Consecutive and Variable Number Labels

Consecutive and Variable Number Labels

Consecutive Number Labels

Consecutive number labels are perfect for keeping track of equipment, inventory, or other items to make your operations run smoother. Our consecutive number labels (also called serial number labels) are printed on digital presses. Depending on the complexity of your custom labels, we can help you decide which label shape, size and combination of materials will work best for your project.

Digital’s Variable Data Printing Technology

Consecutive numbering for barcodes can be any size or any number of digits. Digital presses’ variable data printing technology allows you to start and end your consecutive numbering on any digit. If you plan on selling your products in retail stores, you will need to obtain a UPC barcode which has restrictions on size, color and appearance.

Durable Materials for Tough Applications

Consecutive number labels may need to stand up to some tough environmental conditions that are typical in the medical, mechanical, and automotive industries. To ensure your labels will last for an extended period of time, you should select durable label materials (like vinyl or polyester) with a laminate finish and/or UV coating. A laminate will help your consecutive number labels maintain their quality against heat, moisture, constant handling, etc. Let us know where your labels will be used so we can give you the right materials.

Variable Data Projects?

As previously mentioned, digital printing can give label customers more flexibility that isn’t as readily available through traditional label printing processes like flexographic. Whether your labels have the same design with one or more types of variable data, digital printing can handle a variety of label projects. Below are some examples of how variable data printing is typically used so you can have a better idea of the label opportunities available.

  • Serialized barcodes
  • Consecutive number labels
  • Multiple languages
  • Scratch off labels
  • Direct marketing campaigns
  • Promotional labels with personalized images/text
  • Variations in color, image, text, etc. from one label to the next.
  • QR codes
  • Labels for different brands
  • Country of origin labeling – typically used for meat and produce.
  • Date labeling (use by, sell by, best before, etc.)

It’s important to note that there is a difference between labels with variable data and multiple design versions. Variable data printing is for labels that have the same layout and design throughout the entire run, but a section of the design is left empty where the variable data will be printed. Labels with multiple versions or designs are printed from a digital file that pulls up each label’s individual artwork. Variable data printing uses a digital file (for the design/layout) and a spreadsheet or database file to input the variable data information onto the label.