The rules and regulation of Thermo Code System’s foil
Thermal transfer ribbon and hot stamping foil, designed for consumer goods, need to obey to manufacturing rules and regulation that are indispensable to the safety of consumers
To prevent any risk or accident, Thermo Code System’s products are certified OEKO-TEX® class I and REACH®. Here is an overview of these labels and what they imply:
The OEKO-TEX certification of Thermo Code System product’s
As explained on OEKO-TEX’s website : the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a tryout system of certification which is uniformised to the global scale for every raw textile product, semi-finished product and finished product at every step of the production, even for materials and accessories. For instance, the following items can be certified: thread, fabric, colored and finished, accessories such as buttons, zips, cotton thread, labels, article of different confection (clothing, home linen, etc)
The Standard 100 by OEKO TEX® allows the security o the consumer on the usage of these products. To grant this certification, products are tested by multiple verifications of companies applying for this standard, in order to promote a more responsible utilisation of chemicals.
Thanks to this process, for many years, OEKO TEX® became a pioneer in quality control and security of textile products.
OEKO TEX® classifies different textile products in different categories depending on their usage:
• Class I : Articles for babies and children up to 3 years old (underwear, rompers, clothing, bed linen, teddy bears, etc.)
• Class II: Articles in direct contact with the skin (underwear, bed linen, tshirts, etc)
• Class III: Articles in indirect contact with the skin (outerwear, jackets, etc.)
• Class IV: Equipment (curtains, tablecloth, etc.)
The essential condition to respect to benefit from the Standard 100 certification by OEKO TEX®, is that all elements of the item answer to the same ruling. In addition to the outer textile, every component of an articles needs to oblige to the required criteria: thread, insides, prints, buttons, and obviously labels.
Since 2014, Thermo Code System is the only French company certified OEKO TEX® class I. The products used by Thermo Code System are thus harmless for babies and children up to 3 years old. This is why Thermo Code System’s foil is answering a growing demand on childcare products.
The REACH Label : to protect human and environnemental health
Since 2010, Thermo Code System’s thermal transfer ribbon benefit from the Reach® label. The REACH certification (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is a reglementation of the European Union to protect human health and environment, thanks to its control of chemicals. The REACH® certification also stimulate the market segment of chemical industry within the EU.
The REACH® certification applies to chemicals used in industrial process, but also to consumer products (cleaning, paint, clothing, etc.)
To be awarded this certification, companies need to list and register all the chemicals used in their manufacturing process, as well aw identifying and handling the risk linked to these chemicals (parait un peu contreproductif de parler de risques du coup pour terminer le paragraphe qui ne fait que de dire justement qu’il n’y en as pas…). Companies have to prove to ECHA (European Chemical H ? Agency) that the chemical is safely used. The communication of risk management measures is also required for the final product users.
Thermo Code System, manufacturer of hot stamping foil, thermal transfer ribbon and care labels has been developing, for more than 40 years, specific foils answering several constraints. Thanks to these studies, Thermo Code System offers its products in various industries whose need for quality and resistance is a priority.
Discover an overview of these products and industries where you can find Thermo Code System thermal transfer ribbon.
All products of thermo code system, manufacturer of ink and labels
Thermo Code System designs thermal transfer ribbon and hot stamping foil for products and labels of various industries.
Thermo Code System thermal transfert ribbon
Thermal transfer ribbon is Thermo Code System’s product of reference. With 28 colors available and colors to be created on-demand, Thermo Code System adapts its skills, experience and flexibility to serve its customers and their needs. Thanks to an unexampled chemical process, this French foil company offers inks able to resist washing at 60°, ironing, dry cleaning and bleaching. With its experience and severals years of research, Thermo Code System has developed a premium range: The SO range. This range of thermal transfer ribbon is the most powerful, the most resistant and the most opaque of foils.
Available in two colors (Black and White), the thermal tranfer ribbon from Thermo Code System So Black and So White resist washing up to 90°, ironing, dry cleaner, friction and industrial treatments.
All thermal trasnfer ribbons from Thermo Code System offer a high-quality rendering and adapt itself to Polyester, Satin, Polyamide, PVC and Polypropylene.
Thermo Code System hot stamping foil
Thermo Code Systel offers 13 colors of hot stamping foil for industrualists who are using this printing technique. Thermo Code System also offers on-demand colors to meet every print’s need and constraint. This range of hot stamping foil resists to enzymatic washing, stonewash and industrial treatments.
