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!
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.
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!
“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!
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?
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.
Tire 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.
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.
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!
Our Customers Use the Kiaro! Inkjet Label Printer to Print Sweet Cosmetics Labels
As is the case every January, many have made the resolution to get healthy or stay healthy. That’s a little unfortunate for those who love everything about sweets, like myself. Part of what I like most is how pretty fresh baked cupcakes are, and how the bakery wraps them up in a beautiful package.
Lucky for us, many cosmetic companies carry lines of bakery inspired products. These make the perfect indulgence, or a great gift (gentlemen, take note. Valentine’s Day is less than a month away!)
Just like the bakery smells and sights lure me in, so do these sweetly inspired cosmetics.
1.CJ’s Unique Boutique
Our Kiaro! customer CJ’s Unique Boutique carries unique, all-natural body products. In fact many of their ingredients are common baking ingredients, such as oatmeal, olive oil, and coconut oil. Not that I recommend eating their products, but at least they are safe for you without lots of yucky chemicals.
I can’t even choose a product that I want most. It might be their scent my pixie pie. “ Named after CJ’s pet name for her little girl…A beautiful mixture of cherries, toasted almonds and finished with a touch of vanilla and coconut, this sweet fragrance is aptly named. BOTTOM LINE: A princess in pink, with some fairy wings and a tutu, poised and ready to tackle big brother when the mood strikes.” Doesn’t that just make you want to have some cherry pie?
They told me a little bit about why they purchased a Kiaro! inkjet label printer. “Here at CJ’s Unique Boutique we ship our body products through online orders as well as stock Amazon and retailers all over the world. That means one thing: change. One moment, the hot item might be one thing, and then, out of nowhere, it changes. The Kiaro! label printer allows us to be flexible. With the ability to “switch gears” with our needs, we aren’t waiting on a print shop for our labels because have the ability to print them, and print them quickly! The Custom QuickLabel Omni software makes the creation of our labels simple, too.The media we receive from QuickLabel is amazing! We are confident in what we are sending out. Not only does the Kiaro! printer do a wonderful job of printing, but we know we are putting our design on high-quality labels perfect for our products.”
2. Too Faced Cosmetics
I always love the feminine packaging designs of Too Faced Cosmetics, but their Sweet Indulgence line is by far my favorite. Although this was a holiday special, I did spy some of these products still being sold online.
The tin of color confections looks like you will open it to find gourmet truffles, instead are indulgent colors for eyes and cheeks.
Some of the colors in this and their eye shadow bon bons set are gumdrop, cinnamon sugar, marzipan, vanilla, and malted milk ball. These sets are perfectly packaged, making it a great Valentine’s gift.
3. Mor Cosmetics
Although I do adore cupcakes, they are clearly so 2012. Now the delicate French macaron is in the spotlight. Mor Cosmetics has the daintiest packaging. It’s not like the clearly cupcake shaped lip glosses floating around in the bottom of my bag, but more of an elegant nod toward the highly sought after macaron.
Their lip macaron tins contain elegant flavors such as Lychee, Sorbet, French Vanilla, Peach Nectar, Blood Orange, and Rosebud. These lip glosses aren’t their only products with bakery inspired packaging and labels, their marshmallow line also takes inspiration from sweets. With powder pink packaging and gold labels, their marshmallow sugar scrub is packaging perfection.
It’s not only the sweet lip macaron that have dessert influenced packaging and labels, all of their products look like they belong lined behind the glass in a bakery case.
These are just a few of the sweet cosmetics with packaging that I just cannot resist! Don’t even get me started on cupcake bath bombs, shower truffles, sugar scrubs, or bath cakes from Feeling Smitten!
If you want your labels to showcase your indulgent cosmetics, contact us to schedule an in person demonstration of a Kiaro! inkjet label printer.
Have you noticed the cool-looking black and white square-shaped barcodes appearing more and more often on food and beverage labels, on signs, in magazines, and so on? QR Codes are growing in popularity – here’s how you can print your own QR Code label.
First, a little background: What are QR Codes?
“QR Codes,” short for Quick Response Codes, are small, square, two-dimensional barcodes. In comparison to traditional barcodes, the 2D QR Codes allow larger amounts of data to be encoded and scanned faster. QR codes were originally created to be read by barcode scanners. Today, marketers are embracing smartphone apps which can scan QR Codes, read hyperlinks, and bring the user directly to a web location where web pages, videos, and other rich online content can be viewed. QR codes allow marketers to store and share large amounts of information, including coupons, contact information, physical addresses, and URLs, all of which open up in the web browser of a mobile phone.
Eric Anderson, QuickLabel Upper Midwest District Manager, has seen a growth in the use of QR codes on his customer’s product labels. “I like to call labels with QR codes or Microsoft Tags ‘perpetual interactive marketing billboards’ that can be applied to most any product!” said Anderson.
