Life of car battery labels is tricky as they have to cope with a range of challenges. Battery labels need to be resistant to corrosion from the acids and oils often associated with battery manufacturing, as well as high temperature, abrasion, and chemical resistant. Not only does this ensure the integrity of the battery but also the safety of the consumer.
Plastics are often used in car batteries now more than ever. They are known to be more durable, last longer and in turn be more cost effective. Plastics are expected to grow in product manufacturing practice for years to come. However, when a plastic is exposed to high heat for long durations, it gives off a flammable gas which will burn or make the surrounding parts propagate a flame. Several companies over the last few years that have learned the hard way and as a result recalled tens of thousands of devices form around the globe.
What is the value of digital printing?
- A lot of durable variable data is needed on battery labels:
- Barcode track and trace, universal waste and recycling, as well as CE identification,
- Battery labels need to meet DOT (Department of Transportation USA) regulations for battery packaging and shipping.
The durability performance of the label is tested on labels printed on a Xeikon PX3000 press, with PantherCure UVinks and Sutbstrate Avery Dennison PE100 TOP WH - S477 - BG40WH (BB697)
| ||Durability requirements ||Durability performance of label* |
|Scratch resistance ||++ ||+++ |
|Heat resistance ||+ ||+ |
|Chemical resistance ||+ ||+++ |
|UV exposure ||++ ||++ |
|BS 5609 Section2& 3 certification ||No ||Yes |
|UL, CSA certification ||No ||No |
* + = medium durability, ++ = high durability, +++ = very high durability