Abrasion resistance is the degree that a label surface is able to resist rubbing or wearing from friction. With over 40 years producing durable, outdoor labels, ALG knows some label systems require abrasion resistance.
For this application, we have developed solutions to combat wear and tear, starting by using only the highest grade of abrasion resistant inks. Additional protection is gained through our use of these options:
Additionally, our UL approved products undergo specific abrasion testing to meet
UL 969 Standards and UL 299 Standards. These tests are outlined below.
UL 969 Standard Abrasion Testing
This test calls for labels to be scraped back and forth 10 times across printed areas and edges, using a downward force of approximately 2 pounds (9N) by using the edge of a 5/64th-inch (2.0 mm) thick steel blade held at a right angle to the test surface.
The portion of the blade contacting the test surface shall have a radius of curvature of 1.00 inch ( 25.4 mm) and the edges of the blade shall be rounded to a radius of approximately 1/64th of an inch (0.4 mm). The requirement is that the label, including over-lamination if present, shall remain in place and shall not be torn or otherwise damaged.
UL 299 Standard Abrasion Testing
UL 299 Standard calls for a label, decal or nameplate to remain intact, readable and legible after being subjected to 500 strokes of emery cloth.
The surface is to be laid on its side and a strip of medium emery cloth, 25 mm (1 in) wide and long enough to cover half of the circumference of the extinguisher plus 150 mm (6 in), is to be draped over the nameplate.
Weights of 0.45 kg (1 lb) each are to be attached vertically to the ends of the emery cloth. The weights are to be alternately unbalanced by quickly lifting one, then the other for a total of 500 strokes.
UL 969 ABRASION TEST
UL 299 ABRASION TEST
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