Q1. What is radio frequency identification (RFID)?
Ans. RFID or Radio Frequency Identification is an emerging technology whereby data can be stored in smart label or tags (RFID tags). This data can be fetched by using radio frequency from a distance. Unlike barcode data RFID eliminates need of line of sight reading. RFID data can also be updated multiple times.
Q2. How to choose the best barcode scanner?
Ans. To choose right barcode scanner for a project we need to understand the application in details, type of barcode - 1D or 2D, reading distance, operation process (wired or wireless or mobile), environment etc. Please share your requirement in details for a discussion on selection of right barcode scanner for your need.
Q3. Will you supply printed barcodes or we need to print the barcode?
Ans. Whether the bar codes need to be printed at our facility or yours depends on your business need and feasibility as also the cost of implementation. Please reach out to us to determine which is the best option for you.
Q4. Can you supply us applicators to put barcodes?
Ans. We can supply barcode print & apply machine or a label applicator can be deployed to fix printed barcodes.
Q5. What is Barcode?
Ans. A bar code is nothing but a graphical representation of encoded data that is machine readable. Barcode scanner are used to read (scan & decode) the encoded data in a barcode. The technology was Invented in late 50's, and has evolved significantly over the years. Barcodes help to achieve speed and accuracy in a business process.
Q6. Is there any fee for printing barcodes?
Ans. You do not need any license fee to use most of the commonly used barcode except GS1 barcode. For GS1 barcode an organisation needs to take registration so there is a cost involved.
Q7. What is GS1 and how they are related to AIDC?
Ans. GS1 is a global standard that create a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations, assets and more. GS1 is an international not-for-profit association that provides the global framework and local implementation services in 114 countries. GS1 standards are used in two of the most popular AIDC technologies, i.e., Barcode and RFID and help trading partners to easily collaborate and share information across the supply chain. To obtain a GS1 Barcode an organisaition needs to do a registration with GS1 and in the process they get a unique numerical identification i.e. GS1 company prefix which is part of the EAN and UPC barcode for their products. The identification key for an item is also known as GTIN which is visible under the barcode and starts with 890 for products manufactured in India.
Q8. If a company wants to obtain a Barcode for itself what is the process?
Ans. It depends on the industry category and business logic. For manufacturers who wish to sell their products globally or through established retail chain, e-commerce channel they need to get registration with GS1 India for GTIN barcode (EAN or UPC) and for others any available symbology like Code 128, Code39, I2o5 or datamatrix, maxicode, PDF417 can be used. These barcodes can be generated either by using some barcode generating applications software or using the software that comes with the barcode printer.
Q9. Whats is the smallest size or barcode/Qr code scanner can read?
Ans. The size of the barcode depends on the data it consists and also on the quality of scanner being deployed. A high-end industrial scanner with better intelligence (decoding software) can scan a very small barcode.
Q10. What is Mobile Computer or Hand-Held Terminal?
Ans. As the name suggests these are portable computing devices equipped with various inputs systems like a barcode scanner, biometrics, MSR or RFID readers even with a thermal printer. The objective of mobile computers is to capture data, process, store in the memory and transfer to server or cloud-based database. These are deployed for on field application, production floor, warehouse area where PC or other computing terminals are not available.
Q11. Do you provide printing media for Barcode Printer?
Ans. Holoflex is a leading manufacturer of labels & hologram. We produce blank & pre-printed barcode labels - media for barcode printers. We do have the expertise to incorporate security elements to the barcode labels in form of integrated holograms, printed security features and also interactive features for the brands facing challenges from their counterfeiters. We also provide the Thermal Transfer Ribbon of all kinds to our customers.
Q12. Who will design the label and give training to operate the barcode system?
Ans. As a part of Holoflex printer installation process we provide operational training on barcode printer, scanner & labels designing software. Training of software also include designing of labels, printer settings etc. Training of barcode printer includes media loading, setting up printers, some basic maintenance & trouble shooting. During installation of printer, we help our customers by creating some initial label designs.
Q13. Does the printing software need to be purchased or comes with the printer?
Ans. A free version of printing software is provided by most of the barcode printer manufacturer, however these softwares have limitations of functionality. A pro version which is obviously a paid version invariably offers more functionality like database integration.
Q14. How to select right barcode printer for my purpose?
Ans. There are so many make and models of barcode printers available in the market. To select the right model, we need to understand the application in details along with few inputs like size & type of labels to be printed, print resolution, quantity to print in a week or month, environment, remote or desktop printing, stand alone or shared printing etc.
