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By Daniel Gesua | Aug 27, 2018
Warning Labels

Introduction: A hero emerges!

Meet Gary! Gary hails from a proud species of creators, merchants, and manufacturers who are overflowing with passion to improve society through providing products of immeasurable value. Gary loves his job and takes great pride in his reputation as an environmentally-conscious, efficient, and compliant provider of high-quality goods.  

But on August 30th, new revisions to California’s Proposition 65 (or Prop 65 for short) are being released, and since many of Gary’s customers reside in California, he knows that some of his products may be impacted.


Background: The hero’s challenge

In 1986, California enacted Prop 65, ensuring that businesses provide “clear and reasonable” warnings before “knowingly and intentionally” exposing the public to a certain list of substances which are known to cause cancer or reproductive harm.

To become compliant, companies had to make a choice: either redesign their products to reduce their exposures below the “safe harbor levels,” or commit to displaying complaint warnings that inform consumers of the possible risks before they buy. The substance list is updated yearly by California legislature and consists of over 900 chemicals, including many commonly found materials such as wood dust, aspirin, and gasoline.

Since its enactment, Prop 65 has challenged many companies. In 2016, there were 760 in-court litigation settlements totaling in approximately $30,000,000, and 339 out-of-court settlements totaling in approximately $10,000,000, averaging to over $36,000 per case. Furthermore, all cases related to Prop 65 are open to the public, which can threaten to hurt Gary’s hard-earned reputation!


The Problem: New changes effective August 30th, 2018

Starting on the 30th of August, companies will have new standards to meet under Prop 65. Among other things, the new revision of Prop 65 establishes new formalized labeling requirements for:

  • Foods and alcoholic beverages
  • Certain specific products such as furniture
  • Certain specific environments such as enclosed parking areas

It also adds new requirements including:

  • For products to display warnings in all languages that are already on the label
  • The statement of the specific substance names on the warning signs at each location that the product is on display
  • Presence of the Prop 65 website link on the warnings (www.P65Warnings.ca.gov)
  • Placement of the triangular yellow warning symbol (⚠) on most warnings
  • New requirements related to online sales and catalogues
  • Changes to the language that goes on the labels

Faced with these new changes, Gary has quite a lot on his plate. Not only will Gary be forced to review all his products for the existence of Prop 65 substances and perform scientific tests to assess the exposures they can cause, but he also must overhaul and relabel many of his products, so they meet the new standard.

Luckily for Gary, his loyal friend GM Nameplate (GMN) is just one phone call away.


The stress-free solution: Call the labeling experts

So, without hesitation, Gary makes the call to GMN to find a solution.

GMN Rep: “Hi old friend. How can we help you today?”

Gary: “My team just informed me that 40% of our inventory is affected by the new language requirements of Prop 65. We need to relabel our products to give warnings in Spanish, French, and Japanese, and include a yellow warning signal. We’d also like to reconsider our materials and replace our color palette for a more vibrant shine. The labels need to be scratch proof and heat resistant, and we need them all by the end of next week. Do you think you could help us?”

GMN Rep: “Absolutely! Fear not! We’ve got just the thing!”

The GMN team immediately got to work, and by the end of week, the problem was solved. Now Gary’s team can rest easy and go back to focusing on their true objective of creating amazing products.

If you are like Gary and need to print new custom labels to comply with the changes in Prop 65, request a quote from GMN and we’ll get started on your solution today.

By Alison Alvarez | Jan 30, 2017
Domed magni-lens metallic label for InterMetro

InterMetro, a global manufacturer of storage and transport products, contacted GM Nameplate (GMN) regarding a label for their medical storage units. Their primary concern for the label was its ability to withstand environmental conditions. In the medical setting, the label would be in constant contact with harsh chemicals, so GMN suggested a magni-lens domed part for protection and longevity. Because of their durability, magni-lens domed labels are very popular among medical device companies.

In addition to endurance, InterMetro wanted their part to stand out. InterMetro decided on a bright Mylar substrate that included a silver metallic background with purple transparent ink which allowed the bright material to show through and highlight the product name. The part was also embossed to create a dimensional effect. In the end, the metallic magni-lens label proved to be a more cost effective option than metal, while maintaining a similar appearance and sheen.   

Thorough production and inspection processes are required to ensure the creation of a reliable, uniform label. At GMN, we maintain high-quality standards of production and carefully inspect each product for consistency and excellence.

David Fabris, GMN
By David Fabris | Oct 4, 2016
The two main types of barcodes are 1D (linear) and 2D (QR codes and data matrix).

Consumers interact with barcodes almost on a daily basis. From the linear barcodes found at grocery and retail stores, to the QR codes that direct users to a site, an offer, or other useful information, barcodes create a streamlined process from inventory management to consumer interaction or purchase.   

Two general types of barcodes include 1D (linear) and 2D (QR codes and data matrix). Linear barcodes contain straight lines that when scanned, show the corresponding product and price. Store managers use these to improve their inventory management system by viewing what has recently been sold.

QR codes link to a specific website, page, discount, or web coupon for customers to use. Companies use QR codes to connect and interact with their audience.

