Linerless Label Solution

How Can a Linerless Label Solution from Zebra Benefit Your Business?

Implementing a linerless label print solution from Renovotec and Zebra Technologies can provide many benefits. Such as faster operations, cutting down on overheads and even helping reduce your carbon footprint.

Unlike standard linered labels, linerless labels do not have a liner with a release coating. Which is where the label peels away and separates the adhesive from the labels underneath it on the roll. Instead, similar to a roll of tape, linerless labels feature a silicone release coating on the top layer and a special adhesive that enables them to peel away without creating needless wastage.

Linerless labels are successfully used for a wide variety of versatile applications across various industry settings. Including warehousing and DCs, transport & logistics, manufacturing, the retail supply chain, hospitality and healthcare.

Key benefits to switching to linerless label printing

  • Increase printer uptime – No need for peeling labels or disposing of the backing liner. Linerless media rolls contain up to 50% more labels and require fewer roll changes.
  • Print only what you need – Linerless provides variable label lengths without calibration. It also helps minimise waste.
  • Achieve sustainability – This printing solution provides support for your environmental efforts. In addition to minimal disposal costs.
  • Save on transport costs– Linerless label rolls weigh 40% less. Thus, reducing shipment costs and CO² emissions.
  • Free up storage space – Up to 50% more labels per roll reduces the number of rolls requiring storage.
  • Ensure workspace safety – Linerless reduces slip hazards from liner piles that accumulate beneath the printer.

Top considerations when implementing a linerless solution

Print Performance

Linerless labels typically require a higher print darkness setting than standard direct thermal labels. The heat generated by the printhead must penetrate through the release coating to activate the direct thermal chemistry to create a readable and durable image. To ensure the release coating does not build-up on the printhead, extended print quality testing is required.


Proper Manufacturing

To ensure a proper fit in the printer, linerless labels must be carefully manufactured and precisely wound on the core. Unlike standard labels, linerless labels cannot be easily adjusted on the roll. (Due to the absence of the liner.) To prevent printer feeding issues or jamming, it is important that the label release coating has cured properly during manufacture. And that the adhesive chemistry is compatible with the platen roller.


Testing and Maintenance

To minimise cleaning and maintenance, linerless media needs to be extensively tested in compatible printers. Thus ensuring minimal adhesive build up, optimal print quality, and smooth label throughput. This goes along with having to replace printheads and platen rollers.


Maximising the Return on Investment of a Linerless Labelling Solution With Zebra

Zebra designs and manufactures its desktop and mobile linerless printers to deliver premium print quality and performance when paired with Zebra-certified linerless supplies. Its Printer and Supplies R&D Team pre-tests Zebra’s linerless materials throughout the development of their mobile and desktop linerless printers. Ensuring high-quality, durable print and adhesive compatibility with each printer.


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