Labels – Put the right one on
There’s a right label for every application and Brady has designed a handy cheat sheet to help you on your way. When choosing a label, you’ll want to ask yourself several questions –
- Will the label be in a harsh environment?
- Will your label face high, cold or fluctuating temperatures?
- Will your label encounter chemical or abrasion?
- Does the color of your label matter?
- Does the label need to stick to a difficult substrate?
- Do you want the label to be glossy or matte?
Brady offers an endless choice of labeling solutions. Whether barcode labels, electrostatic dissipative labels, equipment identification labels, rating plates labels, circuit board labels or identification labels, they will most likely have the perfect label for your application.
Why’s it so important to make sure you have the right label for your application?
The wrong label could cause you to lose business, create a safety hazard, waste your time with replacing them or worse—lose the product all together because the label has been damaged or gone missing. Below you’ll see ten engineering application problems and their solutions.
|Labeling Challenges and Solutions|
|The Application Challenge||Attributes||Solution|
|1.||• Wave solder environments for circuit boards and electrical component pre-process labeling||Abrasion, high heat and low temperature resistant||Polyimide material|
|• Extreme wash protocol and cleaning chemicals|
|• Auto apply equipment|
|2.||• Component identification||Abrasion, high heat, fuel/oil and low temperature resistant||Polyester material|
|• Bar code labels and rating plates|
|• Use on glass, thermoset polyester plastic|
|• and polyvinyl fluoride plastic surfaces|
|3.||• Rating and serial plates||Solvent/chemical, fuel/oil and low temperature resistant||Metalized polyester|
|• Durable and quality identification|
|• Versatility in using characters, graphics and barcodes|
|4.||• Requires excellent solvent resistance and print performance||Abrasion, high heat and low temperature resistant||Polypropylene material|
|5.||• ID lab vials, centrifuge tubes, test tubes, straws||Solvent, high heat, and low temperature resistant||Polyester material|
|• Frozen surfaces, including glass|
|• Polypropylene stored in liquid nitrogen|
|6.||• Nameplate identification, asset tracking, general purpose labeling||Outdoor durability, high heat and low temperature resistant||Weather resistant material|
|• Surfaces constantly exposed to outdoors|
|7.||• Durable labels, nameplates, schematics, control panels||Outdoor durability; abrasion, solvent and high heat resistant||Photosensitive anodized aluminum|
|• Harsh operating environments|
|8.||• Instant visual indication of heat exposure||High heat and reversible temperature indicator||Reversible temperature indicating|
|• Components, industrial and household applications (electric pumps, rotating equipment, brakes, refrigerators)|
|• In cold chains, hot spaces areas|
|• Where temperature measuring difficult or impractical|
|9.||• Permanent color, durable against abrasion, harsh fluids||Outdoor durability, low temperature and high heat resistant||Durable polyester|
|• Use on regulatory, compliance, electrical components|
|• Finished goods, automotive/passenger compartment|
|• ID and asset tracking|
|10.||• Use to ID external push-buttons, switches, internal connection points||Abrasion, fuel/oil, high heat resistant, outdoor durability||Polyester material|
|• Requires name plate quality for rating, serial plates|
Article based on an original publication by Brady.