SHARP Certification

Maryland SHARP Certification

Hagerstown, MD – Hub Labels, Inc has been awarded the Maryland Safety and Health Achievement Recognition program (SHARP) certification, making it the forth business in the state of Maryland to pass the rigorous standards needed to become SHARP certified. With this certification, Hub Labels has demonstrated a commitment and dedication to go above and beyond normal safety requirements through continual ongoing efforts.

“There were a total of 58 attributes that we had to ensure we followed and the path to certification took just under 1 year to achieve”, commented Jesse Hood, Hub Labels Continuous Improvement and Safety Manager. “We are really proud of our employees and management who took the necessary steps to ensure Hub Labels is one of the safest places to work in Maryland. It required we look at everything, from our policies and procedures, to the labeling of every ink bottle. This was definitely a team effort.”

To tackle the SHARP certification requirements, Hub Labels worked with MOSH to help ensure all requirements were met. This included an industrial hygienist and a general hazard analyst who brought any and all safety concerns, no matter the size, to the attention of management to ensure any issue was addressed. “It was a rigorous and long process but so worth our efforts. My crew really stepped up their game and were open to the process of examining how we do business and making improvements to ensure we met this goal to become SHARP certified”, says John Potterfield, the Operations Manager at Hub Labels. “We asked each of our employees to be involved in this process and they continue to be involved in our ongoing efforts to ensure every employee and visitor is safe when they enter our printing press facility.” In fact, 15% of all Hub Label employees are involved in the safety committee who meet on a monthly basis ensure safety is always top-of-mind.

Hub Labels, Inc has been at the forefront of advances in the label printing manufacturing, having been among the first to introduce four-color process, computer-to-plate technology, digital printing, servo-driven presses, linerless labels and many other innovations. Hub Labels, Inc produces 1200 print resolution with a 7-color extended gamut that achieves the highest quality in the print industry. Hub also is celebrating being G7 and GMI certified which shows their expertise in color matching and print quality.

To learn more about the Maryland SHARP program and MOSH consultation services, visit the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website.

GMI G7 Certified Printer

G7 GMI Certifications

Hagerstown, MD – Hub Labels, Inc announced that it has achieved the GMI and G7® Master Facility Qualification of its integrated color management system for producing digital durable labels at its plant in Hagerstown, MD.

GMI and G7 are the leading industry standards and methodologies in controlling color and achieve consistent, desired outputs. Achieving both certifications requires an expert understanding of color, quality control and machine calibration.

G7® is an industry-leading set of specifications from Idealliance® for achieving visual similarity across all print processes. It is a global standard widely used to measure the color accuracy on any output device. G7 Master Status indicates that the facility has calibrated certain equipment and systems to G7 gray balance and neutral tone curves and is capable of delivering G7 proofs and print products.

“We are extremely proud of our team for achieving G7 Master Qualification. Quality and repeat- ability are vital to our customers,” says Thomas Dahbura, Owner of Hub Labels, Inc. “Our commitment to the G7 methodology is just one example of how we’re maximizing our performance for the benefit of our customers.”

Hub Labels joins a select group of global print service providers who have successfully completed training, examination and qualification process of their print production processes, validating their capabilities to the highest level of global industry standards and specifications. The implementation of the GMI and G7 methodology enables printers to reproduce a visually similar appearance across all printing types and substrates along with improving process control and production efficiency.

“We applaud Hub Labels, Inc for utilizing the G7 Master Program to assure consistency and quality in their proofing, brand color management and print processes,” commented Timothy Baechle, for Idealliance. “G7 Master Qualification demonstrates a level of control and expertise that places Hub Labels, Inc at the top of their field. We applaud their leadership, commitment and support of the G7 Master Qualification Program.”

Hub Labels, Inc has been at the forefront of advances in the label printing industry, having been among the first to introduce four-color process, computer-to-plate technology, digital printing, servo-driven presses and many other innovations. Hub Labels, Inc produces 1200 print resolution with a 7-color extended gamut that achieves the highest quality in the print industry.

To learn more about how Hub Labels, Inc achieved the G7 and GMI certifications, you can read more from the official Nazdar/Hub press release.

Idealliance® is dedicated to guiding media production best practices, specifications, and standards, worldwide. Visit the Idealliance® website to learn more about G7 Master Qualification.

GMI or Graphic Measures International, enables brand owners to hold printing and packaging facilities to measurable standards including structure, graphics and print quality, as well as other characteristics that are crucial to brand integrity. Learn more about the GMI standards and best practices.

Design Tips for Luxury Retail Labels

It has happened to all of us. We go to the store and a well-designed, shiny package on the store shelves captures our eye. We must touch it and roll it over in our hands while we imagine how much this glorious product could change our life. A well-designed package is more than just a box. It excites us and makes us feel like we must have this piece of luxury. What are the sensory triggers that tell our brain that the product we are holding is a luxe product and worthy of our investment?

Touch and Feel
Luxury awakens our emotions. It has a weight and an edge to it that is easily recognizable. Nothing thrills a consumer more than when they pick up a package and are surprised by an incredibly soft touch, it’s heaviness and the clean, crisp edges that make up a package. As a person unveils the contents of a box, incorporate little surprises along the way and don’t forget to extend that attributes of the luxe box to the product and its label.

Visual Experience
Textiles, patterns, and clean simple design are all good ways to communicate to the end user the value of your product. There are countless substrates and laminations that can create a unique look to grab the consumer’s attention. Linens, woods, leather, metal – An experienced label printer can help you achieve these looks that extend beyond the graphics and create an interactive experience. Use contrasting finishes and be sure to understand how light bounces off of these finishes when displayed to create the memorable experience for the consumer.

Quality Control
Creating a unique end user experience through your packaging is an impressive feat. How do you continue to do that on a bigger scale and without the focus you had on the process while creating your prototype? Be sure to understand every step of your package creation and think about climate control, brand consistency, shipping dangers and all the elements on the path from your door to the consumer’s door that could change the user experience.

When printing your product’s labels, ask yourself what you expect from your label? Color is subjective and the hardest thing to understand is that color is all in your head. Certain print shops are certified color management experts and have the technical knowledge to product your brand’s color on a consistent manner. Also consider the adhesive being used. Simple glue will result in a fraying label that may fall completely off. Know the conditions of your package and where/how it will be stored and then work with your print shop to ensure your adhesive is up to the job.

A well-designed product requires we interact with it and really examine how it is crafted. By taking that a step further and considering all of our senses from sight and smell to touch and sound, you can create the ultimate luxury package experience.