Drum & Barrel Label Materials

Drums used to store large quantities of hazardous materials like chemicals, pharmaceuticals, explosives, petroleum, etc. must comply with labeling standards established by organizations like the EPA, OSHA, and the DOT. Drum Labels must be permanently applied and handle the harshest of transport and storage abuse. If hazardous chemicals are transported by marine shipments, drum labels must now comply with guidelines such as British Standards BS5609 for weather and salt water immersion.

Product Description Minimum Application Temp Temp Range Outdoor Durable Depending on climate & exposure conditions


Gloss White Polyester
(Thermal Transfer)

Use T84 or T68 Resin Printing Ribbon

A specially engineered industrial film with excellent chemical & solvent resistance has a high performance adhesive. Excellent print results & durability with B&W or color. *Works on textured, rounded surfaces, HSE & LSE plastics, powder coatings, slightly oily metals. RoHS, REACH & BS5609, Section 2 Compliant 50°F (10°C) -40°F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C) Not rated, but should handle up to two years


Matte White Vinyl (Thermal Transfer)

Use T68 Resin Printing Ribbon

A flexible outdoor durable film with good abrasion & water resistance, this is perfect for UV inkjet color preprints on GHS labels.*Bonds well to plastic, metal, powder coated paint, fiberglass & is good for product identification, safety & compliance labels RoHS & REACH Compliant 50°F (10°C) -40°F to 176°F   (-40°C to 80°C) 2 to 5 years


Matte White Polypropylene (Thermal Transfer)

Use T68 or T96 Resin Printing Ribbon

A good cost alternative for outdoor applications, this is durable & strong & offers superior print quality including color GHS preprints. It has a premium all-temp drum adhesive with high initial tack. *For LSE plastics, painted metal, fiber drums & textured surfaces, it works on warehouse racks, asset labels, product marking, & drum labeling. RoHS, REACH & BS5609, Section 2 Compliant  -10°F (23°C)  -65°F to 200°F  (-54°C to 93°C)  2 years


Semi-Gloss White Polyester (Laser)

Perfect for high-resolution printing. It is a rugged material with excellent tear resistance, heat resistance, UV light resistance and overall dimensional stability. Aggressive, high-performance adhesive that provides outstanding moisture, chemical, solvent and UV resistance. Very suitable for chemical drum labels, equipment labels and appliance labels, as well as rating plates, product identification, logistics and transportation labels. BS5609, Section 2 Compliant, FDA CFR 175.105 for indirect food contact. Heavy Metals, Toy Safety 35°F (2°C) -65°F to 200°F (-54°C to 93°C) Not rated, but should handle up to two years


Matte White Vinyl (Laser)

Known for its outdoor durability, this provides fine toner & flexo ink anchorage. It is resistant to cleaning solutions, alcohol, ammonia, water & humidity & has a quick-stick, aggressive adhesive.Works on fiber, steel & polyolefin drums & pails. Also good for racking labels & asset labels. RoHS, REACH & BS5609, Section 2 Compliant 30ºF (-1ºC) -30ºF to 200ºF  (-34ºC to 93°C) 2 years


White Latex Paper (Laser)

A strong, smudge proof, latex finish offers good moisture resistance & excellent toner anchorage. Comes with multi-purpose, aggressive cold temp adhesive that bonds well to a variety of substrates.Suitable to short term or indoor drum & pail labeling, paperwork & applications where there may be incidental water exposure. -10°F  (-23°C) -65° to 250°F     (-54°C to 93°C) Not rated for outdoor applications

* Note: For extra protection, a clear overlaminate can be added to our thermal transfer materials.

Electronic Imaging Materials strongly encourages the end-user to do thorough testing of all label products under consideration to make sure they will meet their application requirements.

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