Tough duty labels: labels that need to withstand difficult environments require the right substrates and adhesives to perform properly.
These structures, which we call tough work labels, are used in a variety of environments, including environments with extreme temperatures, moisture and chemical exposure.
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According to Art Bowers, general manager, industrial graphics division, IL Burr Ridge GSI technologies, USA, tough work labels can be found on electrical, industrial, commercial, mechanical and automotive products or components.
He said, \"the labels have to perform their duties because the products they install are tough duties.
These are products that are exposed to outdoor, at extreme temperatures (high or low)
Harsh chemicals, detergents or solvents, UV rays and moisture.
Gary Gallas, president of Andrews decals, Chicago, USA, said, \"our printed products have been used for electric tools, sporting goods, some toys, and some outdoor power equipment, such as awn mow and snow throwing machine.
He also cited heating and ventilation systems, consumer electronics and a number of automotive applications, such as outdoor parking registration stickers, and applications for tough labels.
According to Jo Ann Logan, a us fl longwood integrated label purchasing company, \"products that require strict tariff applications will be under the hood of automobiles, marine equipment and vessel applications, test tube marks, hazardous chemicals, outdoor power equipment such as battery applications, outdoor central air conditioners, lawn mowers, chainsaws, leaf blowing machines and push handles.
\"Serhat Kotak, director of marketing for industrial labeling systems at MA chelmsford, USA, said that many products in harsh environments use tough tariff labels.
Products may be exposed to chemical solvents, thermal, low temperature environments, solvent-based washing, laboratory environments with chemicals, electronic manufacturing processes, Aerospace Applications (
Space Shuttle, military aircraft, etc. )
Automatic application (
Label brake discs, engine parts, etc. )
As well as outdoor applications such as instruments deployed on the North Sea, Alaska or Arabian Peninsula oil drilling platforms.
\"Like many consumer goods labels, tough duty labels are often more practical than aesthetic.
Bowers said, \"the toughduffy label is often used to convey warnings, give instructions for operations, and to mark the function of a switch, dial, or knob.
\"Since strict duty labels often convey warnings and other key messages, they must remain complete and readable throughout the life cycle of the product.
Therefore, the label must be able to withstand the conditions under which the actual product is subjected.
Logan said, \"the tough work label is affected by various conditions: water, grease, acid, dirt, textured base, recycling container, waxing ripple, paint metal, freezing temperature, chemistry and ultraviolet rays
\"Dan Ray, general manager of packaging for WI Algoma WS in the United States, citesharsh chemicals, detergents, salt water and weather are specific conditions for hard work label exposure.
It is extremely important to keep readability.
Gallas explained, \"one of the most important things that may be the sun or the UV radiation.
Usually people are very worried that the label will not fade.
If the label is on a tool or outdoor device, it may also be exposed to oil or gasoline and different types of cleaning solvents.
\"The construction of materials using tough work labels enables them to withstand their exposure to difficult environments.
The most common underlying materials are vinyl, polyester and polyester films.
Kotakaddspolyimide is on this list.
Polypropylene may be enough in some applications, Logan said.
\"Any outdoor application affected by these elements requires a film product, not a paper product,\" Shesays said . \".
According to Bowles, \"tough work labels are usually made up of the following components: the basic material for printing labels;
Adhesive for pasting labels onto machines or components;
Ink for label printing;
Perhaps a film laminated on the printed surface to protect the ink.
There are a wide range of materials to choose from, so each difficult work lab can be customized around the application.
These materials are available from paper to vinyl and polyester.
To improve performance, manufacturers can use a variety of coatings on these materials.
\"The Adhesive Type is a key part of the tough label structure.
Logan explained, \"In some cases, a general purpose acrylic or rubber-based adhesive will work, while some applications may require more aggressive adhesives.
In general, the acrylic adhesive ends up being more aggressive, while the rubber adhesive will initially stick better.
Sometimes, an adhesive may be required that provides a range of use temperature requirements that are higher or lower than the normal temperature and a temperature requirement that is lower than the usual application temperature.
\"The converter can choose a variety of adhesives for different purposes.
\"Sometimes an adhesive has to withstand extreme temperatures,\" Bowles said.
An adhesive that performs very well at indoor room temperature may not be used outdoors in bright sunlight or in ultra-high or low temperature and humidity environments.
