GB2056403A - Adhesive label - Google Patents

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GB2056403A
GB2056403A GB7928779A GB7928779A GB2056403A GB 2056403 A GB2056403 A GB 2056403A GB 7928779 A GB7928779 A GB 7928779A GB 7928779 A GB7928779 A GB 7928779A GB 2056403 A GB2056403 A GB 2056403A
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Abstract

A multi-layer labelling system comprises:- (a) a transparent cover sheet 19 having a pressure-sensitive adhesive on its inner surface; (b) a removable separator sheet 21; (c) a label 17 having an information surface facing separator sheet 21 and a pressure-sensitive adhesive on its back surface; and (d) a removable backing sheet 25; with pressure-sensitive marking means 23 on the surface of separator sheet 21 facing the label, so that writing or typing on cover sheet 19 is transmitted to the information surface of label 7, and the separator sheet 21 and backing sheet 25 can be peeled away leaving a label which can be attached to a surface and a transparent cover which can be secured over the label. <IMAGE>

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SPECIFICATION Multi-layer label having pressure-sensitive mark transfer system The invention relates to a multi-layer labelling system incorporating a pressure-sensitive adhesive and a transparent protective cover or overlay.
Labels having pressure-sensitive adhesive coatings are well knwn. A great variety of such labels exist in the prior art. However, in many instances it is desirable to utilize a gummed or self-adhering label and to provide a covering for the label after it is adhesively applied to a chosen surface. For example, it is frequently desirable to mark information on a label, place the label on a mounting surface, and then cover the label with an adhering transparent cover or overlay to prevent defacement or destruction of the label through subsequent use. Such transparent overlays are particularly useful in moist environments, wherein it is desirable to protect the marked information of the label from smearing due to the intrusion of moisture during use of the label.
The use of prior labelling systems with transparent coverings or overlays has required that gummed labels or labels having pressuresensitive adhesive thereon be appropriately marked, placed on a supporting surface, and covered with a clear coating or clear plastics layer.
A plurality of operations are required in utilization of such prior art labeling systems. Further, careful alignment of the transparent overlay over the label after a label is attached to the desired supporting surface is required to ensure that the label is completely covered and protected. Use of known multi-layer labeling systems is inconvenient and there is thus an umet need for a more conveniently deployable multi-layer label system.
According to the invention there is provided a multi-layer labeling system comprising: (a) a transparent cover sheet having an inside surface and an outside surface, and having a pressure-sensitive adhesive on said inside surface; (b) a removable separator sheet releasably contacting said pressure-sensitive adhesive on said unside surface of said transparent cover sheet; (c) a label having an information surface facing said separator sheet and a back surface having a pressure-sensitive adhesive thereon; (d) a removable back sheet releasably adhering to the pressure-sensitive adhesive on said back surface of said separator sheet; and (e) pressure-sensitive marking means disposed on said separator sheet for producing marks on said information surface in response to marking pressure applied to the outside surface of said transparent cover sheet, said transparent cover sheet being releasably secured along one edge thereof to said back sheet, and said transparent cover sheet being secured to said label along an edge thereof adjacent to said edge of said transparent cover sheet whereby said information surface can be effectively marked without folding back said transparent cover sheet and said pressure-sensitive means from said information surface of said label.
The labeling system of the invention may be utilized in environments requiring clear protective covering over an information surface of the labeling system. The system inherently provides proper alignment of the information surface and a clear covering layer.
A selected mark can be produced on the label without folding back on the transparent covering layer.
In the accompanying drawings: Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a plurality of multi-layer labeling systems connected to one another by perforations in a releasable continuous supporting back sheet; Fig. 2 is a perspective view of several of the multi-layered labeling systems of the invention; Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken along section lines 3-3 of Fig. 2; Fig. 4 is a perspective view illustrating a portion of a mark producing medium used in the invention on the underside of a separator sheet; Fig. 5 is a perspective view illustrating separation of several multi-layer labeling systems after removal of the respective separator sheets and sealing of the transparent covering sheets to the respective multi-layer labeling systems; Fig. 6 is a perspective view illustrating removal of a separator sheet and pressure-sensitive mark producing medium; and Fig. 7 is a perspective partial view illustrating removing of the releasable backing from a multilayer labeling system.
Fig. 1 shows a stack of multi-layer labeling systems including labeling systems 1 2 and 1 3.
Each multi-layer labeling system is connected to the next by means of a respective perforated fold 1 5. The illustrated stack is a convenient configuration for manufacturing, storing and marking.
Referring now to Figs. 2, 3, and 4, all of the multilayer labeling systems are identical prior to application of marking pressure thereof. Multilayer labeling system 12 includes a label 1 7 releasably mounted on a back sheet 25. The back sheet 25 extends beyond the edges of label 1 7 in all directions. The back sheet 25 may be composed of wax or silicone treated paper, while label 1 7 may be composed of self-adhesive white sulphite paper.
As indicated in Fig. 2, a continuous back sheet forms all of the individual back sheets of the respective labeling assemblies. Each individual removable back sheet 25 is separated from the others by means of the perforated fold 1 5. The individual assemblies can be separated by tearing along perforations 15, as indicated in Fig. 5, before or after the appropriate information has been produced on the information surfaces of the respective labels.
Referring now particularly to Figs. 2 and 3, multi-layer labeling assembly 12 includes a transparent plastics overlay 1 9 adhesively attached to exposed edge strip area 1 8 of removable backing sheet 25 extending beyond the edge strip area 24 of label 1 7. The entire inner surface of plastics overlay 1 9 is adhesive coated.
