CILS has developed a computer-printable, durable label for the identification of instruments on the Columbus Space Module, part of the International Space Station (ISS). The labels were required to comply with the ASTM E595 standard developed by NASA for low outgassing to prevent contamination in the high vacuum environment. Additionally, the label material was specified to survive extreme temperatures, chemicals, and solvents.

CILS 8900OG labels were technically developed to withstand a temperature range from -67 °F to +730 °F, while offering exceptional resistance to solvents and chemicals including IPA and ethanol. The label was tested successfully, achieving Total Mass Loss (TML) of 0.81% and Collected Volatile Condensable Material (CVM) of 0.02%. The Water Vapor Recovered (WVR) was measured at 0.71%. These values are well below the acceptable outgassing limits, confirming the labels to be fully ASTM E595 compliant.

The labels were provided in a blank format, allowing complete flexibility to customize printed data on each label with unique instrument information. Due to the versatile durability of the label, it is now used in a wide variety of aerospace and avionics applications.

CILS 8900OG low-outgassing printable labels
Computer Imprintable Label Systems (CILS)
Burlington, MA

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This article first appeared in the April, 2017 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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