One customer of ours is at the forefront of this work. Each year their forensics lab processes thousands of pieces of evidence with state-of-the-art equipment that makes them invaluable to their region. Within this state-run lab they are able to process fingerprints, blood evidence, crime scene blood spatter and latent print analysis. They are also able to collect evidence like DNA, blood, hair/bodily fluids and are certified to exhume bodies at the scene or from a cemetery! That is a lot of work, a lot of important evidence, a lot of responsibility―so how do they keep track of all this material?
You guessed it! Lots of labels! Not just any old label though; like their work, the labels for forensics that they require must be cutting edge and stand up to the job. Many times, this means using a label that will handle a variety of conditions such as temperature extremes, blood, chemicals and solvents.
Based on this customer’s criteria for a long-lasting evidence label that will be applied to paperwork and yet be exposed to blood, alcohol, bleach, condensation and -20°C temperatures, we suggested our Freez-R-Mark™ labels. Freez-R-Mark™ is a unique plastic specifically designed for freezer applications where application temperatures can be as low as -15°F (26°C) and service temperatures range anywhere from -65°F (-54°C) to 160°F (71°C). This gloss-coated material with its aggressive rubber-based “freezer” adhesive features excellent initial tack and ultimate bond to difficult surfaces including glass, plastic, painted metal and waxed corrugated. Freez-R-Mark™ labels don’t scare easily―even if subjected to -40°F blast freezing or applied to surfaces that have some frost or moisture buildup. Incredible, huh?!
NOTE: This is just one example where perhaps a lab really doesn’t need a “Cryogenic” Label Material but they do require something to handle cold freezer conditions.