TF-FRIW557558

THE
IRON-ON
- Flame Resistant | Fire Retardant -
- Industrial Wash -
- Iron-On | Heat Transfer | Hot Press -
Retro-Reflective Tape

Why Choose This Item?

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Thread-free, Seamless

Unlike sew-on version, iron-on reflective tape create a clean and smooth looking for finished garment

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Light-weight, Breathable

Support to be applicable on more FR clothing, create lighter-weight finished garment

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Highly Custom Perforating Designs

Same Perforating, but very differet design, it's up to you

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High bondness to textile fabric

Upgraded heat-active adhesive create a very strong bondness between clothing and reflective material

Overview

V-REFLEX™ Reflective Material - Introductions and Descriptions

V-REFLEX™ Reflective Material - Silver (Silver-Gray) Flame Resistant Industrial Wash Heat Transfer Reflective Film/Tape is designed for use on safety garments primary requiring functions of flame resistant and industrial laundry, as well as other similar function, such as arc flash resistant, heat resistant, and applying to strong stain cleaning.

For those garment which require function of industrial wash only, flame resistance is not that necessary, please select our industrial wash series of heat transfer reflective flim/tape.

V-REFLEX™ Reflective Material - Silver (Silver-Gray) Flame Resistant Industrial Wash Heat Transfer Reflective Film/Tape helps enhance the visibility of the wearer in nighttime or low-light conditions when illuminated by a light source such as headlights, by returning the light back toward the original source and reaching the automobile driver’s eye.

V-REFLEX™ Reflective Material - Silver (Silver-Gray) Flame Resistant Industrial Wash Heat Transfer Reflective Film/Tape is classified into several grades of industrial wash cycles resistance, which are representing different durability and lifespan.

Options of 30, 50, industrial wash cycles are available at present.

The different level of industrial wash, such as light-weight wash, middle-weight wash, or very high strong stain cleaning wash, may be applied to different garments. Harsher level of industrial wash will more significantely diminish the reflective intensity of retro-reflective tape each time of industrial wash cycle, and shorten its lifetime. Customers should choose the proper grade of industrial wash resistance of retro-reflective tape when they are evaluting the budget and life-span of garment.

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Physical Performance

V-REFLEX™ Reflective Material - Flame Resistant Industrial Wash Heat Transfer Reflective Film/Tape meets or exceeds the following specifications by applying to specific testing in the relevant standards.

All RA values are over 100 cd/lux/m2 measured at +5.0° entrance angle and 0.2° observation angle after tests are carried out according to following test methods:

  • Retro-reflectivity (initial): ANSI-ISAE 107-2010 level 2 , EN ISO 20471 (and other similar norms)
  • Abrasion: 5000 cycles (EN 530 Method 2) | RA  > 100 
  • Flexing: 7500 cycles (ISO 7854 Method A) | RA  > 100 
  • Folding at Cold Temperature: -20° (ISO 4675) | RA  > 100 
  • Temperature Variation: 50 hours @ 50 °C and 20 hours @ -30 °C | RA  > 100 
  • Home Wash: 50+ cycles @ 60°C (ISO 6330) | RA  > 100 
  • Dry-Cleaning: 50 cycles (ISO 3175) | RA  > 100
  • Wet Reflectivity: ANSI-ISAE 107-2010, EN ISO 20471 | RA  > 100
  • Industrial Wash: 50 cycles @ 75°C (ISO 5797) | RA  > 100
  • Flame Resistant and Fire Retardant:
    • EN 469:2005; EN ISO 14116:2008; EN ISO 11611:2015; EN ISO 11612:2015;
    • NFPA 1971:2013; NFPA 1977:2016; NFPA 2112:2012
  • Oeko-Tex 100: Product Class II

Meaning of Product Codes

TF-FRIW557558

TF: Transfer Film (Iron-On Heat Transfer Reflective Film)

FR: Flame Resistant (Performance, Function)

IW: Industrial Wash (Application, Dedication)

507550: 50 Industrial Wash Cycles at 75 oC (Tested to ISO 15797), 50 Dry-Cleaning Cycles (Tested to ISO 3175)

557558: 50 Industrial Wash Cycles at 75 oC (Tested to ISO 15797), 50 Dry-Cleaning Cycles (Tested to ISO 3175), Stretchable/Elastic Reflective Layer, Self-adhesive sticky PET Film on the top of reflective layer.

