Brother P-touch electronic labelers uses unique
and advanced laminated tape technology.
has a wide variety of tape colors, widths and
styles. Your applications and your choice of P-touch
model should guide your ultimate tape selection. Our
tape selections include both laminated and
non-laminated tapes with a variety of adhesive
choices. The information on this site should help
you determine the correct tape for your specific
application. Brother's laminated labels are
p-touch tough and holdup under extreme conditions.
View the TZ Product Safety
Information Sheet (PSIS) and Material Safety Data
P-touch TZe tapes are the only
tapes available that have a unique lamination, which
makes the labels heat, cold, water, chemical and
fade resistant (perfect for use outdoors, cold
environments and near food). The Brother labels are
extremely durable, have a professional finish and
will outlast other labels.
With over 100 tz tape and m tape colors and widths
to choose from, getting organized is now easy.
There is a variety of P-touch tape types, colors and
sizes to choose from to suit the P-touch electronic
labeler you are using.
Brother Ptouch Tape Types:
|Laminated tape (TZe tape):|
tape sticks to virtually any surface and is
durable enough to withstand scrapes and
abrasions. Because it's water resistant, it can
be used outdoors, as well as indoors. It shrugs
off spills of any kind; from water, to oil, to
chemicals and won't fade under harsh UV rays.
And it stays on through hot and cold
environments from freezers to microwaves.
Brother has laminated tapes down to a science,
these labels are ptouchtough.
-> Resistant to water, sunlight, chemicals, heat and
Can stick to virtually any surface
Are durable as they won’t fade or tear
Can be used indoors (such as microwaves and
freezers) as well as outdoors
Labels do not leave a sticky residue when they are
removed, leaving a smooth, clean surface
|Non-laminated tape (M tape)|
Perfect for general indoor use
Available in a range of colors
diagram below illustrates the composition of a
Brother P-touch laminated tape:
This tape has
a background that stands out more than standard
color tape and is very eye-catching. Some of its
best uses are for warning and instruction labels
in factories and advertising labels in stores.
-> Tapes are brighter, which stands out more than
standard color tape
Useful for signs and notices
Iron on Fabric tape|
This tape is made
from cloth so that after letters are printed on
it, an iron can be used to stick this tape to
some other piece of cloth.
This tape allows letters to be printed on it to
be transferred by ironing to a piece of fabric.
It can be used to place the names on smooth
surface fabric like the 100% cotton used in
uniforms. Clothing with letters transferred to
it can be dry-cleaned, or washed.
-> Tape is made from cloth and allows users to
produce iron-on labels for clothing
Clothing with Iron on Fabric tape can be dry
2. TZe Tape widths
label tapes come in 6 sizes as shown below:
Why do Brother
P-touch laminated labels last longer?
Unlike ordinary labels, Brother's unique
laminated tape technology ensures that a layer of
super-clear polyethylene laminate protects your
Brother P-touch laminated TZe tapes
consist of six layers of materials, resulting in a
thin, extremely strong label. Characters are
formed with a thermal transfer ink and sandwiched
between two protective layers of PET (polyester
film). The result is a virtually indestructible
label that can withstand even the harshest
In fact, we are sure about the
durability of our labels because we’ve tested them
to the extreme, against the effects of abrasion,
temperature, chemicals and sunlight. Results prove
that Brother P-touch laminated labels out perform
competitor labels, staying legible and affixed, so
you can be confident of a professional quality label
that has been designed to last.
And Brother can prove it. The
following will show you exactly p-touch labels are
tested to the extreme.
Brother’s patented tape lamination
technology ensures that Brother P-touch laminated
labels can withstand even heavy abrasion...Wow,
The Abrasion Test Procedure
A 1kg sanding device was passed over
Brother P-touch laminated labels, and non-laminated
competitor labels. After 50 return passes the
characters underneath the Brother P-touch laminated
label were completely unaffected and the lamination
was only slightly scratched.
Whether you want to use our labels
in freezing conditions or alternatively in extremely
warm environments, our labels have been designed to
last, we know this because we've tested them to the
extreme. In fact, results show that Brother P-touch
laminated labels can withstand temperatures from
-112° (-80°C) to 356° (150°C). Wow, now that's
The Temperature Test Procedure
Brother P-touch laminated labels,
slightly roughened with abrasive paper, were
attached to stainless steel then heated and cooled.
After 240 hours at -112° (-80°C) no noticeable change in
tape adhesive or color had occurred. After 240 hours
at 356° (150°C), despite slight discoloration, the text on
the label remained completely intact, and the heat
actually increased the tapes' adhesive strength, due
to a slight softening and spreading of the
adhesive.* We recommend TZ-M931/951/961 (Black on
matt silver) as most resistant to high temperatures
in terms of discoloration.
Fade Resistant Labels
Wherever you use P-touch laminated
labels, they have been designed to stay as clear and
legible as the day they were applied.
The Fade Test Procedure
Several Brother P-touch laminated
labels, in various colors, were attached to coated
metal plates and placed inside a fade-inducing
chamber at 181.4° (83°C). They were left for a period of 100
hours to simulate a year in sunny surroundings and
then inspected for any obvious changes. The
text color remained unchanged and so all characters
were still completely legible. To the naked eye, the
tapes' background color showed no change, except for
the yellow tape which showed some slight fading.
Water and Chemical
Water and chemical resistance tests
were conducted in two stages:
Stage 1 -
The water and chemical submersion test
Stage 2 - The water and chemical abrasion test
Water and Chemical Submersion Test
To test Brother P-touch laminated
labels against the effects of water and chemicals,
the tapes were firstly attached to glass slides and
immersed in a variety of liquids for 2 hours.
No change in appearance or structure of the labels
occurred, and the labels remained affixed to the
slides. Although some labels soaked in certain
chemicals showed minor changes, rubbing the labels
with the same chemicals had no effect at all. So
even if chemicals are spilled on your Brother
P-touch laminated labels, a quick wipe should be
enough to prevent any damage.
Water and Chemical Abrasion Test
Brother P-touch laminated tape was
affixed to several glass plates. A 500g weight with
a chemical and solvent infused cloth was passed over
each label 20 times. As the results below show, the
print quality of Brother P-touch laminated labels
was unaffected, unlike our competitor’s
The Adhesion Test Procedure
To test the adhesive strength of
Brother P-touch laminated tapes, 12mm standard tape
and extra strength adhesive tape were affixed to a
variety of objects, all with different surfaces, and
left for 30 minutes. Adhesive strength was tested by
removing the tape at an angle of 180 degrees. This
method complies with Japanese
Standard JIS Z0237 testing for adhesive tape.
The table explains that an adhesive
strength of approximately 6 Newtons* was maintained
with most materials. Our strong adhesive tape
maintained an average of 50% more adhesive strength
compared to our standard tape and is suitable for
more demanding surfaces such as polypropylene.
Choose the right tape
for the job
Brother P-touch laminated tapes are
available in a wide range of tape colors, widths and
styles. Your application and your choice of P-touch
model should guide your ultimate tape selection. The
links below will also help you to determine the
correct tape for your applications.