Epson America and Neenah Paper have announced that two Epson inkjet printers with Neenah inkjet Kimdura label media for harsh environments have achieved International Maritime Dangerous Goods BS 5609 certification, a key standard for the Global Harmonizing System (GHS) being adopted for most chemical labeling around the world.
The joint offering marks the world's first BS 5609-certified solution using color inkjet printing technology, allowing chemical and pharmaceutical companies to print GHS labels for a fraction of the cost as compared to four-color thermal transfer or laser solutions meeting the same standard. In addition, manufacturers will be able to reduce errors and labor costs while increasing productivity by moving labeling closer to manufacturing and shipping.
The certified inkjet technology includes two Epson printers, the TM-C3400 and B-510DN models, used exclusively with Kimdura Ink Jet for Harsh Environments. ‘We currently offer BS 5609-certified labels for thermal transfer and laser printed labeling methods, and now we support two Epson inkjet printers with our extremely durable Kimdura brand,’ commented Michael O'Connell of Neenah Paper. ‘Inkjet technology provides a cost effective alternative to current solutions, and companies can deploy the same, standardized solution worldwide, with the global support of both Neenah and Epson.’
‘Epson has been a global leader in the design and manufacture of color inkjet technologies for over thirty years and now we are the world's first inkjet printer manufacturer to obtain this global certification,’ said Mike Helm, director of sales for Epson America, Business Systems Division. ‘The durability testing to achieve certification included adhesive performance, print performance and abrasion resistance, which validates the extreme reliability of the Epson / Neenah labeling solution. Customers in harsh environments can be assured of extremely durable labels.’
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