Thermo Code System’s care labels
Thermo Code system also offers thumbnail labels. This choice of material is essential in the quality of the products and the radiation of thermal transfer ribbon or hot stamping foil.
Available in Polyamide, Polyester or Satin, the Thermo code System supports will make the choosen colors shine. And for the non-equipped manufacturers Thermo Code system offers the complete manufacture of care labels. All those labels are certified by OEKO TEX 1 and REACH.
Thermo Code System products and their domains
Wit hits wide range of products, colors and flexibility, Thermo Code System offers products adapted to various industries.
Thermal transfert ribbon and hot stamping foil : inks for several sectors
The quality of the thermal transfert ribbon and hot stamping foil of Thermo Code system makes it possible to be omnipresent in the textile field. The french company works in collaboration with Haute Couture brands. The brands advocating the Made In France also turned to Thermo Code system, unique french company to make its inks and labels on the territory itself.
The OEKO TEX 1 certification of thermo code System thermal transfert ribbon allows to this thermal inks french company to supply to childcare industry its labels for many products : children clothes, toys, soft toys, sheets..Thermo Code System inks are also present in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic area with labels on the bottles and stockings.
Thermo Code system also supplies inks for seat belts and seats in the automobile and aviation industry as well as in the marine sector (such as sailing equipment)
For a while, textile labels for public services (army, policd, firefighter) also come from Thermo Code System.
With these specifics requests, the company from Lyon has been able to create particular colors such as the « VERT OTAN » for the army labels or the Coyotte (sand color) making possible to blend in to the scenery of war territories.
This ink company also offers these services for home linen (sheet, tablecloth…) but also for sport equipment or gardening equipment.
If you would like to know if your industry is compatible with thermal transfert ribbon or hot stamping foil from Thermo Code System, receive a sample or have an information, do not hesitate to contact our consultants !
In 2007, the biggest toy manufacturer in the world, the Mattel group, had announced a recall of approximately 20 million toys in the world. The reason? A toxic paint that could provoke health issues if swallowed.
But this is not the end of the story. In 2009, the European Food Safety Security (EFSA) noted contamination linked to toxic inks composing cereal boxes. In fact, the carton packaging of these mass consumption food represented a real danger. Moreover, agrifood packaging such as rice, pasta, lentils, biscuits, and cereals were contaminated. As confirmed by the NGO Foodwatch, “recycled packaging stay one of the first sources of contamination”. It can be explained by an accumulation of inks and other substances, such as solvents. These solvents, used in the making of carton printing inks, migrated onto the protective bag located inside the packaging, therefore contaminating the food.
Even if the world population is more and more careful regarding the origin and the nutritional aspect of its food, we have to ask the right questions on the possible nuisance of the products that come into the elaboration of the food’s conditioning.
Where can toxic inks be found?
From paint to ink, the contamination risks linked to toxic raw material is still an actual issue. Packaging, labels, products,… A wide variety of products can contain these toxic components. And the products that can bear them are plentiful: toys, agrifood products, childcare, labels… Every product of mass consumption can be a target.
Thermo Code System’s Ink
For Thermo Code System, offering foil that is respectful of the environment but also respectful of its user is mandatory. Thermo Code System’s managing director, Helene Demaison, justifies this positioning as following: “We propose foil that are answering specific needs, specific usage, and specific users. It is essential for us to be able to endorse a product that is completely harmless, safe, eco-friendly and eco-responsible, whatever our clients’ needs, usage, and user. This is why it was important for us to certify our product with both REACH® and OEKO TEX® class I.’
Indeed, Thermo Code System, manufacturer of thermal transfer ribbon pure resin, was awarded since 2010 the REACH® certification, and OEKO TEX® certification since 2014.
The REACH® certification rewards the products that respect and master its chemical process, and their conformity to the European standards.
The OEKO TEX® certification on its side, rewards products that are harmless, respectful of human ecology, and of the environment. This certification is mandatory to prove the inoffensiveness of a textile product in touch with the skin. The OEKO TEX® class I certification examines articles designed for babies from 0 to 3 years old. Thermo Code System offers thermal transfer ribbons and labels for a wide range of childcare products: teddy bears, clothes, home textiles such as bed linen, toys, …
Thanks to the quality of its products, Thermo Code System is able to answer the challenges of industry that could suffer from intoxication. It is with the inoffensiveness of its foils that Thermo Code System can supply industries such as childcare, agrifood, healthcare, cosmetics, distribution, pharmaceuticals, etc.
