The combined benefit is a game-changer, the company says. It provides the ease and flexibility of on-demand direct thermal (DT) printing and the durability of thermal transfer (TT) printing. It can help converters meet brand owner needs across a wide spectrum of applications, including food rotation, chemical product packaging, retail/home store/garden center, automotive, industrial, inventory management, and test tube labeling.
Platinum Thermal consists of a surface-printable polyolefin film and a black pigment built into the film construction that eliminates the need for DT coatings (e.g. leuco dye). Printed images remain crisp and clear, even with exposure to heat, cold, light, water or time. Based on supplier testing, specific performance features include:
- Temperature resistance—Stable up to 121°C (250° F)
- UV resistance—Images remain crisp even after 18 months of outdoor exposure
- Chemical resistance—Volatile chemicals evaporate quickly and leave the printed images undisturbed
Avery Dennison offers Platinum Thermal technology in two constructions: one featuring AT20 all-temperature adhesive and another using the general purpose S2501 adhesive that covers a wide selection of end use applications. The adhesives are mated to a 3 mil platinum film and utilize a 40#SCK liner. The AT20 construction is available through the company’s Exact service program, which offers customers an opportunity to further reduce waste by ordering specified roll widths and lengths. Both products are available with next-day shipping, supporting just-in-time inventory management.
Platinum Thermal constructions will also be available as Engineered Solutions. If a standard specification is not compatible with a customer’s application, Avery Dennison technical leaders can create an engineered solution product that meets a customer’s requirements.