Plastics overlay 19 may be formed of self adhesive Mylar. The underside of plastics overlay 1 9 is further adhesively attached to edge strip area 24 of the upper surface of label 1 7. The remaining adhesive area of the inner surface of plastics overlay 1 9 adheres to removable separator sheet 21. Removable separator sheet 21 may be formed of wax paper. The remaining exposed portion of the upper surface of label 1 7 is hereinafter referred to as the information surface.
It should be noted that the term "pressuresensitive adhesive," as used herein, is intended to include conventional tacky coatings typically used on paper products to permit the user to secure one sheet of paper or film to another. Similarly, the term is also intended to include equivalent adhesives, such as conventional gummed surfaces, whether pre-moistened or not.
In accordance with the present invention, at least a portion of the underside of removable separator sheet 21 includes or is coated with pressure-sensitive marking material. The pressuresensitive marking material responds to a marking force applied to the outside surface of transparent plastics overlay 1 9 to cause corresponding marks to appear on the information surface of label 17, thereby eliminating the requirement that plastics overlay 1 9 be folded back to permit typing or marking of information on the information surface.
In one embodiment of the invention, at least one portion 23 of the undersurface of the removable separator sheet is "spot carbonized" or "inked", so that when marking pressure is applied to the outer surface of plastics overlay 1 9 (when it lies flat against label 17, as shown in Fig. 2), a corresponding ink mark is produced on the information surface of label 1 7.
The individual removable separator sheets 21 may be formed from a continuous sheet, and may be separated from each other by perforations, also designated in the drawings by reference numeral 15.
Fig. 4 more clearly shows a "spot carbonized" portion of the undersurface of removable separator sheet 21. Instead of spot carbonizing the undersurface of removable separator sheet 21, both separator sheet 21 and the information surface of label 1 7 can be formed of pressuresensitive papers which cooperate to produce dark marks on the information surface in response to the marking pressure transmitted to the information surface via the pressure-sensitive paper included in or positioned between the information surface and the underside of removable separator sheet 21. The marking pressure may be produced by various marking devices, such as a sharp tipped pencil-like device or a typewriter adjusted to type stencils. A suitable type of pressure-sensitive paper is commonly referred to as "NCR paper".
After the marking pressure has been applied to produce the desired pattern on the information surface of label 17, plastics overlay 1 9 is folded back, and separator sheet 21 (and the pressuresenitive mark producing medium thereof) are peeled away from the adhesive underside of plastics overlay 19, as indicated in Fig. 6.
The multi-layer labeling system of the present invention is easily manufactured in mass quantities, and is easily handled during transportation. Information is easily marked on the information surface of the labels because the plastics overlay does not need to be folded back to permit direct marking on the information surface.
Instead, an entire stack of connected individual multi-layer labeling systems can be (for example) inserted into a typewriter adjusted to type stencils.
The desired information can be "typed" on the outside of the protective plastic overlay. The removable separator sheets then can be removed and the plastic overlays can be adhesively sealed to the information surfaces with no manual alignment. In short, the multi-layer labeling assemblies of the invention are more convenient to use than any known labeling assembly which provides a transparent protective cover for sealing the information surface of the label from moisture and dirt. All of the separate multi-layer labeling systems in stack 10 of Fig. 1 can be marked, for example, by feeding stack 10 into a typewriter and typing desired information on each multi-layer -labeling system. The individual labeling systems can then be separated by tearing them apart along the perforated lines 1 5 as indicated in Fig. 5.
The adhesive coated inner surface of transparent overlay 1 9 then is pressed onto the information surface of label 1 7 and the exposed portion of the inner surface of back sheet 25. After removable separator sheet 21 has been removed, removable back 25 may be separated from the label 17 as illustrated in Fig. 7.
The final step, not indicated in the drawings, is mounting the multilayer label system (now consisting of printed label 1 7 and plastics overlay 19) on a suitable surface. The exposed overlapping inner surface edges of overlay 1 9 are coated with adhesive, and the back surface of label 17 is also coated with adhesive, so the final label assembly can be pressed against the chosen mounting surface and sealed thereto to prevent intrusion of moisture or dirt and to prevent smearing of the marks produced on the information surface of label 1 7.
The multi-layer label system shown in the drawings can be most economically manufactured utilizing a continuous back sheet and a continuous separator sheet. The continuous separator sheet has an inner surface at least partially coated with pressure-sensitive marking material 23.
The labels 1 7 are then positioned on and adhesively attached to the continuous back sheet.
This operation can be performed using conventional machinery well known to those skilled in the art. Next, the continuous separator sheet is aligned with and positioned to cover the major portion of the information surfaces of the respective labels, but leaving an edge strip area (such as area 24 of Fig. 2) of each label exposed.
The pressure-sensitive marking material 23 is placed against the respective information surfaces of the previously positioned labels. A plurality of transparent overlays, each having an adhesive inner surface, is then aligned with and positioned on the assembly so that the overlay adheres to the exposed edge strip areas 24 of the labels, the exposed portions of the continuous backing sheet and the outer surface of the continuous separator sheet. Next, the perforations 1 5 may be produced in the continuous separator sheet and the continuous backing sheet. Alternatively, instead of producing the perforations, the mutli-layer label assembly can be die cut to provide a plurality of individual multi-layer labels.
Machinery well known to those skilled in the art can be utilized for performing the above manufacturing operations to produce the multilayer labeling system 10 shown in the drawings, and is not described herein.