Q15. What is 1D & 2D barcode? Which barcode is good for my requirement?
Ans. 1D stands for One dimensional barcode, comprising of vertical black & white bars. These are first generation of barcode which can be read with any barcode scanner. But 1D bar codes need more horizontal space to print. 2D barcodes are two dimensional and can store more data in smaller area. QR code or Quick Response Barcode is a special form (symbology) of 2D barcode invented for particular application.
There are multiple factors which contribute to determine whether you need 1D or 2D barcode for your business process. Each of the variety has their own set of pros & cons, so it is better to discuss the use case and then select the kind of barcode that will serve your needs.
Q16. Do I need separate scanner for 1D & 2D barcode?
Ans. 1D scanners can only scan 1D barcode however with 2D barcode we can read both 1D & 2D barcode & QR code also. Most of the QR app available in the Appstore are capable of scanning both 1D & 2D barcodes. However, the performance depends on the camera quality also.
Q17. What is a QR code? What are most common application of QR code?
Ans. QR code or Quick Response Barcode which is used to access information or to take some digital action. QR code stores hyperlink to a webpage to perform some desired activities, like checking authentication of products, access information about the products or services, link to a business card. The potential is huge and new applications are being developed every day. We can discuss scope of opportunity and deliver QR code based customised solutions. Common applications are: Authentication check, link to company website & social media pages, link to registration form or feedback form, campaign analytics, inventory tracking, ticketing etc.
Q1. What is the use of a hologram?
Ans. A hologram sticker or label is a visual authentication feature that helps a viewer to differentiate a genuine product from a duplicate product.
Q2. Why don't duplicate products have a hologram sticker?
Ans. Duplicators do not have access to a hologram sticker, as hologram printing can only be done by a hologram manufacturer, and not any other printer. So if someone needs a hologram, one needs to approach a hologram manufacturer, who will only do the hologram sticker printing for the brand owner after verifying the credentials.
Q3. How do I figure out the hologram size I need?
Ans. This would typically vary from product to product and the packaging. Please share your product and packaging photos, and we will be happy to advise the size of the hologram sticker recommended.
Q4. How much time will it take to deliver a hologram with my design?
Ans. Creation of a hologram master and the hologram printing process takes about 3 weeks generally. We can sometimes turn it around even quicker. Please share the project specifics and we will be happy to support you.
Q5. What is the minimum order quantity?
Ans. Any hologram printing job is sensitive to quantities - both on production and commercial aspects. Higher the quantity, lower the cost. We will even deliver very small quantities , but in order to keep your costs low we suggest that you consolidate 2- or 3-months’ requirements in a single order.
Q6. Why can a hologram not be replicated?
Ans. A hologram cannot be produced by any commercial printer with offset, gravure or screen print technology. Hologram printing can only be done by a hologram manufacturer who has the technology, expertise and the specialised equipment. A hologram does not contain any inks so it cannot be photocopied, scanned or even photographed. The exclusivity of the manufacturing technology and the unique visual appearance makes it highly secure against any attempts to replicate the hologram.
Q7. Why are our brand colours not visible in a hologram label?
Ans. Hologram are made with interference pattern of lasers, and the hologram colours keep changing with a change in viewing angle or the angle of the light illuminating the hologram. Hence a hologram sticker always reflects VIBGYOR colours. The visual effect that one sees is purely based on reflection of light, and without any printing inks, hence one cannot see the true brand colours at all viewing angles in the hologram.
Q8. Can hologram be applied manually or you have applicators to put the hologram?
Ans. A hologram can be applied manually or with help of a machine applicator. Depending on the quantity one decides how he wants to apply the hologram sticker. Yes we can supply you a hologram applicator customised to your requirement.
Q9. What is the material that the hologram is printed on?
Ans. The hologram sticker is embossed (printed) on Metallised polyester film with some proprietary coatings.
Q10. Can we do variable data printing on Hologram?
Ans. Yes, hologram stickers can carry sequential numbering, bar codes, random codes, QR codes. Any kind of variable data can be incorporated as a visible or invisible element in the hologram. The hologram manufacturer will generally do this as a last process prior to despatch.
Q11. How does a hologram help in securing a product?
Ans. A hologram is easy to identify and almost impossible to replicate. It is a mark of identification for buyer to check before purchase. The brands must create an awareness amongst their customers regarding the presence of the hologram in order to maximise the benefits of the hologram.
Q12. Why can a hologram not be reused from a genuine product to a duplicate product?
Ans. All hologram sticker are Tamper evidence in nature. Any attempt to remove them destroys the hologram such that it cannot be reused.
