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QR Codes: Quick response, 2-Dimensional, fast readability, large storage capacity… These mysterious unique matrixes are not your traditional barcodes of the past. They’re called “Quick Response Codes,” better known as QR Codes, and we thought we’d help de-mystify them for you. The marketing industry is running fast and hard with QR Codes. When you consider […]

2D Barcodes

Do You Know What This Is? Well, this isn’t a way-out piece of artwork or some new pattern for linoleum. It’s a QR (Quick Response) Code! The key to the QR Code is that it can be read by anyone with a Smartphone and a simple barcode reader application. The phone takes a picture of this […]

How to Get a UPC Barcode

Universal Product Codes (UPCs) are 12-digit numbers commonly required for products sold by retailers and distribution centers. Each unique product requires its own assigned UPC number from GS1. Products are then identified with UPC barcodes. How do I get assigned UPC numbers? All UPC numbers are assigned by GS1 – the Global Standards Organization, formerly known as the Uniform Code […]

RoHS Lead Free Initiative

RoHS and WEEE Directives In an effort to reduce the use of hazardous materials in electronic equipment as well as encourage the recycling of products, the European Union restricts the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). They also created a directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Directive 2002/95/EC – RoHSRestriction on the use of […]

What You Need to Know about GHS

GHS (Global Harmonized System) is a program developed to organize the classification and labeling of chemicals around the world. These international standards began in 1999 when the United Nations Economic and Social Council determined the need to better control the transport of dangerous goods. GHS defines possible health, physical, and environmental hazards associated with chemicals […]

Materials for Direct Thermal Labels & Thermal Transfer Labels

Blank Direct Thermal & Thermal Transfer Labels Electronic Imaging Materials, Inc. offers a wide range of blank roll form labels designed to fit all makes and models of printers. These labels can be die cut to any size you need and we can provide small quantities as well as thousands of labels. If you are […]

Gaps, Repeats and Perfs – Label Lingo

There are many ways to engineer a basic label to make application easier or more functional. Label designs have to match printer specifications. Not only will you have to tell your printer the size of your label but you have to allow for the space or GAPS between labels. In the case of roll form […]

Label Sensing – Label Lingo

In order for labels to move through a label printer, the printer mechanism relies on label sensors that detect a gap, notch, slot or line between labels. In identifying the material, the mechanism then adjusts the stock intake so that print properly aligns on each label. Theses sensors work based on the concept that a […]

What is UL 969?

What is UL 969 – The Standard for Marking and Labeling Systems? This standard pertains to adhesive-backed labels that are used for permanent product identification. Within this standard, unprinted label materials, over laminates, and printing inks along with certain printing processes are covered and are called “marking and labeling systems.” The acceptability of a label […]

Label Design Software for MacOS

The Great Debate: Mac vs. PC They say you’re either a Mac person or a PC person… and people will certainly defend their opinion on the matter! Both Mac’s and PC’s work fine and these days, and many of their functions are quite similar, so people’s preferences can be split right down the middle. Some […]

Stocking Up on Face Stocks

When most people think about labels, they might picture the face-stock as their first image. Rightfully so, a label’s face-stock will typically make the first impression. Based on the type of material the face-stock (substrate) is made from, it can have a smooth, matte finish or a shiny, eye-catching appearance. Much more than just for […]

Warehouse Label Size – How to Choose Your Barcode

Your desired scanning distance and the number of digits in your barcode are both key factors in determining the necessary warehouse label size. To determine what size label will be most cost effective (without compromising functionality), both metrics have to be taken into consideration. The scanning distance of your barcode is determined by its x-dimension. […]