MACtac Expands Certifications to Chemical Drum Labels


STOW, OH | MACtac Printing Products expands BS 5609 Section 2 and Section 3 certifications for MACtac FCD6914 2-mil white polyester to print with ITW Thermal Films B324 black and C5440 red resin ribbons using cab XC4 and cab XC6 thermal printers. Developed to address the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), company says the solution meets internationally recognized standards for durability and environmental resistance.

"Working with chemicals can create safety hazards in the workplace, and noncompliance can result in hefty fines," says Kim Hensley, product manager, MACtac Roll Label. "When using labels with BS 5609 certifications, customers can have confidence that labels will stay put knowing the products meet the latest industry regulations, keeping workers safe." BS 5609 is a specification for printed pressure-sensitive, adhesive-coated labels for marine use, including requirements for label base material.

BS 5609 comprises four parts, of which there are two key sections—Section 2 and 3. Section 2 details the tests to be carried out on the base label material and Section 3 on the printed label. Base labels must meet the requirements of Section 2 in order to meet the print methods in Section 3. Tests of the print method set out various durability criteria including adhesive performance, print performance and abrasion resistance, stipulating minimum standards for labels to be used in marine environments.

FCD6914 is 2-mil gloss top-coated, white polyester with a durable and aggressive permanent acrylic adhesive and a 3.2 SCK liner. With MP690 adhesive, a high-performance, high-tack, durable permanent acrylic emulsion said to offer 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 label applications designed for warning, and instructional labeling that contain critical information about safety and handling.

The cab XC4 and cab XC6 thermal printers have been developed to address GHS application by offering two-color capability in a thermal printer. The two offset print heads permit the entire label to be printed in one pass through the printer at a maximum speed of 5 IPS.

GHS is a system that's been created by the United Nations for standardizing the classification and labeling of chemicals throughout the world. Under the GHS standard, labels include signal words, pictograms, and hazard and precautionary statements on durable labels to ensure workers are informed and to prevent possible dangers.

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