Linerless & Pressure Sensitive Label MPS EF 430 Press

Hub Labels installs a MPS press for Linerless Labels

In the Spring of 2018, Hub Labels installed a MPS EF 430 printing press which is mainly used for manufacturing linerless labels. At the time of this publication, only two companies in the United States are offering this more environmentally friendly label solution to their customers.

Hub Labels, Inc. introduced linerless labels to the US Markets in the 2009. Linerless Labels provide many of the same benefits as self-adhesive labeling but with many additional benefits including improved efficiencies, volume applications and environmental advantages because of their lack of the traditional label liners which are normally required to wind a label onto a roll.

Standard linerless labels are available in silicone coated paper, board or synthetic materials. The semi-adhesive label format partially adheres to a pack through a series of strategically placed glue strips. Label facestocks are then supplied without liners. This leads to a reduction of reel weight by up to 40%, which means less weight waste, storage area and fewer reel changeovers.

In February 2018, the family-owned company decided to invest in a MPS EF 430 for printing linerless labels and ps labels and since its installation, the company has seen significant improvements in quality and speed when running linerless on this new flexo press. The MPS EF is an automated multi-substrate flexographic press, specially designed to print labels and flexible packaging on a range of substrates. The addition of the EF will provide Hub Labels, Inc. with flexibility through its ability to print a range of substrates including thin film, paper, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging.

“MPS and the Hub Labels teams collaborated months before the actual installation of the press. We reviewed out timelines and clearly communicated our expectations to each other”, comments Hub Labels president Thomas Dahbura on the cooperation with the press manufacturer. “We had the press shipped to us from overseas and ran into some delays caused by a winter storm, but both MPS and Hub Labels were flexible and reacted professionally to the delay. MPS worked more than 12 hours a day to get back on track and finish on schedule.”

The sale was led by Michael Weyermann, area sales manager at MPS Systems North America. Weyermann comments: “We are glad to see that Hub Labels was convinced by the MPS quality and the flexibility of the EF press. This press offers them new capabilities in the high-speed production of various substrates, especially the production of sustainable, environmentally friendly linerless labels.”

Thomas Dahbura sees further growth potential on the newer applications. “Linerless is not only more sustainable due to the overall packaging savings. It can also be used for products such as poultry, meat, seafood, produce, bakery items and more. We are very excited to offer this new option to our customers to help them grow their brand with us” states Dahbura. “The addition of this press complements the current full service, one-stop solution to existing customers as well as nurturing new customers, especially in the linerless label market by offering a wider web and unsupported film printing solutions.”

Hub Labels, Inc., manufacturer of pressure-sensitive and linerless labels is located in Hagerstown, Maryland. On February 21st of 2018, Hub Labels celebrated the new MPS EF press with a ribbon cutting ceremony at their facility that featured the MPS EF 430 printing press running linerless labels for the local business, Perdue Farms. Hub Labels‘ pressure sensitive labels manufacture many regional and national brand names and can be found in over 70% of households throughout the mid-atlantic region.

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Perdue Chicken Linerless Labels

Hub celebrates business with Perdue Farms

Representatives from Perdue Farms and Hub Labels gathered Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating their new business relationship. Written by Katiann Marshall, Originally Published:

Hub Labels of Hagerstown celebrated the addition of a new press Wednesday morning due to its new business with Perdue Farms.

Thomas Dahbura, president of Hub Labels, said the relationship between the company, a custom manufacturer of pressure-sensitive and linerless labels, and Perdue is part of its new business strategy of doing business with other Maryland companies.

“Perdue is a Maryland company and for years, we’ve wanted to do business with Perdue and this opportunity allows us to,” Dahbura said.

Hub Labels’ 110,000-square-foot facility is off Shawley Drive in Hagerstown.

Perdue Farms is the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness, based in Salisbury, Maryland. Perdue Foods is a major chicken, turkey and pork processing company in the United States.

This launch from Hub Labels is known as the “Made in Maryland” campaign.

“Maryland businesses doing business with other Maryland businesses,” Dahbura said. “There’s a sense of pride about being a Maryland company. So instead of buying something from Indiana or Texas, why not do business locally.”

Linerless labels are pressure-sensitive labels that do not have a liner or backing paper. The labels are wound on a roll that has had a release coating applied to the front of the face stock to prevent the adhesive from sticking on the label below.

This technology is a new project for Perdue, according to Dahbura.

“It’s new packaging technology rollout for Perdue, so there’s a lot of cool pieces of innovation here with this. We’re using linerless labels and Perdue is using this technology called vacuum seal, vacuum pack. That preserves the product for a longer period of time. The only way to decorate it is by using linerless labels,” Dahbura said.

Hub Labels is one of two companies in the U.S. that produces linerless labels and was the first company in the country to use that technology, according to Dahbura. He said he is happy to see the new technology starting to take off.

“It has started to come to fruition. You’ve got companies like Perdue using it … a lot of fish companies, Blue Apron. … A lot of companies are starting to adopt it,” Dahbura said. “When you get a company like Perdue to adopt this technology, it’s legitimizing the technology. It’s mainstream now. It has taken us about seven years to line this sort of business up because not a lot of people knew about it.”

Dahbura said the partnership between his company and Perdue will allow Hub Labels to add additional presses.

“When we talked to Perdue about their growth strategy, they are looking at expanding this product line, expanding the use of linerless, so this is going to be one of three presses that we are able to justify the investment in because of Perdue,” Dahbura said.