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Why do Brother P-touch laminated labels last longer?
Unlike ordinary labels, Brother’s unique laminated tape technology ensures that a layer of super-clear polyethylene laminate protects your text.

Brother P-touch laminated TZe tapes consist of six layers of material, 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 outperform competitor labels, staying legible and affixed, so you can be confident of a professional quality label that has been designed to last.

Abrasion Resistant Labels

Brother’s patented tape lamination technology ensures that Brother P-touch laminated labels can withstand even heavy abrasion…Wow, that’s p-touchtough!

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.

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 -112° (-80°C) to 356° (150°C). Wow, now that’s p-touch tough!

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 colors, were attached to coated metal plates and placed inside a fade-inducing chamber at 181.4° (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 color remained unchanged and so all characters were still completely legible. To the naked eye, the tapes’ background color showed no change, except for the yellow tape which showed some slight fading.

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 appearance 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.

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 competitors’ non-laminated labels.

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.

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