Find out more about Thermo Code System’s area of applications here.
With summer just around the corner, manufacturers are doing their best to fabricate the last product that will be a hit on the beach. Towels, bathing suits, sunscreen, beach games… A lot of products and accessories that will indeed be confronted to UV, summer sun, pool water and sea water. Manufacturers need to take into account these last factors, in order to offer products that can resist them, especially regarding colours and labels, to ensure qualitative and safe products.
Thermo Code System offers thermal transfer ribbons and hot stamping foil with an unbeatable waterproof resistance. To propose printed labels of the best possible quality, the French manufacturer of thermal transfer ribbon and labels had developed, for more than 30 years, a unique process based on exclusive skills which offers its clients the possibility to equip their summer products with printed labels respecting the highest standards.
With its flagship products of thermal transfer ribbon, So White and So Black, Thermo Code System is giving the market products that can resist washing, dry cleaning, and extreme friction. Conceived to be over-resistant, these thermal transfer ribbons are extremely popular during summer time, ensuring a premium quality for its users.
On top of that, Thermo Code System proposes a vibrant range of more than 25 colours in thermal transfer ribbon, which resist washing, bleaching, ironing, dry cleaning and friction. This includes “it-colours” for this summer, such as Royal Blue, Magenta and Yellow. Every thermal transfer ribbon, from colours to black and white, as well as hot stamping foils, are also extremely UV-resistant, on top of resisting oils and chemical washes.
Thermo Code System’s products are certified OEKO TEX® class I and REACH, ensuring a production that is respectful of human ecology and eco-friendly.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of where Thermo Code System’s product can be found:
• Printed labels on swimsuits • Labels on towels • Labels on inflatable mattress, cushions, and deckchairs • Labels on sunshades and parasols • Printed labels on life jackets, wetsuits and sailing equipment
If you wish to receive a sample, or get more information on how compatible our products are with your industry and your constraints, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.
Label Expo is a global institution. Present on almost every continent, this trade show gathers the professionals of the industry every two years. Latin America, North America, Asia including South East Asia and India, and Europe: Label Expo is a staple for suppliers and clients interested in observing and discovering the latest technological innovations in the area of printing and labelling.
Every two years, Brussels welcomes the most important trade show for professionals of the printing, packaging and labelling market, since 1985: Label Expo.
In 2015, the organisers of Label Expo Europe began to study the possibility of moving the trade show to another vibrant European city. Barcelona was one of the potential alternatives for this duty. But after numerous opposition to this city change, it is in Brussels, as it as been for more than 30 years, that the professionals of the printing, packaging and labelling market will be able to disclose their latest innovations and findings on the market, and meet other professionals and technology enthusiasts from all over the world.
This huge event gathers more than 650 exhibitors who showcase their products, from materials, engines and machines, to finish products. As a key event for all the professionals of this industry, Label Expo Europe is the perfect occasion to unveil a new product, or simply demonstrate and expose a special know-how to an international scene.
This year, Label Expo Europe 2017 will take place from the 25th to the 28th of September. Six months before its opening, the tickets to book a space as exhibitors were 95% sold.
The real infatuation of this event goes beyond the exhibition centre Brussels Expo. To get there, it is advised to book a place to stay and a mode of transportation to go there. In fact, with more than 30,000 visitors in over 3 days, the city is overwhelmed with these professionals of the industry who came to admire the latest innovations in the printing and labelling area.
Label Expo Europe in a few numbers:
• 35,739 visitors
• 33,579 m2 of available display
• visitors from more than 133 different countries
• 8 halls
• 230 product launch
As every two years since 2003, Thermo Code System will obviously be present on the trade show Label Expo Europe.
Thanks to its unique know-how, the quality of its hot stamping foils and thermal transfer ribbon, the first French manufacturer of OekoTex® I foil is one of the key exhibitors of this event.
Getting recognition for the resistance of its thermal transfer ribbon, its made-to-order colours, and the exclusivity of two premium products—So Black and So White—Thermo Code System’s exhibition stand is a must-visit for all the professionals of labelling, packaging and printing, that are looking for a qualitative product and a responsible, and exclusive French know-how.