V: Customized logos marked on the surface of reflective surface by laser

PT: Teflon / PTFE / Polytetrafluoreothylene Fabric Compatibility (Very New Development)

The durability of above descriptions were determined by laboratory testing. Product codes are just general descriptions of the key features of reflective tape. 

Above 2 basic FR and IW reflective heat transfer film could be furtherly customized with OEM service, such as, perforated, segmented, logo marking.

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Retro-reflective Performance

V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Silver (Silver-Gray) Heat Transfer Retro-Reflective Film/Tape exceeds the minimum reflectivity requirements of EN ISO 20471, ANSI-ISAE 107 Level 2, when tested at e = 0° or e = 90° in accordance with the procedures stated on standards. Minimum coefficients of retro-reflection required by standards are shown as below table.

Observation Angle Entrance Angle (β1, β2=0)
20° 30° 40°
0,20°(12’) 330 290 180 65
0,33°(20’) 250 200 170 60
1,00°(1°) 25 15 12 10
1,50°(1°30’) 10 7 5 4

Measured on new product at +5.0° entrance and 0.2° observation angles, V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Silver (Silver-Gray) Heat Transfer Retro-Reflective Film/Tape has retro reflective performance as below table.

Initial Average  RA Minimum RA
500 330

Product Application Guideline

We recommend that all customers, in accordance with good manufacturing practices, establish an ongoing quality system which includes maintaining lot/roll identification throughout the garment production process.

Customer should also store input materials and final products in accordance with manufacturer recommendations, as well as implement continuous testing throughout their production and on their finished garments that reflects their garment needs.

Cutting and Plotting

Die-cutting is recommended, although it can also be hand-cut or guillotined.

Note: Use very sharp cutting knives only and cut from the ADHESIVE side.

Most of V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Heat Transfer Reflective Film could be applicable to Knite/Blade Plotter or Laser Plotter for images/letters/logos cutting. 

Please read the article regarding to the guidelines of cutting/plotting.

REMARK: Choose the recommended items of V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Heat Transfer Reflective Film for plotter cutting. Some items are NOT recommended for plotter cutting.

Printing

Prior to printing, heat transfer reflective film should be properly laminated on textile fabric, other other substrates, removing the PET film on the top of reflective side, wiping the surface with a soft cloth lightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol may help ink adhesion.

Printed areas will not be retro-reflective.

  • Screen Printing - Images may be printed on the surface of V-REFLEX Reflective Material - Heat Transfer Reflective Film (after removing the PET film from reflective side). All inks should be continuously tested to ensure acceptable adhesion in the event of change occurring in the manufacturing process or composition of the ink. Prior to printing, wiping the surface with a soft cloth lightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol may help ink adhesion. Printed areas will not be retro-reflective. 
  • Sublimation Printing - This printing method is applicable to V-REFLEX Reflective Material - Heat Transfer Reflective Film (after removing the PET film from reflective side)

IMPORTANT

  • Images may be printed on the surface of reflective material - heat transfer reflective film. All inks should be continuously tested to ensure acceptable adhesion in the event of changes occurring in the manufacturing process or composition of the ink.
  • Test each application according to appropriate care instructions required for the finished product.
  • Actual life of V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material depends on cleaning methods and wear conditions.
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Handling Precautions

V-REFLEXTM  Reflective Material - Reflective Heat Transfer Film/Tape contains an aluminum layer as part of their construction. Blemishing of this aluminum layer can occur if surface of the product has direct contact from hands during application and is then exposed to hot and humid conditions, greater than 26.7 °C (80 °F) and greater than 70% relative humidity, for a period of weeks. These blemishes do not affect performance of the product. But potential blemishes should be carefully considered as an important risk in marketing of end-use products.

V-REFLEXTM  Reflective Material - Reflective Heat Transfer Film/Tape contains an sand-feeling reflective layer which is composing of an eco-friendly heat activated adhesive. Chemical moisture, liquid, oil, or other chemical elements may lead to a series of chemical reactions for a certain period of time, then result in a series unexpected subsequence on the reflective layer. Any remains of chemical elements happen to direct contacting to surface of fabric should be cleaned immediately.

We recommend that all customers, in accordance with good manufacturing practices, establish an ongoing quality system which includes maintaining lot/roll identification throughout the garment production process.

