The unusual name often ascribed to this type of label comes from their design, since they comprise two layers of labels, one “piggybacking” on the other. This creates labels within labels and both layers are self-adhesive. with the main, primary or “parent” label being applied and the secondary labels peeled off for application onto related files, forms or items. Dynamic and versatile piggback labels can be created in design constructions that suit multiple and specific applications in a wide variety of label materials.
In terms of process flexibility, operational time-savings and brand impact, these labels are difficult to replace. There is a wide range of beneficial applications from a simple shipping label through to an attractive, well designed, personalised, branded promotional label. Standard piggyback labels use a printable paper or Polymer facestock, with two adhesive layers and two release liners (glassine and/or Polyester in different combinations) and each layer has a different release level so automatic dispensing is problem-free. The bottom self-adhesive label is usually designed to stay attached to the surface to which it is applied, enabling the top self-adhesive layer to be peeled off and reapplied elsewhere.
In a typical application the main or “parent” label can be supplied plain or printed on rolls and sheets in label materials that are compatible with most conventional printing methods and might be used for asset or inventory tracking using the removable labels to identify the items being tracked. In this application example the main label could have printed on it:
The top and bottom labels containing much of the same information are very practical for physical item tracking. A top label is peeled and placed on the item to be tracked, while the bottom label remains on the physical reference file or inventory manifest. Examples of where these labels are used:
Often used on blood bags in blood banks and on hospital patients medical files when sub-sets of the physical file are sent to other departments. Also when ordered as cryogenic label material for the labelling of samples to be autoclaved and sterilised prior to cold storage.
Widely used in eCommerce and by Shipping & Courier companies for the tracking of packages to trigger IT input and provide a secondary physical record of progress through the delivery chain.
Still the product of choice for many retail promotions. For example a general or individually personalised coupon can be removed leaving the promotional label still affixed.
At AA Labels you are able to access our label design and engineering expertise to assist you in determining the specific requirements of your label application and select the most appropriate materials and adhesives. With the proper combination of these factors your labels will work, have high bonding strength and excellent print quality, if printing is a requirement. If purchasing plain labels for the printing of variable data in-house, then you also have the flexibility of selecting from roll and sheet formats dependent upon the type of printer to be used.
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