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labels for pharmaceuticals

The products you need when you’re in a tight spot

Whether it is to support branding and shelf appeal with cosmetic labels or to convey critical information to scientists, pharmacists and patients with pharmaceutical labels, narrow cylindrical shapes can be challenging. Technicote offers flexible tight mandrel label materials with high performance adhesives that create a long lasting label that looks great. Please be sure to consult our knowledgeable technical team in order to receive the best solution for your given application.

Tight mandrel material highlights

PAPERS, FILMS AND LINERS

Technicote’s available substrates are a wide variety of flexible papers and semiconformable films of varying colors, stiffness and opacity to work with specific adhesives for consistent and reliable small diameter performance. These include:

  • Lightweight semigloss & litho
  • Thermal transfer, direct thermal papers and films
  • White, Clear, Metallized films
  • Permanent and removable adhesives
  • Film and paper liner options

QUALITY ADHESIVES

  • Click here to view Technicote’s ISO 9001:2015 certification by site
  • All are compliant with FDA 175.105 for indirect food contact, CONEG, RoHS and Reach
  • High-performance offers high initial tack and ultimate bond strength, resulting in excellent mandrel hold
  • Low migration adhesives ensure the adhesives does not penetrate a package and come in contact with a drug product
  • Technicote TS523 and TR440 adhesives are latex glove friendly

Tight mandrel market demand

A number of markets require specialized solutions for tight mandrel labels. Two of those highlighted industries are:

PHARMACEUTICALS

Pharmaceutical labels focus on providing critical information that hospitals, doctors and consumers rely on. Information may include usage instructions, dosages, potential side effects and manufacturing dates. These labels can be found on vials and test tubes and sterilization products and often have migration and temperature requirements.

COSMETICS

Labels on beauty care products need to convey much more than the required information and instructions for use. Consumers look to these labels for assurance that a brand shares their values and to convey the confidence in the effectiveness of the product.

tight mandrel label products
TECHNICAL TIPS

Below are a few helpful hints from our experienced Technical Team to make your tight mandrel project a success:

Top-Coating & Finishing
If converters are considering adding a top-coat, consider UV Coating as it does not impact the flexibility of the label material. While laminates offer more durability, the extra material increases rigidity and the possibility of flagging corners.

Edge Overlap
Develop an edge overlap so the label can stick to itself and ensure better adhesion to the substrate. Having the right material and knowledge for unique applications is critical to solving the need for your customers. Turn to Technicote technical team to answer your questions on material solutions.

Benefits of Technicote’s Tight Mandrel Labels

varietyVARIETY OF SUBSTRATES

Technicote’s portfolio has plenty of stock material options to provide the stiffness and opaqueness for your project.

qualityQUALITY AND COMPLIANCE

Our materials have attained the certifications required for unique tight mandrel applications.

small orderSMALL MINIMUM ORDERS

Reduce waste and costs — a 2,500′ minimum of custom coat roll label products through our Tech 25 program.

TECHNICALtechnical expertise EXPERTISE

Our knowledgeable team has been creating products for decades. We’ll ensure you get the right solution.

Tight Mandrel Product Range

DESCRIPTIONADHESIVELINERMARKETPRINT METHOD
55# Hi-Bright Semigloss: A premium semigloss calendar coated one side stock with excellent ink receptivity and print characteristics. This stock offers an 88% brightness has an 87% opacity and a 70% gloss rating.TS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCKPharmaceutical, Syringe, Cosmetic, Office SupplyWater-based Flexo,
UV Flexo, UV Letterpress, Rotary Screen
60# Ultra White Semigloss: A premium coated one side stock with outstanding ink receptivity and print characteristics. It also offers good flexibility and high internal strength for ease in converting. This face offers a 90% Brightness and an 88% opacity.TS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCKPharmaceutical, Syringe, Cosmetic, Office SupplyWater-based Flexo,
UV Flexo, UV Letterpress, Rotary Screen
Digital Semigloss: A 60# premium semigloss calendar coated one side stock with a top coating for digital toner printing. It also offers good flexibility and high internal strength for ease in converting.TS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCKPharmaceutical, Syringe, Cosmetic, Office SupplyHP Indigo
Silver Metallized Paper: A reflective, acrylic lacquer coated metallized paper facestock for excellent flexographic print results.TS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCKCosmetic, Office SupplyWater-based Flexo,
UV Flexo, UV Letterpress, Rotary Screen
2 mil Crystal Clear BOPP: A 2 mil clear biaxially oriented polypropylene with exceptional clarity, excellent die-cut performance and great stiffness. TS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCK
1.2 mil PET
Vial/Syring, Cosmetic, Office SupplyWater-based Flexo,
UV Flexo, UV Letterpress, Rotary Screen
2 mil Storm Clear BOPP: A high performance, 2 mil clear biaxially oriented polypropylene film. Corona treated for excellent label printing.TS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCK
1.2 mil PET
Vial/Syring, Cosmetic, Office SupplyHP Indigo
Radiant White Laser: 50# bright white smooth facestock that provides excellent toner printing anchorage for sheet-fed ink jet and laser printers.TS523
TP170
TR440
50#SCKPrescription LabelWater-based Flexo,
UV Flexo, UV Letterpress, Rotary Screen, Laser, Ink Jet
2.6 mil Technisheen: A 2.6 mil biaxially oriented polypropylene with a cavitated opaque OPP core and a top-coated glossy print surface.TP170
TR440
40#SCK
1.2 mil PET
Cosmetics Office SuppyWater-based Flexo, UV Flexo, UV Letterpress, Rotary Screen
2 mil Metallized TC BOPP: 2 mil coated one side metallized BOPP designed
for high sheen, metallized appearance and high-speed press performance. Typical applications are beverage, health and beauty and pharmaceutical.
TS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCK
1.2 mil PET
Cosmetics Office SuppyWater-based Flexo,
UV Flexo, UV Letterpress, Rotary Screen
2 mil Storm Metallized NTC BOPPTS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCK
1.2 mil PET
Cosmetics Office SuppyHP Indigo
Techni-Therm Direct Pharma: A top-coated for resistance to contaminants such as water, isopropyl alcohol and hand sanitizers often found in healthcare settings. Also has high thermal sensitivity to support lower printhead energy settings.TS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCK810055Direct Thermal
Light Weight Litho: A light weight Thermal Transfer facestock with outstanding ink receptivity and print characteristics. It also offers good flexibility and high internal strength for ease in converting.TS523
TP170
TR440
40#SCKPharmaceuticalThermal Transfer
4 mil TC Vinyl: A 4 mil flexible white vinyl with polymeric plasticizers, formulated to provide optimum performance with pressure sensitive adhesives.TS52350#SCKCosmetic - Lip BalmWater-based Flexo,
UV Flexo, UV Letterpress, Rotary Screen

Tight Mandrel Adhesive Chart

ADHESIVEADHESIVE TYPEMIN APP TEMPSERVICE TEMP RANGEGLASSPLASTIC - LOW SEPLASTIC - HIGH HEPACKAGING FILMMOISTURE
TS523Permanent35°F-65°F to 140°FExcellentAverageAverageAverageAverage
TP170Acrylic35°F-65°F to 180°FExcellentNot RecommendedNot RecommendedAverageNot Recommended
TR440Acrylic40°F-65°F to 150°FNot RecommendedExcellentExcellentAverageAverage