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Autoclave Labels

High-Performance Autoclave Labels

Autoclave labels are specialized high-temperature and pressure-resistant labels designed for autoclaves used for sterilizing equipment, instruments, and materials in medical, laboratory, and research facilities. These labels withstand the extreme conditions inside an autoclave, including heat, moisture, and exposure to sterilizing agents. They remain legible throughout multiple autoclave cycles.

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Why Choose Our Autoclave Labels

  • Premium Quality: Our autoclave labels use durable materials resistant to heat, moisture, and chemicals. They maintain legibility even after repeated autoclave cycles, ensuring crucial information remains visible.

  • Compliance with Standards: We understand the importance of regulatory compliance in your industry. Our labels meet all relevant guidelines and standards, including ISO and FDA requirements, giving you peace of mind that your sterilization processes are up to code.

  • Customization Options: Every facility has unique needs, and we offer customizable autoclave labels to suit your specific requirements. From variable data printing to different sizes and designs, we provide tailored solutions that meet your specifications.

  • Clear Instructions: Our labels feature prominently displayed instructions, including sterilization indicators, load details, and safety precautions, ensuring that your staff can easily follow proper procedures, minimize errors, and maximize efficiency.

  • Easy Application: Applying our autoclave labels is a breeze. Strong adhesive backing securely adheres to various surfaces, including glass, metal, and plastic. The labels remain intact throughout the sterilization process and are easily removable without leaving any residue.

Custom Made Autoclave Labels

Our autoclave labels are fully customizable to satisfy a wide range of technical requirements. We are here to understand your needs end-to-end to develop a complete label construction unique to your application.

Construction Type

Available in rolls or sheets, piggyback and label set constructions

Topcoat Finish

Choose from a variety of matte, gloss and semi-gloss topcoat selections

Form Factor

Die cut and tailor your labels to fit practically any dimension or containers, products and packaging

Adhesive Grade

Pick from permanent, semi-removable and removable adhesives

Sterile Indicating

Utilize chemical indicators that fit your sterilization processing method

Printing Options

Compatible with thermal transfer, direct thermal, inkjet and standard laser printers

Printing Capability

Labels can be fully printed, partially printed, blank or hand writeable

Material Selection

Select from multiple forms of premium facestocks, plastic cores and liners

Surface Resistance

Can provide material that exhibits chemical, moisture, UV and temperature resistance

Find The Right Autoclave Label Solutions

In order to find autoclave labels that perform and properly satisfy your quality standards, it is important to partner with a label expert familiar with a wide array of controlled environment applications. Our team has extensive experience working with companies involved with advanced research and manufacturing. We can work in tandem with your technical team to design, prototype and manufacture autoclave labels that are engineered for your application. Our aim is to make this quick and easy for you. 

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Label features
  • High heat and pressure resistance in excess of 150 ˚C/30 psi
  • Detergent resistant
  • Excellent adhesion to glassware and stainless-steel
  • Residue-free removal
  • Moisture resistant in extended freeze-thaw cycles
  • Autoclave indicating display options
CleanMark Labels - Autoclave Color Transition
    CleanMark autoclave indicator labels utilize heat sensitive ink to change color when exposed to temperatures of 121°c or greater. This color change from white to grey creates a visible record that the desired sterilization temperature has been reached during an autoclave cycle. The autoclave indicator labels we manufacture feature a narrow strip of color changing ink on one side leaving enough space to print graphics and text according to your identification needs.
Applications of autoclave labels
  • Medical Facilities: Autoclave labels are extensively used in hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities to sterilize surgical instruments, medical devices, and equipment. They ensure proper sterilization and traceability, reducing the risk of infections and cross-contamination.
  • Laboratories: Research laboratories, diagnostic labs, and pharmaceutical labs utilize autoclave labels to sterilize glassware, Petri dishes, test tubes, and other lab equipment. The labels help maintain sterility and provide critical information for identification and tracking.
  • Dental Practices: Autoclave labels are employed in dental offices to sterilize dental instruments, including drills, forceps, and probes. They help maintain infection control protocols and ensure patient safety.
  • Veterinary Clinics: Autoclave labels are crucial in sterilizing veterinary instruments, surgical tools, and other equipment in animal clinics and hospitals. They help prevent the spread of diseases and maintain hygiene standards
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: Autoclave labels are used in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities to sterilize equipment, vials, and other containers to produce drugs and medications. They assist in maintaining the sterility and quality of pharmaceutical products.
  • Food and Beverage Industry: Certain segments of the food and beverage industry, such as canning and bottling, may employ autoclave labels to sterilize containers, lids, and packaging materials, ensuring product safety and extending shelf life.
  • Research Institutions: Autoclave labels function in various research institutions, including academic laboratories and biotech companies. They assist in the sterilization of equipment and materials used in scientific experiments and studies.
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care Products: Some cosmetics and personal care product manufacturers utilize autoclave labels to sterilize production equipment, molds, and containers to ensure product safety and hygiene.
Application spotlight
CleanMark - Autoclave Label Application Spotlight
A pharmaceutical company has developed a new proprietary solution that is stored and administered in syringes. Prior to dosing, syringes are sterilized via autoclave sterilization at standard industry conditions. Due to the nature of their labeling requirements, we constructed a unique custom cleanroom class 100 autoclave label configuration that consisted of pre-printed information, an autoclave indicator box with clear/transparent space within the label that allows for easy viewing of the solution level inside the syringe. The labels are additionally design to adhere to multiple substrates while wrapping seamlessly around the syringes that come in varying circumferences.
Design considerations

In addition to understanding major components and core functions of an autoclave label, the physical form, printing requirements, and aesthetics of a label is equally important. The ability for a company to convey information and effectively package all have profound effects on consumer perception of your brand. As such, any information on cleanroom labels from the form factor to the content on the page should be clearly defined for customers to readily understand. When considering the design space of autoclave labels, we consider the following but not limited to:

  1. What type of printing material do you need for your application?

    • Paper

    • Synthetic (BOPP, PE, PET, etc.)

