Film Substrates

August 25, 2006

An overview of new and recently introduced film products for the label and narrow web converting market.

FLEXcon has introduced its new DPM Brushed Series, a line of pressure sensitive polyester films that offer a brushed metal look for nameplate/brand identification and warning/instructional labels. DPM Brushed products are the latest addition to FLEXcon's comprehensive DPM (Durable Product Marking) line for applications such as product identification and safety/hazard/instructional labels.

DPM Brushed offers OEMs a look that can differentiate their products from the competition. DPM Brushed is used in a number of labeling applications including automotive, appliance, outdoor power, power tools, and heavy equipment.

The DPM Brushed Series includes Value, Better and Supreme (VBS) products for a range of application needs based on performance, price and delivery. The Value product is a print-treated 2 mil bright brushed silver polyester coated with L-224 general purpose permanent pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive. The Better product is a top coated 2 mil bright brushed silver polyester coated with L-344 high performance permanent pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive. The Supreme product is atop coated 2 mil bright brushed silver polyester coated with 2 mils of L-606 high performance permanent pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive for rough textured surfaces. All products are backed with either a 50 lb. kraft roll liner or a 90 lb. layflat sheet liner.

DPM Brushed products adhere to a wide variety of application surfaces including metal, paint, powder coated paint, and LSE plastics. They are conventionally printable (solvent and UV flexo, solvent and UV screen, UV letterpress, UV offset, and water flexo). The DPM Better and Supreme products are UL-recognized and CUL-accepted.

Avery Dennison, Fasson Roll North America, Painesville, OH, USA

Fasson 3 Mil MDO (machine-direction orientation) is designed specifically for the prime label market and can be used to increase shelf appeal. Like Avery Dennison, Fasson Roll North America's earlier industry standards, Fasson FasClear and PRIMAX, Fasson 3 Mil MDO incorporates polymer blending, co-extrusion, MDO, and cross-direction conformability into its design to provide semi-rigid to full squeeze performance.

UPM Raflatac, Fletcher, NC, USA

UPM Raflatac offers Raflex Plus, a conformable, transparent film that delivers print register both on press and label application/dispensing systems, for high quality applications that require the most demanding registration tolerances.

Raflex Plus, a polyolefin-based face material, provides  stiffness characteristics essential in applications that require the tightest print-to-print, print-to-diecut and label application/ dispensing registration tolerances. Raflex Plus matches optimum stiffness with demanding conformability requirements, eliminating wrinkling tendencies when used on squeezable products.

Arjobex America, Charlotte, NC, USA

Polyart Synthetic Papers, which is manufactured by Arjobex America, has developed a new material combining the properties of its proprietary expanded HDPE (high density polyethylene) films and ultra destructibility by delamination. Polyart TE (Tamper Evident) offers pressure sensitive converters a new tamper evident substrate particularly well adapted to security labels. Once applied on the packaging, for which integrity must be guaranteed, the new Polyart TE label delaminates if there is any attempt at removal, thus proving to the consumer that the product has been tampered with.

Polyart TE has attributes of other Polyart synthetic paper: it is durable; resistant to water, grease and chemicals; temperature resistant from -76º F to 140º F; and FDA compliant. The company says the synthetic paper is very easy to print and convert.

Sunbelt Sales & Marketing Associates, Atlanta, GA, USA

FilmLOC, a division of Sunbelt Sales & Marketing Associates, offers a variety of pressure sensitive synthetic variable data and digital print substrates including its JetLOC and LaserLOC product lines.

Inkjet imagers can achieve high definition graphic or text elements on JetLOC, a matte white water resistant inkjet receptive coated label film construction. JetLOC is a durable BOPP label stock with dimensional stability that resists creasing, staining and wear. JetLOC exhibits diecutting and matrix stripping characteristics as well. The permanent acrylic adhesive offers cold flow resistance for dry film edges. The proprietary inkjet receptive coating was designed for use by label converters with most industrial inkjet imagers and is widely used with VIPColor VP2020 and Primera printers for prime label applications. JetLOC is available in 2.0 mil label stock and 6.0 mil tag stock.

LaserLOC is a durable PET label stock that is available in both white and clear in gloss, satin or matte finishes. LaserLOC provides receptivity to continuous digital printing and satisfies demanding applications as a primary digital color printable substrate. The highly receptive laser top coating offers toner adhesion through most high-speed hot laser and cold/flash fusion printers. The LaserLOC product line offers high performance substrates for VIPColor VP 8020, Degrava and most other production laser imagers.

acpo ltd., Oak Harbor, OH, USA

acpo introduces 691V, a UV screening overlaminate film. 691V was created to give label manufacturers an alternative to using expensive UV inks in their label printing processes. 691V is a clear, durable, polyester PSA overlaminate containing a film additive in the formulation. This allows the overlaminate to combat harmful UV rays and protect the label inks and base material from deterioration. Label manufacturers can use the 691V in conjunction with their standard water-based inks for optimum print label quality, appearance and durability.

Because 691V is capable of enduring the harsh UV rays, it is ideal for indoor and outdoor applications where UV light is present. The 691V polyester overlaminate is offered in 14" and 60" web widths, slit to customer specifications. Standard roll lengths of 5,000' are available with orders for longer roll lengths accepted. This overlaminate product is run and ready to ship same day or next day.