Here’s How You Can Begin Using QR Codes on Your Own Product Labels:
Step #1: Go to an online QR Code generator such as Kaywa
Step #2: Follow the screen prompts to enter a text message or hyperlink in the content box (this is the information that will be encoded in the QR Code)
Step #3: Generate the QR Code on screen
Step #4: Download and Save the QR Code as an image to your computer
Step #5: Open Custom QuickLabel software and add the QR Code to your label format as a graphic image, or add the image to your label design in Adobe® Photoshop,® Adobe Illustrator,® or in any other software you use to design and print labels
Step #6: Print your label as usual, using any label printer. May I recommend the QuickLabel Kiaro!, Pronto!, or QLS-4100 Xe?
How You Can Benefit by Printing a QR Code on Your Label
QuickLabel’s Eric Anderson shared a few of his ideas with us:
- Private Label Wine: Imagine having private labeled wine bottle for a wedding with a QR Code on it. That code could launch a YouTube video of the couple thanking the guests for attending – or perhaps launch a slide show that guests could converse about. This would be a value added benefit that could be provided by wine bottlers.
- Food Companies: Print a label with a QR Code that can be scanned for a “Recipe of the Month” by customers. The QR code could point to a web page that could be updated with new recipes as often as one would like, making that same container, sitting on the shelf, a perpetual marketing tool.
- Industrial Manufacturers: Product training videos could be launched right from the product label – assuring proper usage and reducing training costs.
- Cosmetics Companies: Customer testimonial videos showing the product being used could help sell a product on the spot while the customer is at the point of purchase in the store.
A Brief History of QR Codes
QR codes originated in Japan in 1994 thanks to Denso Wave, a manufacturer of barcodes and 2D code scanners. Toyota was one of the first companies to use QR codes to track vehicle parts in vehicle manufacturing. Today, QR codes are still used in manufacturing, but now they are also being used on product packaging because they are such an easy and convenient means of bringing consumers to an online site.
The spread of mobile phone technology has propelled the use of QR codes since smartphones are equipped to scan QR codes through their cameras and phone applications. “I do not believe QR Codes have hit critical mass yet … but with the ubiquitous use of smart phones by a growing segment of the population, it will surely do so soon,” said Anderson.
Looking for QR Code Scanning Apps for your Smartphone?
Each smartphone has its own set of QR scanner apps to go along with it.
Android Phone QR Scanners:
Mashable so kindly put together 7 free QR Code Reader Apps for Android. The 7 apps include:
- Barcode Generator/Reader
- ScanLife Barcode Reader
- QuickMark QR Code Reader
- I-nigma Barcode Scanner
- QR Droid
- Barcode Scanner
- mobiScan QR
Apple iPhone QR Scanners:
- NeoReader (Free)
- Barcode (Free)
- ScanLife (Free)
Blackberry Phone QR Scanners:
BlackBerry has what is called BlackBerry App World, where BlackBerry users can go download and buy applications for their phones. BlackBerry offers both free and priced applications. Some of the QR readers include:
- QR Code Scanner Pro (Free)
- QR Code Now
- QR Scanner
How and Where QR Codes Are Currently Used
Food Packaging: QR codes are being used on food labels and food packaging. Hyperlinks within these codes can lead consumers to recipes, nutritional facts, discount codes, etc. Recently, Kellogg launched the “It’s Morning Somewhere” marketing campaign for its Crunch Nut cereal that includes an on-package QR code that its consumers can scan with their mobile phones while eating their breakfast! When the QR code is scanned, consumers are brought to a mobile site where the slogan “It’s Morning Somewhere” appears and one of 13 promotional videos is played depending on the time of day.
In comparison to the older SMS mobile marketing technology, the “It’s Morning Somewhere” QR Code campaign has been a smashing success. Thus far, there have been 40,000 Crunchy Nut QR scans, 38,000 videos played, and 50,000 page views – very impressive when company to just 6,000 SMS texts.
Restaurant Uses of QR Codes: The Colonial House Restaurant and Bar in Rapid City, SD uses QR codes on its menus and table tents. Patrons can scan the codes to see daily specials, promotions, and beer and drink offerings and can even be linked to the restaurants social media pages. Colonial House also advertises using QR codes on advertisements at local rest-stops, perfect for attracting travelers in the area looking for a place to eat.
Crime Fighting Uses of QR Codes: Vancouver police recently used QR code technology to generate tips on a wanted assaulter. Police distributed over 300 posters with QR codes in bathroom stalls around the city. When the QR code is scanned by patrons using their smartphones, they are brought to information about the wanted person. The information that is presented includes composite sketches of the attacker and detailed descriptions of their car.
Using QR Codes to Make a Purchase: Starbucks recently introduced a secure QR code payment system for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones that allows customers to pay for their purchases using their phones. This move put Starbucks on the map as the only large-scale coffee company with mobile payment capabilities. Just nine weeks after its launch in 2011, Starbucks processed more than 3 million mobile payments.
Selling Real Estate with QR Codes: Realtors are even using QR codes to sell homes. In Rapid City, South Dakota homes that are on the market have QR Codes displayed in a window. Interested home buyers can scan the code with their mobile phone and they will be taken to a unique page made specifically for that home. The website contains information such as photos, floor plans, neighborhood information and so on. Realtors found that the QR codes allow them to provide more information than a typical listing or flyer in the local paper.
