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A small, hand-held disposable device for detecting protein on surfaces in food preparation and packaging areas is the latest innovation achieved with the help of self-adhesive labels. Orion Clean Card PRO, the patent-pending device from Orion Diagnostica, a leading Finnish specialist in diagnostic testing systems and hygiene monitoring, was the result of teamwork with the company’s expert label printers, Auraprint Oy and VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland.
It has taken more than five years to bring to perfection – and it has already received two accolades for innovation: the Finnish Chemical Industry Innovation Award in 2010 and, just recently, an Innovation Award in the FINAT 2012 Self-adhesive Label Awards – the self-adhesive label industry’s international annual competition recognising and rewarding high achievers in the creative use of the self-adhesive laminate.
Self-adhesives labels have contributed much to food and beverage packaging over the years, thanks to their combination of functional and aesthetic characteristics. The laminate of label face stock (paper or film), adhesive and release-coated liner delivers high-quality print, an exceptional choice of possible label shapes and sizes, and fast, easy, accurate automatic dispensing. Additionally, multiple labels may be applied in one machine pass; security devices may be encapsulated in or under the label face; and over-the-cap seals on such items as baby foods provide tamper-evidence. Permanent, removable and even wash-off adhesive choices meet every requirement. These are all qualities, which food and beverage manufacturers value highly.
Auraprint can produce the Orion Clean Card PRO test in just a single press pass on an adapted 10-colour rotary letterpress machine.