The adhesive must also be sensitive to the surface properties when the label is installed;
For example, the surface is coated with pebbles or powder.
Most tough labels are coated with high-performance adhesives, says Gallas.
\"The adhesive we usually use is aggressive, has a lot of initial stickiness, and works well on a variety of surfaces.
Once in a while you will encounter a situation where someone puts snowflakes on a rough texture surface.
\"Then, you use an adhesive with a greater thickness,\" he said . \".
Ink is another component that needs to be considered.
Bowles said, \"in some cases, the ink must be specially manufactured to prevent fading under outdoor UV exposure or to resist chemicals or detergents.
We sometimes use UV curing ink or automatic
Grade UV curing ink resistant to fading or wear.
\"Plastic film laminating materials may be placed on tough work labels in order to increase protection.
Advanced sales services for Nancy LaRusch, Tapecon Inc.
In Buffalo, New York, USA, \"we often have to put layers of pressed material on all labels so that weather and chemicals don\'t attack them.
\"The laminate is usually transparent and puts down the glossy film, matte film and even the textured film,\" says Gallas.
The idea is to protect the ink and keep everything under the surface.
\"Although there are already many options, the study of materials continues.
Ray said, \"in order to meet the special requirements of thelabel, special adhesives and the underlying layer have been developed. \"[
Material suppliers often research and create new substrates for the market.
How did they do it?
Rick Neiman, durdennison durable goods market segment leader in OH Painesville, USA, said, \"We talk to end users and converters to meet existing needs and anticipate and adjust future markets
We are also aligned with durable goods supply chain members and industry experts to better understand change and key drivers.
Caroline Burns, global marketing manager, DuPont graphics, USA, said, \"Sometimes we can anticipate urgent needs in the market and develop products that meet those needs.
Sometimes we answer the customer\'s request.
\"Standards and Testing since many strict duty labels contain warnings and other necessary operational and safety product information, the standards organization is overseeing these labels.
Bowles said, \"Underwriters Laboratory (UL)and the CSA [
Canadian Standards Association
International is the two testing and certification organizations that we believe are most frequently involved.
Both organizations conduct safety testing and certification of electrical, mechanical, industrial and automotive products and components.
They test all kinds of equipment.
They also test and certify the label structure applicable to these products.
\"UL and CSA International provide certification for the company.
Gsitechnoogies has about 100 certifications.
\"Every building is a very specific building,\" Bowles said.
These structures can be used for multiple applications, and sometimes they are only suitable for one application.
We get so much because we see such a wide range of applications.
The cost of obtaining a building certification may be between $1 and thousands of dollars.
You don\'t want to do this again and again.
Most of the time, when a customer or prospect comes to us, we build a structure for the app.
\"When we don\'t do this, we will specifically find out what and under what conditions the label will be used for, and sit down with our own technical experts and material suppliers, design the structure that we think meets these requirements.
Then we submit it to the ULfor test.
The way they test the buildings is to put them under all the conditions exposed in use.
\"UL and csa use highly specialized equipment and strict technology to replicate extreme conditions,\" Bowles said . \".
In addition to the standard organization, individual companies also have their own methods of testing strict duty labels.
WS packagingsray said, \"each customer has its own set of standards and testing procedures before shipping the label.
Tests can include salt water immersion test, Sutherland friction test, chemical resistance test, Fadeometer test, meteorological instrument test and burst strength test.
\"We leave the test to our customers,\" said Logan of the shoplidated Label.
It is their responsibility to approve the materials they apply for use.
We can suggest a product that we think can work or have worked in similar situations in the past, but for a customer, products that have worked in the past do not necessarily apply to current applications.
Mr. laroush said Tapecon had similar policies.
\"We don\'t do the test here.
Our customers usually have a very good idea of what happens with these tags and they tell us.
We choose the best combination of ink and substrate to make the label.
Andrews decals obey the testing of the material supplier.
Gallas said, \"We are a relatively small company, so we don\'t actually do any internal testing except to check the materials when they arrive.
We usually rely on the manufacturers of the materials we buy.
They have laboratories that fully test the materials.
They can test the final product.
They have a wider range of specific tests and they can make suggestions.
\"Suppliers have a variety of ways to test their substrates.
Burns of DuPont said, \"We are using
National Standards Association of Americaand TAPPI [
Technical Association of pulp and paper industry]
Test methods for performance testing.
We will also send out the samples for testing.
