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Custom Made Products

Can I have a fully customised Timestrip?

Yes, we certainly do offer custom products.   Please note that minimum order quantities are 100,000 units for custom time indicators and 50,000 units for custom temperature indicators and for planning purposes, the lead time is around 12 weeks from order. You may want to have a look at our growing range of stock products, as these are available right away and are available in small quantities and which cover many common service cycles and temperature ranges.

Click on the links below to learn more about why you might require a custom indicator and the process for developing one.

<h2>Custom Time Indicator Videos</h2>

<h2>Custom Temperature Indicator Videos</h2>

What is the shelf life of a Timestrip® time indicator?
Timestrips® can be stored for 3 years after they leave our factory and require no special storage conditions.  Some indicators can have much longer shelf-lives, depending on their configuration.
Are they waterproof?
Timestrips® are not designed to be submerged in water, but they are very splash-proof and can be immersed in water for short periods without any effect.
Can Timestrips be used in any direction / orientation?
Yes.  Orientation has no impact on the way it works.
What are Timestrip® Time Indicators?
Timestrip® time indicators are patented, single use disposable visual reminder that can be stuck directly onto a product or device. Each Timestrip® acts as a simple visual reminder to replace an expired product or carry out a task, like maintaining a machine or checking results from a test. We have a stock range of products that includes from 30 minutes up to 12 months and many common reminder times in between.  Subject to minimum order quantities, Timestrips® can be custom made for any elapsed time period between 5 minutes and 4 years.
What are your Acceptable Quality Limits (AQL’s)?
The Accepted Failure Rate is based on ANSI/ASQC Z1.4 (formally MIL-STD-105E) Level II Normal Inspection. Packs are over shipped by 2-3 units per 100 to cover this AQL. Central to this process are tests against defined specifications for; how quickly the dye progresses through the membrane, environment sensitivity (high heat and vacuum tests to check resilience to harsh conditions during shipping) and also the accuracy of the threshold melting point. A full pack of release reports is provided with each shipment. Further details are available on request.
What is the process for getting a custom Timestrip®?
If the Timestrip® is not being integrated into the product itself, and is being used as a ‘label’, then it is very straightforward. We need to know:
  • Duration of the Timestrip® (from 5 minutes to several years) and the temperature environment it will be calibrated for, such as room temperature or refrigerator.
  • Graphic concepts, layout and branding guides Adhesive requirements. (What will it be stuck to? Do you need adhesive? Will you use a carrying card? Do you want a key chain?)
  • If the Timestrip® is being integrated into the  product itself, the first step is for us to look at the actual product or CAD design. We are happy to supply a Non-Disclosure Agreement to maintain confidentiality. We will then propose a feasible design for the Timestrip®.
We have our own design facility so creating the surface graphics, working on design layouts and finalising artwork is all part of the service. We’ll need your logo artwork in a vector file format like .ai or .eps, (not a .jpg or bitmap) and any brand guidelines or draft layouts you can provide. If you need to match production inks to brand colours we can send you a swatch book to specify the closest colour match. You’ll be pleased to know we never go to full print and production without clients approving digital proofs first.
What custom shapes are available?
This depends on the duration of the Timestrip®, but our standard format is 19 x 40mm. Subject to the life of the Timestrip® we also can tool-up to create completely new shapes for you, subject to technical limitations.
What is the lead time for a custom Timestrip® Time Indicator?
Lead time on custom time indicators please allow 12 weeks from receipt of order, down payment, and sign-off of graphics.  There is a lot that goes into making a unique Timestrip!
Are there any printing constraints?
Timestrips® are printed by using a masking effect over the timer so we have to use special colours. This means that we work better with darker colours and cannot achieve pure whites and yellows. A good guideline is to use colours with 10% black equivalent to them. If your project is for higher volume, we are able to use a different type of print process, which enables more options on the lighter colours.  We will help you every step of the way with developing a great look for your personalised time indicator.
Can we receive custom made samples?
Due to the manufacturing processes involved it is not possible to supply custom made, fully functioning samples in small quantities. We provide digital proofs, showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ read-outs so you can see what an active Timestrip® will look like and we can also send you a variety of existing products with artwork, if you need to show functionality and check dimensions. If actual samples of your finished product are absolutely necessary, we would have to do a proper production run with associated costs and lead times.
How much does customising a Timestrip® cost?
This depends on how many elements are customised and to what extent. For example, using a stock 3 month Timestrip® as the basic product and changing only the graphic print will be less additional cost than a bespoke shape, graphic and elapsed time. Each project is quoted according to volume, specification and lead time requirements. A one off set-up cost will cover tooling and development and on-going production costs will depend on the complexity of the specification.
Can you add our logo to the Timestrips?
Yes, that is possible on custom products, subject to minimum order quantities.  In addition to printing your logo and messaging, a small, discreet Timestrip® logo will also be placed on the product, due to copyrighting. We proudly co-brand with some of the best and most recognised brands in the world. It is not possible to post-print a logo to an existing stock time or temperature indicator.
Why does Timestrip give away 1 or 2 free products with every pack of 100?
Because we like our customers! You can use these free products for testing, training, validation, or just to save money. In the unlikely case any got damaged along the way or someone just wanted to try one, there is no need to get in touch, although we're always happy to hear from our customers. Personally, we think that all companies should give stuff away for free!
Can Timestrip application be automated and integrated into production lines?
Yes, this is one of our strongest points of differentiation vs. other products.  Timestrip Indicators can be loaded bulk, orientated and ready to be custom applied and even activated inline if the application warrants it.  The video shows one of our solutions. Production Line Feeder

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Our products are manufactured under the controls established by an IQC approved quality management system that conforms with ISO 9001:2008 under certificate number: I7046

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