BS5609 Labels – Exploring the Ocean Depths

Customer Spotlight: BS5609 Labels for Underwater Equipment

For a select few curious people we call oceanographers, the ocean is a vast underwater world filled with new discoveries. What types of marine organisms and ecosystems live in the vast oceans that can survive the dark depths of the sea, and haven’t yet been revealed? And what does that have to do with BS5609 labels?

Underwater view of fish swimming above rocks One of our customers specializes in deep sea exploration through the use of manned submersible equipment. Utilizing robotics and sonar systems, they recover historical artifacts, observe and record marine life and map the ocean floor. Their untethered devices serve commercial operations such as oil and gas exploration, universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations around the globe. They also do ongoing research and development for a robust line of deep water discovery solutions.

When they came to EIM they needed waterproof asset tags that would survive being in the ocean at serious depths. Our Label Experts recommended a special White Polyester  material that meets the British Standard 5609 labels for marine immersion.

BS5609 is an internationally recognized standard for pressure-sensitive adhesive labels—particularly ones used to identify drums of dangerous chemicals that might accidentally wind up in the ocean. The testing criteria to meet this standard includes three months of exposure in salt water, as well as artificial weathering, extreme temperatures and color strength tests after exposure to artificial salt spray and sunlight. The labels are then evaluated for print permanence, abrasion resistance and adhesive performance.

Click to Contact an actual person about laboratory labelsOur 626 Polyester labels were a perfect durable solution for this manned submersibles team! We vigorously worked to get their label design done, then cut and printed them to ship in just two days! For a totally new customer with challenging requirements, this is impressive turnaround from first email to first shipment!