ACRYLITE® FILMS FOR THE LABELS INDUSTRY

Product Information

ACRYLITE® films are extremely versatile products based on polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). PMMA is a highly transparent, colorless polymer that stands out in particular due to its weather stability.

Its excellent compatibility with a wide variety of additives and pigments makes it possible to obtain almost every imaginable property profile. From highly transparent or opaquely colored, with a smooth or textured surface, to extremely durable or ultra-destructible, the unique and versatile properties of polymethyl methacrylate make ACRYLITE® films ideal and indispensable partners for the label industry.

Durable labels

As an overlaminate, ACRYLITE® films are designed with a sophisticated, state-of-the-art UV protection package; ensuring substrates are protected against weathering even after several years of use in outdoor applications. This makes certain the critical information printed on the label remains easy to read throughout its service life.

Due to the high optical quality of ACRYLITE® film surfaces, all conventional processes can easily print it and durable labels can be produced without an overlaminate, if need be, which offers a cost advantage over other substrates.

Regardless if used as an overlaminate or facestock film, the aesthetic ACRYLITE® surface shows a visual appearance of the highest quality coupled with a “no label” look. Therefore, ACRYLITE® film supports the high-class presentation of applications for the automotive, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries for example.

Safety films / safety labels

Every year, companies in different sectors of the industry invest millions in developing and enhancing their products, placing themselves in the firing line of counterfeiters whose fake products have a negative impact on brand perception and sales figures. This may have disastrous consequences for the image of the companies and brands.

The ability to adjust the brittleness of ACRYLITE® films makes it possible to manufacture special ultra-destructible, acrylic-based labels that are irreparably damaged when any attempt is made to remove these. The degree of brittleness can be adjusted for: clear-transparent and white, highly reflective grades of film with a smooth or matte surface texture. This makes it possible to cater for all existing applications in the safety label industry. An additional feature of these films is their protective masking layer, which enhances process safety during further processing.

Environmental protection and sustainability

Sustainability is of increasing importance. Environmental protection and environmental awareness are key criteria for making purchasing decisions. Using selected ACRYLITE® films, labels can be produced providing special consideration to these aspects. Being free of halogens and plasticizers, easy to recycle, and being odorless are some of the benefits that ACRYLITE® films have to offer.

Conformity for items intended to come into contact with food

Special grades of ACRYLITE® films meet the requirements of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foods.

See the data sheet below for further information.

Selection of white ACRYLITE® Films

PropertiesTest methodUnitValue
ACRYLITE® FilmWF002WF007WF011
ProfileDurableDestructibleUltra-destructible
Thickness μm 50 50 50
Optical
Luminous reflectance (D65) ISO 11664 % 82 81 89
L* (in reflection, D65/10°) 92,5 92,6 95,7
a* (in reflection, D65/10°) -0,9 -1,0 -1,0
b* (in reflection, D65/10°) -0,9 -1,2 -0,6
Color coordinate x (in reflection, D65/10°) 0,311 0,310 0,312
Color coordinate y (in reflection, D65/10°) 0,330 0,329 0,331
UV transmittance (280 – 380 nm) DIN EN 410 % 0 0 0
Gloss (20°/60°/85°) Top side ISO 2813 GU 45 / 68 / 94 46 / 77 / 95 2 / 6 / 36
Mechanical
Tensile stress at yield ISO 527-3 MPa 33 41 No yield
Nominal strain at break ISO 527-3 % > 25 < 5
Miscellaneous
Accelerated weathering resistance ISO 4892-2, method A, cycle 1 h 10000 No visible change 10000 No visible change 10000 No visible change
Mass per unit area DIN EN ISO 2286-2 g/m² 64 64 89
Surface tension DIN 53364 mN/m 38 – 40 38 – 40 42
Requirement of Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 +

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Selection of transparent ACRYLITE® Films

PropertiesTest methodUnitValue
ACRYLITE® Film0F0790F080
ProfileUltra-destructibleDurable
Thickness μm 50 53
Optical
Luminous transmittance (D65) ISO 13468-2 % 92 92
Yellowness index (D65/10°) ISO 17223 0,5 0,5
Haze ASTM D1003 < 1 < 1,5
UV transmittance (280 – 380 nm) DIN EN 410 % 91 < 1
Mechanical
Tensile stress at yield ISO 527-3 MPa 72 35
Nominal strain at break ISO 527-3 % < 15 > 50
Miscellaneous
Accelerated weathering resistance ISO 4892-2, method A, cycle 1 h 5000 No visible change
Mass per unit area DIN EN ISO 2286-2 g/m² 59 60
Surface tension DIN 53364 38 – 42 38 – 42
Requirement of Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 +

Certified to DIN EN ISO 9001 (Quality) and DIN EN ISO 14001 (Environment)

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