Materials

Can West Legacy makes labels and signs using only the best quality substrates and materials such as stainless steel, lamacoid plastic and 3M adhesives. Our sign, label and engraving materials are approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).


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3M POLYESTERS

3M polyesters are designed for the most demanding label and signage applications. Features include:

  • Superior abrasion and solvent resistance
  • Excellent bond to metals, plastics (including Low Surface Energy plastics )
  • High abrasion and solvent resistance 
  • UL listed label manufacturer
  • CSA label manufacturer
  • Approved for indoor and outdoor use

3M polyesters are an ideal choice for asset labels, calibration labels, specification labels, warning & caution labels, and identification labels. Common colours are gloss white or clear, bright silver and matte silver.

 

LEXANS

Lexan films offer superior performance for sign and label applications. Features include:

  • Exceptional clarity and strength that enhance the trueness of colour
  • Highly durable
  • Excellent ink adhesion
  • Works perfectly with our 3M adhesives, resulting in maximum application flexibility
  • CSA certified and UL recognized
  • Hides scratches and fingerprints
  • Reduces glare
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • UV resistant

Lexan films are used for warning labels, gasoline pump displays and labels, marine graphics, outdoor signage, warning labels for outdoor equipment, cluster and dial-lens covers and appliance front-panels and overlays.

 

3M Tamper Evident Material

3M tamper indicating stock is specially designed for label applications where the inability to remove a label and apply it to another location is essential. When security is paramount, 3M tamper indicating stock is a great choice.

Common applications for 3M tamper evident material are for asset labels, calibration labels and warranty void labels.

 

ALUMINUM FOILS

Aluminum foil is a great choice for label and plate products. Features include:

  • Strong, lightweight, easy to handle and lower cost to ship
  • Resists corrosion - aluminum does not rust
  • Non-magnetic - good for high-voltage and electronics applications
  • Non-combustible - even at extremely high temperatures
  • Does not produce toxic fumes
  • Well suited to extreme cold – strength increases at very cold temperatures
  • Works well with 3M adhesives, resulting in maximum application flexibility
  • Sequential numbering will emboss into the material creating a permanent record of the number
  • UL recognized and CSA certified for indoor and outdoor use

3M Aluminum foils are commonly used to manufacture asset labels, calibration labels, serial number labels, specification labels, warning & caution labels and identification labels.

Plate Materials

ALUMINUM

Aluminum plate material is a great choice for plate and label products. Features include:

  • Strong, lightweight, easy to handle and lower cost to ship
  • Resists corrosion - aluminum does not rust
  • Non-magnetic - good for high-voltage and electronics applications
  • Non-combustible - even at extremely high temperatures
  • Does not produce toxic fumes
  • Well suited to extreme cold – strength increases at very cold temperatures
  • Works well with 3M adhesives, resulting in maximum application flexibility
  • Sequential numbering will emboss into the material creating a permanent record of the number
  • UL recognized and CSA certified for indoor and outdoor use
  • Both anodized aluminum and utility grade aluminum are available

Typical aluminum applications include serial number plates, specification plates, warning & caution plates, and identification plates.

 

MAGNESIUM ALLOY

Magnesium alloy is a composition of magnesium, aluminum and zinc. At Can West Legacy, we use it exclusively for the manufacture of our “embossed look” plates. Features include:

  • Lighter than aluminum
  • Very high strength to weight ratio
  • Avoid use in high heat situations

Magnesium alloy is commonly used in aerospace applications and its properties are ideal for embossing, enabling 3-D replication of fine detail.

 

STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel is available in a variety of grades, depending on the plate application. It is the best choice when exposure to corrosive chemicals or atmospheres is a possibility. Features include:

  • Absolutely 100% rust free
  • Hard, tough and highly resistant to the effects of extreme cold and heat
  • Acid resistant
  • Dirt and grease wash off with ease
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Long lasting and low maintenance

Ideal for serial number plates, specification plates, warning & caution plates and identification plates that require heightened protection from corrosion (especially H2S locations).

 

3M ADHESIVES

3M adhesives from Can West Legacy are used in combination with our high quality plate and label materials to create labels and plates best suited to your particular industrial application. Features include:

  • Stands up to the elements - heat, cold, chemicals, UV, moisture, and solvents (and sometimes you don’t).
  • Exceptional temperature resistance
  • Superior UV resistance
  • Excellent chemical and humidity resistance
  • Provides superior bond strength to metal
  • Excellent bond strength to HSE and LSE (high/low surface energy) plastics
  • Superior cohesion (resists edge lifting and slippage)
  • Offers short-term repositionability for placement accuracy

3M adhesives are used in many label and plate applications including OEM labels, appliance face plates.

3M OVER LAMINATES

3M over laminate materials are designed to increase the life of labels and signs. Features include:

  • Increase indoor and outdoor life expectancy of label materials
  • Performs well in severe UV, chemical, abrasion, and humidity environments
  • Provides a minimum outdoor life of 5 years when used with a 3M label material
  • High bond strength to label and graphic surfaces will resist edge lifting
  • UL recognized

Over laminate material from 3M are used to enhance many of Can West Legacy’s label, decal and sign applications.