Decorating Plastics for the Cleaning Industry
We have all seen them at one time or another. They are being used in locations all around and for everyday situations. They are being used in industrial kitchens, grocery stores, public parks, transit areas, work campuses, schools of all education levels and probably in any civilian inhabited facility you will find these objects. What are they? They are the plastic products of the cleaning industry.
We’re talking about trash cans, mop buckets, janitorial carts, food service bins, recycling receptacles, cleaning totes, dust pans, cleaning supply containers, floor safety signs, brooms, squeegees, sweeps, ash receptacles and more. Without any of these items in our daily lives you can image the disorganization, the uncleanliness and unsanitary demeanor we’d have to work and live around. Well…okay, maybe it wouldn’t be that extreme, but you can certainly pinpoint the cleaning industry’s usefulness when it comes to creating plastic products.
These cleaning industry products are ready to be utilized in many facets of life, but all it takes is a few moments of not being able to identify the contents of your product, not seeing any warnings on cleaning product containers, not seeing directions of use or any other brand identifications that distinguish the function of your plastic product. I understand the function and use of decorating plastics used in the cleaning industry is to provide visual warnings, instructions and branding.
We want our cleaning products, containers and storage tools to stand out and last for everyday use, but what does this all entail? This means your labeled plastic is going to undergo everyday exposure to chemicals like bleach, chlorine, soaps, detergents, solvent-based degreasers, isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, ammonia and many more. These solutions will quickly degrade any kind of labeling that does not have the ability to withstand the exposure. Any kind of decoration that utilizes adhesives in an attempt to stick to the plastic will eventually degrade, as adhesives are not compatible with the LSE materials they are applied to. This will leave you with an unsightly label and potentially any loss of regulatory warnings or directions of use, which could cause a lawsuit and loss of profits.
Labels that utilize inks, foreign substrates like paper or clear coats undergo the same degrading. The chemicals break them down, and they only temporarily stick to the plastic product.
The only true answer for labeling plastics used in the cleaning industry has been one that can fuse into the sub-surface of the parts and become one piece of plastic. This new labeling technology does not use adhesives, inks, foreign substrates or clear coats. It uses a polymer-based graphic material that is easily applied with standard hot stamping equipment and only requires 75 psi of pressure for application, in turn allowing you to apply a larger graphic with a lower tonnage machine. This new technology, known as Polyfuze Graphics™, resists chemicals, is UV stabilized, is weather resistant and becomes a permanent part of the plastic product it is applied to. Polyfuze outlasts hot stamp foils, heat transfers, IML’s, stickers and pad or screen printing and can help lower scrap rates and increase production capacity.