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Polyonics Premiers Four New Materials

Apr 15, 2009

WESTMORELAND, N.H. � April 2009 �Polyonics introduces four new materials to help win over new and existing projects.

XF-300 is a 5-mil coated polyamide (Nylon�), pressure-sensitive label material, designed for barcode or alphanumeric identification of connectors, wires and cables. The material is coated with a high opacity, matte white topcoat specifically designed for thermal transfer printing. It also can be printed using dot matrix printers, and certain felt-tip or ballpoint pens. XF-300, when printed with an appropriate thermal transfer ribbon, produces labels that withstand harsh industrial environments. XF-300 is very flexible, making it ideal for labeling curved parts and surfaces.�Additionally, it is coated with a permanent pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive that will adhere to most clean, dry surfaces. XF-300 has a temperature rating up to 293�F (145�C) and complies with the requirements of ROHS, REACH, and halogen-free.

XF-596 (1 mil) and XF-597 (2 mil) high-gloss polyimide label materials for higher barcode print density have been added to the company's ThermogardTM product line of high-temperature resistant label materials. XF-596 and XF-597 are coated with a high opacity, gloss white topcoat specifically designed for thermal transfer printing. When matched with the proper thermal ribbon, labels printed on these products will withstand the high temperatures, harsh chemicals, and solvents typically used in circuit board manufacturing processes. The high-gloss topcoat allows for very high barcode printing densities when using 600 dpi thermal transfer printers. Label sizes can be reduced, when compared to standard density barcodes, thereby minimizing the available space needed for product identification. 2-D barcodes, such as IDMatrix or PDF417, are easily printed on these materials. The temperature resistance (rated up to 932�F, or 500�C) is critical for the dimensional stability of the label required for efficient barcode scanning. XF-596 and XF-597 are each laminated with a high-temperature, permanent, pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive. XF-596 uses a 1-mil polyimide film, which provides cost savings. XF-597 uses a 2-mil polyimide film, designed for highly reliable automated label application. These�materials are ROHS, REACH and halogen-free compliant.�

XF-509 is the newest member in Polyonics' Thermogard� product line. XF-509 is a special 1-mil polyimide film coated with a high opacity, black topcoat, and is designed for thermal transfer printing with white resin based ribbons. Other colors may be printed on XF-509, but each must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine applicability. XF-509 is laminated with a high-temperature permanent pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive designed for industrial environments. Labels produced with XF-509, when printed with the appropriate thermal transfer ribbon, will withstand the chemicals and temperature extremes widely used in the circuit board manufacturing processes, up to 932�F (500�C). Polyonics' XF-509 is used in situations where reflected light from standard white labels can cause �ghosting,� which can hinder finished product performance. XF-509 also offers aesthetic advantages when the label is used on a dark surface. As with all Thermogard��polyimide label materials, XF-509 retains its high dimensional stability at high temperatures. Additionally, it complies with the requirements of ROHS, REACH, and halogen-free.�

Contact Polyonics Asia or an authorized distributor for more Information and sample kits.

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