Kanzaki Specialty Papers, Ware, MA, USA

Kanzaki Specialty Papers has developed a line of products to cover both thin and thick film stocks for both pressure sensitive and tagging applications. The Kanzaki Polycash product line is for fanfold and single cut direct thermal plastic card stock. A new line of tear resistant direct thermal films at 4 mil, 6 mil, 7 mil, and 10 mil calipers gives narrow web flexo converters a matrix of product solutions to cover any durable tagging application, regardless of cost or performance requirement.

Using several different unique high tear strength based films, Kanzaki applies coating directly to the targeted film so that no lamination between films is needed to build caliper. This method of manufacture avoids many of the problems of composite film products, while enhancing the benefits of competitive cost, reduced adhesive residue on press and tools, remarkable lay flat properties, and splice reduction.

The new tear resistance direct thermal film stocks, which are called Polycash XTR products, also feature enhanced environmental stability. Users can punch a hole in it, staple it, make a keyhole out of it, apply adhesive, or hang it on a cable tie.

Kanzaki also offers some new advanced lightweight film label stocks with extremely high direct thermal dynamic response curves. The company is seeking partners who have an immediate need for 12" per second or higher print speed applications.

Two new polypropylene label facestocks are coming to market along with white polyester. These films can be used interchangeably in both Indigo and color laser printers. There is no longer a need to have two different items for each type of digital printing process, as a single film can cover both printing methods, electroink or color toner. Lightweight white PP films will be offered through roll stock laminators, and white PET films will be sold either through laminators or direct to those who compete in sheetfed applications.

Rayven Inc., St. Paul, MN, USA

Rayven Inc. has introduced "Any-Pak" release liner. It was created with the packaging industry in mind for products including plastic bags, mailing envelopes, pouches, and security bags. The release liners are constructed using a 2 mil polypropylene as the substrate with a release coating that works well with hot melt and PSA adhesives. The liner also includes the printed message "remove to expose adhesive" on one side.

Rayven believes one key benefit of the "Any-Pak" release liner is that the product will be packaged and ready to ship within 24 hours from the time of purchase. Currently, the release liner is stocked in four widths: 1.0", 1.25", 1.5", and 1.75" all by 12,000' in length. Other sizes will be available on a custom order basis.

Intercoat, Kaltenkirchen, Germany

Intercoat, a German company with international activities in the self-adhesive film market, makes materials that are used predominantly in the cosmetics, food and beverages, industrial, and other segments for a variety of different applications. A new feature has been the adhesive P6H with a high shear construction, which assists in a reduction of adhesive bleeding. The adhesive is used initially for all clear-on-clear (no label look) labels. Intercoat also offers 60 µm polyethylene films.

The company will launch a 75 micron transparent filmic label that can be printed, diecut and dispensed with identical quality as all other Intercoat label stock. The washable bottle label 6952 C30 P6h is available with a 30 micron PET liner and a very transparent adhesive P6h with high shear strength to reduce adhesive bleeding for no label look applications. The label is also available as 6952 K6d P6 with the 62 g/m2 glassine liner K6d.

Klöckner Pentaplast Group, Gordonsville, VA, USA

Klöckner Pentaplast's Pentaprint product line of shrink label films has been extended to include Pentaprint E746/92 AS7, a high clarity polyester film for full-body shrink sleeve label and multi-pack applications. The film is engineered to provide improved crystal clarity allowing customers the advantage of gaining additional visual appeal over other shrink label films available in the marketplace today.

New Pentaprint E746/92 AS7 film is ideal for products that are printed with 360º graphics and where 60 percent shrinkage is sufficient. These films provide customers with additional visual clarity when applied to clear PET containers. In addition, the film exhibits a lower shrink force advantage that allows for a more uniform application on contour container configurations. Along with low coefficient-of-friction properties for easy processing, the film also has anti dust collector properties. It offers gauge control, lay-flat properties, ink adhesion, and seaming ability. The Pentaprint films are suitable for flexographic and gravure printing processes.

Klöckner Pentaplast has also improved the Pentaprint L282/41 vinyl roll-on shrink-on (ROSO) label film for wraparound label applications. The new film has 53 percent shrink properties, compared to 45 percent when the film was introduced in the fall of 2004.

Pentaprint L282/41 ROSO film allows customers to take advantage of the high visibility and superior graphics of shrink label films with the ease of modifying existing wraparound label machinery. Available in 50-micron clear or white film, Pentaprint L282/41 film is suitable for use with quick setting solvent adhesives and gravure or flexographic printing processes. In addition, clear Pentaprint L282/41 film allows for reverse printing of the graphics that provides ink protection.

Polinas Plastic of America, Fort Lee, NJ, USA

Polinas has presented a new line of coated films for digital printing. Under the POLIKAP brand name for coated films, Polinas digital printing films offer excellent performance with HP Indigo machines. The new product line comes with DGP pearlized films, DGT transparent films and DGM metalized films.

Polinas manufactures the new line of digital printing films not only for the label market, but also for general flexible packaging applications including holographic based OPP films that can be processed in HP Indigo printers.

Along with the new products, Polinas also manufactures clear, metalized, pearlized films for roll fed bottle labeling, in-mold labeling, pre-cut labeling, and pressure sensitive labeling applications.
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