There are many styles of dies available to manufacture labels depending on how they will be used and applied. Dies can be tooled to create styles such as square corners, round corners, circles, bursts, ovals, special shapes,individual sheets, etc.
Die-cut labels are the most common style of labels. They can be a round corner rectangle, circle, oval, burst, or other special shape. A steel die with multiple cavities tooled to the size and shape of the die-cut is required. This die then cuts though the face stock and adhesive but not through the liner. The matrix (waste) around the die-cut is removed, leaving the label on the liner ready for application. Die-cut labels are easily removed from the liner and are less likely to lift when subjected to extreme environments. Die-cut labels are usually supplied on a roll. Machine applied and most machine imprinted labels are die-cut style labels.
Pinfeed labels are commonly used to add variable computer generated information. They are die-cut labels with the addition of pinfeed holes cut into the liner for use with a dot matrix printer. Die-cut pinfeed labels require a 3/8" – 1/2" space on each side of the label and a minimum of 31/2 " of liner width to accommodate most dot matrix printers. These labels can be delivered fan-folded or on rolls.
A rectangular shaped square corner label separated from each other by a single straight blade cut. There are no gaps or extra liner around the label. A butt cut blade cuts through the face stock and adhesive, but not the liner. There are no bleeds on butt cut labels. These labels are delivered on rolls.
A rectangular shaped square corner label that is sheeted individually using a straight edge blade. A sheeter blade cuts through the face stock, adhesive, and liner. A top score or a back score is added to “crack and peel” the liner from the label. There are no bleeds on sheeted labels. They are delivered as individual labels.