Q13. Is Hologram always silver in colour?
Ans. No, Holograms sticker can be of any colour apart from silver like gold, copper etc. We have a wide range of colour options to select from. We can even offer customised colours.
Q14. What is shelf life of the Hologram?
Ans. Hologram labels should be stored in clean and dry conditions and ideally in a locked room. We recommend storage in 25 degrees Celsius temperature and 65% Relative Humidity in a dry area. If stored in its original packaging in these conditions, the holograms should be good for consumption upto 4 months from despatch.
Q15. Can you providing any android app for scanned hologram data?
Ans. A hologram sticker can carry a variable or fixed bar code which can be read by any smart phone or a scanner. This can further be linked to an app owned by you or developed by us.
Q1. What is the thickness of these films?
Ans. We can offer these films in app 13-micron thickness.
Q2. What is the maximum and minimum width of these films?
Ans. We can offer these upto 1200 mm width.
Q3. What is the Shelf Life of Holographic Films?
Ans. We recommend storage in 25 degrees Celsius temperature and 65% Relative Humidity in a dry area. If stored in its original packaging in these conditions, our films should be good for consumption upto 3 months from despatch.
Holographic Hot Stamping Foil
Q1. What is the process of Hot foil stamping?
Ans. Hot Stamping is a dry printing process where heat and pressure is used to apply metallic foil or holograms to substrates such as paper, board, and plastics.
Q2. How is the lead time to receive customised holographic stamping foil?
Ans. Creation of a hologram master and the hologram printing process to make holographic stamping foil takes about 3 weeks generally. We can sometimes turn it around even quicker. Please share the project specifics and we will be happy to support you.
Q3. What is the minimum order quantity?
Ans. Any printing job is sensitive to quantities - both on production and commercial aspects. Higher the quantity, lower the cost. We will even deliver very small quantities , but in order to keep your costs low we suggest that you consolidate 2- or 3-months’ requirements in a single order.
Q4. What is generic holographic hot stamping foil?
Ans. Hot stamping foils that have a general running holographic design such as Authentic, Genuine etc. are called a generic design. These designs are available for any customer to use.
Q5. What is registered stamping foil?
Ans. A registered holographic hot stamping foil is one where each image has an eye mark to allow the machine to sense the eye mark and hot stamp the same image at the same position on every label or card. The best example of a registered stamping foil can possibly be found on credit cards such as RuPay, Mastercard, Visa etc. Each of these cards has a registered image hot stamped hologram that looks identical in all the cards.
Q6. What are various colours in which i can get a holographic foil?
Ans. These are generally available in metallic silver and gold. However, as an experienced hologram manufacturer we realise that sometimes specific colours may also be required. Please contact us with your requirements and we will be happy to provide further information.
Q7. Do we need some specific machine to transfer hot stamping foil and what is tentative cost of those machines?
Ans. As a leading hologram manufacturer we have several types of hologram stamping machines and are able to hot stamp the hologram in-house to meet any requirement of our customers. Only label convertors hot stamp or transfer the holograms in-house. If you are a label convertor, you will need a hot stamping or transfer machine depending on the specifications of your job. We can supply any kind of foil that you may need.
Q8. How long we can the foil be stored without affecting the quality?
Ans. A stamping foil is a very sensitive product and one needs to store it carefully in controlled conditions. We recommend storage in 25 degrees Celsius temperature and 65% Relative Humidity in a dry area. If stored in its original packaging in these conditions, our foils should be good for consumption upto 3 months from despatch.
Q9. What are the surfaces on which hot stamping can be done?
Ans. Hot stamping can be done on most paper and plastic substrates.
Multimax Security Seals
Q1. What is the minimum order quantity?
Ans. Multimax printing job is sensitive to quantities - both on production and commercial aspects. Higher the quantity, lower the cost. We will even deliver very small quantities, but in order to keep your costs low we suggest that you consolidate 2- or 3-months’ requirements in a single order.
Q2. What are self-adhesive tamper evident meter seals?
Ans. These are seals that cannot be removed intact when affixed on an energy meter. In case they are tampered they will leave marks to show that these seals have been tempered.
Q3. How are Polycarbonate seals different from Multimax meter seals?
Ans. Multimax seals are self-adhesive, whereas Polycarbonate seals are wire based. The purpose of both is to seal the meter such that the meter cannot be opened without tampering these seals. The Multimax seal has a visual security feature like a hologram for easy identification of the genuine and untampered seal. In case of any tampering with the Multimax seals, there are telltale signs to show that the meter is tampered with.
