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Monthly Archives: May 2017

  • How to Reduce Hearing Loss Incidences in Industrial Workers

    Industrial deafness is one of the most common occupational hazards these days and is the major concern especially for the people working in the manufacturing sector. While working with machines, repeated exposure to noise can lead to noise induced hearing loss. Noisy environment at work means every day of constant exposure to the unsafe environment for your ears. Wearing a hearing protector is advised by physicians if the sound level exceeds 85 decibels at workplace. Apart from the regular kind of noise that is produced during a mechanical operation, there is an impulse noise that is sudden and loud like the ear-splitting sound of a nail-gun firing or an air-compressor when it reaches its apex. These harsh sounds can cause a severe hearing impairment or can even startle a worker while carrying out dangerous tasks that would invite other hazardous accidents at workplace.

    Do hearing protections prevent hearing loss incidences?

    Definitely yes. There is a variety of hearing protection devices and the choice depends on the nature of work environment that individuals work in and the type of sounds they are exposed to. Certain industries such as warehousing, transportation, and carpentry have intermittent noises that are bearable and cause a controlled damage that can be simply avoided by using ear plugs (for eg. Max Lite ear plugs, Laser Lite ear plugs) or other low-end options. However, the heavy work industries like manufacturing, mining, and other similar industries have aggressive and high volume noise that can lead to complete loss of hearing.

    Hearing Protection - Ear Muff available at Packaging Supplies By Mail Hearing Protection - Ear Muff

    Hearing protection devices (HPDs) such as advanced ear plugs and high quality ear muffs are comfortable and convenient options that serve as a protection in the noisy environment and offer safety to the industry workers. 3M and Howard Leight and Moldex have a good range of hearing protection devices that have proved their capacities through extensive use since years now. They are manufactured with maximum comfort features so that your normal activities are not hampered and there is no inconvenience.

    You will find a variety of hearing protection devices at Packaging Supplies By Mail store at economical prices and different package sizes so that you can stock up enough for your workplace. Visit us at https://www.packagingsuppliesbymail.com/hearing-protection to look out for the most suitable hearing protection for your peculiar needs or call us at 1-800-456-2467 and we will be happy to fulfill your order at the earliest.

  • Difference Between Thermal Transfer Labels and Direct Thermal Labels

    Thermal Transfer Labels:-

    The thermal transfer labels are labels that require a ribbon while printing. Both the ribbon and label goes through the printer where wax and resin is transferred onto the label with the help of heat (hence the name – thermal transfer labels). The ribbon’s function is similar to that of ink in inkjet printers. The wax and resin have replaced ink here. The ribbons used in thermal transfer labels are available in colors other than black, letting you have a multi-colored print. Thermal transfer labels are scratch-resistant and durable too – ideal to be used for various applications.

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    Direct Thermal Labels:-

    Unlike the thermal transfer labels, the direct thermal labels do not use ribbons to print. In direct thermal label printing, the labels feed directly into the printer and as the print head runs over the label, a chemical reaction takes place due to which the heated portions darken causing the printed label. When compared to the thermal transfer printing, the direct thermal label printing is convenient and cost saving as it does not require ribbon. However, there is a downside of using these labels – they are not tough enough to resist scratches or heat and are susceptible to fading when exposed to direct sunlight or stored in warm places.

    Here are the pros and cons of both the label types for you to decide on which suits better to your requirements:

    Thermal Transfer Labels



    • No waiting time for letting the ink dry
    • Low operational costs
    • Swift, reliable printing
    • Not resistant to humidity, temperature, or chemicals
    • Discoloration over time
    • Print can be damaged due to friction/abrasion

    Direct Thermal Labels



    • Ink dries quickly
    • Long lasting prints
    • Ability to withstand liquids and chemicals
    • Excellent temperature resistance (freezing to boiling)
    • Can smudge under heavy abrasion
    • Only wax can be used with materials like paper

    Packaging Supplies By Mail are leading suppliers of shipping labels – both the direct thermal labels and thermal transfer labels. The Direct Thermal labels are usually put to use for short-term barcode labels, pallet labels, and address labels while Thermal Transfer labels are used for wire marking, asset tags, high-density barcode labels, or indoor/outdoor signage. We stock varied size options in different pack quantities for making appropriate product available to your business’s specific requirements. For more details, visit https://www.packagingsuppliesbymail.com/labels or call us at 1-800-456-2467.

  • Why Are Direct Thermal Labels Used for Barcode Printing?

    Barcoding is an amazing introduction to the world with its unique contribution to the retail industry. With just a few lines, barcodes convey so much information related to a specific product. This fine array of lines is printed on very tiny direct thermal labels that are most commonly used for barcode printing. Manufacturers use the barcodes on the thermal labels to code information about a product while retailers use them to automate inventory management and to scan merchandise easily for pricing. Recently, produce suppliers have started using the direct thermal labels with barcode printed on them on fresh foods.

    Direct Thermal Labels available at Packaging Supplies By Mail Direct Thermal Labels

    While there are so many label choices available on the market, direct thermal labels are the ones which are mostly preferred for industrial purposes as barcodes can be printed on them via either direct thermal printing or thermal transfer. This method is comparatively less expensive and has proved to be an effective solution for many applications. Direct thermal labels find many useful purposes whether it be labeling an avocado or a pallet. They are ideal for short-term use or even up to months and years or for items that are kept indoors or for visitor passes. However, these labels are not resistant to high amount of UV radiation, abrasion, or moisture and therefore can easily get faded or turn completely black if not printed with the right thermal dye. You can use dyes or protective coating on the direct thermal labels while printing that would reduce harmful effects caused by some exposures. For example, the Polypropylene labels are coated with a synthetic substrate that creates a waterproof label and can be used for application on items that require refrigeration. Also, the direct thermal labels are an ideal choice for application on items that have a shorter shelf life (for example – bakery products & meat).

    Why surf the internet only to find a bad batch of thermal labels when you have a trusted supplier of quality direct thermal labels who have been supplying all kinds of labels to the industrial organizations and retailers at affordable rates. Visit https://www.packagingsuppliesbymail.com/labels to browse through a wide collection of thermal labels or contact us at 1-800-456-2467 to place an order with us.

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