Avery Dennison has created a new Global Client Service Laboratory at its US Innovation Center in Mentor, Ohio.
The laboratory has been created to help customers reduce the time to market for new durable label products by accelerating the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification process.
According to the company, the scope of certification for nameplates and safety labels includes UL standard 969 and CSA standard C22.2 No. 0.15.
A series of tests are conducted on all substrates, inks and ribbons being considered for use in the production of the label, as part of the certification process.
They include legibility, defacement, chemical exposure, accelerated weathering, humidity exposure, oven aging, adhesion and abrasion.
Avery Dennison durables, Label and Packaging Materials technical manager Hoa Pham said, "These tests certify the label material has passed rigorous processes and ensure the performance of the label will be permanent and legible once attached to a product – even under extreme conditions."