Cable labels for efficient processes in industrial identification
Cable labels and marking: from seamless traceability to maximum transparency
Cable label solutions tailored to your requirements
Whether cable and wire marking, solutions for industrial labelling in hazardous areas or security labelling with tamper evidence: HellermannTyton offers a comprehensive portfolio of cable labels and other marking solutions for a wide range of applications, from aerospace and rail industry to warehousing.
Our industrial identification solutions vary from simple pre-printed markers to inscribable adhesive labels and complete printing systems designed to process thousands of labels, heatshrink tubes or markers.
Most of our products have been developed in close cooperation with customers.
As a result, our portfolio now includes solutions that meet a wide variety of requirements: including security aspects, the need for traceability or compliance with legal requirements.
Cable labels: stable, versatile and easy to use
Self-laminating wire labels for outstanding protection
Self-laminating wrap-around cable labels consist of a printable or writable surface and a laminating function. This guarantees excellent protection of the printed text against moisture, dirt, deposits and mechanical abrasion. Due to their flexibility, most of these cable IDs are also suitable for flat ribbon cables, some of them for high temperature and outdoor requirements.
HellermannTyton offers a wide range of labels that meet most requirements:
- Labels for thermal transfer printing, laser printing or manual marking
- Labels in different sizes and shapes
- Labels made of various materials and with various specifications
Below you find some highlights from our cable label portfolio.
TagPrint Pro: The printing software for cable labels
The TagPrint Pro labelling software contains templates for all HellermannTyton thermal transfer printable products – from wire labels, markers to heatshrink tubing.
Simply select the built-in graphic or download your own and add data from the ERP system or standard programmes such as Excel.
Barcodes are created with a few clicks. The surface of all HellermannTyton labels has been specially prepared so that the printing performance with label printers is excellent at all times.
High quality labels for laser printing
Helatag 1104 wire labels are a popular choice for marking cables. These are laser-printable self-laminating labels.
Place the printed information area on the wire and wrap the transparent strip around the wire to cover the text, and give it excellent protection against abrasion, dust and dirt.
Wire labels for thermal transfer printing
Helatag 1209 wire labels are particularly flexible thanks to their rounded edge design.
This makes them ideal for flat ribbon cables, but also for other cables and wires. The labels can be easily printed with a thermal transfer printer.
- Ideal for marking cables and conductors
- Outstanding protection against moisture and mechanical abrasion thanks to lamination function
- Additional bonding strength due to rounded edge design
NEW: self-laminating labels for hydraulic cables and pipes
The self-laminating Helatag 1232 labels are ideal in harsh environments, e.g. for marking hydraulic pipes.
They feature an extremely resistant protective over-laminate and can be printed comfortably with the HellermannTyton thermal transfer printer series.
The Helatag 1232 label series provides space for more information than just the serial number. The acrylate-based adhesive will not damage the hose.
The marking has good resistance to chemicals such as alcohol, petrol, solvents and hydraulic oil. Permanent cable identification is ensured by the flexible yet tear-resistant and impact-resistant polyester material.
Label dispenser for manual labelling
A fast and practical solution for low volume maintenance and repair work is the RiteOn self-laminating label dispenser for handwritten marking. To see how easy it really is, watch this video:
Cable markers and cable tags
Cable marking for various requirements
Every environment requires specific labelling solutions. In addition to self-laminating cable labels there are numerous alternatives such as printable heat shrink tubing, printable cable markers or cable tags. The sleeves and markers can be printed on both sides, have good mechanical strength and are resistant to organic solvents and chemicals. Cable marking materials are available either in a continuous format or pre-cut in a practical “ladder style” system.
Popular applications for HellermannTyton cable tags and markers:
- Subsequent assembly or maintenance and repair work
- Applications with special requirements: e.g. high-temperature resistance, metal detectability or fluid resistance
Read on for some concrete product examples.
Printable heat shrink wire labels: European rail approved
The halogen-free, fire-resistant and liquid-resistant TLFD DS is mainly used in applications where fire protection plays a major role.
However, this heat shrink wire label is also ideal for applications where resistance to organic liquids, common fuels, lubricants and solvent properties is required.
The material is tested to EN-45545-2 standards, pre-cut and supplied a practical "ladder system".
Flame retardant cable marking
HellermannTyton also offers tubing like flame-resistant THTT DS – an industrial identification solution developed for tough environments.
The printed marker is ideal for applications where high temperatures and aggressive solutions occur, especially in the aerospace industry.
UV-stabilised cable tags
Ideal for use in harsh environments: TIPTAG PU cable tags made of flexible polyurethane material are the perfect choice when permanent legibility and UV-resistant marking is required.
Available in white and yellow, the main advantages of these flame retardant printable marker tags include good resistance to:
Pre-printed cable markers
These solutions are ideal for the following industries:
- Panel building
- Public transport
- Electrical installations
The characters 0-9, A-Z as well as electrical standard symbols are available.
Watch this video and see how easy it is to install pre-printed HellermannTyton markers:
Identification cable ties, plates and carriers
HellermannTyton offers a wide range of ties, plates and carriers. For example, the cable marking plates of the IMP and IT series for use on large cable bundles.
The arrowtag plates are also suitable for use on larger pipes and cables.
Q-Tag identification tags, on the other hand, have a flag design that enables the user to quickly read or scan the printed information.