Customer should also store input materials and final products in accordance with manufacturer recommendations, as well as implement continuous testing throughout their production and on their finished garments that reflects their garment needs.

For lamination operations, customers should periodically check their equipment to ensure that the temperature set point matches the platen or roll temperature and that the temperature is uniform across the lamination area.

Heat Transfer (Heat Lamination) Guidelines

Prepare For Heat Transfer (Heat Lamination)

V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material -  Heat Transfer Reflective Film/Tapes are recommended to follow below info to set up the settings on laminating equipments

  • Lamination Temperature: 130-150 oC / 130-150 oC
  • Dwell Time (seconds): 10-20
  • Line Pressure Firm: 30-40 psi

Above settings should be adjusted according to the pre-production testing results.

We also recommend below operations for mass production.

  1. Work on a flat surface where uniform heat and pressure can be applied. Avoid applying film over seams and stitches.
  2. Remove adhesive side line (if that product has one), exposing dry adhesive. Do not remove reflective side liner.
  3. Place V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Heat Transfer Reflective Film on substrate with the adhesive side down and apply heat and pressure as described in the table below. Place a non-stick slip sheet between the platen and laminating surface to prevent any excess adhesive transfer contamination.
  4. Allow application to cool to room temperature before removing the liner covering the reflective side (if that product has one). Place application on a flat surface and remove the liner by lifting one corner and pulling (about 45o angle) in a continuous, smooth manner.

Additional Precautions for Heat Lamination

  • 1- Do not exceed lamination temperature listed above as the PET liner may be melt and become difficult to remove. If high temperatures are required for bond durability, follow lamination steps 1-3 using recommended temperature, remove PET liner, and then laminate again at the higher temperature (using a non-stick slip sheet to protect reflective surface).
  • 2- The lamination temperature, time and pressure listed above should be used as a guide. Each substrate and reflective film combination should be tested to determine the best set of conditions that will meet customer requirements.
  • 3- Other lamination method, such as roll to roll, heat fusing and HF welding may also be used. The proper temperature, time and pressure conditions must be tested for each fabric to assure adequate adhesion and physical performance.
  • 4- Many fabric can be used as lamination substrate; however, some substrate such as nylons and fabrics treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish are difficult to adhere to.
  • V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Reflective Fabric is recommended for sewing on these fabric. If V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Transfer Film is desired, then continuous testing should be done to ensure acceptable adhesion is maintained as input materials may vary.
  • 5- The reflective surface of V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material can be difficult to adhere to and caution is required when applying other material to it. If you are laminating a V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Transfer Film to the surface of other V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material, then testing is recommended to ensure the adhesion meets the customer’s specifications. It’s also recommended that continuous testing should be done to ensure acceptable is maintained throughout the manufacturing process.
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Industrial Wash Guidelines

Industrial laundering means regularly washing large amounts of clothing in a relatively short amount of time, with large machines (>25 kg loads), aggressive detergent chemistry (pH10.5-12), and high wash temperatures (up to 85oC, 185oF).

Garment finishing (tumble dry or tunnel finish) can limit garment life and should be considered as part of the cleaning process. Using harsher cleaning condition than those recommended may significantly reduce product performance.

Washing

  • Wash chemistry: Do not use detergents that contain free sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide.
  • Maximum wash temperature: 75 °C (165 °F)
  • Break/suds cycles: less than 15 minutes total

Drying

  • Tunnel dry: Maximum inlet temperature 120 °C (250 °F)
    • For some items, maximum temperature could be as high as 155 °C 
  • Tumble dry: Maximum exhaust temperature 90 °C (195 °F)

Special Remarks for Industrial Wash (Industrial Laundry)

ISO 15797 Textiles - Industrial washing and finishing procedures for testing of workwear

V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Industrial Wash Reflective Heat Transfer Film/Tape were tested to ISO 15797, and classified into several quality levels according to their test results. The higher industrial wash cycles means longer time of durability when retro-reflective tape is sewn on or ironed on to safety garment.

Safety garments producers could choose the proper quality level of retro-reflective tape for sewing on their garments for specific purposes, such as, brand up-lifting, input cost cutting, quality level improving , extra value adding, ......

The industrial cleaning of protective clothing is very different from domestic or small commercial cleaning. The scale, the use of special washing and drying equipment and the use of special detergents all have a different effect on clothing and textiles.

