarian “Approved on your label makes perfect sense. If a veterinarian approves of your product, then obviously you have an advantage over your competition. It’s a foolproof plan, really – but it won’t work.

Why?

Veterinarians don’t have the power to “approve” your pet food products. Only federal agencies who specialize in approval of products can do that. But don’t let this put a damper on all your hard work, because there are other ways to snatch a potential customer’s eye as they’re scoping out the pet aisle.

Veterinarian “Recommended”

Remember those toothpaste commercials? Almost every toothpaste on the market today is described as“dentist recommended.” And yes, it may make you roll your eyes, but admit it – you are left with a positive feeling. “Hey, my dentist wants me to use it? It MUST be good.”

So, what does this have to do with pet food? It’s simple. Would you rather buy the brand that simply makes its own quality claims, or purchase the product that is “Veterinarian Recommended”? We all know the answer to that one.

But what does it take to get that on your label?

You simply have survey to veterinarians about your product. The number of veterinarians that you have to survey will depend on what type of “food” your product is (ie. a snack, a meal, etc.) If your product is a snack or treat, then the amount of veterinarians you should survey should be less than the amount surveyed if your product is intended to be a meal.

So, basically:

  • Snack/Treat → fewer vets surveyedClose-up portrait of a cat and dog
  • Meal → more vets surveyed

Veterinarian Formulated

When you want to include the term “Veterinarian Formulated” on your label, you only need one veterinarian to have been part of the formulation of your product. So, if someone with a license to be a vet works on your product’s formula, then you are totally in the clear to state “Veterinarian Formulated” on your label.

 Bottom Line

Here’s what you need on your label:

1.    Product Name

2.    Intended Species

3.    Quantity Statement: How much product is in the container; the net quantity statement must appear in the bottom third of the primary display pane.

4.    Guaranteed Analysis: For most products, guarantees should be given for the minimum percentage of crude protein, the minimum percentage of crude fat, the maximum percentage of crude fiber and the maximum percentage of moisture.

5.    Ingredients: a section of the label containing a list of the ingredients in the product.

6.    Statement of Nutritional Adequacy

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If You Want More… This post is only a snippet of all the regulations on pet food labeling, so there are more regulations that you have to follow when labeling your pet food. If you are or plan on getting into the pet food business, I strongly recommend that you use these resources to find out how to label your pet food properly:

  • http://petfood.aafco.org/LabelingLabelingRequirements.aspx
  • http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/resourcesforyou/ucm047113.htm
  • http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/products/AnimalFoodFeeds/PetFood/default.htm
  • http://petfood.aafco.org/
  • http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/healthy-pets/understanding-pet-food-labels.htm
  • http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=labelinfo101

Good luck on all your pet food labeling endeavours!

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Important Changes for Food Labeling Requirements in European Union

Posted on by David Golding

800px-Flag_of_Europe.svg[1]Important Information: EU Food Labeling Regulations

There are several new changes to food labeling requirements in the European Union, and we’ve compiled information to make you aware of them, and more importantly, to help you comply with them – whether you are based in Europe, or exporting to a European country.

There are three things customers generally look for when they’re purchasing food: quality, safety, and security. You have the quality aspect down pat, but the safety and security part is receiving some changes that are crucial to be aware of.

Quick Overview of New EU Food Label Regulation

The new EU Regulation 1169/2011 is making some important changes on legislation for requirements about information on food labels such as origin information/provenance of animals for meats, allergen information, and more specific fat to collagen ratios for minced meats to consumers.

Allergy Amendments

Legislation ensuring that allergy information is overtly displayed on all food labels will come into effect on December 13, 2014. This upcoming legislative change states that separate allergy boxes are no longer allowed.

Example of what is now NOT allowed
Example of what is now NOT allowed

That is, a separate area for only allergy contents will be prohibited, and in its stead, those contents will be contained in the ingredients list either in bold, highlighted, or printed in a contrasting color.

Country of Origin Meat Labeling/Provenance Labeling Amendments

One extremely important amendment that was implemented recently (on December 13, 2013) regards the “mandatory origin labeling of unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry,” according to official European Commission (EC) website. Another small, yet important amendment, implemented on January 1, 2014, outlines requirements concerning the designation of “minced meat.”

