TE Connectivity (TE) has unveiled TTDS-245 thermal transfer printable adhesive backed panel labels. TE´s panel labels use high-performance adhesive foam to adhere to the surface, making the need for rivets or bolts in engraving obsolete.
‘The panel labels are an ideal alternative to metal or plastic engraving plates due to the lower material cost, ability to print on demand, and reduced installation time,’ said Marco Ungano, TE field application engineer. ‘Adhesive backed panel labels can be printed on-demand anywhere using any TE thermal transfer printer. Printing on demand saves production time, allowing faster installation time for less money.’
TE’s panel labels are die-cut pieces on a liner in a roll format offered in standard colors of white and silver. Custom colors and shapes are available. Typical applications are industrial control panels, data racks, switchgear and general Industrial equipment labeling.
‘We’re finding that even for customer applications in the harshest of environments, TE’s carefully selected adhesive used on our panel labels allows for replacement of traditional metal and plastic engraving plates’ said Ungano. ‘It’s additional time and costs when a customer realizes the etched metal or plastic plate has incorrect data and requires a new plate. TTDS-245 panel labels allow our customers [to] integrate custom logos along with variable data and print all in-house. TE’s panel labels provide a superior solution with a far lower average total cost.’
Panel labels have three distinct layers – a printable topcoat that provides protection, a central film for stability and structure, and an adhesive layer which can adhere to many surface types, including low surface energy and powder coatings. Unlike traditional rigid metal or plastic engraving plates, the adhesive foam backing can conform and adhere to textured surfaces, uneven surfaces and rounded shapes, according to the company. TE panel labels are suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.