Abrasion Resistance - What is abrasion resistance?
A property of materials that describes the resistance of a material to damage caused by friction when that material rubs against another material. The friction generated when two surfaces rub together can cause abrasion, which can take the form of scratches, scuffs, cuts, or a simple gradual wearing away of the surface of either (or both) of the materials involved.
In labelling, the materials used to make labels will be chosen for or treated to improve their abrasion resistance, including the face material, any coatings that are applied, and the ink or toner used to print the labels. Materials with high abrasion resistance are less likely to be damaged by the manufacturing and printing processes, or during their intended application; labels made with these materials will be durable and well suited to long term applications, even if their application involves contact with other surfaces or regular handling. This means that the information printed on these labels remains with the labelled item and, more importantly, the information remains legible throughout the application.Go Back to Glossary