The effects which occur as a result of the cleaning are dependent on the type of clothing, the fabric composition and the selected washing and drying process.

For different types of protective clothing, the following remarks are important but always follow the cleaning instructions of the manufacturer.

Clothing made from predominantly cotton

In many cases protective clothing are flame retardant products e.g. comply with EN ISO 11611 or 11612. These predominantly cotton clothing features a washable flame resistant finish.

In general, for the washing and drying of clothing made from predominantly cotton, the following applies:

  • Do not "over dry" the clothing. This may lead to excessive shrinkage.
  • The maximum number of washes is sometimes indicated in the care label and or the user instruction. If this is not specified then the clothing is tested to five times washing In practice the clothing will last longer but this must be sought from the supplier or manufacturer.

High visibility clothing

Protective clothing that complies with EN ISO 20471 has fluorescent fabric and retroreflective stiping. In general, for the washing and drying of these garments the following applies:

  • Do not wash together with other (dark) coloured garments due to potential colour bleeding on the fluorescent colour.
  • Never bleach or wash with white wash detergents (containing optical white).
  • Irremovable soilling can reduce visibility.
  • Excessive mechanical washing action can promote wear of the retroreflective striping.


Protective clothing against splashes of liquid chemicals

This clothing is usually characterized by that the protective properties are obtained by applying a fluorcarbon finish. These finishes are in some extent washable. Nevertheless, it is advisable to restore the finish after every washing cycle.
In general, for the washing and drying of this type of clothing the following applies:

  • Use for washing an anionic detergent. (Non-ionic detergents have better washing action but are more difficult to remove in the rinsing process. Not removed detergent impede the water repellency action).
  • After each washing cycle, apply a suitable fluorcarbon product to restore the repellency.
  • Dry at sufficiently high temperature to activate the fluorcarbon finish but avoid excessive shrinkage.
  • Check the effectiveness of the post-treatment at regular intervals.

Parkas and other multi-layer clothing

Characteristic for this type of garment is that they often contain a water vapour-permeable layer. However, this layer is also watertight and provided with tape on the seams.

This kind of clothing can be washed best in an open-end machine where special attention is needed to the dewatering (spin drying). This must be done in a way that this layer will not be damaged.

Multinorm clothing

Because multinorm clothing combines many of the above-mentioned types, to determine the most suitable industrial laundry process, all of the above mentioned recommendations will apply.

Labelling regarding the industrial laundry and drying of workwear and protective wear

ISO 30023 shows how industrial washable clothing can be labeled so that it is clear to the industrial laundry what washing and drying process is applicable.

The numbers 1 to 8 represent the number of the washing and drying procedures as specified in ISO 15797.
Furthermore, two symbols can be used which indicate whether the clothing can be dried in a tunnel finisher, or a drum dryer. If not applicable, this symbol is omitted from the label.

Quality Control for Handling

V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Industrial Wash Reflective Heat Transfer Film/Tape should be properly transferred to clothing, and bonding with clothing strongly. Improperly application handling may result in heat transfer film/tape falling away from clothing during daily use or cleaning procedure, especially in industrial wash cleaning operation.

We recommend that all customers, in accordance with good manufacturing practices, establish an ongoing quality system which includes maintaining lot/roll identification throughout the garment production process. Customer should also store input materials and final products in accordance with manufacturer  ecommendations, as well as implement continuous testing throughout their production and on their finished garments that reflects their garment needs.

For lamination operations, customers should periodically check their equipment to ensure that the temperature set point matches the platen or roll temperature and that the temperature is uniform across the lamination area.

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Home Wash (Domestic Laundry) Guidelines

A colored clothing wash program without pre-wash should be used. Follow below recommendation could maintain the duability of retro-reflectivity to its maxium lifespan.

Recommendation:

  1. Detergent: Brand powdered household detergents should be used.
    • Refer to the detergent manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage in areas of high water hardness and for various degrees of garment soiling.
  2. Wash temperature range: 15°C to 60°C
    • Some items could be extended to be home-washed with a wider range of washing temperature than above.
    • Some items could be applicable to wash temperature ranging from 0°C to 90°C for those garment requiring harsher cleaning. Read the physical performance of each reflective tape for the details.
  3. Max. Wash time at highest wash temperature: 12 minutes
  4. Max. Program time: 50 minutes
  5. Use of temperatures lower than 60°C will increase the lifetime of the reflective material.
  6. Actual lifetime will be dependent upon the detergent system and list dosage level.
  7. Load factor higher than 65% might lead to enhanced abrasion of the retro-reflective material

Drying Conditions

Tumble Dry: Tumble drying should be performed in a commercially available household dryer

Air Drying: Line drying is recommended where possible.

