Mactac has introduced a new line of cryogenic products developed to withstand ultra-low temperatures, intended for harsh environment applications where labels are exposed to liquid nitrogen, ultra-low temperature freezers, thaw cycles, chemicals and solvents.
‘Cryogenic labeling involves adhering label material to products that undergo extremely cold or harsh conditions,’ said Kim Hensley, senior marketing manager at Mactac Performance Adhesives. ‘It is imperative that labels remain intact and legible. Mactac’s new cryogenic labels feature an aggressive advanced-technology, high-tack acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive and other unique characteristics to meet the needs of these demanding applications.’
Intended for use in medical research, clinical laboratories, fertility clinics and biobanks, the new cryogenic labelstocks are used for labeling laboratory identification substrates such as test tubes, ampules, vials, slides and more.
Key features of the new products include strong adhesion to small radius containers for firm attachment to test tubes and ampules, as well as identification of plastic and glass vessels that endure long-term storage in liquid nitrogen. Moreover, the labels provide resistance to edge-lifting even when repeatedly subjected to changes between low temperatures and room temperatures.
The new cryogenic labels are offered as thermal transfer, direct thermal and laser printable products and are available in the following constructions
- LTC01454: 2mil clear gloss polyester film offering printability with flexography and thermal transfer print methods with a white glassine paper liner.
- LTC01469: 2mil white semi-gloss polyester film also developed for flexography and thermal transfer print methods with a white glassine paper.
- LTC01475: 3.9-mil white matte polypropylene film that is direct thermal coated and features a 45# blue glassine paper liner.
- LTC01483: 2-mil white matte polyester film designed for laser print methods and features a 60# ivory Kraft paper liner.