As a disruptive polymer technology company, Polyfuze provides advanced Fusion Labeling Technology to healthcare industry products made from polyolefin thermoplastics like Polypropylene and Polyethylene for:
Working with Hill-Rom, Weber GmbH & Co.KGr, AMA Plastic and Alliance precision Plastic for several years now, Polyfuze Fusion Labeling has provided solutions for Warning, Informative, Tracking and Brand Recognition labeling on their challenging polyolefin plastic products for the healthcare industry.
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According to a study conducted by Stephanie A. Boone and Charles P. Gerba2, experts have seen increasing evidence that contaminated surfaces or fomites play a prominent role in the spread of viral and bacterial HAI.
“Fomites” are non-living objects in healthcare settings that include a wide array of polyolefin plastic products and labeling that are continually exposed to a range of harsh inputs. For example, a durable Polypropylene Sharps Container and label must endure 600 cycles of detergent and high temp steam pressure washing at 121°C (250°F) while a Polypropylene Medical Sample Tray and label must survive cryogenic freezing at -80°C (-112°F).
Where polyolefin products are designed to endure these diverse fluctuations, incompatible labels applied to them cannot, leaving them unsterile and damaged becoming the perfect environment for HAI harboring microbes that can be transmitted through a single touch.
Why do standard labels applied to polyolefin plastics like Polypropylene and Polyethylene used in Healthcare Environments like sharps containers and biohazard waste bins not meet requirements?
Because like Teflon®, nothing wants to stick to them.
Different from standard Adhesion Label Technologies where the primary action is surface adhesion of two different materials attempting to glue together, Polymer Fusion Labeling Technology is at the molecular level creating one piece of fused inseparable Olefin plastic.
How Does It Work?
Pigmented Polymer (Fusion Label) is molecularly fused to Olefinic Plastic (Product) using heat/pressure via standard Hot Stamp / Heat Transfer / VersaFlex Technology.
The fusion reaction takes place quickly during this process resulting in the two plastics coming together (Melting/Joining) and then quickly cooling once complete.
Polyfuze Fusion Technology Labels have recently partnered with BioCote® to be able to include its silver ion technology within the same formulation for labeling.
This means, for a finished polymer product, they will not only benefit from our permanent fusion labeling for brand and message recognition, but now those labeled areas would also be helped in gaining a barrier of protection against any buildup of microbes, bacteria or mold that might cause infection or illness.
Polymer Fusion Labeling with BioCote also creates an easy to sanitize and keep clean surface area on your polymer products.
This extra barrier of protection, when using our Fusion Label technology combined with BioCote technology, can be very effective for medical waste containers, agricultural crates, fishery totes, food service trays, high chairs, booster and car seats, playground equipment, waste carts and more.
* BioCote® technology does not protect users or others against disease causing bacteria, germs, viruses or other harmful organisms. This technology is not a substitute for good hygiene and/or cleaning practices.
If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has helped to shed light on, it’s the global epidemic of Healthcare Associated Infections…. Read more about how standard labeling not only harbors bacteria, but affects safety, perception and cost for healthcare workers, patients and the industry as a whole.
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