Ultra-thin asset and tracking labels

Bar code tracking is becoming a more and more important part of manufacturing.

However, for small electronic devices the lack of available space often hinders application of bar code id labels containing enough information to identify key parts not only during manufacture but also during the life of the device. As id labels become smaller and smaller a 2D Datamatrix code meets the requirement for condensed data and information in a small area.

Thickness of the id label material however, can be an issue especially if the labels are placed on components or parts within the body of the device. The thickness of the label material for Dantech Mini Mark labels are less than 0.1mm (60 micron).

Tamper proof laser engraving onto the extremely durable base offer a safe label combination with maximum abrasion resistance and durability. The two layer acrylic film give a high contrast text/code when engraved by precision lasers. These special Dantech labels offer a cutting-edge alternative to conventional coding, identification and marking methods where durability and flexibility is required and because they are laser engraved they can be made to custom sizes and shapes. As a peel and stick application - no screws, rivets or welding required - they offer flexible and quick handling for most industries.

The id labels are completely resistant to humidity, solvents, abrasion and cleaning fluids. What's more, and making it an even more qualified choice for critical labelling applications, these label materials from Tesa and 3M are completely "tamper evident", meaning that they self-destruct if tampering occurs.

Proof that size doesn't matter because the smaller 6mm or 9mm diameter labels can contain

20 - 30 digits within a small 2D code. These codes allow much more information to be stored than is possible with a 1D barcode - and in a much smaller space. The 2D Datamatrix code format includes built-in ECC220 error correction to allow recognition of codes even if they are 60% damaged.

The relative small size of the label lends itself to applications where a smaller asset label is preferred and where a much larger barcode label may be considered obtrusive. Ideal for cameras, PDA's, mobiles, trackers as well as musical instruments.

The special Mini Mark material is highly resistant to most chemicals, solvents, abrasion, impact and weather and will withstand temperatures up to 225°C short term and down to -60°C. It has a high performance acrylic adhesive with excellent initial tack.

Dantech offers a host of id labelling options that can take the metal out of marking and identification. Custom laser engraved labels using top quality Tesa and 3M materials are available for virtually every identification code, including name, serial and model numbers, bar codes and more.

Published on Tuesday 30th November 1999

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