The minced meat requirements dictate that both the percentage of fat must appear on the label, as well as the collagen to meat ratio. Exact numbers can be found on Annex VI, Part B of the full regulation description.

How to Make EU Allergy Labels

The part of these new EU food labeling regulations that applies to the majority of food producers is the fact that you will have to clearly present allergen information on your label if your product has any of the 14 recognized allergens.

You must highlight each allergen so that it catches the eye of a consumer.

It is up to the food producer to determine how to highlight the presence of an allergen on the food label ingredients list, but options are likely to include the use of text in a contrasting color and boldface type.

There are also minimum font sizes and phrases that should be used. The 14 food allergens recognized by the EU are as follows:

  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Celery
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Lupin (plant in the legume family)
  • Milk
  • Mollusks
  • Mustard
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sulphur dioxide and sulphites

Some common phrases used to denote that there may be allergens in the food through cross-contamination include but are not limited to “may contain x” or “made on equipment that also processes x.”

"New" box as example of what is REQUIRED
“New” box as example of what is REQUIRED

All of these regulations call for changes in labels that could be expensive if your business does not make use of in-house label printing that can be easily tailored to specific needs.

More about Country of Origin Meat Labeling in the EU

Prior to the implementation of these regulations, country of origin labeling was only required for certain food types. It needed to be present on food types such as honey, fruit and vegetables, fish, beef and beef products, olive oil, wine, eggs, imported poultry, and spirits.

However, the official document COM(2013) 755, section 4, references the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC) study, which found that 48% of meat consumers in the EU say that meat origin is of fifth most importance when deciding what to purchase.

This prompted the European Parliament and Council to extend the mandate to all unprocessed pig, poultry, sheep, and goat meat. Also, it is now required that minced meat display on its packaging the percentage of fat content and the collagen/meat ratio.

What the European Commission (EC) calls “cumulative traceability” is a new requirement as of December 13, 2013. It states that food manufacturers must list on their label the country of birth of their meat, the country in which it was raised, the country of slaughter, and country in which it was processed.

The EC had to revamp the regulations about the way animal information was passed along from various suppliers so that there could be an established database containing the detailed history of each animal, therefore making it easier for you all to comply with these new country of origin labeling laws.

EU Food Labeling Compliance Made Easy with the Kiaro! label printer

A significant change that you may have to make to your existing label format is the removal of an “allergy box.”

This means that content of allergens in your food product cannot be isolated in its own area on the label; rather it must be listed in bold, highlighted, underlined, or in colored text as part of the normal ingredient list.

The Kiaro! color label printer allows you to easily add color to specific text so that you are able to comply with the new regulations, satisfy your customers with easily seen allergen information, and even boost sales by enhancing your product aesthetically.

The Kiaro! label printer is the most efficient way to make changes to your labels.

Printing in-house provides many benefits such as the ability to manage every aspect of the printing process and make changes as needed without waste or downtime. You are able to print labels in any batch size, small to large, or for any product type; seasonal to flagship!

Take O&H Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin for example. They utilize the Kiaro! digital label printer for all of their seasonally available baked goods, and they save money because they can print labels, any time. It’s all tailored directly to the supply and demand of a product, thereby ensuring no money is wasted on big-batch label productions.

Kiaro! in action
Kiaro! digital color label printer for O&H Bakery

You can even print your labels in captivating 1200 dpi, making for crisp, clear color on your labels that adds appeal to your packaging, and catch the eyes of new customers!
This color option is perfect for complying with the new requirement to add allergy information, which can require contrasting colors, because label edits can be easily made through labeling software, such as NiceLabel, that works seamlessly with the Kiaro!.

Easy software compatibility allows for templates to be created so you can automatically add information to labels, without having to constantly recreate fields for entering origin and allergen information.

Where Can I Learn More about EU Food Labeling Requirements?

If you are so inclined, you are able to access more information about these new regulations on the official EC page. Also, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of the UK has a page with useful information about the allergen labeling aspect in the EU.

 

 

 

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