Keeping track of cables in cabinets, workstations and offices is vital when installing, repairing or troubleshooting. Cable label materials aid identification and establish branding – and good printability is important, usually for thermal transfer printers and ribbons.
A flexible facestock is also essential when making identification labels for cables. Avery Dennison materials minimize ‘butterflying’ by combining a flexible film with a high cohesion, high shear adhesive. Smaller diameter cables need more flexible films and higher performance adhesives.
The portfolio includes UL-recognised label materials suitable for the US market, as well as materials with flame retardant properties (according to FMVSS 302) and good resistance to UV light. Choices include white, highly flexible materials for flag labels – with space for printed text or barcodes – and materials for wrap-around labels, where space is limited.
Depending on your customer's requirements you can choose from PVC, Polyester, PP or PO (polyolefine) films.
Benefits of our cable label materials
- Supports flag and wrap-around labels for a wide range of label types
- Good thermal transfer printability
- High performance adhesive and flexible facestock
- Minimizes the risk of ‘butterflying’
- Options include UL-recognised, flame retardant and UV resistant materials
Flag labels provide a lot of space for printed text or barcodes. Avery Dennison products use a white, flexible facestock and high-performance pressure sensitive adhesive for optimum long term bonding.
Wrap-around labels provide less space for printed information, giving a cleaner look – especially when labelling multiple cables, when flag labels can look cluttered. A white text field is typically printed onto a transparent material, allowing the end-user first to create printed information, and then to apply the label around the cable and overlaminate the print, by wrapping the transparent label around the white, thermal transfer printed area.
UL 969 (“Marking and Labelling Systems”) is the most commonly used UL standard for labels, but it applies only to labels on smooth and flat surfaces. Cable and wire labelling is evaluated against different UL standards, and Avery Dennison cable label materials include products that comply with the following standards:
- UL 817 – cord sets and power supply cords
- UL 2238 – cable assemblies and fittings for industrial control and signal distribution
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