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GHS EXPERT: Watch our video on complete GHS compliance

New video on the GHS compliance package!

Check out our freshly launched video on GHS printing and labeling compliance! If your business ships, stores, or uses chemicals on a daily basis, or even if you’re simply in need of a durable, waterproof, and inexpensive color label for your products, give our experts a call or send us a request for a quote! We are happy to walk you through the GHS mandates and the unique way that our complete package would work for your company.

James Unger is Paragon’s foremost expert on GHS labeling requirements, compliance, and color printing. Subscribe to this series for a weekly update on GHS issues, printing technology spotlights, and further information on color label printing or call 800.211.0768 to speak directly with him about your business’ particular needs.

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PRESS RELEASE: Paragon is now an authorized reseller for Afinia Labels

Exciting News for the World of Digital Printing!

Paragon now partners with Afinia Label

Paragon Data Partners with Afinia Label

CLEVELAND, OH March 4th, 2015

Paragon Data Systems is proud to announce our new partnership with Afinia Label!

afinia label printerWe will be offering the Afinia brand L801 Printer to our customers, which is also compatible with our line of Epson color printers.

“Afinia Label is very excited to be partnering with Paragon Data Systems,” said Mike Atkins, Afinia Label’s National Sales Manager. “Paragon has expertise in many markets that benefit directly from on-demand digital label printing. Afinia and Paragon’s full line of label printing solutions, and industry knowledge, will allow us to provide the ideal solution for businesses looking to streamline their labeling.”

The Afinia L801 is recommended to clients needing cost-effective, high-quality hardware to print bright, eye-catching, and compliant labels. Using Memjet technology, the L801 can print up to 60 feet per minute, and boasts an industry-leading low cost per print.

James Unger, our resident GHS Solutions and Full Color Printing expert, is excited to implement these products for customers seeking to print on-demand color labels for a host of applications. The flexibility, cost savings, decreased pre-print label inventory and control are benefits any company can appreciate.

“We were interested in rounding-out our offerings with a full-color, fully digital, narrow web solution and found that the L801 is a perfect fit,” he stated. “Whether a client is looking for a GHS compliant label printer, or a way to produce vibrant, prime labels for the retail shelf, we can offer the right printer for the job.”

Afinia Label began leading the field of digital printing systems when they collaborated with Memjet in 2012. Together, they created a commercially-viable narrow web label printing solution. Their company is now one of the largest distributors of Memjet-based label printers in the world. Authorizing Paragon to resell their products is a big step forward for both businesses as we continue to provide only the best barcoding hardware and software solutions.

Afinia Label, a division of Microboards Technology LLC, is a leader in specialized printing solutions. Their twenty-year history includes leadership in disc duplication, 3D printing and, most recently, digital label printing. More information can be found at, Twitter or by phone at 1.888.215.3966.

Paragon Data Systems is dedicated to creating and integrating imaginative software solutions for companies with data collection requirements. Since 1995, our innovative team has provided customized barcoding systems that help to streamline complex business processes and achieve compliance in the medical, manufacturing, and supply chain industries. To learn more, call us at 800.211.0768 or send us a message.

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Trade Laws Called into Question as Chemical Shipping Regulations are Explored

GHS Chemical Shipping Compliance Affects more than We Think

chemical shipping barrelThe process of buying, shipping, and storing pesticide chemicals has always been fraught with environmental risk. Improper use and distribution of hazardous materials can cause contamination of groundwater, physical harm, and even birth defects in animals and humans. Concern for the welfare of the planet led governments of almost every nation to develop and impose strict standards on the chemical shipping and manufacturing industries dating back to the 1900’s.

However, as our reliance on the global market only increases, the discrepancies between the regulations of one country versus another makes trade a complicated issue. While European regulations require manufacturers to prove a chemical’s safety before it’s made available for public sale, the American government expects regulators to demonstrate a chemical could become dangerous before they ban or restrict its use and purchase. This means that many chemicals that are banned or heavily regulated in the European Union can be made and sold in the United States, which considerably cuts into profits.