  2. Will your label need to be processed as a roll or a sheet?

  3. Do your labels need to be clean or clean and sterile?

    • Clean = free of particulate matter

    • Sterile = free of microbial contamination

  4. Does your label require resistance from moisture, high heat, organic solvents, UV radiation, or extreme cold?

  5. Is proof of process sterilization required or desired?

    • What type of sterilization are you performing? 

    • Is box level proof sufficient evidence or is itemized level proof required? 

    • How or where should such evidence be present on the label for clear viewing?

  6. What information is needed on the label?

    • Who is going to read the label? 

    • Does it require tracking and/or tracing capabilities?

    • Are there specific regulatory requirements that need to be present on the label?

    • Do you need to maximize information content on the label?

    • What colors are needed and in what arrangement? 

  7. What are the dimensions and size of the container being used?

    • Is this going on a box or smaller vial?

    • Does the label need to lie flat with it wrapped around?

    • Does the label required non-standard die-cuts

    • Is the surface flat or curved?

Each of the questions listed above will influence the type of label construction we would suggest for your particular application. 

Frequently asked questions
  1. What is sterilization indicating technology (SIT)? 

      • Our indicating technologies are an easy visual guide that allows operators, stakeholders, and any other vested parties to verify their products have undergone sterilization. 

  2. How does ethylene oxide (ETO) compare to vaporized hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and air plasma sterilization methods?

      • ETO sterilization is a low-temperature technique to sterilize heat and moisture-sensitive tools. A known carcinogenic, ETO requires significant exposure periods often exceeding 8+ hours. However, ETO is far more common and has a greater penetration depth than H2O2. Like ETO sterilization, vaporized hydrogen peroxide is a low-temperature, vacuum-sealed method used to sterilize equipment. As an alternative to ETO, H2O2 is less toxic, and the sterilization process is completed in minutes vs. hours but has less penetration depth. Air plasma is vaporized H2O2 that is ionized to the plasma state via an amplified electric field at normal atmospheric conditions. 

  3. ETO Indicating labels are ethylene oxide sensitive labels that undergo a dynamic color change from purple to green upon exposure. The chromatic intensity of green is contingent on several processing factors, such as equipment preconditioning, ETO/CO2 ratio, sterilization parameters (e.g., duration, RH%, temperature), and water vapor injection. We offer various label options, including stand-alone self-applied labels, custom label integration, and direct on-label printing.

  4. How do I know my products have undergone ethylene oxide sterilization?

      • We apply an indicator ink to any of our labels that will undergo a distinct color change upon appropriate exposure to ETO gas. Our indicator will turn from dark purple to green. 

  5. On what types of surfaces can indicators be placed?

      • With several options for adhesive, cutouts, and form factors, we can place labels on plastic, corrugated cardboard, glass, stainless steel, etc. 

  6. Can you direct print on the labels?

      • Yes! And we also offer printed indicator label options for our customers. 

  7. How are your products verified to work as intended?

      • Our ethylene oxide indicating labels are third-party verified before market release. 

Q: Why are autoclave labels important?

A: Autoclave labels are essential for maintaining sterility and safety in autoclave sterilization processes. They provide crucial information, such as sterilization indicators, load details, and safety precautions, ensuring proper handling and traceability of sterilized items.

Q: What materials are autoclave labels made of?

A: Autoclave label construction includes durable materials such as polyester or polypropylene. These materials are heat-resistant, moisture-resistant, and capable of withstanding the high temperatures and pressures inside autoclaves.

Q: Can autoclave labels withstand multiple autoclave cycles?

A: Autoclaveabels withstand multiple cycles without compromising their integrity. They remain legible and adhere securely to surfaces even after repeated exposure to heat, moisture, and sterilizing agents.

Q: Do autoclave labels have sterilization indicators?

A: Many autoclave labels feature sterilization indicators, such as color-changing strips or dots. We apply our indicators direct to the label page or in the piggyback option. 

Q: Can autoclave labels be customized?

A: Yes, and we can meet any specific requirements you have. Customization options may include variable data printing, different sizes, designs, and the inclusion of facility-specific information for better tracking and identification.

Q: Are autoclave labels compliant with industry standards?

A: Reputable autoclave label manufacturers ensure that their labels meet relevant industry standards and regulatory requirements. These standards may include guidelines set by organizations like ISO and FDA to ensure quality, safety, and compliance.

Q: How do I apply autoclave labels?

A: Autoclave labels typically have a strong adhesive backing that allows them to be securely applied to various surfaces, including glass, metal, and plastic. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for proper application to ensure effective adhesion.

Q: Can autoclave labels be removed after the sterilization process?

A: Yes, autoclave labels are designed to be easily removed without leaving any residue behind once the sterilization process is complete. 

Q: Where are autoclave labels used?

A: Autoclave labels are used in various industries, including medical facilities, laboratories, dental practices, veterinary clinics, and research institutions. They are also utilized in the food and beverage industry, tattoo and piercing studios, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and cosmetic production.

What Our Customers Say

"The CleanMark team was informative about the different materials and print processes. They were able to quickly get me samples to test as well as pre-production proofs to verify label size, orientation and color. They fulfilled on their promise to decrease my delivery time while improving print quality."

— Ernie Schrepfer, Associate Director of Quality Access Biologicals
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