Heavy Duty Labels & Harsh Environment Decals
Tough applications require harsh environment labels.
Labels for machinery that must withstand harsh environments, TLP delivers labels offering industry-leading durability. Some specialty materials can be especially challenging to work with. TLP creates new configurations and processes that exploit their unique properties. Count on the TLP team to engineer heavy duty labels & solutions to meet the demands of your harsh environment labels application.
Harsh Environment Labels Are The Most Durable Labels To Offer Maximum Resistance:
Outdoor Labels & UV Resistant Labels
- Powder coat paint / textured power paint
- LSE (Low Surface Energy) plastics
- Extreme heat – up to 399° C
- Extreme cold – below -196° C
- Chemicals and solvents
Chemical Resistant Labels
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Hydraulic fluid
- MEK (Methyl Ethyl Keytone)
- Adherence to UL, CSA, and other regulatory standards
- British Maritime Standard 5609
- …and more
Ideal Markets for Heavy Duty Labels:
- Electronics – printed circuit boards, sensors, and other components
- Outdoor power equipment
- Automotive (IATF 16949 certified)
- Alternative energy (Solar, Wind, Geothermal)
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Heavy Duty Labels / Durable Labels for Harsh Environments
What is the difference between a harsh environment label and a normal label?
A harsh environment label is developed to survive the use environment of a given product. In most cases these labels are developed from film based materials like polyester, PVC, acrylics, polycarbonates and polyimides and can withstand high temperature environments, abrasion resistance, chemicals, salt water immersion and a whole host of other exposures including body fluids and extreme cold temperatures like cryogenics. A traditional paper label would not survive these environments and would quickly become illegible or simply disintegrate.
Why would I need to buy a label that is defined as a harsh environment label?
In some cases regulatory standards around the products you are manufacturing require that the label remain legible during the expected life of the product. The other main reason you would want this kind of label is that you want the image of your product and it’s nameplate to remain legible and in good condition throughout the life of the product. Companies, such as outdoor power equipment manufacturers, do extensive outdoor testing on their products to ensure that when the product is at end of life it still looks as good as the day it was purchased. Thus, increasing the odds of brand loyalty and a repeat purchase.
What kind of testing is done to validate that a label is for harsh environments?
The testing of the label depends on the end use and environmental exposures. Label companies and industry converter suppliers spend an extensive amount of development resources in testing. These tests include: xenon arc (replicated sun exposure), abrasion resistance, chemical exposure, print testing with various inks, cryogenic exposure, extreme heat exposure, humidity testing and exposure, peel adhesion (force to peel off the label), shear adhesion (internal strength and molecular holds of the adhesive), radiation exposure (used for pharmaceutical sterilization), salt water immersion, etc. The tests are too numerous to list but make sure you’re asking your vendor the right questions around testing and compliance so that you can have peace of mind in your label purchases.