We can save our customers time and money at every stage of the process through our unique “Saving by Design” program. Our product consulting and application engineering services are always available to help you design and procure your parts to obtain maximum price/performance; below are a few of the ways we can streamline the process to get you to market faster.
Making informed decisions in the planning stages builds a solid foundation for your project. Preflight, a term that prepress professionals adapted from aeronautics, refers to the process of stepping through a systematic list of quality-control checks on your project before the final output stage. This section of our website is designed to help guide you through this process.
Common items to check before you submit electronic files for a job:
SPECIFY FONTS: Font issues are the most frequent interrupters of work flow. Be sure to specify all fonts used in the creation of your documents. Cellotape owns over 2000 postscript fonts so it’s likely we have the font needed, but any unusual fonts should be converted to curves and saved as an illustration.
INCLUDE IMAGES: Include all placed/embedded image files needed for the output of your project, as they may need to be modified to accommodate the production of your labels. All four-color process images should be scanned or created at 300 dpi or higher in order to achieve the best quality color separations.
IDENTIFY SOFTWARE: The software used to create your file may not be easily recognized when we receive it. In order to maintain the integrity of your file and aid in troubleshooting any problems that may occur, we prefer to open files in the program they were created in. Please provide your Products Consultant or Customer Service Rep with a file name and identify the program used prior to sending a file.
PROVIDE A PRINTOUT: Providing us with a printout of your file will aid us in determining that what we received is the same as what you see on your screen. All measurements for folds, perforations, die cuts, etc., should be indicated on this printout or on the technical drawing.
AVOID THIN LINES AND SMALL TYPE: Print quality will vary depending on the font style and size, and whether it is printing as a reverse or positive copy. If it is difficult to read on your laser printout it is likely to be difficult to read on your label. Cellotape’s “print to cut tolerance” of +/- .015 inches should be kept in mind when creating bleed borders and formatting text to the edge of the label.
DO NOT COLOR-SEPARATE: Cellotape’s Art Department works closely with the Production Department to create bleeds and color separations needed for the wide variety of printing options available to you. So there is no need to create separations in your files. Your artwork file should be a 1-up representation of the finished label.
Cellotape uses Adobe Illustrator® to create production files from your artwork. The list below provides some guidelines on how to supply files to us:
|Adobe Illustrator® (.ai)
Macromedia Freehand® (.fh__*)
Corel Draw ® (.cdr)
Vector Drawing Programs
These programs are vector-based drawing applications used for creating “Line Art”. Such as logos, icons, and text that are resolution independent and can be printed at any resolution the output device is capable of, maintaining crisp clean lines to film, plates, and press, making them the ideal choice for your labeling projects. Give us the artwork in its native file format along with any placed images (even if embedded). Adobe Illustrator for Mac is preferred.
|Quark Xpress® (.qxd)
Adobe PageMaker® (p__*)
Adobe Indesign® (.ind)
Desktop Publishing Programs
This software is generally used to format large amounts of text in brochures, books, etc. where the graphic images are created in another program and placed into windows of the document layout. They are not well suited for jobs that require tight “print to cut” tolerances such as front panel overlays. Submit the native file format along with all placed images and fonts used to help ensure that the label can be easily incorporated into our Illustrator work flow.
|Adobe Photoshop® (.psd)
Corel Photo Paint® 12 (.cpt)
Raster Image Editing
Scanning or creating and editing “Photograph type” images that cannot be drawn with vector drawing programs are done with this type of software and will usually be printed as a halftone, duotone, or 4-color process. These types of images are resolution dependent and can appear jagged and lose detail if enlarged or printed at a higher resolution. Scan or create this image type at 300 dpi or higher and provide the native file format at 1 to 1 size or larger.
|Vector Works® (.mcd)
Auto Cad Lt.® (.dwg, .dxf)
This software is used for creating technical drawings, blueprints, and die drawings in an engineering environment. Although vector based, they are not native postscript files and importing them for artwork can yield poor results. Also, AutoCAD fonts (.shx) are not usable in graphics programs. .dxf, .dwg files are preferred. Use TrueType fonts if possible.
|Barcode Pro® (.eps)
Barcodes can be created several different ways. Barcode Pro saves files as .eps files that work well for importing into your artwork. If a barcode font is used, you will need to provide the font or convert the font to curves in order to be sure that your barcode reader scans it properly.
|Microsoft Word® (.doc)
Microsoft Excel® (.xls)
Microsoft Power Point® (.ppt)
Documents of this type are used for distributing to a wide variety of users because the software is commonly used. Word documents can be a reference to layouts, color breaks, and the general appearance of the label. however they are not considered as artwork files.
