QuickLabel & TrojanLabel: The Complete Packaging and Labeling Solution
Since introducing the first color label printer in 1994, our goal has been to provide industry best on-demand label printers as a complete packaging and labeling solution.
From the Sundance in 1994, a four color thermal color digital transfer printer to the original Kiaro! in 2010 to the new QL-240 in 2017, we have always striven to provide innovative, high-quality printing technologies that make the lives of customers easier.
Continuing to push the progressive envelope, QuickLabel’s parent company, AstroNova®, recently acquired a new division that specializes in larger, more versatile printing systems.
In February 2017, our business unit expanded to include TrojanLabel™, a growing force in the digital label press, overprinting and specialty printers industry.
Who is TrojanLabel?
Beginning in Denmark in 2012, TrojanLabel has globally revolutionized color printing technology with the production of their digital color label presses and specialty printer systems for a broad range of end markets.
A fantastic complement to our tabletop label printers, TrojanLabel products include the T3-OP (Trojan3), a digital professional packaging and converting overprinting system and the T2 (Trojan2), a sophisticated digital label mini press.
To learn more about TrojanLabel, feel free to visit the TrojanLabel website.
What Does This Acquisition Mean for QuickLabel?
To put it simply, the Product Identification unit of AstroNova will include QuickLabel and TrojanLabel. This means, in addition to specializing in tabletop labeling systems, AstroNova Product Identification will also support TrojanLabel’s specialty overprinting and digital press systems.
While QuickLabel and TrojanLabel remain separate divisions, both will fall under the same business unit of the AstroNova parent company.
How Does This Benefit You?
Ultimately, the acquisition of TrojanLabel amplifies the strength and capabilities of both brands, known leaders in their industry.
Gregory A. Woods, AstroNova’s President and Chief Executive Officer, shares, “QuickLabel and TrojanLabel provide customers with a broad portfolio of products spanning tabletop printers and light-production label printers as well as advanced specialty printing systems.”
As a whole, we are now able to provide products, services and supplies that improve the consumers’ ability to track and market their products in small to large scale businesses, spanning all industries.
With additional options to match your specific needs, we can now deliver a wider range of application specific packaging and labeling solutions — furthering our goal to provide the complete packaging and labeling solution.
Where Can You See the New TrojanLabel Products?
Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, this will be an exclusive event for all PACK EXPO attendees.
While we expect to host many trade shows together down the line, this is your chance to get ahead of your competition.
We are pleased to officially be able to provide the best solutions from tabletop label printers to specialty and digital printing presses for consumers worldwide.
We’re looking forward to seeing all those who plan on attending #PACKEXPO2017 for our exclusive first show together!
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.
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.
For more information on GHS and chemical labeling, feel free to read our white paper, GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance: Requirements & Solutions.
Does Your Company Manufacture Car Wash Solutions?
These summer months are a busy time for the car wash industry. Consumers love to keep their vehicles looking sharp in the summer sun. Washing the car is a great outdoor activity on a hot sunny day for a lot of people, and chances are you’re manufacturing more car wash supplies than ever to keep up with demand. Keeping up with the busy summer months can’t be done alone, you need a strong team behind you. Our addition to your team is the Vivo! Touch color label printer.
Printing Car Wash Labels is at Your Fingertips
The in-house Vivo! Touch label printer can help make your car wash labels on demand and on time. If you want to be able to print beautiful labels for each and every one of your products or for private label customers, the Vivo! Touch digital color label printer is right for you.
Cut Label Costs and Keep Label Inventories Low
By printing labels in-house, you are able to cut label printing costs and avoid having to order large quantities of pre-printed labels and then find the real estate in your stock room to store them as inventory. You’ll print only the labels you want, as you need them, whether you need 5, 500, or 5,000 labels per batch.
Private Label Car Washes
You can capitalize on owning a custom label printer by using it to offer personalized and custom labels to your car wash chemical distributors. Having the ability to produce custom labels for car wash chemicals gives you the capability to serve distributors who prefer to label car wash supplies with their own logo and brand name. When you can offer labels that help your distributor promote their own brand, you’ll both sell more products.
Top Quality Car Wash Labels
Labels with photo quality images and bold colors are sure to attract the eyes of your customers and set you apart from your competition. It’s amazing the effect an attractive label can have on your customers.
In-House Label Printing Flexibility
Your in-house packaging flexibility will include the ability to print labels for different product variants, seasonal labels, private label customer labels, distributor brand labels, prototype labels, sales sample labels, and more. Set yourself apart and allow yourself to make the most of your creative abilities by never limiting your product line to just one product label.
Labels That Resist Car Wash Chemicals
One of the best attributes of QuickLabel’s Vivo! Touch label printer is that it prints on label materials that are solvent-resistant, water-resistant, and scratch-resistant – labels that are made to withstand car wash environmental conditions. You can rely on your Vivo!-printed labels to continue to look great even when they are exposed to water, soap, and other solvents.
Car Wash Labels in Every Size
Because so many car wash chemical manufacturers already use the Vivo! Touch printer, we are likely to have your label size – and believe us, we know how long and wide labels need to be in order to wrap around a large jug of soap or wax! If you have multiple label sizes, that’s fine too. QuickLabel Systems manufactures labels in virtually every shape and size to help make your packaging process easier. The Vivo! Touch can then print those labels to help you label your products on-demand, so you’re always ready to ship an order without delay.
Market Yourself with Labels
The Vivo! Touch label maker is also a great marketing tool for your company and products. The Vivo! Touch has the ability to print QR codes on your labels. This technology can intrigue consumers into interacting with you and your product on another level. Scanning a QR code can lead them to visiting your website to learn more about you or to get a special coupon or discount code. How about a QR code that brings the consumer to your company’s online store so they can order more products that they love? Your options with QR codes are endless, quick and convenient for customers.
Promote Your Environmentally Safe Car Wash Label
Is your product considered to be environmentally safe? If your car wash chemical qualifies as a DfE product (Design for the Environment (DfE), an EPA partnership program), you can apply for partnership with the DfE, and then print its logo on your labels instantly on the Vivo! Touch to promote your latest achievement and market your environmentally safe product.
DfE certified products are safer alternatives for the environment. A scientific review is done on each ingredient to screen it for harmful effects to humans and the environment based on available information. DfE products must contain ingredients that pose minimal concern compared to other chemicals in their class.
To assure consumers that each chemical is the safest in its class, scientists compare ingredients characteristics to one another. What that means for example is, solvents are compared to other solvents, as are surfactants to other surfactants and so on. DfE logoed products can be trusted to be environmentally safe for adults, children, and animals. For a list of qualified ingredients to use in your products check out Cleangredients.org.