This is a list of our most frequently asked questions
What is the minimum order quantity?

There is no minimum order quantity, but the price will be calculated based on the quantity.

What is tagless label printing?

Tagless label printing, or neck label printing, is a method of tagging garments (such as t-shirts and underwear) by printing the information about size and care directly onto the fabric. Today the most efficient technology for tagless is pad printing.

How long has tagless label printing been around?

Tagless printing really began about four to five years ago and started to take hold about two years ago. It is rapidly replacing sewn-in and thermal transfer labels in private labeling sector, where short runs and flexibility with graphics are a must. Tagless labeling is also becoming very popular in large-scale production due to significant cost savings.

What are the limitations of the older label technologies?

Sewn-in labels have high minimums, very long lead times and are expensive to make. With sewn-in labels you have to plan very far in advance. And, as we all know, they can be uncomfortable to the consumer.

Thermal transfer (also called heat transfer) is more along the lines of a tagless label but, again, has very high production minimums, long lead times and demands specialized equipment to apply the labels.

What are the advantages of tagless label printing?

• Printed tags are preferred by the consumers. The tags are “soft hand” – soft and flexible, barely noticeable on touch.

• Cost of a printed tag is much lower than that of sewn-in label or thermal transfer label, which makes production much more economical, especially for long runs.

• With tagless printing, unlike the older label technologies, you don’t have to order ready-made labels. This shortens lead times, reduces inventory, enables Just-In-Time production and gives you flexibility for private branding and short production runs.

• The printed tag is of very high resolution and quality and the characters can be as small as 4pt type.

• The printed tag does not crack and in general is more durable than heat transfer label. The print also does not alter the texture of the garment and does not damage it.

• Production is high speed: from 1200 to 2000 pph (pieces per hour) depending on the graphic. The tag can be printed on a finished garment, which does not have to be turned inside out. The printed tag dries very quickly so the garments can be stacked and packed right after printing.

• And… you can count on technical support from Inkcups Now specialists, who know tagless printing inside out.

What are cost benefits of tagless label printing?

Even at high volumes, a thermal transfer label could range from three to four cents per label; for a sewn-in label, it is even higher. With tag printing, the cost is significantly lower: from a can of ink that sells for $80, you typically get about 10,000 to 30,000 impressions, depending on the image size. This means the cost per print ranges from $0.002 to $0.007. When you add the cost of the printing pads, thinner and printing plates, the cost of a tag printed label ranges from $0.005 to a penny at most.

What are the limitations of the tagless label printing technology?

Tagless label printing doesn’t work on all fabrics. Flock fabrics, loose knits, single or double rip fabrics are difficult. Denims, which are very absorbent, also pose quite a challenge. There are size limitations: for logos larger than 7 inches in diameter pad printing is impractical, it would require specialty equipment.

What materials does tagless printing work best for?

Tagless printing works best for tight weaved cotton material or nylon. The reason is that the ink might bleed through the material if it is too thin.
Other textiles that can be tagged by pad printing are: ribbed cotton, fleece, flock materials.

What types of garments can be tagged by pad printing?

Tagless pad printing is used for many types of garments such as activewear (t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants), underwear (boxers, bras, tops, socks etc) and other apparel.

What inks are used for tagless label printing?

ICN has two ink series that work exceptionally well for tagless printing: MB and SB series. Both series are great for printing on cotton and nylon materials. Both resist cracking and pass industrial wash tests.

The MB is recommended for dark fabrics as it is more opaque. The SB is recommended for stretchy fabrics and synthetics as it has more elasticity. Also the SB is recommended for garments that will undergo dry cleaning as it is more resistant to the solvents used in dry cleaning.

Does tagless printing work for dark textiles?

Tagless printing does work for dark textiles. It is slightly more time consuming than printing on light colors because dark colors can require several overprints to saturate the fabric with ink.

What can I do to achieve a greater opacity?

To improve label opacity let the pad dwell on the shirt or over-compress it on the shirt. Also check that your ink is mixed with enough thinner to ensure the ink penetrates the garment properly.

Can I have printing plates made for me?

Yes, we make printing plates on a regular basis. Orders are typically completed within 1-2 business days. It’s especially popular with the customers who have just started tagless printing. At any time, we can help you switch to making plates at your facility.

Is there any specific cliché that works well for tagless label printing?

Using our Cobalt Steel Back laser plates will give you a precise depth of.0012″, which is optimal for ink coverage. Using Polymer plates with a 200 line screen will also work great. The difference between the two is that you need a laser engraver to etch the laser plate and an exposure unit to etch a polymer plate. The exposure unit is normally less expensive than a laser plate maker; however laser plate making is much easier and faster.

Should my print files be sent in CMYK or RGB mode?

All print files should be in CMYK mode as this is the mode required for the printing process or as spot colours.

Do you offer assistance with designing a print project?

Absolutely. We have a staff of experienced prepress professionals with knowledge of layout software, graphics. We can provide creative assistance and file development as part of your budgeted project.

What are the acceptable formats for digital art works?

Digital files can be in following formats: pdf, eps, cdr, or ai.

What is the price of a label?

This varies with order quantity, number of print colours, material type and the finish required.

What are the label sizes available?

We have many widths ranging from 10mm to 75mm and the length of labels can go up to 229mm.

What is the lead time?

For Labels usual lead time is 5 working days from the date of confirmation of artwork, but we can even arrange within 24 hours based on situation.

For Pre Press usually jobs are completed the same day or as per mutually agreed time frame.

What are the maximum number of colors that can be printed?

We can go up to maximum of 6 colors + 2 colors on the reverse side of the label.

How do you pack the labels?

Labels are supplied in rolls or cut/folded as per customers requirement.

How do I order?

Orders can e-mailed or faxed to weera_ind@sltnet.lk or +94-11-2328985 respectively.

How do I pay?

Payment can be direct to our account or on mutually agreed terms.

Can you print my logo?

It can be printed if the digital file is given to us in one of the following formats: .pdf .eps .cdr or .ai

What delivery options are available?

We deliver within the Greater Colombo Area with our routine deliveries.

What is a proof and why is it so important?

A proof is a sample of your artwork that we develop prior to going to print. The proof allows you to review the item carefully for layout, colors, and text and correct any errors you may find during this process. Your acceptance of a proof is our guarantee that we can go to print knowing you are satisfied. We encourage you to review it carefully.

What are the material types available?

Most popular materials are Polyster Satin and Nylon Tafetta, some other fabrics such as Cottons , Polyester Tafetta are also available.

What is the minimum / maximum size for positive output?

There is no minimum size. Maximum image area  is  810 mm (31.9″) x 1,120 mm (44.1″)

What is the price of a plate?

This varies with plate size.

What printing machine do I need for tagless label printing?

The choice of printer mostly depends on two factors:
– How many colors do you need?
– What’s the diameter of the largest image you want to be able to print?
We have a very extensive line of printers – from tabletop singe-color machine to 6 color machines, from standard models to models for large images. We also make custom fixtures and modules for further process automation.

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