Frequently Asked Questions

 Recycling Questions

Q. Are there any industry standard color-codes for Quality labels?

Let's go back in time a bit. During the 80's, the color coding was rather straight-forward. Calibration legends were in green; "Rejected" used red; and, various inventory and sample labels used black. Over the last ten years, however, these color meanings have eroded. We now sell Calibration labels in 12 different colors. Each month, for example, may have a different color-code for their calibration labels. More and more calibration labels are printed locally, at the users' own laser or ink jet printers. As such, colors have lost some of their original meanings and "industry standards" (at least regarding colors) are far more flexible.

Q. What are Tamper-Evident labels?

Tamper Evident describes a type of packaging design that is meant to protect the contents in a package. For example, many of our security labels show "Void" when peeled. This lets the person who receives the package know that it has not been tampered with – otherwise they would see "Void".

Q. What is "Destructible"?

Many of our calibration labels and security seals are destructible. The label breaks off into small pieces when you try to remove it. This is another form of protection for the contents in one's package. Should you see that the label has been ripped, you will know that someone has attempted to tamper with the package. "Frangible" is another word commonly used for describing the destructible feature of calibration labels. For me, the best example of a destructible label is that [?*$!] label that our state uses for car registrations. It takes a bit of scraping to get it off from the window before you put the new label onto your car.

Q. When should I use a Wrap-Around label?

Use this a wrap-around calibration label for gauges or tubes. These labels are ideal when you need to place a label on a part that allows you to fasten the clear tail of the label to the label itself. In such a situation, traditional calibration labels may not stick well or durably.

Q. How are GMP calibration labels different from ISO calibration labels?

We make this distinction when you start to design your own custom label. ISO calibration labels show a part number or an ID number. This ID # is used for tracing equipment and helps you comply with ISO 9000 and 14000, ISO/IEC Guide 25 and QS 9000 standards. Such label designs must indicate the company's name, the ID #, the date for the activity, the date next due, the person performing the activity and the ID number for the calibration label, itself. Good Manufacturing Practice ["GMP"] labels are simpler – but remain our most popular. While allowing you to still trace calibration and activity schedules, defective batches, testing procedures, etc. they do not have a field, for example, for label ID.