Dow Corning is introducing a range of innovative new release coatings and pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) at Labelexpo Americas 2012 in Chicago, taking place from September 11-13. which are designed to help label and tape manufacturers improve performance, increase productivity, control costs and operate more sustainably, include new Syl-Off® Advantage Series coatings with flat release profiles, unique water-based solutions for coating films, and low-adhesion PSAs for protective films and tapes.

Dow Corning’s new flat-release Syl-Off® Advantage Series solvent-less silicone release coatings can help reduce the potential for web breaks after die-cutting and during label dispensing. The coatings offer very flat, stable release profiles coupled with the cost-effectiveness of low-temperature cure at low platinum levels. They can be used on a wide variety of paper substrates.

The new Syl-Off® emulsion coatings for films can help film-coaters optimize their release performance, operate more profitably and reduce their reliance on solvent-based technology. These unique thermal-cure silicone emulsions deliver low and stable release profiles that can add value to finished products. They also offer the potential for low coat weights and can be applied in-line to PET as well as off-line.

With low and stable adhesion, optical transparency, and clean removal under challenging environmental and processing conditions, Dow Corning® 7651 Adhesive and Dow Corning® 7652 Adhesive support the creation of high-performance protective films for mobile device, touch-screen and flat-panel display applications. They also can be used to produce cost-saving, waste-reducing re-workable films and tapes. 

According to Chris Velasquez, market manager, pressure sensitive label and tape makers are facing increasing pressure to reduce waste and improve the sustainability of their products and processes. But to remain competitive, they need cost-effective solutions that can help them achieve these goals without sacrificing performance, said Velasquez. That is the focus of the new products we’re introducing at Labelexpo Americas this year.

Dow Corning has a long history of market-driven innovation for the pressure sensitive industry. The company’s Syl-Off® Advantage Series is an excellent example. More than 80 coaters in 25 countries have already benefitted from the product line’s ability to enhance line speed, improve coating performance and help them protect themselves from unpredictable swings in platinum metal prices.