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Tagless pad printing vs heat transfer

 Pad Printing vs.
 Heat Transfer

   Comparison of tagless technology: pad printed tags
   versus heat transfer labels

Tagless Label Technology Comparison:
Pad Printing vs. Heat Transfer

The chart below is a comparison of two methods of making tagless neck labels - the older Heat Transfer method and the newer Tagless Pad Printing method. When it comes to consumer health, costs, durability, production speed and branding flexibility, pad printed tags have a number of crucial advantages. Judge for yourself!

If you have further questions about Tagless Pad Printing or concerns as to whether it will be a good fit for your business, please call us at 978-646-8980 (USA), 905-426-5325 (Canada) or 504-2510-2055 (Honduras).

Printed tags are NAMSA certified to have zero skin irritation Heat transfer labels reportedly have caused allergic reactions in a number of babies and adults
Printed tags are compliant with CPSIA'08: the Sapphire® ink for tagless garments is certified phthalate-free and PVC-free. Heat transfer labels are currently being reformulated to become phthalate-free and PVC-free - which in some cases resulted in serious adhesion and application problems
Cost per printed tag ~ $0.003 Cost per label for high volumes ~ $0.02
Cost per label for low volumes ~ $0.06
$70.00 (cost of 1 ink can) = 100,000 tags $600.00 (minimum quantity for new orders) = 10,000 labels
Compact and durable supplies can be easily stored in cabinets Funds tied up in label inventory that occupies a lot of storage space and gets damaged easily
Low utility costs: air is less than 0.5 cfm, electricity is 0.87amp/10watt (per machine) Sky-high electricity costs
Tags withstand 50 industrial washes Labels begin to break after 5-10 industrial washes
Tags can be stretched - good for flexible garments Labels break apart on stretching
If garment shrinks after washing, tag also shrinks If garment shrinks after washing, label causes unsightly dent on garment
Tags stay soft hand even after washing - great for intimate apparel Labels may have rough texture
Average cycle time for machine ~ 1000 tags per hour Average cycle time for machine ~ 400 labels per hour
Change graphics on demand!
A new design can be made in less than 20 minutes
3 weeks lead time for changing graphics.
Minimum order - 12,000 labels
Ability to date and lot code to meet CPSIA regulations Date and lot coding requires separate operation
Ability to reduce "show through" by reducing ink laydown - great for intimate apparel No ability to control "show through"

Main Benefits of Tagless Pad Printing:

  • Flexibility - easily change graphics on garments based on need, reduce inventory costs and label stock
  • Cost savings - pad printed labels are less expensive than thermal transfer
  • Better durability - no cracking of the label
  • Dries quickly - touch dry immediately, stack and pack right after printing
  • High quality image - as small as 4 pt. type
  • High productivity - from 600 to 1500 prints per hour, depending on the graphic
  • Does not damage fabric - does not effect garment texture
  • Has "soft hand" - does not have a rough texture

For a no-charge consultation, please contact us at one of our 7 direct sales offices in the North and Central America.

Para ayuda en español, por favor llame Ud. a Victor Uzarraga 520-682-8246 (está en Arizona, EEUU) o
Luis Gúnera: +504-2510-2055 (está en Choloma, Honduras).
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