Thermo Code System also participated to Label Expo Asia in Shanghai in 2003, and Label Expo Russia in Moscow in 2004.
Discover below an article wrote after a TV report of Belgian television, which encountered the Thermo Code System team in 2015.
And this year, discover Thermo Code System’s exhibition stand A12 located in hall 6, to discover its labels, hot stamping foils and thermal transfer ribbons.
Whatever your needs, there is a printing process for you.
Moreover, you cannot print everything as if it was designed for a cotton t-shirt for e.g. Thermal transfer means using different printing techniques and foil specially designed for satin, polyamide or polyester.
Thermo Code System, French manufacturer of thermal transfer ribbon and hot stamping foil for labels, offers to give you an overview of a wide range of printing techniques, while focusing on its own process used for its premium quality products.
Different types of textile printing
A wide range of textile printing are available. To chose the best process, various criterias need to be taken into account such as the materials, the wanted finished result, the usage, etc.
This printing technic is much used for its efficiency especially when it comes to logos and images with limited amount of colours (company t-shirts, sports numbers, etc.)
Flocking uses a vinyl or a flocked thermofoil that is then cut. The thin film is then melted at high temperatures, thanks to strong pressure directly applied on the textile. The end-result offers a light embossed design. Flocking is highly resistant in time, but the lack of choice regarding colours does restrain the printing possibilities.
The laser transfer method is essentially used to print on pastel and light coloured textile. It is usually a printing solution used during events due to its low cost and the possibility to print on a larger scale.
This technique resides in printing a paper on a laser printer. It is essential to use a HD logo or picture to obtain a satisfying result.
Direct numeric impression
Direct numeric impression is a technique to prioritise if printing logos, pictures, photography with “degrade of colours. The colour of the materials does not interfere with the complexity of the “motif” to print, as direct numeric impression will print it to perfection.
The process resides in the concept to “pulverise” the colours directly on the material, without a coloured background.
Mainly used in textile and advertising, serigraphy’s process relies on the use of extremely thin mesh by which the ink goes through. Serigraphy allows several range on materials on which to print. The resistance to mechanical and chemical aggression, to water and UV, with the quality of colour swatches are the main advantages of serigraphy.
Thermal transfer printing is a process that offers a great resistance to water, UV and washes. Thermal transfer printing, by definition, relies on a printer equipped with a thermal head. Composed by hundreds of dots, this thermal head transforms energy into heat.
The heat provoked by the thermal head triggers hot-melt transfer from foil directly onto the ribbon material. The great advantage of thermal transfer printing is its diversity: compatible with a variety of materials, from paper to textile. In the majority of cases, it can also be used for transparent materials, silicones, and even more. Its adaptability and versatility makes it a safe bet in printing techniques.
It is because of this variety of materials and its resistance that Thermo Code System privileged thermal transfer and its thermal foil to offer labels that can answer all sort of challenges. With its two flagship products, So White and So Black, Thermo Code System is able to offer hot stamping foil and finished product with an unrivalled resistance: 60° washes, ironing, bleaching, … With the OEKO-TEX I® certification, Thermo Code System is the only manufacturer of hot stamping foil in the world that can provide harmless and ecological foils. That also makes Thermo Code System’s product compatible with an extensive list of areas of application, such as cosmetics, childcare and distribution to name a few.
Finally, with a whole internalised process from A to Z, Thermo Code System can guarantee extremely qualitative foils, pure resin, and REACH® certified. Besides So White and So Black, Thermo Code System offers the widest colour range of the market, with 25 existing colours and customizable colours on demand for dark, white and coloured materials.
Hot stamping is a printing technique which consists of printing with hot transfer and the pressure of a plate. With hot stamping, it is possible to reproduce a text with very small typography, or a very precise colour swatch. This printing process is based on a magnesium plate, for its heat conductive properties. On it is engraved the wanted text that has been printed. Then, films are used to transfer the heat.
This extremely precise process presents an unrivalled quality. Thermo Code System offers 13 colours of hot stamping foil, for its client that are equipped with a functioning hot stamping printing system. Thermo Code System’s hot stamping foils are printable on any material, in particular polyester, polyamide or satin.
The quality of Thermo Code System’s products and their versatility makes Thermo Code System a specialist of hot stamping foil, especially by answering your exact needs and requirements.
If you wish to use a textile printing technique, customize your own colour, receive a sample, do not hesitate to contact one of our collaborators, who will be happy to oblige.