As a disruptive polymer technology company, Polyfuze provides advanced Fusion Labeling Technology for difficult to label polyolefin automotive TPV, TPO, TPE, Polypropylene, Polyethylene and more in harsh environments where extreme temperatures, fuels, solvents, moisture, UV and other elements are routine:
In 2016, GM conducted its GMW-14445 test on two separate heat transfer labels and a Polyfuze Fusion Label each applied to TPV interior components. Only Polyfuze surpassed GM’s performance expectation.
We began working with Ford the following year and since then, Polyfuze Fusion Labeling Technology utilization has expanded to more than 20 vehicle platforms through 11 Tier 1’s worldwide by exceeding the 15-year minimum requirement and other critical GM and Ford Test standards shown below.
Ford Standards Attained:
Achieved Ford MCDCC (Material Color/Durability Compliance Certification).
WSS–M99P2222 – D1– Performance, Vehicles Interior Environment Quality Component and allergen Requirements
WSS-M99P9999-A1 – Restricted Substance Management Standard
WSS-M15P4-H – Assembly Performance, Hard Mold-In-Color Interior Components
*Label systems claiming permanence for marking and labeling of durable products manufactured from (production intent) polyolefin thermoplastics must be validation tested on said polyolefin thermoplastic coupons in lieu of Standards Specified stainless steel, aluminum or glass coupons.
Why do standard labels applied to polyolefin plastics like TPV, TPO, TPE, Polypropylene, and Polyethylene used in automotive components not meet Automotive OEM and Tier 1 label requirements?
Because like Teflon®, nothing wants to stick to them.
Incompatible labeling sources are applied with intention to “stick” or “bond” to the unique surface of automotive polyolefin plastics. Due to the incompatible nature of polyolefin plastics (surface similar to Teflon™) the “stick” or “bond” adhesion eventually delaminates resulting in label failure.
By comparison, Polyfuze Labels are produced from proprietary pigmented polymers that are 100% compatible with automotive polyolefin plastics. Once the fusion process is complete, Polyfuze Label and automotive polyolefin product combine forming one piece of seamless plastic. Evidence has shown the only option for longevity and true label permanence is Polyfuze Fusion Labeling Technology.
Discover how Polyfuze overcomes the nature of polyolefin plastic.
Fusion Technology Labeling Exceeds 15 Year Automotive Requirements.
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As the world’s only “all-fusion” system for permanent labeling of automotive LSE polyolefin thermoplastic products and components with Brand and Safety/Warning information, and with extensive durability testing beyond automotive labeling standards with a proven track record in-the-field.
Polyfuze is the only label capable of meeting demanding CFR and OEM requirements (Polyfuze Test Data Report available upon request).
To keep consumers safe while protecting OEM’s from litigious risk, automotive industrial designers and engineers sourcing permanent safety/warning labels should know with certainty that labels applied to their products will last the life use of the vehicle they’re in. With Polyfuze, they can!
Using heat, Polyfuze labels permanently meld to automotive products and components creating an unbreakable chain that cannot be removed by abuse, chemicals, UV or other environmental inputs until a vehicle’s end-of-life (ELV). The system has also proven to save time, reduce scrap and save money all backed by the Polyfuze Lifetime Guarantee, the only of its kind in the label industry.
At a vehicle’s end-of-life (ELV), Polyfuze labels are 100% compatible with polyolefin thermoplastics meaning that the labeled polyolefin part or component can be fully recycled with no need for label removal or the waste it produces.
Use of lower cost and more durable LSE polyolefin plastics is becoming more prevalent every year. Today, LSE polyolefin components that make up much of the floor console in new vehicles come from injection molded thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), part of the thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) family of polymers polymers under the trade names Santoprene™ (Exxon Mobil Chemical) and Trexprene™ (Mitsubishi Chemical). The rubber-like material has useful applications in wireless charging pads, seat belt sleeves, knobs, key pads, mats, seals, trays, liners, cup holder inserts, trim lips, overmolds, and parts where softness and conformity are needed. Likewise, different variations of polypropylene are used under the hood for reservoirs, fan shrouds, battery housing and more.
Labels used on these materials and in these environments must be able to endure all the normal exposures they encounter during normal life use of an automobile, around 15 years. The 3 characteristics of LSE polyolefin plastics makes that difficult and is the reason why other labeling methods to fail!
1. They are low surface energy at 30-31 dyne/cm. Like Teflon®, nothing sticks to them.
2. They have a high coefficient of thermal expansion/contraction with heat & cold, 18 times more than metals. Anything trying to stick has a moving target.
3. They have a high VOC emission rate of outgassing. Bubbles further de-laminate labels attempting to adhere or bond.
Other labeling methods are constructed of adhesive-based substrates or a bonding layer printed with stock “off the shelf” inks and finished with a clear coat for protection and durability. Based on the nature of LSE polyolefin plastics, attempting to adhere or bond to these non-compatible materials for long-term use and exposure is impossible! Examples of these labeling constructions are seen below: