Labels printed with technology on material that retains the BS5609 certification will hold integrity, staying intact after up to three months of saltwater exposure. This is a common mandatory prerequisite for transporting oil and chemical drums overseas, boosting the longevity of key identifiers if a barrel were to accidentally fall into the ocean.
The inline printing and converting unit went through multiple testing phases in partnership with Avery Dennison, securing both Section 2 and Section 3 certifications on the substrate supplier’s material. Section 2 compliance formally assures material adhesion after a 3-month period of ocean-water exposure. In this test, blank label material was exposed to salt spray, intense sunlight, and other artificial weathering conditions common with cross-continental travel.
Differing from Section 2, Section 3 compliance is an evaluation of printed label durability. In this examination, labels are tested for permanence of print. The process includes exposing the label to lab-generated weathering and tape removal. Additionally, abrasion resistance is examined to ensure there will be no degradation in print quality or appearance.
“These certifications prove the staying-power of toner-based label technology when paired with quality substrates,” said Tim Brasher, director of business development, Mark Andy. “Our press owners no longer have a barrier to entry in the drum label industry.”