Afinia Label and Sihl announce BS 5609 Certification of L501 Color Label Printer

The L501 has been certified for BS 5609 compliance with pigment ink and PICOFILM O-60 White XM1 BOPP from Sihl

Chanhassen, MN — April 16, 2019 — Afinia Label, a manufacturer and distributor of industrial color label printing and finishing equipment, in conjunction with Sihl, a global leader for digital print substrates, are announcing the certification of BS 5609 (Section Three) from Smithers Pira for the L501 Color Label Printer, with pigment ink, when using PICOFILM O-60 White XM1 BOPP (polypropylene) label material.

Compliance with BS5609, the British Standard for pressure sensitive adhesive warning labels required for hazardous chemical containers shipped by sea, ensures labels stay intact, and remain legible. In the event of a maritime accident, durable labeling is crucial in keeping responders safe from injury and aiding in rapid containment and clean up of potential environmental hazards.

In order to meet this standard, the specific printer, ink formula, and label material must be tested. All aspects of the printed label, including ink, label base material, and adhesive, must meet minimum durability benchmarks. This testing evaluates permanence of adhesion, resistance to abrasion, and submersion in salt water for a period of 90 days.

The Afinia Label L501 Duo Ink Color Label Printer’s ability to produce BS 5609-certified and GHS (Globally Harmonized System) labels keeps chemical manufacturers compliant with OSHA mandates. The consequences for failing to comply with these standards include significant fines, penalties, and the possibility of irreparable damage to a manufacturer’s reputation.

Sihl offers a coated BOPP film for aqueous inkjet printing with PICOFILM O-60 white XM1 from the FACESTOCK range for this purpose. Within the framework of the new GHS standards (globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals), the product is ideally suited for the labeling of hazardous goods transported by sea. It is characterized in particular by its high resistance to abrasion and water.

Mike Atkins, National Sales Manager of Afinia Label, says “Afinia is pleased to offer a fully compliant solution to companies needing to properly and safely label products.  The pigment-based inks used in the L501 along with certified materials have proven durability. The L501’s ability to support labels up to 8.5 inches wide delivers flexibility for labeling small containers, industrial drums and everything in between.”

DuraPrime™ Duo Ink Technology

In addition to its high-durability pigment inks, the L501 is compatible with dye inks that give labels maximum color vibrancy. The L501 is best suited for small- to medium-sized print runs. It can print large labels up to 8.5 inches (216 mm) wide. The L501 uses separate CMYK ink cartridges that contribute to a lower cost per label, since only colors that are empty need to be replaced. It is also available in a fanfold-compatible version.

The opportunities that in-house printing offer include being able to save time, save money, and reduce waste. By printing labels in-house, it is possible to create clean, professional labels that are easy to modify. With in-house label printer, it is possible to design and create labels for different types of packaging that specific products require.

About Afinia Label

Afinia Label was founded in 2009 to offer specialty printing solutions with best-in-class support at accessible prices. With a rock-solid foundation, including decades of technical expertise, the company offers a wide range of products, including industrial high-speed label printing and label finishing solutions. The equipment is designed to generate a return on investment faster than competing solutions and is currently available in over 55 countries.

About Sihl

Sihl is the leading expert for printing media solutions in a fast-growing digital imaging market. As a high-performing, international company, Sihl offers all-important technological expertise and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the industry. With its futureproof product solutions, Sihl strengthens its customers’ market position and makes a significant contribution to improving its customers’ and partners’ added value with innovative services

This site is registered on as a development site. Switch to a production site key to remove this banner.