GHS Solutions

Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standards went into effect June 1, 2015 and TLW has several thermal transfer ribbon options that will keep you in compliance when paired with approved labels. 

BS5609 is an internationally recognized standard covering the suitability of a particular label for use on containers of chemicals for shipment by sea. BS5609 approval is a requirement for self adhesive labels on drums of chemicals which need International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) certification.  The BS5609 standard sets out various durability criteria including adhesive performance, print permanence and abrasion resistance with a minimum standard for labels to be used in marine environments.

Approved Thermal Transfer Ribbon formulas offered by TLW include:

IIMAK - Prime Mark, DC200 (Black & Red), Net Mark IQ (Black & Red), SP330, DC300 (Red), Net Resin IQ are approved with certain MACtac, FLEXcon & Fasson label materials.  

DNP -  R300 & R510C (Red) Resin ribbons are approved with certain MACtac and FLEXcon label materials.  

ITW - B324, B325, B128, C5440 (Red), B120R (Red), and B324R (Red) ribbons are approved with certain MACtac, Spinnaker, 3M, and Raflatac label materials.  

Contact us today to learn more about GHS and how TLW can help keep you in compliance.


Chargebacks are penalties or fees imposed on a vendor when their merchandise is not delivered to a retailer's supply chain according to their terms & conditions.  This also includes the performance of the packaging that the merchandise is in - it must meet the demands of the retailer's own supply chain process.  The penalties/fees vary per retailer, but the purpose of the chargeback is to recoup additional costs incurred by the retailer for not receiving goods according to the terms & conditions.  

Simply put - Chargebacks are financial penalties for noncompliance.  

Unfortunately, this practice isn't new.  Powerful retailers (like Wal-Mart) have had policies in place for years and as the movement takes steam it will most likely be in most industries, large and small, in the near future.  Some see it as just another revenue stream for retailers; others see it as a valuable tool to get vendors in compliance.  Either way, if you sell your products to one of these retailers you MUST conform to their policies (not an option).

So how can we help?

TLW has been working with it's ribbon manufacturers to develop a thermal transfer label and ribbon combination that is both economical and durable enough to put an end to these fees.  Call us today to learn more and help put an end to Chargebacks for your organization.  

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The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive was adopted by the European Union (EU) in 2006 in order to restrict the use of specific substances to very small parts per million concentrations in all electrical and electronic products sold in the EU.  These substances include Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE).  The RoHS Directive is part of a larger overall effort in the EU to reduce the toxicity of the large amounts of e-waste that is produced and or recycled each year.  

So what does this have to do with thermal transfer printing in America?  If you are exporting products then the RoHS Directive applies to you.  Thermal transfer labels, direct thermal labels and thermal transfer ribbons are all either exported directly for use in the EU or they are used in the production & distribution of your products.

Don't worry, we're compliant.  TLW's labels and ribbons are free from Lead and the other substances listed above.  If you are exporting products and need to provide a written declaration from the manufacturer stating RoHS compliance then please contact us.

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