High-Temperature Labels


High-Temperature Labels

Red-hot steel beam with high-temperature label

🔥Red Hot: Handle with care🔥

High temperature labels are also known as heat-proof or heat-resistant labels, stickers and tags.

If you work in an industry that requires High-Temperature Labels or Heat-Proof Tags, such as metal fabrication or steel manufacturing, then you know how important it is to have a reliable product. Exposing the wrong type of label to extreme heat could result in the destruction of the label and loss of key information. This could result in hidden costs of misidentifying high-value items.

Can you get High Temperature Labels?

Yes. At Expert Labels we have great relationships with many label manufacturers and can supply you with a product that matches your unique requirement and environment to perform over its lifetime.

Not all high-temperature labels are created equally, different label styles and materials perform better at different temperature ranges. How do you choose the right high-temperature label for your application? Read below to find out which labelling materials are available and where they perform best.

High-Temperature Label Materials

Identifying the perfect type of label for your application is of paramount importance. There are many types of high-temperature labels, made of a range of materials. Some can withstand up to 250 °C, ideal for labelling and tracking individual cookware in an industrial kitchen, but not so good for the production of metal, glass or ceramics, where temperatures regularly exceed 1000 °C.

With nearly 30 years of experience, we are able to identify your exact labelling needs and match your requirements with a perfect solution. Please see the table below for some examples of the high-temperature labels we supply:

Material Type Temperature RangeDetails
Treated Polyester LabelsUp to 250 °C
  • Use standard thermal transfer printer with matched resin ribbon.

  • Applied by hand.

  • Multiple colours and wide range of sizes.

  • Suitable for different temperature ranges.
Polyimide Adhesive LabelsUp to 350 °C
  • Use standard thermal transfer printer with matched resin grade ribbon.

  • Applied by hand and suitable for exposure up to 350 °C for short periods.
Aluminium Foil Base Adhesive with Inorganic TopcoatUp to 600 °C
  • Aluminium base material with a smudge-proof coating and with a silicone adhesive.

  • Thermal transfer topcoat can be printed onto using a specialist thermal transfer ribbon.

  • Apply using specialist tool at temperatures between room temperature and 450 °C.

  • Can withstand short-term exposure up to 600 °C.
Ceramic-coated Polymer Film Adhesive LabelsUp to 1250 °C
  • Designed to be stuck to high-temp metal, ceramic and glass.

  • Thermal transfer printed with specialist high grade resin-based ribbon.

  • Resistant to chemicals, heat, shock and scratching.

  • Apply using specialist tool at temperatures up to 1250 °C.

  • Specially made to order. There is a lead time of up to six weeks for these labels - and they come in limited sizes.

Are High-Temperature Labels Customizable?

If you’re looking for something more than just a barcode we can help you design and brand your high-temperature labels, with pre-printed logos and designs that batch numbers can be printed on to. 

With more than 20 years of experience using label and tag design software, we’re able to help you optimise the design of your labels, minimise wasted label space and supply you with an elegant yet functional labelling solution.

How do I Print High-Temperature Labels?

Your labels are provided pre-printed, for ease of use, allowing you to start applying straight away. 

Alternatively, you can use thermal transfer printers for your own in-house printing and operate with more autonomy. 

This method uses heat to transfer ink from a ribbon onto the label material. The ink is specially formulated to withstand high temperatures, and the printer typically has a high-temperature print head to ensure the ink adheres to the label.

How do I Apply High-Temperature Labels?

Our plastic high-temperature labels made out of polyester and polyimide can be applied by hand from room temperature up to 250 °C or 350 °C, respectively.

Our metal- and ceramic-coated labels, however, need a special application method. You can see below, a metalworker using a ‘gun’ to apply heat-proof labels. Not only is this safer in hotter environments, as PPE doesn’t need to be removed to handle the labels, but the labels are also all applied uniformly and in the same manner, aiding precision.

Industrial worker applying high-temperature label using specialised tool

We'll Help you Find the Perfect Match for your Unique Application.

These products are ideal for food, steel, glass and ceramic production. For any industry that works with extremely hot material that needs to be clearly and quickly identified.

No matter what the application, it is important that thermal-transfer ribbons (inks) are carefully matched to the label and tested on your application prior to purchase. 

To help you make the right decision and choose the best value labels for your project, we’re able to provide companies (based in the UK) with samples for this purpose. 

This will allow you to see how they perform when tested on your specific application, under your specific conditions. If your project is commercially sensitive, we’re happy to sign an NDA.

As always, we are here to help. If you have a question, or specific requirement you would like to discuss with us, heat-proof or not, please get in touch with our. Email sales@expertlabels.co.uk or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.


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