British Standard BS 5609 is a specification for printed pressure-sensitive, adhesive coated labels for marine use which includes requirements for the label base material. BS 5609 testing is a requirement for self adhesive drum labels needing International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) certification. Testing includes a 3 month exposure of labeled test plates in salt water.
According to Doug von Dollen, Media Specialist for Epson America, Inc., “Epson is very happy to receive the BS5609 certification. This approval shows the durability of the Durabrite inks in combination with the Epson qualified media; and will support the sales effort of our value added reseller partners into the worldwide chemical market”.
This new media and approval has come at a perfect time for my sales efforts. At this time, I am working with a reseller on an opportunity with a chemical company. In order to move from preprinted to color labels on-demand, this company required media to withstand Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) with no smearing. Take a look at my very simple test results.
The ink and media showed no signs of smearing after spraying IPA.
Shortly, our media partners will have this new media readily available for your chemical companies to use. Contact me to discuss how we can help your customers comply to the GHS requirements as well as move to on-demand color labels.