Durable goods and equipment labels must perform consistently in a variety of hostile environments, under extreme conditions and temperatures. The segment demands a premium range of pressure-sensitive materials that are cost-effective and durable, while minimizing waste and complying with stringent standards and service requirements. Specific applications include appliances, industrial labeling, lawn and garden equipment, and many others.
Durable automotive labels must cope with conditions in the engine compartment, where temperature extremes and exposure to liquids, including brake fluid and engine oil, can compromise printed information and adhesives, or both. Application areas include fuel cap compartment, tire pressure labels and automotive service labels.
Material Laminated To
Various: flexible label stock and engraved plates
Material Bonded To
Polycarbonate, ABS, paint/powder coated metal, PP, PE
The Technical Challenges
The pressure-sensitive adhesive product must:
Have a permanent adhesive bond in harsh and demanding environments
Be resistant to abrasion and chemicals
Be a UL®-registered adhesive (UL 969)
Bond to low surface energy substrates
Carry Automotive OEM specification
Buried Graphics Products
FT 720 DL C (Clear adhesive/double liner)
FT 720 DL W (White opaque adhesive/double liner)
Transfer Tape Products
HPA™ 1902 and 1905 [Solvent and high-temperature resistant (UL 969, UL 746C)]
FT 3012 (Ultra high-temperature resistant silicone adhesive)
FT 3014 (General-purpose acrylic adhesive ideal for medium- and high-surface energy)
FT 3043 (Modified-acrylic adhesive for low surface energy and polyethelyne)
Commercial or Developmental?