Applications Cleanroom Tags

Cleanroom Tags

CleanMark cleanroom tags are manufactured with synthetic materials that are processed and packaged specifically to prevent contamination of controlled environments commonly used to manufacture medical devices. Our cleanroom compatible tags utilize die cut holes in place of traditional pressure sensitive adhesives to attach to blood bags, IV bags, drainage bags and other medical devices that incorporate tubing. The tags for cleanrooms CleanMark manufactures can be customized for a wide range of specific requirements and working conditions. 

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CleanMark - Cleanroom Tags

Find The Right Cleanroom Tag Solutions

In order to find cleanroom compatible tags 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 produce cleanroom tags that are engineered for your application.

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Tag features

  • Autoclavable – Tags with this ability can be used for tagging items in freezers or cold temperature environments (as low as -50 °C), or with high-temperature environments (up to 250 °C).

  • Printability – The ability to print directly onto a tag’s face is a unique feature of inlays/labels, which allows the tags to be identified visually, or support marketing/branding purposes. Abrasion, chemical and UV resistant – 

  • UV resistance – In applications where the tagged item will spend a significant time subjected to UV (or Ultra-Violet) waves, if the tag contains printed information on its face, the chosen tag will need to be resistant to the UV exposure. 

  • Chemical Resistance – Chemical resistance is a feature that is used in the presence of airborne and water-based chemicals so that the tag does not break down or corrode from exposure.

Application spotlight
CleanMark - Cleanroom Label Application Spotlight
Our customer’s previous method of identifying equipment and plates pre/post incubation cycles via adhesive label application to a 3.5" index card followed by placing the index card/label combo inside a plastic slip was unsatisfactory. The manufacturing team required a solution that:
  1. Allows them to bypass their current labeling process
  2. Exhibits resistance to isopropyl alcohol (IPA)
  3. Is hand-writable with a ball-point pen or fine tip permanent marker to maximize writing space
CleanMark systematically addressed their requirements by first crafting a text and color templated pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) label, allowing for direct surface contact and time saved on writing static items. However, the latter two requirements presented a unique challenge to work synergistically together. The fundamental ability to write on a surface is dependent on the surface’s topography and interface energy, ink penetration, and wettability. Surfaces that are typically very smooth with ≤ 40 dyne/cm surface energy are often incompatible with high surface tension aqueous inks as the pen does not have enough capillary action to draw out ink. To achieve IPA resistance, a smooth lipophobic top is standard, but is not viable in this case. We constructed a tag material with UV matte image coat for protection instead. This UV matte coat not only protects the preprinted templates from IPA and other organic solvents, but the rough surface allows for handwriting with solvent-based fine tip markers. 
Frequently asked questions
  1. What is the difference between cleanroom labels and cleanroom tags? 

    • Cleanroom tags are simply adhesive free labels that are attached to the item of choice by hanging or tying. 

  2. What options are available for label adhesives?

    • We have multiple adhesive options ranging from high tack and peel strength permanent adhesion for sticky labels to easy-to-remove labels for those that wish to reuse their product post labeling.

  3. What label would you recommend for easy peel off so that I do not have to spend extra time washing off adhesive residue?

    • Our ultra removable label is particularly suitable for customers who want to avoid additional washing cycles due residue left by the label. These labels also do not leave behind the phantom ring often seen post peeling. 

  4. How do you support GHS (Global Harmonized System), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) label printing requirements for cleanrooms?

    • We will work with you to understand the intricate details of your specific labeling requirements to ensure that you are in full compliance with any regulating body cleanroom standards.

  5. How do you support requirements for cleanroom label product identification, asset tracking, tracing back chain of custody (provenance), and general label inventory?

    • We can support you in a number of ways. We can customize any design you need to fit to virtually any packaging. We can print out any barcodes, UPC code, and/or QR codes. This can be further combined with any templates you may need to make your tracking and identification needs easier to manage. 

  6. What type of printers are your cleanroom labels compatible with or commonly used on?

    • Labels are made for use with a wide variety of thermal printers (direct or thermal transfer) and inkjet printers including DYMO 4XL, the Zebra GK420, Rollo Thermal Label Printer, Epson Colorworks, etc.

  7. What type of products and items can you produce labels to fit to?

    • We can create label that are fit for use for an extensive architecture of materials including: 

      • Cleanroom bags (HDPE, LDPE, ESD, Nylon, etc.)

      • Pipes and tubing

      • Circuit boards

      • Cables and wires

      • Corrugated cardboard boxes

      • Glassware (scintillation vials, beakers, graduated cylinders, flask, etc.)

      • Plasticware

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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