Instructions for Adhesive Bar Code Label Application and Storage



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Asset Label Installation Instructions

To ensure maximum performance of your pressure sensitive labels from storage through application, Camcode recommends the following procedures.

Labels should be stored at 72°F (22°C) and 50% relative humidity. Storing labels at higher or lower temperatures may not provide the level of adhering performance you desire.

Before installing your adhesive labels, you will need the following supplies:

  • Your pressure sensitive labels
  • An industrial cleaning solution or isopropyl alcohol
  • Clean rags or paper towels, and
  • A soft roller

Correct Asset Label Installation

The surface must be clean and dry before applying the label. When applying adhesive-backed labels to bare metal it is especially important that all grease, oils, waxes, rust, and other contaminates be removed. As a check, wipe a clean, dry rag across the surface. If it appears dirty, keep cleaning. You can use an industrial cleaning solution or isopropyl alcohol as a cleaner. Make sure you use a clean rag and change cleaning rags frequently. Otherwise, contaminants from prior cleanings may smear and

While firmly holding the label, peel the back-liner away from the label. Grab the label on the edges, using caution not to touch the adhesive. Place the label on the surface, on one edge, and use the roller or firm thumb pressure to complete the application. This will prevent air from trapping between the label and the surface. When using a roller, select the softest roller possible and do not use excessive pressure. Repeat the process two or three times to insure complete contact of the adhesive to the surface. Adhesives will meet maximum holding power after 72 hours.

Things to Avoid When Installing Asset Labels

To avoid incorrectly installed labels:

  • Don’t apply a label to a dirty surface.
  • Don’t pre-curl the label while peeling it from the back-liner.
  • Don’t touch the back. This will contaminate the adhesive.
  • Don’t loosely apply the label. All edges of the label must be firmly adhered to the surface.
  • Don’t use a hard roller when applying the label. This could damage the label material.

Camcode recommends that you conduct a test of surface preparation and label adhesion before ordering labels or adhering thousands of production labels.


To ensure maximum performance of the pressure sensitive labels from storage through application, we recommend the following procedures:

Storage

Labels should be stored at 72°F (22°C) and 50% relative humidity. Storing labels at higher or lower temperatures may not provide the level of adhering performance you desire.

Surface Preparation

The surface the label stock will be applied to must be dry, dust free, and cleaned of all oil, grease and oxidized materials. Surfaces may be cleaned with an industrial cleaning solution (which your organization may already be using), or Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Stronger solvents are required to remove process oils from bare materials. It is important to check the durability of the surface to be cleaned in an unseen area or on the backside with available solvent before cleaning in label area. Wipe dry with clean rags or absorbent paper towels. Commercial re-washed shop towels are not recommended.

Application

The label stock should be allowed to condition at room temperature (70°F to 100°F) before application is attempted. The surface must be at least 50°F. Below this temperature the adhesive becomes too firm to adhere readily.

Remove the liner from the label stock being careful not to touch the adhesive with your fingers. Do not allow the adhesive to become contaminated with dust or dirt.

For thin labels (.005" and thinner):
Apply the label stock to the surface with firm thumb pressure starting from one side of the label and moving across the label to the opposite side to exclude air from behind the adhesive. When using a roller, select the softest roller possible and do not use excessive pressure. Using firm pressure, repeat the process two or three times to insure 100% contact of the adhesive to the surface. In this situation, "more is better". More application contact provides a higher immediate bond. This allows the adhesive to "flow" into the cracks and crevices of a substrate thereby achieving more intimate contact between the adhesive and the surface.

For .012" and thicker labels:
Apply the label stock to the surface with a rolling motion to exclude air from behind the adhesive. Use a soft roller or a clean cloth to firmly press the label stock down to insure 100% contact of the adhesive to the surface. In this situation, "more is better". More roll down provides higher immediate bond. This allows the adhesive to "flow" into the cracks and crevices of a substrate thereby achieving more intimate contact between the adhesive and the surface.

Adhesives will meet maximum holding power after 72 hours.

We cannot anticipate all of the different surfaces and contaminants that may exist. We recommend that the user conduct a test of surface preparation and label adhesion before ordering labels or adhering thousands of production labels. In addition, when there are changes in plastics, on paint formulations or supplies of these materials, it is advisable to run another evaluation.

We also offer Warehouse Label Installation Services

Contact Camcode or call us at 1-800-627-3917 if you need assistance.