Maybe your product label needs to be waterproof, or you need a label stock that is scuff resistant and stands up to excessive handling. Either way, you’ve decided to go with a durable synthetic label stock, but your decision doesn’t end there. You have many label paper choices, including polyester (PET), vinyl (PVC), polypropylene and PPG TESLIN® label stock.
On the surface, these synthetic label papers may appear the same. They all offer durability and can be used for a variety of applications.
But you should know that all labels are not created equal.
The following graphic illustrates the many performance variations in printability, durability, security and other characteristics that play an important role in choosing a long-lasting, high-quality label.
How to Choose the Right
Synthetic Label Stock
TESLIN® label stock
All synthetic labels are:
The TESLIN Substrate Difference
A microporous polyolefin-silica matrix gives Teslin substrate its inherently differentiating benefits.
Compatible with a wide range of print processes:
- - Offset & Flexo
- - Laser
- - Thermal Transfer
- - Inkjet
Vinyl (PVC), polyester (PET) and polypropylene are not compatible with all print technologies.
No coating or corona treatment needed means it's digital print ready right out of the box.
Needs coating or special treatment to print on laser or inkjet printers.
Takes the heat
of laser printing.
Laser printing may cause substrate to melt.
absorbs inks and toners, locking them into its surface.
Nearly impervious to
abrasion and scuffing.
Inks and toners sit on top of the substrate.
Abrasion removes inks, toners and coating.
GHS and BS 5609
Print is resistant to damage from water and chemicals.
to be BS 5609 certified.
Print is susceptible
to damage from water and chemicals without special coating.
Dependent on coating
to meet BS 5609 certification.
Withstands extreme temperatures and freeze-thaw cycles without cracking or adhesive failure.
to 250°F (121°C)
Vulnerable to extreme temperatures and freeze-thaw cycles.
Digital Print Safety
Micropores reduce static charge sometimes caused by peeling digitally printed labels.
Passes ESD S.541 @ 30% relative humidity.
A static-free operation is safer for operators and applicators.
Static builds up and peeling labels can release dangerous sparks.
Static sparks can cause fire or injure operators.
Micropores enable multi-dimensional bonds that adhere strongly to the surface.
endures extreme conditions.
Coating does not bond
strongly with surfaces.
Adhesive failure can occur in steam, water and other harsh environments.
Conforms to many different shapes, including blood bags.
Some applications may experience peeling.
Attempt to break the bond, and Teslin substrate will permanently distort.
Enables use of on-demand printing to create a security label.
Requires professional printing and converting to ensure tamper evidence.