Durable Self-Adhesive Labelling
Industrial Chemical Labels

Background

The chemical industry is confronted with growth in illicit trade, counterfeiting and brand piracy. Particularly for lubricants and engine oils, if the chemicals are not genuine, they can damage systems and vehicles. Beside the loss of revenue, this will have a negative impact on the image of the brand owner.

Physically, chemical labels are often exposed to harsh environments and need to withstand a broad range of chemicals.

So, industrial chemical labels need to fulfill one or more of the following requirements:
•    Resistance against chemicals
•    Protection against counterfeiting
•    Guarantee traceability
•    Create and maintain links with the user
•    Communicate about the composition of products

 

Production details

Here you can see an industrial chemical label sample printed on a Xeikon PX3000 digital press.

  • Print dimensions: 420 x 145 mm
  • Substrate: Synthetic substrate to ensure conformability of the label on the container and provide a uniform gloss
  • Toner/Ink: Chemical resistant PantherCure UV ink
  • Finishing: Xeikon DCoat series, offline die cut

The Xeikon PX3000 has been the press of choice because there is no need for additional varnish or lamination to have chemical resistant labels. As well its high productivity of 50 m/min (164 ft/min) and the efficient workflow with automated setup.

Industrial Chemical label

Durability

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

 

What is the value of digital printing?

Every changing legislation can cause brand owners to be left with a large stock of obsolete labels. This makes them switch to print-on-demand which allows for last minute changes when this would be needed while avoiding obsolete stock and waste costs.

Digital printing with Xeikon offers:

  • Adding anti-counterfeiting security features
  • Capability to print single and full color variable information on the label in one go
  • The ability to print an unlimited number of versions (SKU’s)
  • No start-up costs, and no job changeover costs on the same print media
  • Undistinguishable quality from your flexo production and as such provide a complement to flexo
  Market requirements Durability performance of the LABEL*
Scratch resistance ++ +++
Heat resistance + +
Chemical resistance +++ +++
Sun & UV lightfastness ++ ++
BS 5609 Sections 2 & 3 compliance Not mandatory Certified for Xeikon and Avery Dennison
     

* + = medium durability, ++ = high durability, +++ = very high durability

Which is the preferred digital press for industrial chemical labels?

The Xeikon PX3000 digital printing press. Our digital inkjet label printer using PantherCure UV inks and providing top speeds at at 50 m/min (164.5 ft/min):

  • PantherCure UV inks: being scuff, water, chemical resistant without the need for additional converting steps such as lamination or UV varnishing
  • full LED & mercury curing: less heat exposure to the heat sensitive substrate ensuring high quality labels
  • UV inkjet: digital replacement for flexo and screen printing, providing the appealing tactile feel and glossy look

Which is the preferred digital production solution?

Below you can see our solution for self-adhesive industrial chemical labels, the Xeikon PX3000 digital printing press for digital label printing.

Digital production solution with a Xeikon PX3000

Events

You can see this application live in the following events:

Xeikon Café - Packaging Innovations