NON-NATIVE FILE FORMATS
|Encapsulated Postscript (.eps)
|These formats can be saved or exported from a variety of programs and their usability depends on the application used to create the file. When supplying these file formats please indicate the software used to create the artwork.|
|Portable Document Format (.pdf)||This is a versatile format that can be distributed and viewed predictably by many users with Acrobat Reader. Its usability for artwork not only depends on the application used to create the file, but also on how the PDF was generated. It is suggested Acrobat Distiller be used to create a PDF file in order to maintain all the postscript qualities of the original. Please indicate the software used to create the original file when sending files in PDF format.|
|(.gif, & .jpg)||These are rasterized image formats generally used for online presentation such as the web. These files take advantage of built-in file compression that keeps file size small. Because of this there may be unexpected results when printing, therefore not preferred.|
|(.tif, & .bmp)||These are rasterized image formats that can be used for photographic type images. If you cannot supply us with a native Photoshop, or Corel Paint file, save as .tif, .bmp. (Note that the file should be created at 300 dpi or higher.)|
Art Pre-Flight / File Upload
To help us process your files more quickly, please contact your Products Consultant or Customer Service Rep and provide them with a file name and type of file you are sending.
A printout of your file will aid us in determining that what we received is the same as what you see on your screen. All measurements for folds, perforations, die cuts, etc., should be indicated on this printout or on the technical drawing.
You can email your files to your Customer Service Rep.
or directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your file(s) are larger than 5 MB’s in size, it is suggested that you send your files on acceptable media or upload directly to our website. To ensure complete file transfer, please compress all files.
Our web based solution is easy to use and allows you to
send files without the need for special FTP software.
OVER THE WEB
|1) Using your web browser, go to: http://upload.cellotape.com
2) At the prompt, enter the login and password that you received from your representative.
3) Upload your file(s)
Iomega ZIP disks (100 MB)
|If you are having problems uploading files to Cellotape, call (510) 651-5551 and your Customer Service representative will be happy to assist you.|
The success of your print job depends in large part on the proofing process.
Proofing is the final check of the job before it goes to press and helps to ensure that the final printed piece will meet your requirements.
Artwork proofs are provided as black & white or color laser printouts. PDF files are also an excellent way of providing you with a good on-screen view of the artwork.
- The artwork on a printed proof or fax should only be considered as an approximate size. The top section of the proof has an actual size noted as well as color callouts, material, unwind direction, etc. Die tooling proofs can also be provided as laser printouts or PDF files when required.
- Colors shown on the proof are only a representation of how the colors break and are not intended for use as a color match. Our ink department can provide ink pull-downs for color matching approval. For four-color process jobs, it is suggested you accept a Cromalin® or Rainbow color separated proof for more accurate color representation.
- Sometimes it is necessary to alter the artwork provided in order to accommodate the printing process or comply with your specification drawings. Read all notes in the area around the artwork carefully and indicate if they are acceptable.
- We cannot proceed with the production of your print job without your signature. Check the proof carefully and fax back the signed approval as soon as possible.
If your labels are to be provided on rolls, it is important for us to determine your unwind direction. In many cases the unwind direction is dictated by automatic label applications. However, the label unwind direction can influence many other aspects of the production process. For example, if your labels are to be applied by hand, choosing an unwind that is compatible with one of our standard dies could help reduce the manufacturing costs of your labels.
Use the chart below to choose the unwind direction that is suitable for your application.
Standard memory card types & label sizes are shown in the die tooling chart below.
|Card Type||Size||Radius||Cellotape Die Number|
|Compact Flash||1.262 x 1.453||0.05||1798SA A&B|
|Type II||1.680 x 2.590||0.07||0930SA A&B|
|MMC||.800 x .945||0.03||2430SA A&B|
|Adapter Front||1.505 x 1.529||0.039||3028SA A&B|
|Adapter Back||1.545 x 2.238||0.039||1566SA A&B|
|SD Card||0.760 x .985||0.06||2896SA A&B|
|1.400 x 2.375
|1.023 x .944||square||2865 A&B|
|Compact flash||1.453 x 1.262||0.05||1298 A&B|
|1.690 x 2.640||0.04||1588SM A&B|
|Memory Card TY1
|1.890 x 3.076||0.125||1121SM A&B|
|1.690 x 2.500||0.039||1595SM A&B|
|Memory Card TY2
|1.730 x 2.690||0.063||1811SM A&B|
|Miniature Flash Card||1.360 x 0.967||0.0625||1853 A&B|
|Miniature Flash Card||1.380 x 0.750||0.125||1852 A&B|
|30/sheet MMC Labels||.787 x .944||0.04||2916|
|MMC Label||.787 x .945||0.03||2935|
Below are two different label layouts to assist you in constructing safety label designs that are compliant with ANSI Z534.4 and to help identify some of the differences between ANSI, SEMI, and ISO label formats.
- Indicate whether your label is horizontal or vertical.
- Provide the “W” and “L” dimensions in inches.
For example: W = 2 inches, L = 1 inch.
- Specify the label material required.
For example: .002 white polyester with Flexcon L-23 adhesive or equivalent. Laminate with .001 transparent matte polyester.
- Indicate “Signal Words” to be used according to the severity of the hazard.
