Once you print the labels onto the laser sheets you need to trim the labels down to the correct size for the cable. Take a bit of newspaper, cream filter paper or any suitable material you have to do the job. You can use a very sharp utility knife to do this as well, but the newspaper will prevent it from cutting all the way through at once. Use a razor knife to cut a 1/2" or 1" slits in the labels to minimize the chance of pulling the paper. Generally a label can be cut in one of three places - top, middle or bottom. The top cut will give you only 1/4" - 1/2" of the label trimmed off. A middle cut plus 1/4" - 1/2" will give you the entire label. Trimming to the bottom can be compared to a square. You can cut in the center or fold up the label a bit to form a "U" and cut a small portion off. The goal here is to leave the label as long as possible to ensure full coverage over the cable.
After you have the labels trimmed to size, you apply an acrylic coating to keep them from smudging or drying out. By using a wide variety of different polycarbonate coatings (S1000, S1300, S2000, S1350, S1355, S1370, S1000, etc) we were able to find one that would work well for most types of cables, bonding surfaces and adhesives.
To get the labels where they need to go, you need to apply the tape, paper, glue, tape, etc to the cable end. The most common thing you will apply to the cable end will be an adhesive tape. There are many different adhesives available. Depending on which type of adhesive is used, the type of tape you use will vary. We use double sided adhesive tape with a wide reveal. Most of the thicker adhesive tapes you will see on the internet are actually paper backed and a single sided tape. d2c66b5586