MACtac® Expands BS 5609 Certification for its Polyester and Vinyl Label Stock
- Jun 29, 2012
STOW, Ohio -- MACtac® Printing Products expands BS 5609:1986 Section 3 certifications for MACtac FCD6914 polyester label stock and VDG6911 vinyl label stock to print with a variety of ITW Thermal Films PrintheadSaver® thermal transfer ribbons.
Expanding to include two label stocks printed with three different ITW Thermal Films ribbons, it certifies MACtac FCD6914 polyester label printed with ITW B324 Durable Extreme Series Resin ribbon, MACtac FCD6914 polyester label printed with ITW B325 Flexible Extreme Series Resin ribbon and MACtac VDG6911 vinyl label printed with ITW B128 Durable Extreme Series Midrange wax/resin ribbon.
"BS 5609 is an internationally recognized standard covering the suitability for the labeling of goods for marine shipment," said Kim Hensley, product manager, MACtac Printing Products. "Label durability is a must for marine and extreme environments, and MACtac continues to develop products to meet the latest industry regulations."
BS 5609 is a specification for printed pressure-sensitive, adhesive-coated labels for marine use, including requirements for label base material. BS 5609 comprises four parts, of which there are two key sections – Section 2 and 3. Section 2 details the tests to be carried out on the base label material and Section 3 on the printed label. Base labels must meet the requirements of Section 2 in order to meet the print methods in Section 3. Tests of the print method set out various durability criteria including adhesive performance, print performance and abrasion resistance, stipulating minimum standards for labels to be used in marine environments.
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BS 5609 is widely referred to when specifying an extremely durable label. Compliance is a
requirement for self-adhesive drum labels needing certification with merchant shipping
regulations, international maritime dangerous goods (IMDG) and globally harmonized system of
classification (GHS) standards.
FCD6914 is a 2-mil gloss top coated, white polyester and VDG6911 is a 3.4-mil top coated, white
flexible PVC. Both feature a durable and aggressive permanent acrylic adhesive and a 3.2 supercalendared
kraft liner. Applications include chemical drum labels, drums and containers used to
transport petroleum, paint and liquid or powder chemicals designed to hold up under extreme
conditions. FCD6914 and VDG6911 are typically used for content identification, warning and
ITW Thermal Films B128 wax/resin ribbon is UV resistant and offers strong abrasion and
environmental resistance. The B325 resin ribbon provides good resistance to chemicals and is
used in demanding industrial applications that require high durability. The B324 resin ribbon is a
UL-recognized, multi-purpose ribbon that is halogen-free and features high durability and
chemical resistance. All ITW Thermal Films PrintheadSaver thermal transfer ribbons feature
advanced technologies such as an anti-static coating and high-sensitivity inks that maintain and
sustain the life of printheads, use less energy and print at faster speeds.
For more information on MACtac’s line of durable films, or other solutions from MACtac Roll
MACtac is one of the leading global supplier of pressure-sensitive adhesives. Founded on personal
service, technical support, quality assurance, custom capabilities and supply chain efficiency,
MACtac is dedicated to providing superior quality to its customers. Headquartered in Stow,
Ohio, MACtac is a subsidiary of the Bemis Company, Inc., the largest flexible packaging supplier
in North America.
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About Bemis Company, Inc. Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure-sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare, and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and reported 2010 net sales of $4.8 billion. The Company’s flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing, and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs nearly 20,000 individuals worldwide.
About ITW Thermal Films
ITW Thermal Films is a worldwide manufacturer, converter and distributor of PrintheadSaver® thermal transfer ribbon products for flat head and near edge technology printers. A leader in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection Industry (AIDC), ITW Thermal Films has been delivering quality bar code ribbon products, value-added services, technologies and solutions to customers around the globe for more than 25 years. ITW Thermal Films is a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW), a multi-national Fortune 200 Company and part of the worldwide ITW Foils and Thermal Films Group whose business units provide productivity-enhancing solutions to a diverse set of customers around the world.
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