Improve the health of your medical labels

September 13, 2017

Every industry faces its own unique challenges when it comes to labels. From compliance standards to packaging material and environmental conditions, every label must meet its own set of requirements.

In a hospital or healthcare organization, hygiene is a tantamount concern. Specimen labels, equipment asset tags, and patient wristbands must withstand the constant cleaning with disinfectants. Labs also require label media that can handle extreme temperatures, like cryogenics and sterilization, and the roughness of a centrifuge. If a label falls off or becomes illegible during a test, patient safety is compromised.

Blood transfusions present yet another challenge for hospitals and blood banks. The blood bags aren’t ordinarily easy to label, but it’s a critical need—both for the patient receiving the transfusion and to avoid having to dispose of the high-value asset of the blood itself.

Coridian has been designing and deploying healthcare technology solutions for more than two decades. We’ve invested in learning how medical labeling has evolved, to make sure our customers receive the best choices, both for the printers and the label media.

A thermal printer is the best choice for producing crisp, clear barcodes that remain scannable through all the rigors of every aspect of healthcare and testing. Laser printers, while usually convenient, don’t possess the technology to support automated data collection (i.e., barcodes). They’re also not an economical use of labels, since you’ll often waste the remainder of a sheet of labels. Zebra has engineered a complete line of healthcare-specific printers, from mobile to desktop to ID card printers.

For label media, we rely on genuine Zebra supplies. They’re available in literally thousands of combinations of media type, size, shape, and adhesive. With hundreds of existing dies available, Coridian can produce custom labels to meet every specification.

Don’t leave your medical labeling to chance. Be purposeful with a purpose-built solution that will ensure your labels are safe, durable, and easy to use. Talk to us at Coridian to learn more about your barcode label options.

Choosing the Right Label for the Right Application

September 9, 2013
Selecting the right barcode label for your application will help insure maximum productivity is achieved while selecting the wrong label can cause a number of problems down the line. Here are some things to consider when choosing your label:

Thermal Transfer Vs. Direct Thermal

Thermal Transfer utilizes a ribbon that applies a heat transfer process to your label material to increase durability and readability. Thermal transfer labels give increased resilience to water, chemicals, body fluids, heat, and sunlight and can be used in a wide variety of applications.

Direct Thermal uses a heat activated material to transfer your image to the label. This type of label is primarily used in applications where long term durability or readability of the label is not required such as package labeling for point to point shipping.

Application Environment

The product your labels will be applied to and the environment in which they are applied are critical factors in the selection of labels. Product surface, indoor or outdoor usage, moisture, and temperature range are questions that you will need to answer to determine the correct barcode label.

Usage Environment

Will your labels be exposed to extreme conditions? Will they be used in a situation where they need to withstand chemicals, direct sunlight, dirt, grease, heat, cold, water, food or some other potential threat to the labels lifespan. Each of these conditions needs to be considered in order for your labels to perform at their best.


Some labels need to last for extended periods of time. Whereas, others only need to last for a short period (e.g., during the shipment). Not only do the labels need to endure, but the information printed on the labels as well.

Face Stock

The right face stock is crucial. Choosing between direct thermal and thermal transfer is only the first step. Next, you need determine if your application requires a paper label, or some sort of synthetic material. Once you get into synthetics you then need to choose from a variety of offerings ranging from vinyl to polyimide with several levels in between.


Finding the right adhesive for your application makes all the difference in label performance. Some of the factors to consider are application environment, temperature range to be used in, and level of permanence.

Other Factors

In addition there are many other factors to consider. How would the use of color impact my label? Can I use a stock label or does my label need to be custom manufactured? What is the core size and outside diameter (OD) required by your thermal transfer printer? Would your application be best served with piggy backs, kiss cuts, or other special die cuts? What type of wind direction and corner radius is required for my label?

As you have read, choosing a label can be an overwhelming task, but we are here to help answer any questions and help you find the right label for your application.

Three Steps for Implementing a Barcode Technology Solution

May 2, 2009

If you have decided to implement a barcode technology solution in your warehouse or distribution center, there are several steps you should follow to do so as quickly and effectively as possible. The first step is to be aware of the effort and time it will take to put a barcode solution in place—and to make your team aware as well. The work will go much more quickly if everybody has realistic expectations.

Next, you’ll need to create a master, computerized list of everything that might be stored in your warehouse or stockroom. At the least, you should include the item number, unit of measure, and description. However, it would also be beneficial to include the purchase cost, vendor, and minimum inventory amount. If you don’t already have a list, ask your suppliers to provide a record of items purchased through them.

Finally, attach barcodes on inventory items and locations. Some products will already have barcodes attached to your supplies. If so, ensure that barcodes on individual items match the item numbers in your master list. Also, you might consider implementing barcode label printers (more on these soon) in your facility, as you’ll still need to create location barcode labels for items that came to you with barcodes.
Creating and attaching barcode labels to items and locations will take time, but know that the work of putting a barcode solution in place will be worth it when the rest of your tasks are simplified afterward.

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