For example, we have some styles that we speed up our age to see when they are exposed outdoors.
Some of our styles have been approved by UL, CSA and FDA.
According to Neiman of Avery Dennison, \"most of our products are tested internally first, then at the converter and end-user levels.
Our internal tests include tests for exposure conditions, including temperature, water immersion, and chemicals.
We also conducted performance tests including visual inspection, print testing, and adhesion.
Most of our durable products are recognized by UL and CSA.
Testing the needs of cars and other end users is also a common part of our agreement.
\"For some reason, expensive tariff labels are more expensive than traditional ones.
Ray said, \"due to the higher manufacturing cost of components, the cost of a solid work label will exceed the standard label.
The cost of the test also needs to be added to the cost of the label.
Another factor could be the cost of liabilities.
Logan explained, \"the cost of using a label for any films can be twice that of a paper product.
This can make a big difference depending on whether to use cheaper products such as polypropylene or more expensive materials such as polyester for applications.
The price of vinyl may be between polypropylene and polyester.
Gallas estimates that strict tariff labels are 30 to 50% more expensive than traditional labels.
He added that the price may be higher if the customer wants to extend the service life of the label.
Custom adhesives and laminating materials can also increase costs.
Kotak found it difficult to determine the exact cost difference.
He said, \"It varies from application to application because there is a wide range even in the product range that can be considered tough labels.
For example, with extra-aggressive2-
The mil adhesive for 4 \"x 4\" may be equal to the price per roll of the pi label used for electronic circuit board identification, but the size of the pi label may be 0. 375\" x 0. 25\".
However, the cost of almost all materials that can be considered tough is much higher (
10 times more)
Than ordinary paper or styrene material.
Neiman of Avery Dennison said, \"Our products are priced at 25% to 20 times the price of the general label.
\"While strict tariff tags are more expensive, customers of converters need to keep the app in mind.
Bowles explained, \"while a major label may apply to $1.
39 cans of hairspray, a device that costs thousands of dollars may be labeled tough with tariffs.
The main label is usually made of relatively low cost materials, while the tough work label is a costly structure.
He also pointed out that the volume of the hard label is small compared to the traditional label.
\"It\'s not surprising to see thousands of people using prime labels using them every week, because consumer goods are usually not disposable.
\"Most tough work labels are relatively small in size, sometimes as low as 100 pieces,\" Bowles said . \".
Over the years, there have been some changes in the manufacture of tough labels.
Gallas said, \"in the past, we used to print tough duty labels exclusively with screens, because traditionally these types of inks are better protected and better protected in UV areas.
At present, we continue to print more things in rotary processing (
It can be a soft version.
We can also rotate with screen printing.
This becomes more effective because we can print multiple colors and laminate with special laminated films, and we can stretch in a continuous process or in an online process, which greatly reduces the cost. \"[
According to Bowles, \"we see more sophisticated ways to convert these labels, and our suppliers bring more complex materials.
The requirements on the label are becoming more and more demanding, and we and our material partners strive to continue to develop solutions that meet these requirements.
\"The converter is always looking for better ways to make tough labels.
Ray said, \"with the new materials on the market, we will seek to improve efficiency and reduce costs by testing them and seeing if they can work in specific applications.
\"Avery Dennison offers some new tough products.
Neiman said, \"We recently introduced our high performance S8015 adhesion to our precise no-trim program.
In addition, we recently launched a range of verified decal products and a range of leading productsFree handling.
Over the next few months, we will launch a new range of void and board security products for durable applications.
\"Dupont offers Tyvek and Tyvek Brillion labels and labels to the market, including tough tariff labels.
\"The inherent high performance features of DuPont Tyvek make it ideal for tough work labels,\" Burns said.
Not only is Tyvek tough and durable, but it is lightweight and resistant to moisture, chemicals, puncture and tear.
Tyvek Brillion offers a brighter, whiter, and smoother surface to ensure excellent print performance for bar codes and variable information.
\"Different purposes for strict tariff labels are expected to be different from their more traditional consumer labels.
Bowles explained, \"consumer label users want the label to stand out ---
This is a marketing tool.
Our customers want their labels to continue easily, stay where they belong, and communicate key messages over the long term, and our customers want as little trouble as possible to do business with us.
If we are doing our work, our labels will enter and pass through our customer\'s system without anyone noticing it.
When they are noticed, there is a problem.
We like anonymity.