La­bels that sur­vive the sun

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What is rou­tine for Sil­ver Fox is ex­cep­tional for oth­ers. The most re­cent in­de­pen­dent UV age­ing tests un­der­taken by Sil­ver Fox clearly il­lus­trate this point. Whereas, if tested at all, man­u­fac­tur­ers will test their pipe­line ID tape for maybe 500 hours of ac­cel­er­ated UV. Sil­ver Fox’s En­durance Pipe­line Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tape has been suc­cess­fully tested for 6500 hours. That is nearly nine months of con­tin­ual test­ing, against just 20 days (500 hours).

Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and la­belling is a low pri­or­ity job for many, but still ex­tremely im­por­tant. Sil­ver Fox un­der­stands this and also un­der­stands that once ap­plied, the longevity of the ID tape not only saves time and money on re­place­ments/ main­te­nance, but also sup­ports pos­si­ble health and safety is­sues – such as vis­i­ble mark­ing.

This is why they use the best ma­te­rial and then ex­ten­sively and in­de­pen­dently test their so­lu­tions. 6500 hours of ac­cel­er­ated UV is equiv­a­lent to ap­prox­i­mately 9.75 – 13 years ex­ter­nal use in North­ern Euro­pean con­di­tions, and 5.4 – 6.5 years in Trop­i­cal Re­gions.

The thor­ough­ness of Sil­ver Fox is also demon­strated by the depth of the test­ing. 32 dif­fer­ent colours were tested to mon­i­tor and mea­sure the ef­fect of UV on each of the colours over time. The re­sults even after 6500 hours showed all colours were clearly vis­i­ble and the ad­he­sion of the tape was also ex­cel­lent.

Sil­ver Fox have also in­de­pen­dently tested En­durance Pipe ID tape for H2S, Salt Mist Spray, Mois­ture Re­sis­tance, and both High and Low tem­per­a­tures. All of th­ese tests have shown the qual­ity of the ma­te­ri­als used re­flected by the test re­sults.

Sil­ver Fox’s Pipe­line Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tape fully com­plies with Bri­tish Stan­dards 1710 and 4800, which are health and safety re­lated. BS 1710 states that all pipes must be marked with the sub­stance trans­ported through them and in some cases, di­rec­tion of flow. This, along with the ac­com­pa­ny­ing BS 4800 colour chart, de­fines the colour range that needs to be used. Sil­ver Fox’s En­durance pipe­line ID tape also meets the in­ter­na­tional colour stan­dard ISO14726: ‘Ships and Marine Tech­nol­ogy – Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion colours for the con­tent of Pip­ing Sys­tems’ and the ASME (ANSI) A13.1 2007 North Amer­i­can Pipe Mark­ing Stan­dard.

All Sil­ver Fox Pipe­line ID tape is be­spoke to the cus­tomer. They have the free­dom to stip­u­late the re­quire­ments needed for their in­di­vid­ual needs. The Pipe­line ID tape is self-ad­he­sive, so there­fore quick to ap­ply, sav­ing cus­tomers time.

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