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MACtac Receives BS 5609 Label Certifications for its Polyester Labelstock

Published on 2014-07-25. Author : SpecialChem

MACtac Performance Adhesives Group expands British Standard (BS) 5609:1986 certifications for chemical container labeling. In partnership with DNP, MACtac has received BS 5609 Section 2 and Section 3 label certification for MACtac FCD6914 2-mil white PET when printed with DNP R300 Black Resin and DNP R510 Red Resin Ribbon.

“We want to continue to provide our customers with a portfolio of solutions that can confidently meet recognized standards for durability and environmental resistance,” said Kim Hensley, product manager, MACtac Performance Adhesives Group. “Through a joint effort, it’s easy to address the requirements of BS 5609 knowing the full solution—including the label base material, pressure-sensitive adhesive and thermal printing—all together pass the standard.”

BS 5609 label certification is a specification for the durability of labels on chemical containers when being transported by merchant shipping. The labels and markings on containers shipped or stored in these marine environments must meet standards for adhesion, resistance to abrasion and print permanence. Although BS 5609 is comprised of four parts, there are two key sections—Section 2 and 3. Section 2 details the tests to be carried out on the blank pressure- sensitive, adhesive-coated base material, and Section 3 deals with the printed label. Base labels must meet the requirements of Section 2 in order to meet the print method requirements in Section 3. Tests of the print method determine label fitness based on various durability criteria, such as exposing the label to artificial weathering (salt spray and sunlight), tape removal, and interaction with a mixture of sand and artificial sea water to ensure minimum standards for label usage in marine environments are being met.

BS 5609 is widely referenced 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 GHS standards.

MACtac’s FCD6914 product is 2-mil gloss top-coated, white polyester with a durable and aggressive permanent acrylic adhesive and a 3.2 SCK liner. Coated with MP690 adhesive—a high-performance, high-tack, durable permanent acrylic emulsion with excellent adhesion and mandrel hold—it offers chemical and solvent resistance to various high- and low-energy substrates. Applications include nameplate, durable equipment and drum labels designed to convey critical warnings and instructional information. GHS is a system that’s been created by the United Nations for standardizing the classification and labeling of chemicals throughout the world. The GHS standard establishes signal words, pictograms, and hazard and precautionary statements for use on durable labels to ensure workers are informed and dangers are mitigated.

About MACtac

MACtac is a 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.

Source: MACtac

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