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David Fabris, GMN
By David Fabris | Jul 25, 2016
Varian medical label

Varian Medical Systems, a customer we have served for over two decades, has trusted us with printing many of their medical labels on a routine basis. One of the “regular runners” we produce for Varian is known as the transfer imprintable label, which is made for their oncology radiation devices. At first glance, this appears to be a very ordinary label, yet there are many complex elements that go into creating this label that allow it to meet its medical requirements and application needs.

Medical labels need to be durable so they can stand up to the tough environmental conditions they are repeatedly exposed to. As a result, we use a special ink to print this label because it provides chemical and physical resistance properties, improved print quality and color accuracy.

Even more noteworthy, the label is made from thermal transfer printed materials. The paper, polyester stocks, inks, varnishes, and laminates that we incorporate into the labels all contain a variety of thermal transfer properties. We use these specialty materials and processes so the label can go through a thermal transfer printing process (or secondary printing) on the customer’s end. Whether the secondary printing is handwritten or a serialized barcode/human readable data, it is easier for customers to print on a label where the necessary graphic information is already provided.

Once the labels are printed, pin feed holes are inserted into the liner. These are added because the majority of thermal transfer printed labels are applied at the customer location. Commonly, we receive specific roll and packaging dimensions from the customer to ensure that the labels can fit and be applied properly on their machines. We stringently adhere to these specifications to allow for increased functionality and accuracy during secondary printing and application by the customer.

Despite this label’s simple appearance, there are many layers behind its creation, and at GM Nameplate we work with customers to supply them with effective solutions so we can build and sustain long-lasting business relationships.