About Films

Film Material Chart

Label Material
Operating Temperature F (C°)
Short-term Temperature F (C°)
Benefits
Vinyl or PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC)
165° (74°)
-
General purpose film; excellent moisture, solvent, abrasion & smudge resistant and outdoor durability. Flexible, tamper evident, flame retardant; available in various colors.
Polystyrene
175° (79°)
-
Thermoplastic with hard, rigid surface. Material is unaffected by moisture; typically used on timber tags- stapled to the end of finished timber. Also available in a brittle tamper-evident version.
Polyolefin
200° (93°)
-
Low cost synthetic, commonly used for general purpose and economy label solutions. Better solvent/chemical resistance than paper. Used mostly in indoor applications
Paper
212° (100°)
-
Typically less expensive than film, provides limited resistance to moisture, temperature, and chemicals. Generally used for short-term indoor applications
Tedlar (or PVF, Polyvinylfluoride)
225° (107°)
375° (191°)
Has excellent flame retardant properties, as well as extraordinary resistance to UV. Highly chemical resistant and expensive. Widely used in wire and cable marking applications
Polycarbonate *(Lexan)
250° (121°)
-
Low temperature material, used in network identification and is a flame retardant material.
Polypropylene (PP)
300° (149°)
Excellent substitute for Vinyl labels. Hard & rigid to the touch. Stretches in only one direction. Designed for 6 months outdoor exposure. Resistant to blood, alcohol and oils.
Polyester (PET)*
325° (163°)
400° (204°)
Tough, high performance film provide excellent outdoor durability, chemical & heat resistance. Displays excellent dimensional stability and high tensile strength. Popular applications include rating plates and fixed asset identification..
polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) *
400° (204°)
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Moderate stiffness, stretches in all directions, but will tear quite easily. Designed for 6 months outdoor use. Useful for labeling products that expand and contract.
Polyetherimide *
450° (232°)
500°-550°
(260°-288°)
High temperature & chemical resistance, superior tensile strength and tear resistance. Unaffected by process used in PCB application. Recent problem with availability
Kapton (Polyimide) *
500° (260°)
750°-1000°
(399°-538°)
Dupont's trade name for Polyimide. Very tough material, provides highest level of performance to meet the most challenging applications. Extremely high temperature & chemical resistance, superior tensile strength and tear resistance.
Aluminum Foil *
700° (371°)
1112° (600°)
Long term heat exposure, alternative cheaper label construction for high temperature solutions
Ceramic
850° (454°)
(1400°)
used for extreme applications where conventional labels are not durable enough.

* Materials offered at Polyonics.