Mactac has announced the addition of an overlaminate to its existing portfolio of Underwriters Laboratories-approved durable films with INX Digital International inks.

Having recently received UL recognition for its 1-mil clear polyester overlaminating film, FAB6914, Mactac can now offer its customers fast and easy access to entirely pre-approved durable label solutions - inclusive of base film, ink, and overlaminate - for compliance with UL 969 and CSA C22.2 No. 15.

“Obtaining this latest UL recognition is highly advantageous for our customers as now the entire durable label construction is UL-approved without the need for any additional testing, just a simple paper transfer,” says Kim Hensley, marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives.

In 2014, a selection of Mactac’s UL recognized durable films were pre-approved for use with INX Digital International NWUV UV ink jet series inks for the NW140, NW140-2 and NW210-2 printing systems. The pre-approved films include: FCD6914 – 2-mil gloss-coated white polyester, FED6914 – 2-mil gloss-coated bright white silver polyester and FFD6914N – 2-mil matte-coated silver polyester. Today, these base film/ink combinations are also pre-approved when laminated with the FAB6914 overlaminating film.

“With the shift toward digital printing, UL pre-approved digital printing solutions provide added convenience to converters when completing short- and medium-run label jobs, which not only reduces costs but also shortens the time needed to enter the durable goods labeling market,” Hensley adds.

Mactac’s durable film solutions, as well as the FAB6914 overlaminating film, feature Mactac’s MP690 high-performance, high-tack permanent acrylic emulsion adhesive, which is extremely resistant to chemicals and solvents and has very good adhesion to high- and low-energy substrates.

The films are ideal where high-performance adhesive labels are required to resist extreme heat as well as cold temperatures and chemical exposure in applications such as nameplate, brand identification, caution and warning labels and compliance and hazard labels.