These days, consumers are becoming more conscious of the ingredients in the cosmetics and personal care products that we are putting on our body. Many cosmetic labels claim that products are “natural,” “healthy,” and “safe,” but the US government does not define or investigate the use of these terms on personal care and cosmetic labels.
So, what can a consumer look for on a cosmetic label or personal care label to make an informed decision about ingredients? With this topic more popular than ever, we here at QuickLabel have put together an informational “how-to” for those of you looking into getting certification for your cosmetics and personal care products.
There are three label standards: the government’s USDA Organic seal, the voluntary NSF “Made with Organic” seal, and the voluntary NPA “Natural” Standard for Personal Care Products seal.
Organic cosmetic labeling just got a big boost from the nation’s largest natural products retailer: Whole Foods Market. In June 2010, Whole Foods Market announced that starting June 2011 all personal care and cosmetics product labels making an “organic” claim must be certified by the USDA NOP and all labels with the “made with organic ingredients” statement be certified by the NSF. As part of an effort to crack down on fraudulent organic label claims, Whole Foods will not sell cosmetics or personal care products with labels that say “organic” unless they have the USDA Organic seal or the NSF Personal Care seal.
USDA Organic Cosmetics Labels: Cosmetics are eligible to receive the USDA Organic label seal under the National Organic Program (NOP), but the guidelines for this are very strict: a minimum of 95% of ingredients must be certified organic. Strict certification requirements that generally follow NOP standards such as: organic ingredients, materials, and production processes must be met. This is the same standard applied to organic foods, but it is considered very difficult to meet by personal care manufacturers.
NSF “Made with Organic” Cosmetics Labels: To fill in the gap between the high USDA standard and consumer demand for organic personal care products, NSF International and a group of personal care manufacturers, retailers, and trade associations come up with a new voluntary quality standard to regulate the use of the term “Made with Organic” and “Contains Organic Ingredients” on personal care and cosmetic product labels. The NSF standard was adopted by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), as NSF/ANSI 305 Personal Care Products. To comply, a minimum of 70% of product ingredients must be organic, and the product and manufacturer must be certified to comply with the NSF/ANSI 305 standard.
Natural Cosmetics Labels and Personal Care Labels
What about personal care products that are not necessarily organic, but are still made of better-for-you ingredients? There is also a way for label-conscious consumers to identify whether cosmetics are “natural,” (made of renewable resources found in nature, containing no petroleum products): the Natural Standard for Personal Care Products, a voluntary certification created by the Natural Products Association (NPA) in 2008.
If you come across a personal care product labeled “natural” along with a Natural Products Association (NPA) official seal it means that the product is made with at least 95% all natural ingredients, ingredients that are all approved by the NPA. These are the criteria for NPA Natural Personal Care Products:
- Natural – any product labeled as “natural” should be made of natural ingredients (95%) and must be processed appropriately in order to keep its natural purity.
- Safety – “natural” labeled products must avoid ingredients that pose any human health risk.
- Responsibility – “natural” products should not be tested on animals
- Sustainability – biodegradable ingredients and eco-friendly packaging should be used for “natural” labeled products.
How Do I Get My Cosmetics & Personal Care Products Certified? (for Manufacturers)
Having a USDA Organic, NSF “Made with Organic” seal, or Natural Products Association certified Natural seal on your cosmetic label or personal care label is a symbol of trust to consumers, and many cosmetics makers and retailers are recognizing the value of these label seals.
● USDA Organic Certification. If your cosmetic or personal care product is made up of organic agricultural ingredients, you are eligible to undertake certification by a USDA-accredited certifying agent. You must meet National Organic Program standards for organic production, handling, processing, and labeling. After you are certified, you can download and use the official USDA Organic logo. Your labels with the USDA seal must also bear the name and address of your organic certifying agent.
● NSF “Made with Organic” Certification. If your organic product contains 70% or more organic ingredients it can qualify for NSF Personal Care Certification through a third-party certifier. Just like the USDA NOP, the NSF has specific requirements on materials, process, production, labeling and requires the NOP certified ingredients be used. An application, on-site inspection, and technical review are to be completed then certification will be determined.
How Can I Get a Cosmetics Label with a Natural or Organic Logo?
After receiving your USDA, NSF, or NPA certification, you’ll have the right to print a USDA Organic seal, NSF “contains organic ingredients” seal, or “NPA natural” seal on your cosmetics labels. You can either buy new printed cosmetics labels that feature your seal, or you can use an in-house digital label printer to make your own cosmetic labels with the NPA or NSF seal.
QuickLabel Systems offers several solutions for printing your own personal care labels and cosmetic labels with the USDA or NSF organic seal or the NPA natural seal. By printing your own natural or organic cosmetic labels with a QuickLabel printer you’ll have the ability to change your label design and print new product labels with your natural certification logo or seal, at your finger tips. You can also print private label versions of your cosmetics labels at any time, changing the logo branding and name on the label and retaining the USDA, NSF, or NPA seal and certification.
For more information on Natural and Organic Cosmetics Labels, check out: