Technical data for TZ tapes
Technical data for TZ tapes
P-touch labels have
been designed to last,
wherever you use them.
Whether you need a professional labelling
solution for the office, industry or home,
Brother P-touch laminated labels have
been designed with you in mind. We've
thought about exactly when, where and
how you might need to use our labels and
put them through a series of rigorous
tests, which means that even when they’re
exposed to heavy abrasion, heat, cold,
sunshine, water and chemicals, our labels
have been designed to last.
Why do Brother P-touch
laminated labels last longer?
Unlike ordinary labels, our unique laminated tape technology
ensures that a layer of super-clear polyethylene laminate
protects your text.
protective coating (PET) 38µm
lettering
adhesive (acrylic)
base film (PET)
colour layer for the base film
adhesive (acrylic)
backing paper
Brother P-touch laminated TZ tapes consist of six layers
of materials, resulting in a thin, extremely strong label.
Characters are formed with a thermal transfer ink and
sandwiched between two protective layers of PET
(polyester film). The result is a virtually indestructible label
that can withstand even the harshest conditions.
In fact, we are sure about the durability of our labels because
we’ve tested them to the extreme, against the effects of
abrasion, temperature, chemicals and sunlight. Results prove
that Brother P-touch laminated labels out perform competitor
labels, staying legible and affixed, so you can be confident of
a professional quality label that has been designed to last.
And we can prove it. The following pages will show you
exactly how our labels are tested to the extreme.
Patented
lamination
provides an
extra protective
overcoat.
Abrasion Test
Abrasion Resistant Labels
Brother’s patented tape lamination technology ensures that
Brother P-touch laminated labels can withstand even heavy
abrasion.
The Abrasion Test Procedure
A 1kg sanding device was passed over Brother P-touch
laminated labels, and non-laminated competitor labels.
After 50 return passes the characters underneath the Brother
P-touch laminated label were completely unaffected and the
lamination was only slightly scratched.
Abrasion Tests Results
Brother P-touch laminated TZ label
= No effect on print quality
Competitor non-laminated label
= Print quality affected
Brother P-touch Laminated Label
Non-Laminated Competitor Label
Can
withstand
heavy
abrasion
Temperature Test
Temperature Resistant Labels
Whether you want to use our labels in freezing conditions or
alternatively in extremely warm environments, our labels have
been designed to last, we know this because we've tested
them to the extreme. In fact, results show that Brother P-touch
laminated labels can withstand temperatures from
-80°C to 150°C.
The Temperature Test Procedure
Brother P-touch laminated labels, slightly roughened with
abrasive paper, were attached to stainless steel then heated
and cooled. After 240 hours at -80°C no noticeable change in
tape adhesive or colour had occurred. After 240 hours at
150°C, despite slight discolouration, the text on the label
remained completely intact, and the heat actually increased
the tapes' adhesive strength, due to a slight softening and
spreading of the adhesive.* We recommend
TZ-M931/951/961 (Black on matt silver) as most resistant to
high temperatures in terms of discolouration.
Test Results
Label performance after exposure to heat and cold
Temperature
Hours
Tape Condition
= no noticeable change
= text is legible but there
is some tape discolouration
*When tape is subject
to extremely high
temperatures for long
periods the laminate
film may be separated
or discoloured, or it
may shrink.
Test: Temperature
Temperature: 100°c
Duration: 240 hours
Labels: Brother P-touch Laminated Label
Resistant to
temperatures
of -80°C to
150°C
Fade Test
Test Results
Fade Meter (Time)
Tape Colour
20h
50h
Transparent
100h
0.09
0.06
0.26
White
0.78
1.54
1.40
Red
0.52
0.86
0.80
Blue
0.59
0.92
1.39
Yellow
1.45
2.63
3.34
Green
0.52
0.91
1.10
Gray
0.44
0.51
0.82
Black
0.25
0.15
0.33
<3 = colour difference is very hard
to detect to the human eye
>8 = colour difference is easily
detectable to the human eye
Fade Resistant Labels
Wherever you use P-touch laminated labels, they have been
designed to stay as clear and legible as the day they were
applied.
The Fade Test Procedure
Several Brother P-touch laminated labels, in various colours,
were attached to coated metal plates and placed inside a
fade-inducing chamber at 83°C. They were left for a period of
100 hours to simulate a year in sunny surroundings and then
inspected for any obvious changes.
The text colour remained unchanged and so all characters
were still completely legible. To the naked eye, the tapes'
background colour showed no change, except for the yellow
tape which showed some slight fading.
Labels Before and After Testing
Test: Fade Meter
Duration: 100 hours
Before Testing
ABCDE
ABCDE
ABCDE
Resistant to
ultraviolet
exposure
Temperature: 83°c
Labels: Brother P-touch Laminated Labels
After Testing
ABCDE
ABCDE
ABCDE
Water and Chemical
Submersion Test
Water and Chemical Resistance
Water and chemical resistance tests were conducted in two
stages:
Stage 1 - The water and chemical submersion test
Stage 2 - The water and chemical abrasion test
Stage 1
Water and Chemical Submersion Test Procedure
To test Brother P-touch laminated labels against the effects of
water and chemicals, the tapes were firstly attached to glass
slides and immersed in a variety of liquids for 2 hours.
No change in appearence or structure of the labels occurred,
and the labels remained affixed to the slides.
Although some labels soaked in certain chemicals showed
minor changes, rubbing the labels with the same chemicals
had no effect at all. So even if chemicals are spilled on your
Brother P-touch laminated labels, a quick wipe should be
enough to prevent any damage.
Test Results for Brother P-touch Laminated
Toluene
Hexane
Ethanol
Ethyl Acetate
Acetone
Mineral Spirit
Water
0.1N
Hydrochloric
0.1 Sodium
Hydroxide
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
• = no print discolouration
Test: Water and Chemical Submersion
Chemical: Ethanol
Duration: 2 hours
Labels: Brother P-touch Laminated Label
Water
resistant
Resistant to
a wide range
of industrial
chemicals
Water and Chemical
Abrasion Test
Water and Chemical Resistance
Stage 2
Water and Chemical Abrasion Test Procedure
Brother P-touch laminated tape was affixed to several glass
plates. A 500g weight with a chemical and solvent infused cloth
was passed over each label 20 times. As the results below
show, the print quality of Brother P-touch laminated labels was
unaffected, unlike our competitor’s non-laminated labels.
Toluene
Hexane
Ethanol
Acetone
Ethyl acetate
Water
0.1N
Hydrochloric
Mineral spirit
0.1 Sodium
Hydroxide
Test
Results
P-touch
Laminated Label
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Non-Laminated
Competitor Label
x
•
•
x
x
•
•
•
•
• = Print quality unaffected
x = Print quality affected
Labels After Testing
Test: Chemical Abrasion
Chemical: Acetone
Brother P-touch Laminated Label
Non-Laminated Competitor Label
Water
resistant
Resistant to
a wide range
of industrial
chemicals
Strong
Adhesion Test
Strong Adhesion
The Adhesion Test Procedure
To test the adhesive strength of Brother P-touch laminated
tapes, 12mm standard tape and extra strength adhesive tape
were affixed to a variety of objects, all with different surfaces,
and left for 30 minutes. Adhesive strength was tested by
removing the tape at an angle of 180 degrees. This testing
method complies with Japanese Standard JIS Z0237 testing
for adhesive tape.
Test Results
The table explains that an adhesive strength of approximately 6
Newtons* was maintained with most materials. Our strong
adhesive tape maintained an average of 50% more adhesive
strength compared to our standard tape and is suitable for more
demanding surfaces such as polypropylene.
Stainless
Steel
Standard
TZ Tape
Extra Strong
Adhesive TZ Tape
PVC
7.6
7.2
8.6
6.9
3.3
6.4
10
10.1
11.5
11.5
7.4
11.5
* Results in Newtons for 12mm width tape
Strong
adhesion
to a wide
range of
surfaces
Acrylic
Polyester
Polypropylene Coated
Wood
Glass
Choose the right tape for the job
Security Tapes
Flexible ID Tapes
Strong Adhesive Tapes
TZ Laminated Tapes
Brother P-touch laminated tapes are available in a wide range
of tape colours, widths and styles. Your application and your
choice of P-touch model should guide your ultimate tape
selection. The table below will also help you to determine the
correct tape for your applications.
Smooth
Flat
Surface
Textured
Smooth
Large
Curved
Surface
(more than
8mm
diameter)
Textured
Smooth
Small
Curved
Surface
(less than
8mm
diameter)
Textured
Recommended
Acceptable
Not Recommended
Choose the right
tape for the job
Choosing The
Right Tape
Choosing The
Right Tape
Frequently Asked Questions
How thick are TZ tapes?
TZ tapes are around 160 micro metres in thickness but
this varies slightly by tape type.
Which colour tape is recommended for high
temperatures?
We recommend TZ-M931/951/961 (Black on matt silver)
as most resistant to high temperatures in terms of
discolouration.
When I remove the label will messy adhesive remain?
How can I remove it?
Tapes can be removed from most materials with relative ease
leaving little or no adhesive on the material. Extreme heat,
humidity and certain chemicals may result in some residual
adhesive being left but this can be removed in most cases
with Ethanol.
What is the shelf life of an unused TZ tape?
The shelf life of an unused TZ tape is 15 months from
production.
Do TZ tapes contain chloride?
No chloride materials are used in the cassette case, tape or ink.
Do TZ tapes create any outgasing?
The following gases may be produced when labels are in a
hot environment such as in front of an air conditionertoluene, n-butanol, 2-ethylhexyl alcohol, butyl carbinol
acetate. These levels are however very low.
Strong
adhesion to
a wide
range of
surfaces
Frequently Asked Questions
Can TZ tapes be submerged in alcohol?
Submersion of TZ tapes in alcohol is not recommended for
extended periods due to the possible deterioration of the tape
adhesive.
Is it safe to burn a P-touch label?
Although there may be some halogen in TZ tapes, it is of a
very low level making it safe to burn TZ tapes.
Do TZ tapes contain silicon?
Since the tape liner itself is silicon coated on both sides,
there is a chance that small amounts of silicon may remain
on the adhesive layer underneath the label even after the
liner is peeled off.
Do TZ tapes create static electricity?
When peeling off the tape liner there may be some very
low levels of static electricity.
Do TZ tapes contain vinyl chlorine?
TZ laminated tapes contain very low levels of residual chlorine.
Which colour tape fades the least?
We recommend TZ-M931/951/961 (Black on matt silver)
as our most fade resistant tape. Fluorescent tapes are
not recommended.
Resistant to
a wide range
of industrial
chemicals
Frequently Asked Questions
Do TZ tapes contain latex?
TZ tape uses acryl based adhesive materials and do not
include latex.
Does TZ tape contain lead?
There is no lead in the cassette case, tape or ink.
Can TZ tapes be used on circuit boards?
We do not recommend that TZ tapes are used on circuit boards
due to the sensitivity of circuit boards to dust, static electricity
and acid (although these are at very low levels in TZ tapes)
Can TZ tapes be used on copper?
As adhesive materials used in our tape are acrylic and weakly
acid we do not recommend that TZ tapes are used on copper.
How long should security tape be attached before
peeling off?
We recommend that TZ security tape is affixed for at least
24 hours in order to work effectively.
UL Certification
A number of our TZ tapes have been tested by Underwriters
Laboratories, a renowned independent testing laboratory. Our
tapes have passed their rigorous safety standards and gained
UL certification and we continue to test more tapes. For latest
certification details and a list of certified tapes please contact
your local Brother office.
Can
withstand
heavy
abrasion
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