Even the E.P.A., notorious for imposing precautionary mandates, has a much more minimal involvement when it comes to pesticides in order to decrease trade barriers and competition against the U.S. The amended 2010 FIFRA Requirements simply state that “pesticides not approved or registered for use in the U.S. may be manufactured in the U.S. and exported.” FIFRA Section 17(a) requires that “exporters of unregistered pesticides first obtain a statement signed by the foreign purchaser indicating the purchaser’s awareness of that product in the U.S.” In other words, while American companies are expected to conform to certain safety standards, much of the onus is placed on the purchaser to ensure environmental regulatory compliance.

Such vast differences in policy can make things difficult for companies interested in international trade. Discussions over trans-Atlantic trade laws have been underway since 2013. If policies are changed, businesses in both hemispheres would save billions. While the U.S. economy is exhibiting encouraging signs of a slow but steady recovery, Europe is still bogged down with a high unemployment rate. Loosening restrictions and lessening tariffs and fines could help boost sales and production.

However, American trade official Trevor Kincaid has made it clear that no nation intends to abandon the “unique, high standard approaches to chemical regulation” we’ve come to depend on for cleaner, safer shipping.

His counterpart Daniel Rosario, a spokesman for the European Commission, also supports a move towards reducing excessive regulations, though he insists that Europe will not be fully adopting more lax American policies. “Neither full harmonization nor mutual recognition are feasible on the basis of the existing framework legislations,” he stated. “It is therefore equally clear that we are not aiming at a convergence of E.U. and U.S. chemicals regulations.”

As the GHS mandates go into effect this year, it will be interesting to see how the global economy and international trade is affected.

Read more about the international chemical trade negotiations at the N.Y. Times.

Bri Ziganti researches compliance and efficiency issues of the chemical shipping industry and the mandates that govern them to bring you the latest in GHS news.  Call 800.211.0768 to speak directly with our sales team to see how Paragon can help your business implement a reliable and cost-effective GHS labeling solution.  You can also visit our GHS solutions page for more info.
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GHS EXPERT: Cost Per Label

A Multi-Layered Process: Estimating the Cost Per Label

All companies want to be able to estimate their approximate cost per label before investing in a printing solution; however, many elements will effect GHS compliant label production in addition to the information and format contained on that label. There are minimum standards of durability for the materials, adhesives and inks adherence contained in the legislation. In addition, if the labelled product is to be shipped to foreign countries over salt water, those labels are subjected to greater durability requirements through the application of BS5609 certification. The following chart applies this standard to the three primary printing technologies to help estimate the per print cost for 8 ½ ‘x 11” and 4” x6” labels most typically used.

Please feel free to contact me directly at 800.211.0768 or with any questions you may have on GHS labels in general, or to discuss the per print costs involved with your particular printing requirements.

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James Unger is Paragon’s foremost expert on GHS labeling requirements, compliance, and color printing. Subscribe to this series for a weekly update on GHS issues, printing technology spotlights, and further information on color label printing or call 800.211.0768 to speak directly with him about your business’ particular needs.

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GHS EXPERT: Top 10 Reasons to Add Color to Your Label Printing

    • 1. Cost: The cost of color printers, inks and media has never been at a more competitive price point. Highly robust and durable industrial color printers are available starting below $2,000.00, which compares favorably to good quality, monochromatic thermal transfer and direct thermal units. Ink and toner cartridge pricing has improved greatly as color printing adoption has grown, and the capacity of these cartridges has similarly improved. Label stock pricing for color printing is now on a par with that for more traditional direct/thermal transfer use.


    • 2. Durability: The technologies of both the color print heads and the media on which they apply the ink/toner have improved to the point where the durability of the labels being created can equal the most environmentally robust combinations in the thermal transfer world. Epson ColorWorks printers, for example, when combined with Kimdura label stock, produce finished labels fully certified to meet the stringent BS5609 standard for overseas shipping.


