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Allflex Laser Ink & Tag Durability

Allflex utilizes some of the toughest technology available on their tags. The laser engraving is permanent markings burned into the tag. The font on all BLACK tags of all types and sizes is a gray or off-white laser engraving that does not have an ink overlay. The font on all colored global tags is a black/grayish laser engraving with only the management code also having an ink overlay on top of the lasered font. The ink overlay gives the management code a dark, bold font allowing it to be the most visible writing on the tag. On custom tags, the logo and lines of text are laser engraving only with no ink overlay. Laser engraving is much more visible on a lighter-colored tag. The laser engraving will ensure the tag is readable for the lifetime of the animal. The tag below shows the different visual elements on a tag. Note how the management code is darker than the line of text or logo printing. 

The plastic which Allflex visual tags are made from is specially-formulated polyurethane. This type of plastic allows the tags to be extremely flexible and strong. Therefore, these tags are resistant to damage or breakage by the animal, fences, or other objects.

Our tags have gone through commercial dishwashing systems, light acid from tanneries, not to mention some extreme natural environments. They can be used in a variety of situations - saltwater, crab pots, oil & gas equipment, vineyards, hospitals, etc. Part of the printing process includes a shiny non-stick film that protects the face of the tag from dirt and slows the effects of UV exposure. The tags are made out of plastic and are non-metal and non-corrosive. The metal tips of button backs (for the two-piece tags) and the piercing mechanism on the ATAG will not rust.

The tags should not be exposed to an autoclave process (high-temperature washing).