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We recently had two different customers come to us with product nameplate applications that required some technical assistance in selecting the right adhesive for their projects. Each application had different regulations and environments that the product nameplate would need to conform to, each requiring a special adhesive for the circumstances.

Customer one was working on a product nameplate that would be installed in airplane cabins. Due to FAA regulations, these product nameplates would need to be built using certified flame retardant components. This would mean the specified polycarbonate base film and the attachment adhesive would need to meet these FAA standards.

Not knowing what to write into the print for the product nameplate, the customer approached us for guidance on materials. The PC film we suggested is a flame retardant film that we have worked with in the past, but the adhesive was where the wrinkle came in. Not only did it need to be flame retardant, but these product nameplates were also being mounted to a molded plastic surface. This meant it required a very high surface tack as well.

Working with our adhesive suppliers, we were able to track down a 3M adhesive that met the FAA standards for flame retardance and also afforded the surface tack needed to be used to adhere the finished product nameplate to the plastic mold. We were then able to provide this technical information to our customer so they could specify these materials on their print so that the finished product nameplate would certify to FAA standards and function in the field.

Customer two was working on a product nameplate that would need to be resistant to constant machine cleanings using power washers. Due to the design of the machine and where the product nameplate was positioned, it would have to be attached to the machine using an adhesive and could not be riveted into place. The customer looked to us to provide some advice and options for their project

After reviewing adhesive options, we ended up suggesting and prototyping a product nameplate that used an automotive grade foam tape for adhesion to their machine. This is used a lot in the automotive industry for attaching injection molded parts and emblems to the outside of vehicles. It offered the high surface tack strength required to stand up to the vigorous cleaning the machine would regularly receive. After running the completed product nameplate through testing, the adhesive held up as expected and the customer was able to move forward with their project and into production with the knowledge the part would function properly in the field.

Product nameplates are used in a large variety of industries that all offer different needs for end use. If you are going to be using an adhesive for application, be sure to consult your identification vendor before going to production. It will ensure your product nameplate works toward its intended use and will probably end up saving you time and money in the process.

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