- For the “Pictorial Panel,” ANSI Z535.3, “Criteria for Safety Symbols,” describes the procedure for creating custom safety symbols.NOTE: Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) has developed a specification, SEMI S1-0701, based largely on ANSI Z535.4, specifying labeling guidelines for safety labels used on semiconductor capital equipment. The mandatory EU standard for CE marked product safety labels used by the European Union is ISO/DIS 3864-2 “Safety colours and safety signs – Part 2: Design principles for product safety labels.”
ISO safety labels, like SEMI, require the use of surround shapes. A “surround shape” is “a geometric configuration that is placed around a symbol…” Surround shapes may also be used for ANSI labels.For your convenience, we have compiled a few pages of standard ANSI safety symbols and ISO/SEMI symbols with surround shapes that you can reference when ordering labels from Cellotape:
- Specify text required in the “Word Message Panel” of the label.
The word message panel should be concise and readily understood, and should communicate:
• The nature of the hazard. Example: Hot Surface
• The consequences of the hazard. Example: Can Cause Severe Burns
• The means of avoiding the hazard. Example: Use Protective Gloves
- Specify whether an “identifier” is needed.
The identifier is usually a part number and is optional for ANSI (required for SEMI).
- ANSI Z535.4 also makes allowances for special situations where
modified formats may be desirable:
• Two panel labels without a symbol.
• Multilingual formats.
• Multiple Hazard formats.
• Multiple symbol panels.
The pages below contain over 130 symbols and agency marks that you can reference when ordering labels. Cellotape has taken every effort to create these symbols within the guidelines of the respective agencies where possible. The customer is ultimately liable for proof of compliance.
Cellotape implements a range of stocking programs tailored to meet the needs of our customers. Depending on your requirements, a Cellotape stocking program can potentially yield significant benefits:
- Reduce unit costs through volume pricing
- Reduce valuable floor space needed for inventory
- Reduce carrying cost
- Eliminate the cost of incoming inspection
- Eliminate the cost of multiple purchase orders
- Consolidate your vendor base
- Maximize inventory turns
- No-hassle label parts availability
Types of vendor managed inventory programs available with Cellotape:
Ready-Ship™ Stocking Program – We inventory your labels and overlays at our location for shipment to your (or your contract manufacturer) manufacturing facilities on predetermined dates.
Bin Stocking Program – Cellotape can manufacture, deliver, and restock inventory bins at your local facility. Display and re-order points can be maintained by Cellotape.
Floor Stocking Program – Through our partnerships in various locations, Cellotape can manage label inventories for customers. We can implement a custom Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) program for your company suited to your needs. The program can include checking inventory and restocking at regular intervals, preparing label inventory reports, and providing audit assistance.
Kanban Programs – At our facility, Cellotape can manufacture and store inventories that can be available on a Just In Time (JIT) basis. We can accept releases via phone orders or EDI Online orders.
Consignment Stock – Cellotape can manufacture labels or overlays on a consignment basis. Inventory may be stocked at either your facility or at our plant.
To obtain more information or to set up an inventory program, click email@example.com or contact: Tom Norman Customer Service Manager at (510) 651-5551.
Testing agency requirements can often be very complex. Our broad range of experience and close work with agencies allow us to offer you the right solution for your compliance needs.
We have developed a large pool of UL-recognized and CSA-accepted constructions, saving you time and money. Thanks to our wide selection of agency-recognized materials and unparalleled focus on quality, we can prepare your designs to exceed UL, CSA, ETL, TUV, VDE and other requirements.
There is worldwide concern about the impact of hazardous substances on the environment. These substances may be introduced into the environment when electrical and electronic components or other manufactured goods are disposed. A number of laws have been enacted requiring that manufacturers identify and limit their use of hazardous substances. These may also mandate recycling, reclamation or safe disposal of products containing identified substances at the end of their life cycle.
We at Cellotape fully support these efforts.
To assist you in complying with these various requirements, we have created a database of customer parts and specifications, materials and substances. Our Customer Service Representatives and Products Consultants use this database to determine whether a given part meets your requirements. Our database is updated on a continuous basis as new products are added.
The European Union has enacted two of the most significant pieces of environmental legislation affecting manufacturers of electrical and electronic and other types of equipment:
- Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restrictions of the Use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS). RoHS identifies six substances, namely lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and sets limits on their use;
- Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). WEEE makes manufacturers of certain types of equipment liable for the reuse, recycling, or recovery of that equipment at the end of its life cycle.
Other public and private initiatives, worldwide, have created a complex and diverse array of environmental requirements. They call for identifying dozens of substance families and set divergent threshold levels. One commonly cited standard is:
- The Joint Industry Guide of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) ET. Al.
Certain marking symbols have come into wide use in meeting environmental compliance standards.
- Cellotape has created a highly recognizable symbol that may be used on labels to identify a package’s content as being RoHS Compliant.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
- The WEEE Dust Bin symbol is used to indicate to a consumer that certain procedures should be followed at the end of the product’s life cycle;
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- The lead-free symbol may be used to indicate that a product is lead free
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