The right material for all print processes.
The widest range of material can be marked with the help of digital print processes. Pre-manufactured card materials made from plastics, labels made from plastics or metal, as well as hose materials are widely distributed.
The process parameters for marking must be coordinated with the respective material properties in order to produce an optimum print image.
The surface quality is a deciding factor here. This must be appropriate for the printing process and print medium.
To this end, different surface refinement techniques are used, so that the quality of markings on a range of materials can still be guaranteed.
Today, all branches of industry are experiencing increasing cost pressures. For this reason, companies are always looking for new ways to save money. This also applies when it comes to marking – clear and permanent marking can save considerable time and money.
The biggest advantages of metal signs are based on their resistance and durability. In contrast to the majority of plastics, metal materials can be used even in the harshest ambient conditions. This means that these materials are increasingly used in industrial environments, for example as rating plates in machine, controller, and systems manufacturing.
Phoenix Contact offers marking material made from metal for conductor and cable marking, for snapping into carriers, as well as materials with a self-adhesive film that is also suitable for rough surfaces.
Even at high operating temperatures, polyamide has excellent electrical, mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties. Brief peak temperatures of up to +200°C are permitted thanks to heat aging stabilization.
Polyamide absorbs moisture from its surroundings, on average 2.8%. This is not the embedded water of crystallization, however, but rather chemically bound H2O groups in the molecular structure. This makes the plastic flexible and resistant to breakage, even at temperatures as low as -60°C.
Polycarbonate has a high mechanical strength and chemical resistance. Rigidity, dimensional stability, and good heat distortion resistance are further properties of this material. Polycarbonate is used to manufacture particularly smooth and stable marking materials.
PVC has a long service life. It excels in particular thanks to its outstanding mechanical strength and high chemical resistance. Neither oxygen nor ozone affects PVC. The material is resistant to corrosive salt solutions and most acids.
Polyester is a chemical-resistant material. It is ideally suited to printing, shaping, and punching. Polyester is resistant to UV radiation and absorbs little moisture.
Polyethylene is a thermoplastic material which is highly resistant to acids, alkalis, and other solvents. PE absorbs hardly any moisture and has a high durability and breaking elongation.
Polyolefines are semi-crystalline thermoplastics, which can be easily processed as extrusion profiles (shrink sleeves). They are characterized by good chemical resistance.