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Mactac introduces new line of cryogenic labels


May 21, 2020
By PrintAction Staff

Mactac has introduced a new line of cryogenic products developed to withstand ultra-low temperatures, intended for harsh environment applications where labels can be exposed to ultra-low temperatures, liquid nitrogen, 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.”

Created for use in medical fields, such as research, clinical laboratories, fertility clinics and biobanks, the new line of products were designed for labeling lab identification substrates such as test tubes, ampules, vials, slides and more.

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The products were created to offer strong adhesion to small radius containers for firm attachment to test tubes and ampules, as well as create easy identification of plastic and glass containers that are stored long-term in liquid nitrogen. The labels provide resistance to edge-lifting, even when repeatedly subjected to temperature changes.

The new cryogenic labels are offered as thermal transfer, direct thermal and laser printable products, in four styles:

  • 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.