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Victrex Japan and Kuramoto Sangyo have developed a high-quality, high-resolution, laser-marking, pressure-sensitive label for electronics, automotive and medical device applications.

The Victrex Peek polymer-based laser-marking label, made using Victrex Aptiv films, will be marketed by Kuramoto Sangyo and is ideal for electronics and automotive labels that need heat and chemical resistance and for medical device labels used in high-temperature steam and chemical sterilisation and cleansing processes.

This high-heat-resistant label utilises heat-resistant acrylic adhesive, with Victrex’s high-performance Aptiv film as the substrate.

The label is capable of adhering to a range of surfaces such as steel, ceramics and glass.

It is printed using the MX-V1000, a high-resolution laser marker made by Omron.

A variety of label colours and thicknesses are available, including standard 50-micron and thin 25-micron label stock.

Laser marking requires no ink to make an almost indelible high-resolution mark so the process can be used in a range of industries.

Commonly used polymer labels, such as those based on PET films, are not suitable for high-resolution laser printing because they have warpage problems and poor print quality caused by the high heat of the laser.

On the other hand, the laser-marking label developed using Aptiv films is able to withstand the heat of the laser and offers clear and high-quality printing results.

Yasuo Sato of Kuramoto Sangyo said: ‘The laser-marking labels made from Aptiv films enable clear and high-resolution printing, making them suitable for sophisticated printing applications such as barcodes, logos and QR codes that require unique design.

‘Furthermore, since Aptiv films exhibit the inherent performance properties of Victrex Peek polymer, including high heat, chemical and steam resistance and mechanical properties, it is suitable for laser-marking applications used in demanding environments.

‘In addition, by attaching pressure-sensitive sheets to the surface of components inside electronics devices, it provides improved impact resistance,’ added Sato.

Koichi Wada, manager of laser-marking equipment at Omron, said: ‘Unlike a common laser marker that uses YAG [yttrium/aluminium/garnet] for the laser oscillator, our high-resolution MX-V1000 laser marker uses YVO4 [yttrium/vanadate] and features high power and narrow focusing.

‘Therefore, it allows high-quality and high-resolution printing.

‘Moreover, by using a half-cut process that cuts only the label layer and leaves the paper liner intact, only one laser marker is required to print and cut, improving productivity and lowering capital expenditure and maintenance cost,’ added Wada.

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