Labeling engineered to survive years of harsh sanitization
cycling with the medical waste containers they adorn.
Labeling engineered to survive years of harsh sanitization cycling with the medical waste containers they adorn.
Durable Medical Labels
Today, engineers are faced with a variety of obstacles when designing medical material handling containers such as hazardous materials, sharps containers and medical waste bins. One of the most difficult, and crucial obstacles, is the unique challenges faced when labeling these containers that are manufactured from polyolefin thermoplastics.
Polyolefin thermoplastics, such as polypropylene and polyethylene are chosen specifically for their superior performance including puncture resistance, chemical resistance and durability during intense sanitization procedures, and long service life.
Why Other Methods Fail
However, the performance properties that make these plastics such a versatile material for reusable medical waste containers also make them problematic for common “adhesion-based” safety and warning labeling methods (pressure-sensitive adhesive, in-mold, hot stamp foil, heat transfer, silkscreen, pad printing, and more) that are both necessary and intended to be on the product for life use.
Polymer Fusion Labeling Technology For Medical Containers
Polymer Fusion Labels are engineered specifically for 100% compatibility and 100% recyclability with all polyolefin thermoplastics used in medical container applications and are uniquely suited to exceed performance standards for the environments and standards that medical plastics are subjected to.
The result is permanent labeling for Sharps Containers, Biohazard Medical Waste Containers, Cryogenic / Vaccine Support, Hospital Beds and Equipment, Medical Devices, and other durable medical containers that cannot be lifted, separated, or removed for the life-use of the product no matter the harsh environment or exposure.
Where adhesion and other labeling methods continue to fail, Polymer Fusion Labels were engineered specifically for 100% compatibility and 100% recyclability with all polyolefin thermoplastics. They have been proven to exceed performance and durability standards no matter the use or environment medical containers may be exposed.
Polymer Fusion Labeling With BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology
Because adhesion-based labeling degrades over time, an issue further exasperated by cleaning, label edges, layers, and adhesives are left exposed where microbes continue to harbor and multiply.
Not only do damaged labels give the perception of unclean, unkept, and contaminated containers, they have a high probability of becoming points of contact for HAI’s (Healthcare Associated Infections) with patients, healthcare personnel, and biohazard waste management workers.
Because Polymer Fusion Labeling fuses into polyolefin thermoplastics, there are no microbe harboring edges, layers, or adhesives that degrade or become exposed over time. Easily sterilized and fully hygienic.
Integrating BioCote® Silver Ion Antimicrobial Technology into Polymer Fusion Labeling assists in-between sanitation processes by eliminating 80% of microbes within 15 minutes of contact and over 99% within 2 hours over the entire life-span of medical polyolefin thermoplastic products.
Testing has shown BioCote® treated Polymer Fusion Labeling 99.88% effective against MRSA and 99.86% effective against E. coli.
Learn more about BioCote® HERE.
Rehrig / Stericycle Certifications
Polyfuze™ Polymer Fusion
For the purposes of this specification, an extreme distribution environment is one in which the container and label can reasonably be expected to encounter exposures to deteriorating chemicals, weather, elevated/cold temperatures, and other environmental and physical elements for an extended period of time.
- Fully compatible with low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics (no substrates, inks, or adhesives are used).
- Impervious to extreme environments, temperatures, chemicals, solvents, fuels, oils, and sanitation for expected life use of products.
- Polymer fusion labels meld at a molecular level to low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics used in medical biohazard waste applications.
- Hygienic, flush polymer fusion finish. No topical,
layered edges, no adhesive residues, meaning no place for microbes to harbor and thrive.
- Can be manufactured to meet Regulatory Compliance Standards. Learn More Here
- Can be manufactured with BioCote® Antimicrobial for long-term silver ion efficacy against microbe growth and migration.
- Can be manufactured with customized micro-crystal taggants for anti-counterfeit / authentication purposes.
- Barcoding capability provides track & traceability over life-use of medical biohazard waste applications.
- Lifetime Guarantee.
- RFID Coming Soon.
Labels for Biohazard Medical Waste Containers
In the medical industry, hygiene and sanitation are of the utmost importance, and it’s vital for medical waste to be disposed of in appropriate containers. Medical waste containers can be used for storing all kinds of items, from used syringes and needles to worn medical gloves or old IV bags. Manufacturers face various challenges when creating these containers, and one of the biggest issues is finding the right medical waste labels to place on these containers. Too often, standard adhesive labels and other medical waste labels simply aren’t strong enough to work on the polyolefin thermoplastics used for medical waste containers.
While other methods may feel, with weak medical waste stickers fading, tearing, peeling, or wearing away over time, Polyfuze medical labels are different. Our advanced polymer fusion technology allows medical labels to be fused directly onto the surface of the thermoplastics used for these waste containers. These sustainable, 100% compatible labels are completely permanent, binding with the plastic and forming a label that is essentially immune to wear and tear. Designed for use on medical waste containers and proven to exceed performance and durability standards, Polyfuze labels are the best choice for medical containers.
Labels for Hospital Beds
Hospital beds are vital pieces of equipment in any hospital or healthcare location. They provide a safe and comfortable place for patients to rest while they receive care and treatment, and these beds need to be designed according to strict standards of quality, as well as precise measurements. They also often need to have labels for hospital beds attached to them, informing medical personnel about important information connected to each bed, such as its number, maximum weight limit, usage instructions, and so on. However, the production and maintenance of these hospital bed labels aren’t always easy.
Often, hospital bed labels are made from traditional adhesives that fail to fully adhere to the polyolefin plastics used around hospital bed frames. The labels can wear away or peel over time, or their information might become faded as the bed is exposed to sunlight and chemicals used for medical care. Polyfuze labels are the answer. Our advanced polymer fusion technology allows us to bind polymer labels directly onto thermoplastics used for hospital bed components. These labels are truly permanent and 100% recyclable and sustainable, helping hospitals improve performance and organization without compromising on sustainability or cost.