Pressure Sensitive Labels

Pressure sensitive labels provide a cost-effective option in virtually every industry.

If you’re looking for a product label, there’s a good chance that a pressure sensitive label is what you want. The name of this label is sometimes shortened to PSL or PS label.

Pressure Sensitive Labels

Pressure Sensitive Labels are those that are applied to a product using pressure through an adhesive backing. Each pressure sensitive label has four components.

The Top Coat or Laminate

These serve two purposes.  They can help protect the label from scuffing, moisture, sunlight, and chemicals. There are varieties such as gloss, matte/satin, soft touch and prismatic than can enhance the design.


Key criteria to consider when selecting the facestock includes the following:
1.   Cost
2.   Dispensing/application method
3.   Environmental conditions
4.   Abrasion and tear resistance
5.   Application surface
6.   Printing technology
7.   Tactile properties
The materials used for facestock include metallic foil, film, and paper. Paper is the most widely used facestock material.


The adhesive is what makes the label stick to the product. The type of adhesive used depends on the application and the environment where the label will be used. Different types of adhesives are available including some that stick permanently, some that are easy to remove, and some that stick despite wet and humid conditions.

Release Liner

The release liner is what makes it possible to package the labels in reels that can be easily peeled off. The liner is coated with a silicone release material that enables label removal regardless of the strength of the adhesive used. Material most often used are paper, kraft, reenforced silicone kraft, and PET (Clear Polyester).  The choice of liner greatly depend on the application method of the label.

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