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1. A multi-layer labeling system comprising: (a) a transparent cover sheet having an inside surface and an outside surface, and having a pressure-sensitive adhesive on said inside surface; (b) a removable separator sheet releasably contacting said pressure-sensitive adhesive on said inside surface of said transparent cover sheet; (c) a label having an information surface facing said separator sheet and a back surface having a pressure-sensitive adhesive thereon; (d) a removable back sheet releasably adhering to the pressure-sensitive adhesive on said back surface of said separator sheet; and (e) pressure-sensitive marking means disposed on said separator sheet for producing marks on said information surface in response to marking pressure applied to the outside surface of said transparent cover sheet; said transparent cover sheet being releasably secured along one edge thereof said back sheet, and said transparent cover sheet being secured to said label along an edge thereof adjacent to said edge of said transparent cover sheet, whereby said information surface can be effectively marked without folding back said transparent cover sheet and said pressure-sensitive means from said information surface of said label.
2. A system as claimed in claim 1 wherein said transparent cover sheet is larger than said label and extends beyond said label on all sides.
3. A system as claimed in claim 1 or 2 wherein said pressure-sensitive marking means includes a spot carbonized region disposed on an inside surface of said removable separator sheet over a portion of said information surface wherein information is to be marked.
4. A system as claimed in any preceding claim wherein said pressure-sensitive marking means includes a first pressure-sensitive paper and said information surface of said label includes a second pressure-sensitive paper cooperating with said first pressure-sensitive paper to produce a corresponding mark on said information surface in response to said marking pressure.
5. A system as claimed in any preceding claim wherein said label is composed of self-adhesive white sulphite paper.
6. A system as claimed in any preceding claim wherein said transparent cover sheet is formed from self-adhesive Mylar.
7. A system as claimed in any preceding claim wherein said removable separator sheet is formed from silicone treated paper.
8. A system as claimed in any preceding claim wherein said removable back sheet is formed from silicone treated paper.
9. A multi-layer labeling system substantially as herein described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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EP0074217A2 (en) * 1981-08-25 1983-03-16 N.V. Raychem S.A. Identification carrying means
FR2541804A3 (en) * 1983-02-28 1984-08-31 Jowa Sa Self-adhesive label
FR2560417A4 (en) * 1984-02-27 1985-08-30 Jowa Sa Self-adhesive label
GB2194211A (en) * 1986-08-01 1988-03-02 Andrew Munro Leitch Tickets
GB2209512A (en) * 1987-09-05 1989-05-17 Brian Robin Evans Backing sheet and self adhesive label combination
FR2694435A1 (en) * 1992-07-28 1994-02-04 Jowa Sa Plastics-coated card manufacturing system - uses two flaps of material, one with cards and other with self-adhesive covering layer, which coincide when folded together

Cited By (8)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
EP0074217A2 (en) * 1981-08-25 1983-03-16 N.V. Raychem S.A. Identification carrying means
EP0074217A3 (en) * 1981-08-25 1983-08-10 N.V. Raychem S.A. Identification carrying means
FR2541804A3 (en) * 1983-02-28 1984-08-31 Jowa Sa Self-adhesive label
FR2560417A4 (en) * 1984-02-27 1985-08-30 Jowa Sa Self-adhesive label
GB2194211A (en) * 1986-08-01 1988-03-02 Andrew Munro Leitch Tickets
GB2194211B (en) * 1986-08-01 1990-05-09 Andrew Munro Leitch Tickets
GB2209512A (en) * 1987-09-05 1989-05-17 Brian Robin Evans Backing sheet and self adhesive label combination
FR2694435A1 (en) * 1992-07-28 1994-02-04 Jowa Sa Plastics-coated card manufacturing system - uses two flaps of material, one with cards and other with self-adhesive covering layer, which coincide when folded together

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