Data matrix barcodes can be used for a variety of purposes, including identifying the part or serial number or the manufacturing dates of warehouse products.  

For more information about GM Nameplate’s barcoding capabilities, check out our labels page.

Anna Minzel, GMN
By Anna Minzel | Oct 29, 2015
Overlay for the Fluke Corporation

GM Nameplate has had a long history of working with Fluke Corporation, a producer of electronic test and measurement tools. GMN began supplying to Fluke from the company’s beginning and the two have been working together ever since. Over the years, GMN has produced overlays for many of Fluke’s measuring devices.

Creating an overlay for Fluke’s 5730A High Performance Multifunction Calibrator was one of the most challenging projects in the partnership’s history. Multiple overlays were manufactured by GMN for this product, including the thin gray strip on the top of the device as well as the overlay behind the cord plug-ins. The latter overlay was difficult to produce because it has so many different holes, making accurate registration really important. In order to ensure that the registration was done correctly and that the overlay would fit on correctly, a laser was used rather than a steel rule die. The laser has the tight tolerance levels that the overlay needed for accuracy, but isn’t as expensive as class A tooling can be. These overlays were made in GMN’s North Carolina division.

GMN was able to meet Fluke’s cost requirements and project requirements by offering a variety of overlay material and shearing solutions. After many years as a supplier, GMN and Fluke Corporation continue to partner together on both old and new projects.

By admin | Oct 20, 2014
GMN Hero David Fabris

“I love what I do.  I love the company I work for.  I love my job.”

Solving customer challenges is a capability in which many GM Nameplate employees take pride. For GMN’s David Fabris, it is also what makes his job fulfilling.

David started with GMN over 19 years ago as a screen printer operator when he was immediately recommended to apply for an opening in process engineering. Because of the encouragement to try for the position, he was able to quickly rise to his potential in the process engineering department. 

Always excited to go to work with customers and teammates, David Fabris is now the manager of customer service and process engineering in GMN’s San Jose, CA division. He carries the responsibility of supporting the sales team, account managers, process engineers, operations, and the customer, along with providing technical assistance. He makes sure his team and customers are happy. “As a manager, I want to always be supportive and aware of my team,” David states, which is proven in his day-to-day leadership.

 “We don’t do easy things at GMN we do great things,” says David.

GMN leadership has always looked to individuals to be the best they can be — committed to work and to people. Always evolving to deliver greater value to the customer, the culture of GMN is prospering with the help of employees like David. Not only does he manage his team, providing support and inspiration, he also encourages them to spend time reading articles about leadership and new things.  Learning about life, is something David finds truly important.

Every day, David looks forward to stepping foot in his office to take on new challenges and complex problems. He is dedicated to all GMN customers whether he is engaging with them directly, or supporting them through member of our team. 

“Customer focus is solving their problem, supporting their needs, and allowing them to focus on what is important. If we do a good job, our customer doesn’t have to think about the solutions we provide to them—we do that for them,” says David.

For over half a century GM Nameplate has been serving the nameplate manufacturing industry with pride and commitment. To celebrate GM Nameplate’s 60th Anniversary, the team at GM Nameplate decided to shine the spotlight on some of the people who have helped make GM Nameplate and our customers successful.

Cynthia Schulte, GMN
By Cynthia Schulte | Oct 6, 2014
Custom lexan labels

There's a lot of discussion in the marketing field about branding and its application to overall businesses. Expanding the definition of a brand from the logo or trademark used by a business to the entirety of its operations makes sense because the original application of branding was so successful. By differentiating a product or service from the similar offerings of competitors, companies create an opportunity for customers to not only purchase and use an item, but develop a relationship with the organization behind it. Forbes pointed out products and services have a limited lifecycle, but a stable company can develop positive, long-term relationships with purchasers.

Developing a consistent identity for products is important. While the individual design of a logo depends on unique concerns at the individual level of the business, as well as considerations about the market and industry the company is in, making sure that a brand or logo is correctly presented and displayed is easier. There are practical issues that come up, such as the level of spending on a label for a disposable product or the environmental conditions that an item may be subjected to, but these are more easily resolved than questions of brand identity.

For businesses that want to use labels to enhance product recognition and brand identity, here are a few parts of the process to consider:

  • How faithfully will the logo be replicated?: For companies using a simple, two-tone word mark or a single-width line drawing logo, reproduction will be relatively easy. As long as the logo isn't drastically reduced in size and a faithful source image can be provided, most branding labels, regardless of size or composition, will appear accurate. For more complex logos, accuracy and clarity need to be a priority. Businesses that want to use a small logo label should consider using a simplified graphic or, even better, their word mark.
  • Color-fastness and adhesives: For labels on products exposed to the elements or other environmental abuse, fading can occur based on the types of inks and substrates used. The colors of a logo can also have an effect on how quickly a label starts to deteriorate. Consider not only the placement of a label but the colors and materials involved as well.

A high-quality manufacturer, such as GM Nameplate, will be able to provide a variety of options and use experience to produce an accurate and long-lasting label no matter the environment.