Guide to Cleanroom Labels & Printing

2024-04-12 15:59

Cleanroom labels are specialized labels used in cleanroom environments to minimize particles and contaminants, protecting sensitive processes or products. These environments are common in industries like pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronics, and medical device manufacturing. Next, let's learn more about the cleanroom labels'features, applications, and how to print them effectively.

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What are Cleanroom Labels?

Cleanroom labels, also known as particle-free labels, are specialized adhesive stickers used in controlled environments such as cleanrooms, laboratories, ensuring compliance with the stringent cleanliness and contamination control standards. 

Common cleanroom label materials include PP, PET, and synthetic paper, which are low particle-releasing. These materials are specially treated to minimize the release of particles and fibers. To achieve a dust-free or particle-free state, particle-free labels are manufactured in controlled environments that minimize exposure to contaminants.

Cleanroom labels utilize low-outgassing adhesives, eliminating residue upon application and preventing secondary contamination.

The core of cleanroom labels is typically made from plastic materials, preventing the shedding of paper fibers during the printing process and thus avoiding contamination of the cleanroom environment.

The size of cleanroom labels can vary based on their specific application, ranging from small dimensions like 1x2 inches to larger ones such as 4x6 inches or more, depending on the need. Common colors include white, black, silver matte, silver gloss, and transparent.

What are Cleanroom Label Applications?

In industries with high cleanliness requirements such as electronics, optics, and biopharmaceuticals, particle-free labels are often used for product identification. These cleanroom stickers minimize particle generation and contamination, which is critical in these sensitive environments.

For example, in the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing industries, cleanroom labels are widely used to identify components, printed circuit boards (PCBs), and assemblies within cleanrooms. 

Even small amounts of contamination can cause electronic products to malfunction or fail, so the use of cleanroom labels is an essential part of ensuring product quality. These cleanroom stickers are to withstand the harsh conditions of cleanrooms, including high temperatures, exposure to harsh chemicals, and frequent cleaning processes, to ensure product reliability and performance.

In the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, pharmaceutical cleanroom labels help track and identify drug batches, lab samples, and research materials. This helps to prevent contamination and ensure product purity and safety. 

How to Print Cleanroom Labels?

Cleanroom labels are used to identify, track, and provide relevant information about pharmaceutical products, medical devices, electronic components, and any other items that need to be monitored and controlled in clean, sterile conditions.

Information printed on cleanroom labels often includes:

● Product identification number, lot number and batch number.

● Manufacture dates and expiration dates.

● Tracking barcodes and QR codes.

● Manufacturer information.

● Reminders and warning Information.

● Usage instructions.

For printing cleanroom labels, industrial barcode printers are often used due to their capability for high-speed, assembly line-style printing. 

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The HPRT Gala 4-inch industrial barcode Printer is the ideal solution for high-volume printing in cleanroom environments. This cleanroom label printer supports high-speed, continuous printing of various barcode labels. Its durable and high-quality prints can withstand harsh chemicals, abrasion, and temperature fluctuations.

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The HPRT Gala industrial barcode printer has a maximum print width of 104 mm, a carbon ribbon capacity of up to 600 meters, and offers printing resolutions of 203/300/600 dpi. 

In terms of connectivity, the Gala Printer supports multiple options, including serial port, Ethernet, USB, and USB HOST for offline printing. Parallel port and WiFi connectivity are also available as optional extras.

The printer's modular printhead design makes installation and replacement quick and easy. By adding a cleanroom label roll and a label cutter module, high-efficiency cutting can be achieved.

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Please contact us for more information about barcode printers and cleanroom label printing solutions.

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