What makes up a label Roll?

1. Facestock

The part of the label we will print on, also the part of the label that is visible to your customers. The most common materials used as a facestock for self adhesive labels are paper, and synthetics such as Polypropelene and Polyethylene.


2. Adhesive

This is what makes your labels sticky! The adhesive will have no problem removing from the liner for easy application to your product or application.

This is of course the sticky part of a pressure sensitive label. There are a few types of adhesives: all temperature, cold temperature, permanent, and removable.


3. Liner

Also called the backing, for pressure sensitive labels it is most commonly a brown / yellow colour paper, and it is covered in a special coating that allows your labels to be easily removed.


4. Top Coating

If desired the top coating is the final protective layer that can be applied to your labels. Some top coatings are visible, like glossy or matte coatings, which can aid the overall label design. Others are purely for function and not visible but add protection to the facestock.


5. Core

The core is the centre of a label roll. Depending on the label application equipment you use, the core will be either 1-inch or 3-inches in diameter. Unless you are hand applying your labels with no machine assistance of any kind, we will need to know which core size to use.


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Most labelling machines will only be able to work with one specific unwind direction, so having your labels produced in the wrong feed direction can cause production delays and downtime.


The chart above shows the range of options, which includes:


Narrow Edge Leading

1. Outside Head Leading

2. Outside Foot Leading

5. Inside Head Leading

6. Inside Foot Leading


Wide Edge Leading

3. Outside Right Leading

4. Outside Left Leading

7. Inside Right Leading

8. Inside Left Leading


Just like the core size of 1-inch or 3-inches, your equipment will be set up to handle a specific rewind direction.


Roll Size Outer Diameter

The size of each label roll is known to as the O.D., or Outside Diameter. This can be crucial information for both hand and machine application.

For machine application, the O.D. is important because each machine is different and will have a different maximum O.D., as well as core size and necessary rewind direction. Check with your equipment manufacturer for exact specifications or ask one of our sales team who will help you find this out.







The bigger the OD and, the more efficient the application process since less time is spent in change overs. Once we have the maximum OD your setup can take we can the calculate the total number of labels we can fit onto a roll.


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