Company: Weber Packaging Solutions

Technology Snapshot: Weber Packaging Solutions just introduced a new label and ribbon combination that can stretch your labeling runtime and reduce the number of required changeovers on your production line.

The new Transthin 400 is a thermal-transfer label material that features both a thinner facesheet and a thinner release liner so it has more labels per same diameter roll.

The facesheet is just 2.1 mils thick but still retains the excellent dispensing characteristics required for successful print-apply application.  

The release liner is just 1.5 mils thick but also retains the strength needed for the tension of the rewind reel on a typical label printer applicator. Developed by Avery-Dennison, the Transthin 400 uses a versatile acrylic emulsion adhesive that is well suited for corrugated and plastic packaging. 

The down-gauged construction adds up to more labels per 8” or 12" roll. Typically, a 12” O.D. 4" x 6" label roll now contains 3820 labels (1950') instead of just 2500 labels. That is a 50 percent increase of labels per roll. And that means you can run your production line longer without as many changeover interruptions, stops and starts. This reduces labor costs and decreases warehouse storage.

Weber’s new High-Speed ECO ribbon is a premium resin-enhanced wax ribbon that produces dense, dark and durable images on a wide variety of materials including uncoated and coated thermal transfer papers, flood-coats, and synthetic papers. This formula prints at speeds up to 12 IPS with outstanding edge definition on rotated and other complex barcode formats.

The ECO ribbons are available in a standard length of 1,476 feet for tabletop printers and a longer 1,969 foot length for label printer-applicators. When paired with the new Transthin 400 label materials on 12" rolls, the ECO ribbons produces a 1:1 ratio match. Changeovers can be accomplished simultaneously, reducing the number of line shut-downs and associated labor costs.