    • 3. Eliminate Label Creation Errors: With true single pass, full color printing now possible, there is far less opportunity for errors between printing software and hardware to occur, and thus create unusable labels.


    • 4. Pre-Print Issues: It is no longer necessary to maintain a large inventory of preprinted label stock to introduce color to your printing. Often, only a few sizes of blank label stock are sufficient to print all of your needed labeling, simplifying inventory and tracking.


    • 5. Pre-Print Costs: Small batch orders of preprinted labels can be very expensive. The ability to purchase blank label stock and print on-demand color labels can be a far more effective outlay of capital. Print what you need, when it is needed.


    • 6. Alignment Issues: Matching and aligning your printing with preprinted elements is often very challenging, and opens the door for unsatisfactory results. Labels being printed under the GHS guidelines for chemicals, for example, have very strict requirements for finished label output that necessitate very tight label alignment. Unaligned labels will simply be scrap.


    • 7. Productivity: Worker time will not be wasted hunting for the appropriate preprinted label or carefully aligning the preprint for proper printing. Single pass full color printing removes the time needed for multiple pass printing, or switching ribbons to add color to the finished label.


    • 8. Eco-Friendly: As companies become more concerned with the amount of waste they produce, reducing preprinted labels that must be scrapped when information changes or layout is altered is greatly reduced.


    • 9. Color Coding: Using color to highlight key aspects of the product has been shown to greatly reduce errors in the Picking/Packing of products. Important aspect are clearly and quickly discernable, helping to ensure the right product is selected.


    • 10. Your Brand: Full color printing can take a needed label from a dry source of information into an attractive extension of your branding. Full color logos and even photo-quality product pictures can be added to make that label an addition sales tool. The human eye is naturally drawn to colorful images. Why not make your label printing another method to make your product stand out?

James Unger is Paragon’s foremost expert on GHS labeling requirements, compliance, and color printing. Subscribe to this series for a weekly update on GHS issues, printing technology spotlights, and further information on color label printing or call 800.211.0768 to speak directly with him about your business’ particular needs.

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GHS EXPERT: GHS Labeling Requirements Opens the Door for Full Color Printing

Barcoding, and label printing in general, has been a fairly “black and white” affair to this point. With the looming deadline for compliance with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, or GHS, the broad range of companies affected by this legislation may find the need to add at least a little color to their labeling. The new mandate requires the use of standardized hazard pictograms to indicate the potential dangers of the contents of the labeled container. Each required pictogram MUST be contained within the borders of a RED DIAMOND, so requiring companies that print their own labels to develop a solution for adding color to what most likely had been a black and white process in the past.

Allow Paragon Data Systems to partner with your company to develop a solution tailored to your specific needs. We have solutions as simple as using preprinted red diamond label stock for use with existing thermal transfer printers for smaller printing requirements to dedicated full color options that allow your labels to do far more than simply comply with GHS mandates.

Imagine your labels as a full color extension of your corporate branding. Today’s printing options and technologies allow the label user to add full color company logos, and even photo quality pictures to help your offerings stand out from others. One-dimensional and two-dimensional barcoding information is durable and razor sharp. Color coding has been proven to reduce errors and help in quick product identification. Single-pass, full color printing speeds and improves workflow by eliminating the need to match and align preprinted label stock or run labels through a second printing process. Preprinted label inventory is largely eliminated, as is waste when formats and content change. All of this can be accomplished for a very competitive price per label.

Whether you need to stay compliant with GHS labeling requirements, or simply want your labels to be a more effective branding tool, Paragon can help bring color to a black and white world.

James Unger is Paragon\’s foremost expert on GHS labeling requirements, compliance, and color printing. Subscribe to this series for a weekly update on GHS issues, printing technology spotlights, and further information on color label printing or call 800.211.0768 to speak directly with him about your business\’ particular needs.

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