UPM Raflatac Technical Information

05.10.2015 ENG 110
Wash offRC7W (sales code)
TypeTemperature-sensitive, clear acrylic adhesive for wash-off film labels in PET bottle-to-bottle recycling.
CompositionRadiation-cured UV-Acrylic.
UseClear and white filmic wash-off labels for PET beverage bottles destined for the PET recycling process. The labels can be washed off in hot caustic and separated from ground-up PET bottles by gravity, leaving available pure, food-grade polyester suitable for bottle-to-bottle use. The non-bleeding adhesive provides excellent performance in high-speed dispensing and resistance to water-whitening once labelled.
Typical technical values
Tack min
4 N FTM 9
Labelling temperature min
5 °C
Service temperature min
-10 °C
Service temperature max
120 °C
LimitationsFor optimal wash-off performance, the washing caustic should be > 80 °C and the NaOH concentration > 1.5%. The wash-off properties may be reduced if labels are stored in high temperatures or under UV exposure (such as outdoor conditions) for long periods of time. Adhesion to moist surfaces needs to be tested beforehand.
Additional infoThe performance of the printed label should always be tested in the actual application conditions.
ApprovalsRafwash Clear TC 50, Rafwash White TC 60 and Rafwash Clear IL 60 with the RC 7W Rafwash adhesive have been approved for PET bottle-to-bottle recycling by Cleanaway PET International GmbH. The research centre ISEGA has given the adhesive approval for direct contact with dry and moist and such kind of fatty foodstuffs which have a reduction factor of at least 2.
Shelf lifeFrom the date of manufacture: 1 year at +20 °C and RH 50%.
Prolonged storage at higher temperatures and/or humidity levels will shorten the shelf life.
Our recommendations are based on our most current knowledge and experience. As our products are used in conditions beyond our control, we cannot assume any liability for damage caused through their use. Users of our products are solely responsible that the product is suitable for its intended application, and have determined such at their sole discretion. Users must comply with any applicable legislation and/or testing requirements for the finished article, and are responsible for bringing their products to market. This publication does not constitute any warranty, express or implied, and is intended only for the recipient and cannot therefore be transferred to any third party. We cannot assume any liability for the use of our products in conjunction with other materials. All our products are sold subject to UPM Raflatac’s general sales conditions, and you should ensure that any existing laws are observed. This publication replaces all previous versions. All information is subject to change without notice.

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