TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has made two significant changes to its SBP vinyl labels, which are used to identify wire and cable in tough industrial environments.
TE’s SBP labels are now able to withstand temperatures from minus 40 degrees Celsius up to 110 C, whereas the previous maximum was 80 C. The reconfigured label also has been qualified against standards for flammability, resistance to harsh chemicals and weather.
In addition, the labels have achieved a new certification under the UL 817 standard for power cords as well as the UL 2238 standard for cable assemblies. The new UL category recognizes the flexibility of SBP labels to wrap around cables, so is more logical and straightforward for buyers. TE has also improved the environmental credentials of the labels with recyclable cardboard packaging.
“The performance upgrade means that our self-laminating SBP labels are now suited to more applications than ever before, and the new UL certification has enabled TE to simplify the marketplace for electrical installers,” said Stephen Earley, global product manager, Identification Systems, TE.
SBP labels can be applied indoors or outdoors as self-laminating wrap-around labels that sit flat around cables for a tidy finish or as flagging labels that stand out from cables so that maintenance technicians can sort them with ease. Their ability to withstand exposure to oil, solvents and water makes them ideal for defense, industrial, telecoms, electrical, electronics and automotive applications.
The SBP labels are based on a thermal transfer printable vinyl film with a permanent acrylic adhesive. They have a white printable area that can be over-laminated with a transparent section that protects the print.
The labels are fully free of substances of very high concern (SVHC), in line with TE’s drive to comply with the European Community’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation. SBP labels do not contain any declarable or prohibited substances from the UNIFE Railway Industry Substances List. Further information covering RoHS and REACH compliance can be found at the TE Product Compliance Support Centre.