Security labels are a simple but clever way to add security. Their application can be seen regularly in the things we buy and use. They are only becoming increasingly important due to the way we travel, shop, communicate and eat and concern ourselves more and more with security, hygiene, privacy and safety. However if you have ever found yourself in need of a security label you may be asking yourself the following question ‘To transfer or not to transfer?’. Okay maybe not that question specifically, but you will definitely be wondering which type of security label is right for your applications, that’s where we come in to help!
S-VOID Total transfer SECURITY LABELS
These labels will leave a residue on the surface they are applied to with a message ‘VOID OPEN’ indicating clearly that a label has been removed and the box or parcel opened.
Applications are endless, but typically they are used for packaging of valuable goods or items that mustn’t be interfered with for whatever reason, like food or pharmaceuticals or as added security measures for potentially harmful items such as chemicals.
For example, a common usage that came about recently is on food packaging for 3rd party delivery services, such as Uber Eats. A small void label will be placed on the opening of the food container or bag, this is so that you can be sure nobody has interfered and possibly contaminated your food. These types of every-day securities are becoming more and more important, especially during the current COVID pandemic.
The labels are made with a strong PET backing and an acrylic adhesive system. This means they are highly durable, suitable for long term application, waterproof and UV stable.
- Cardboard boxes
- Laminated cardboard
- Metals / plastics (HSE)
S-VOID No-residue SECURITY LABELS
The no-residue labels, as the name suggests, do not leave a residue on the surface.
This makes them quite unique in terms of technology and application. In some occasions you want to keep a surface clean for re-use and yet clearly highlight any attempt of access.
Typically we see applications in more high-security areas such as law enforcement, IT & data management, customs and aviation. Crucially there must be a system in place for checking the labels have not been interfered with. If it has been peeled, or peeled but repositioned, it will clearly and irreversibly show the void message indicating security breach. If the label has been removed entirely, one must know that there should have been a label in the first place.
One major advantage is that the surface will remain clean, and new labels can be applied in the same location time after time. There are numerous examples in all forms of aviation, commercial, private and freight. For example aircraft security labels and catering trolleys, where new labels are applied each time the item is not in use. Staff will be trained to check the seals and make sure nobody has tampered with anything. If the void message is visible, any label is perforated or is missing then precautionary action will be taken.
During COVID we have seen labels used in hospitality and healthcare, where items, rooms or areas have been decontaminated, and kept securely sealed, before use. Again this helps keep people safe as they know if the label has been voided or is missing then the room is no longer covid secure and will need to be decontaminated again before it is safe.
Non-residue labels are made with PET and acrylic adhesive systems, making them suitable for indoor and outdoor application, even in rain and direct sunlight and in various, even extreme temperature conditions. They should be applied on a clean surface, at room temperature.
- Metals / plastics (HSE)
- Powdercoated surfaces
- Painted wood
- Other solid / smooth surfaces