Q4. What is the shelf life of the Multimax seals?
Ans. Multimax seals need to be stored carefully in controlled conditions. We recommend storage in 25 degrees Celsius temperature and 65% Relative Humidity in a dry area. If stored in its original packaging in these conditions, these seals should be good for consumption upto 3 months from despatch.
Q5. Are these seals available in any colour?
Ans. Seals can be of various colours but since the energy meter colour is generally black, these seals are recommended to be on a white base. This is to improve the visibility of the seals even at night or in dim lighting conditions.
Q6. Do these seals work on any type of substrate?
Ans. The Multimax seals work on most materials. However, since each surface is different in terms of material and the surface finish, we recommend that you share your application details with us and we will send you some samples for trials. This is the recommended to be absolutely sure that our product meets your performance expectations.
Q7. What is the construction of this seal, it's a paper or filmic?
Ans. These seals are made of special polymers that are very sensitive to tampering and can also accept printed security features and variable data.
Q8. Is this is suitable only for energy meters or can this be used on other products too?
Ans. Energy meters is one application area were these seals are being used extensively over the past 15 years or so. However, any application that requires a high level of security against tampering should consider using this. We believe that this is amongst the most potent self-adhesive security seal that is there in the market.
Q9. Can these seals be removed by using Petrol, Diesel or some chemicals?
Ans. These seals cannot be removed intact even by using commonly used chemicals and solvents such as Petrol, Diesel and other solvents.
Induction Sealing Wads
Q1. What is Induction cap sealing?
Ans. Induction sealing is a simple process by which an aluminum foil disc is sealed on the mouth of a bottle to ensure the safety of the product inside. This is done by placing the foil disc inside the cap and allowing the bottle to pass under the induction sealer after the filling and capping process.
Induction sealing is now a preferred choice of sealing for all products that are packed in bottles with a cap to ensure product safety from spillage and contamination. The induction seal is constructed such that it evenly seals the rim of the container once the container is capped and electronically heated.
Q2. Is induction sealing better than other cap sealings?
Ans. Yes, induction sealing is a much better option over any other cap sealing process as it is a reliable sealing technique subject to the optimised machine setting and material selection. It can be tested for strength using drop test which would ensure it's sustainability under harsh transportation condition.
Q3. Why is induction sealing a better choice?
Ans. Induction seals are:
Leak Proof: As it provides uniform contact on the mouth of the container thereby providing 100% seal.
Tamper-Evident: The seal applied through induction sealing process cannot be removed intact and thus provide tamper-evidence. Also the seal can include security features like holography to prevent counterfeiting and improve brand recognition.
Higher Shelf-life: As Induction sealing is 100% air tight and spill proof it retains the originality of the content of the bottle for longer time reducing chances of spillage and evaporation.
Q4. What all containers can be induction sealed?
Ans. Induction sealing can be done on almost any kind of containers having a cap and uniform mouth surface to ensure a consistent seal. All kind of bottles and jars made with HDPE, LDPE, PET, PP and Glass may be sealed with such seals.
Q5. What value does holography add to a conventional induction seal?
Ans. Induction sealing can be made more secure and more attractive using Holography which would impart holographic security features to the induction seal. Such brand protection invariably leads to greater band loyalty and recall.
Q6. Does it require major modification in existing induction sealing line to accommodate holographic seals?
Ans. The holographic wads can be used just like the normal wads. Hence there in no modification required in any existing induction sealing line to accommodate holographic induction sealing wads.
Q7. Are these wads good for food contact?
Ans. We can provide wads that can be used for food contact.
Q8. Do you also provide wads for glass bottles?
Ans. Yes. Our induction sealing wads can work on glass containers also.
Q9. Do you also provide induction sealing machines
Ans. No, we do not deal in induction sealing Machineries. However, after assessing your requirement we may align/suggest some reputed machine manufacturers from whom you can procure the machinery.
Q10. What is the shelf life of induction sealing wads?
Ans. We recommend storage in 25 degrees Celsius temperature and 65% Relative Humidity in a dry area. If stored in its original packaging in these conditions, the wads should be good for consumption upto 3 months from despatch.
Q1. What is the film type that these shrink labels are made from?
Ans. The shrink labels are made from PVC, PET-G or some special polyolefin films. These are typically around 40 microns thick.
Q2. I live in a warm climate, should I be worried about storing the shrink labels in our warehouse?
Ans. It’s always better to store shrink labels in a dry and temperature-controlled environment. We suggest 25 degrees Celsius and 65% Relative Humidity as the ideal storage conditions in original packing.
