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Mark Andy – Digital One receives durability certification

At Mark Andy’s latest Open House technicians explained the technology on display in detail (Source: Mark Andy)

USA • Mark Andy Digital One, a CMYK dry-toner device with inline decorating and converting, has received a BS 5609 certification on Avery Dennison substrate. BS5609 is a certification that guarantees label durability in harsh marine and weather conditions. Labels printed with technology on material that retains the BS5609 certification will hold integrity, staying intact after up to three months of saltwater exposure.

The in-line printing and converting unit went through multiple testing phases in partnership with Avery Dennison, securing Section 2 and Section 3 certifications on the substrate supplier’s material. Section 2 compliance formally assures material adhesion after a three-month period of ocean-water exposure. In this test, blank label material was exposed to salt spray, intense sunlight, and other artificial weathering conditions common with cross-continental travel. Section 3 compliance is an evaluation of printed label durability. The process includes exposing the label to lab-generated weathering and tape removal. Additionally, abrasion resistance is examined to ensure there will be no degradation in print quality or appearance.

The Digital One certification comes in wake of a UL 969 durability certification for the company’s hybrid solution, Digital Series.

Rosina Obermayer

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