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The Polyfuze Difference

Polyfuze Fusion Labels

Compatible with Polyolefin Plastics

Other Label Sources

Incompatible with Polyolefin Plastics

Incompatible Labels Lead To Delamination & Failures

HEAT TRANSFER CONSTRUCTION
HOT STAMP FOIL CONSTRUCTION
IN-MOLD LABEL (IML) CONSTRUCTION
PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVE CONSTRUCTION
The True Cost of Durable Labeling For Polyolefin Products

Thermoplastic Polyolefin Plastics, preferred for durable goods manufacture, are non-polar, have high coefficient of thermal expansion and contraction, a high rate of outgassing and are low surface energy. Labels attempting to stick or bond ultimately fail when exposed to mechanical, chemical & environmental inputs and require secondary pre and post-treatments during labeling operations. No data available from suppliers on IML’s, Heat Transfers, Hot Stamp Foil or Adhesive Based Stickers applied to polyolefin plastics and durability tested.

Utilizing Polyfuze Patented Fusion Technology (PPFT), Polyfuze Labels fuse into olefinic plastics permanently. They cannot be removed by mechanical, chemical or environmental inputs apart from destroying the product they’re fused to. Once the fusion process is complete, the two polyolefin materials have combined to form one piece of seamless and flush polyolefin plastic with no change in durability or structural integrity. Zero Scrap during manufacturing and Zero Brand Loss for the life of polyolefin products.

¢ High probability of label failure creates scrap during manufacture, re-labeling during use, additional labor and additional cost. Loss of Brand Identity & Image negatively effects Perception Of Value, WOM (Word Of Mouth), and Quality. Loss of Safety/Warning labeling puts consumers at risk while placing manufactureres and OEM’s at heightened risk of litigation.

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Heat Transfers are constructed of incompatible inks, coatings and heat activated adhesives printed onto rolls of PET film. The label is then applied to polyolefin products using a Heat Transfer Machine set to 300°F-350°F @ 500psi where the adhesive attempts to adhere to a surface that is:

Non-Polar = No bonding site for adhesive or tie bonding layers to grab.
LSE = Like *Teflon™, polyolefins reject adhesion causing label detachment.
Expand/Contract = Incompatibility causes label craze & detachment.
Outgas = Creates barrier at polyolefin surface causing label detachment.

For durable polyolefin products that require permanent labeling that last the life of the products, this method fails and produces problems.

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Hot stamping utilizes a metal or silicone die which is heated and then forced down against a polyolefin product with a layer of incompatible pigmented adhesive sandwiched in between. When the die is set to 300°F-350°F @ 500psi and comes into contact with the part, the ink remains on the product surface that is:

Non-Polar = No bonding site for adhesive or tie bonding layers to grab.
LSE = Like *Teflon™, polyolefins reject adhesion causing label detachment.
Expand/Contract = Incompatibility causes label craze & detachment.
Outgas = Creates barrier at polyolefin surface causing label detachment.

For durable polyolefin products that require permanent labeling that last the life of the products, this method fails and produces problems.

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In Mold Labels (IML’s) are constructed of semi-compatible substrate layer printed with incompatible inks which is then coated with a UV print,
polypropylene or polystyrene layer to protect it. Although the substrate has olefinic qualities, when applied to polyolefin products, the construction remains incompatible with surfaces that are:

Non-Polar = No bonding site for adhesive or tie bonding layers to grab.
LSE = Like *Teflon™, polyolefins reject adhesion causing label detachment.
Expand/Contract = Incompatibility causes label craze & detachment.
Outgas = Creates barrier at polyolefin surface causing label detachment.

For durable polyolefin products that require permanent labeling that last the life of the products, this method fails and produces problems.

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Pressure sensitive adhesive labels are constructed of a base substrate printed with incompatible inks and a protective coating which is then coated with a formulated pressure sensitive adhesive. They are categorized as permanent or removable based on whether they achieve a peel strength of two pounds or more from high surface energy (HSE) stainless steel. A problem when applied to polyolefin product surfaces that are:

Non-Polar = No bonding site for adhesive or tie bonding layers to grab.
LSE = Like *Teflon™, polyolefins reject adhesion causing label detachment.
Expand/Contract = Incompatibility causes label craze & detachment.
Outgas = Creates barrier at polyolefin surface causing label detachment.

For durable polyolefin products that require permanent labeling that last the life of the products, this method fails and produces problems.