Is it Time for Linerless Labels?

For a long time, there has been interest in producing labeling systems that eliminate the silicon coated release liner that is used with pressure sensitive labels. This has been happening since at least the 1980’s (see this Labeling News post) and the thermo-sensitive labels used extensively by the pharmaceutical industry until the mid-1990’s, were an effective linerless solution.

Fast forward to today and the latest linerless label solution is the Catalyst LinerFree solution from NuLabel Technologies. While most label companies attempting to come up with a linerless solution have used pressure sensitive adhesive, the Catalyst concept uses an adhesive that is completely dry until activated with a water based activation fluid. The labels are made in a continuous length that is coated with the adhesive and are cut to size right after printing.

Why Catalyst?

The Catalyst concept offers several advantages over conventional pressure sensitive labels. One of the most obvious is that eliminating the need for the release liner provides twice as many labels on the same roll diameter. The other major advantage is that linerless labeling solutions such as Catalyst reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills – the fact Catalyst labels use direct thermal print technology, also means that no printing ribbon waste is produced. If your business has sustainability targets, Catalyst is a step towards success.

Efficiency increases and greener labeling could well make Catalyst an attractive proposition.

Where to use Catalyst?

The Catalyst system is well suited for secondary packaging applications, such as labeling shipping cases with GS1 logistics labels, where the tamp application method can be used.

Catalyst and ID Technology

ID Technology Catalyst Linerless Labeling

At ID Technology, we have been working with NuLabel Technologies to develop a linerless version of our Model 255 labeling system integrated with the Catalyst concept. Already the market leader in print and apply labeling, the modular design of the 255 enables it to be equipped with Catalyst activation and application module as well as any of the ID Technology application modules for conventional labels.

The Model 255 is controlled by an Allen-Bradley PLC with enhanced communications for interfacing with just about any MES or line control software.

Which Label Technology is Best?

Because every customer has unique aspirations and goals for their product identification, there is no single answer to this. At ID Technology we are a major producer of labels and can provide pressure sensitive and linerless labels in both thermal transfer and direct thermal printing technology. We are happy to spend time with you to review your labeling operations and help determine which approach is best.

Contact ID Technology today to get started! Call us at 888-438-3242 Option#3 or you can contact David Holliday at We’ll get you in touch with one of our ID Technology specialists right in your area.

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