Q3. Do you have material samples available?
Ans. We can generally provide samples. Please share details of your requirements.
Q4. How do I figure out what is the size of the shrink label I need?
Ans. Please share the keyline of your container / bottle or a physical sample. We will revert with our recommendation for the size of the container / bottle label you need.
Q5. What is the lead time to receive the first supplies of the label and for the repeat orders?
Ans. From the time we get a customer's Purchase Order and the artwork approval, we can start supplying Shrink labels in about 3 weeks for the first supplies. We can sometimes turn it around even quicker. Please share the project specifics and we will be happy to support you. For repeat orders generally 7 days is what it takes to despatch the labels.
Q6. What is the minimum order quantity?
Ans. Any label printing job is sensitive to quantities - both on production and commercial aspects. Higher the quantity, lower the cost. We will even deliver very small quantities of shrink labels, we suggest that you consolidate 2- or 3-months’ requirements in order to keep your costs low.
Q7. What is the film thickness of the Shrink Label?
Ans. Typical thickness is around 40 microns.
Q8. Can shrink labels contain security features to protect my brand from counterfeiters?
Ans. Yes, we have a wide range of security features that we can offer to make a shrink label secure. Hologram stripes, security designing and printing, invisible features are only some of the elements we can offer.
Q9. How many colour printing can i have on my shrink label?
Ans. We can print upto 10 colours on your shrink label.
Q10. In which form you could provide these shrink labels?
Ans. These can be provided in reel form for automatic dispensing or even cut to size.
Q11. Can I apply my shrink labels through a machine?
Ans. Yes. Machines are available to apply these labels automatically.
Q12. Can shrink labels be used on glass bottles also?
Ans. Yes. These labels can be used on any container - glass, metal or plastics.
Q1. What value can holography bring into conventional Self-Adhesive Label?
Ans. Holography bring verifiable authenticity to a self-adhesive label. It gives an additional mark of identification over and above the existing brand colours and logo of the product/company. It deters counterfeiters and strengthens and preserves the brand value.
Q2. What is the shelf life of self-adhesive sticker?
Ans. If stored in clean and dry conditions at 25 degrees Celsius and 65% Relative Humidity, self-adhesive sticker should go good for use for 4 months.
Q3. Turnaround time for first order and for repeat order?
Ans. From the time we get a customer's Purchase Order and the artwork approval, we can start supplying self-adhesive labels in about 3 weeks for the first supplies. We can sometimes turn it around even quicker. Please share the project specifics and we will be happy to support you. For repeat orders generally 7 days is what it takes to despatch the labels.
Q4. Minimum order quantity for blank/pre-printed labels?
Ans. Any label printing job is sensitive to quantities - both on production and commercial aspects. Higher the quantity, lower the cost. We will even deliver very small quantities of self-adhesive sticker, we suggest that you consolidate 2- or 3-months’ requirements in order to keep your costs low.
Q5. What are different types of material the label is made of?
Ans. Most labels are either filmic or paper based. Within this broad range there are several specialty labels that provide additional features for decoration, performance and security. Our team will be happy to provide suggestions once we hear more about your project.
Q6. Is a filmic or paper label more suitable for security printing?
Ans. The type of material is dependent on the application. Security printing can be done on both polyester or paper. Design elements could differ for various type of raw material.
Q7. What label stock is being used by Holoflex Limited?
Ans. Label stock is dependent on the application of the client. We have tie-up with all the leading supplier of label stock and would arrange for the optimised source for your application.
Q8. What is the maximum length and width of label produced at your end?
Ans. We are able to print a maximum size of about 500 mm X 350 mm label.
Q9. How many numbers of colour jobs can be done in your Flexo press?
Ans. We have multiple label printing machines, and our latest machine prints upto 10 colours. We can even foil stamp, emboss, and give various other decorative and security features on the label.
Q10. Do you have lamination facility for labels?
Ans. We can also offer laminated labels.
Q11. Is variable printing on die cut labels is possible at your end, if yes then what modes are available with you?
Ans. Yes, we are a bar code labels manufacturer also, and variable printing is possible at our facility through inkjet marking or thermal printing. We can even provide a complete solution to the customer to do such variable data printing at their own location. This solution is typically required by our customers who want to print the batch number, MRP and any product specifications at their own facility.
Q12. Can you provide label with adhesive side printing?
Ans. We can print on the adhesive side too. This is typically used on transparent containers and bottles. This would need careful designing of the bottle label and we can help you with the same.