Hang-Up Drying: on line or rack

Tumble drying and tunnel/air drying are both recommended and applicable to this series of retro-reflective tape. Follow below recommendation will prolong the durability of product.

    • Using the medium dry setting.
    • Exhaust temperature should not exceed 90°C.
    • Do not overdry.

Dry Cleaning Conditions

Cleaning process should be based on a pre- and main-bath only.

For P it is recommended to only use pure perchloroethylene.

Adjust load and solvent level to give a moderate mechanical action.

  • Max. solvent temperature: 30°C
  • Recommended drying temperature: 48°C

Care and Maintenance Instructions 

Washing/cleaning conditions harsher than those recommended below could significantly diminish the brilliance of the retro-reflective performance and shorten the product’s lifetime. Therefore, the instructions must be strictly followed.

  • No pre-soaking. 
  • No application of high alkaline products (e.g. heavy duty products or stain removal products).
  • No application of solvent detergents or micro-emulsions.
  • No additional bleaches.
  • Do not over-dry. Reflective material temperature should not exceed 90°C at any time during drying.

Special Cleaning Instructions  

  • For application on rainwear, a regular fluorocarbon treatment of the garment is recommended.
  • Chemical splashes should be removed with a soft, dry cloth. Cleaning the garment the same day is recommended.
  • Splashes of strong acids or alkalis should immediately be neutralized with plenty of water.
  • Contamination with toxic or poisonous substances or biocontamination will require the application of a specific decontamination process.
  • Application of high alkaline products, high pH-products, bleaches etc. is not recommended.
  • Do not over-dry. The temperature of the material should not exceed 90°C at any time during drying.

Don't Use Additional Bleach

  • No chlorine bleach.
  • No bleaches on oxygenic basis (e.g. sodium perborate bleaches).
  • Do not store a wash batch even in a low concentration of bleach.

V-REFLEXTM Reflective Material - Reflective Heat Transfer Film/Tape should be properly transferred to clothing, and bonding with clothing strongly. Improperly application handling may result in heat transfer film/tape falling away from clothing during daily use or cleaning procedure, especially in industrial wash cleaning operation.

We recommend that all customers, in accordance with good manufacturing practices, establish an ongoing quality system which includes maintaining lot/roll identification throughout the garment production process. Customer should also store input materials and final products in accordance with manufacturer  ecommendations, as well as implement continuous testing throughout their production and on their finished garments that reflects their garment needs.

For lamination operations, customers should periodically check their equipment to ensure that the temperature set point matches the platen or roll temperature and that the temperature is uniform across the lamination area.

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Other Important Information

Specific Safety Information

Various environmental factors, like line of sight, rain, fog, smoke, dust and visual noise can influence retroreflectivity.

  • The reflective intentsity of retro-reflective tape can also be diminished in extreme weather conditions.
  • Fog, mist, smoke and dust can scatter the light from headlights, the wearer must be aware that detection distance will be severely reduced.
  • Visual noise (contrast variations in the visual field) decreases the contrast of the reflective material with the background and affects the visibility in low-light conditions.  

Maintenance Misuse

  • No harsh mechanical treatment, e.g. abrasion with wire brushes or sand paper.
  • No uniform coating or spraying of oils, protective waxes, inks or paint.
  • No application of products such as leather spray or shoe shine.   

Product Storage

  • Store in a cool, dry area and use within 1 year of receipt.
  • Rolls should be stored in their original cartons, whilst partially used rolls should be returned to their carton or suspended horizontally from the core via a rod or pipe.
  • Cut sheets should be stored flat.
Pattern 1: “25L/R"-Segmented-Slant Left/Right
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Pattern 3: “29L/R"-Segmented-Slant Left/Right
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Pattern 2: “26L/R"-Segmented-Slant Left/Right
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Pattern 4: “25V"-Segmented-OEM Logo
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