With the Helafix HC and HCR carriers, HellermannTyton also offers a solution that can be fastened with cable ties as well as screws or rivets – for temporary or permanent marking.
All ties, plates and carriers can be written on by hand using either a black or red T82 indelible marker pen.
Industrial identification solutions for modern working processes
There are a variety of cable and wire marking solutions suitable for the permanent marking of components and pre-assembled units in the electrical industry as well as for plant machinery marking.
These industrial identification solutions can also be used for construction and commissioning as well as for repair and extension of switch cabinets and control systems.
Have a look at some selected product highlights which are often used in the field of industrial labelling.
Industrial labelling to combat manipulation
HellermannTyton offers a range of materials that enable customers to quickly identify whether assets have been tampered with.
Also available is a robust outdoor labelling system consisting of a clear, overlaminated and printable silver label that provides excellent performance on trucks and trailers.
Self-adhesive panel labels
Panel labels like Helatag 1220 are long-lasting self-adhesive labels made from a thick material. This is intended to replace traditional engraved plastic plates.
These industrial identification labels are suitable for the following applications:
- Control panels
- Data cabinets
- General device marking
Quick handwritten labelling
The handwritten HELASIGN 270 labels made of yellow fabric are designed for the quick identification of components, switchgear and other on site equipment.
Thanks to the synthetic rubber adhesive, the label can be easily removed or repositioned if necessary – without leaving any adhesive residue.
The labels are also suitable for tricky surfaces and are available with or without a black frame.
Label and marker selection guide
Are you wondering which cable identification solution is right for your application? Our selection guide can help you.
Select the object to be identified (flat or curved surface) and its surface quality (smooth or rough). Depending on what you require from our identification systems, the flowchart will guide you to all suitable products.
Try out our label marker and selection guide now.
Cable identification for special applications
Cable identification in harsh and challenging environments
Extreme environmental conditions require products made of tough materials. In addition, digitisation and simplification of processes is an important topic for many areas where special industrial identification solutions that can withstand extreme environmental conditions. They also offer smart possibilities for making your own business even more efficient are required.
From smart labelling solutions you can identify with to indestructible labels made from steel, here is a selection of our product highlights.
RFID: information carrier, product label and cable faster all in one
The RFID technology is an intelligent solution for industrial identification, serialisation and tracking of products.
HellermannTyton offers various RFID tracking solutions including accessories and matching RFID readers.
Learn now more about our RFID solutions.
Stainless steel embossing system M-BOSS
M-BOSS Compact is a quiet and easy-to-use metal plate embossing printing system. The physical properties of the metal and the height of the embossed mark allow the user to easily remove excess dirt, paint or grease with a wire brush without compromising the integrity of the text.
M-BOSS markers are used in all areas where high mechanical or thermal loads occur. These include the following industries and areas:
- Offshore industry
- Petrochemical industry
- Underground industry
- Radio and mobile phone industry
Further information can be found in this brochure.
Hellermark: pre-embossed metal markers
Hellermark stainless steel pre-embossed markers are ideal for use in harsh or hazardous environments.
Cable ties are simply pulled through the buckle to fasten the carrier plates.
These pre-stamped markers are used, for example, in the following industries:
- Railway industry
- Shipbuilding industry
- Food industry
- Construction industries.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I select the right cable label or cable marker?
First of all, what requirements do you have for a cable label or cable marker? Or in other words: What requirements must be fullfilled? Basic aspects here are, for example, whether the material is exposed to temperatures above or below 90 degrees Celsius, whether it should be tamper-proof or UV-resistant.
The HellermannTyton label and marker selection guide will help you. See for yourself and find the right product for your application!
How do I choose the right cable label size for heat shrink tubing or for markers and labels?
The first step is to determine which cable diameter you need for your application. Or when it comes to labelling or marking cables: what cable diameter am I dealing with?
Once this is known, the HellermannTyton size selection guide will help you find the right product for your application. Try it now!
How can I use wire labels with protective laminate?
A special feature is that most HellermannTyton protective laminate labels have rounded corners. This results in higher final adhesion of the protective laminate and counteracts unwanted removal of the wire label, especially with small diameter cables and in heavy applications.
What else to consider and how to calculate the right size for your protective laminate? Check out our instructions for using labels with protective laminate!
How can I select the correct printer and ribbons for specific types and materials?
HellermannTyton offers various systems that can print different types of material/labels. If you would like to know which product is the right one for your cable label or cable marker, this table gives you a good overview. See for yourself!
Which bonding properties do cable labels have?
Basically, a distinction is made between the following two states: the initial bond, which occurs immediately after the label and surface have been joined, and the final bond, which represents the permanent bonding state between the label and surface after the adhesive has been applied, pressed on and cured. Factors influencing optimum adhesion include the quality of the surface material and the properties of the adhesive.
What else needs to be considered? Learn more in our brochure bonding properties of labels!
Why is the surface energy an important factor for the selection of the right adhesive?
If a surface to be marked is wet out with an adhesive, the surface energy is a decisive factor for the maximum achievable adhesive strength of the adhesive – in addition to the adhesive formulation and the surface quality (material, roughness, moisture, etc.).
- High surface energy
- Good wetting
- Good bonding properties
- Low surface energy
- Poor wetting
- Weak bonding properties
What exactly is it all about? Learn more here: in our brochure effect of surface energy on bonding properties!