3M Filtrete Water Filtration


3M is a science-based technology company that is committed to improving lives and doing business in the right way – which is why they have been listed as a World’s Most Ethical Company for three years in succession. They offer solutions to our customers’ problems across various industries such as automotive, commercial solutions, communications, consumer, design and construction, electronics, energy, health care, manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, safety and transportation.  In this particular instance, they have the  Filtrete™ Brand which is a premiere 3M Brand helping improve indoor air quality.

Client Scenario

3M approached Timestrip® to produce a circular version of its FilterChange™ label, to be incorporated into the new Water Station to remind customers when to replace their filter. The project presented a challenge, not only in terms of the label size and shape, but also because it needed to be able to withstand contact with water. To achieve the product that 3M required, Timestrip’s design team had to produce a size and shape completely new to its range. The project came to fruition involving close collaboration between Timestrip® and the technical design team at 3M’s Filtrete’s HQ in Minneapolis-St Paul, USA.

The Timestrip Solution

Timestrip® produced a completely new tool and successfully manufactured a round label which would measure three months at ambient temperatures. Having established that the indicator would not be fully immersed in water (which would impair its performance), Timestrip® nevertheless ensured that it would be able to withstand some exposure to moisture.

Timestrip® supplied the newly developed labels to 3M’s manufacturing unit, with the finished product shipped throughout the USA. Now launched onto the market, the Timestrip® sits pre-loaded into a plastic casing in the centre of the Filtrete™ Water Station and is activated by the customer when they first use their Water Station. Timestrip ®will give a clear visual reminder in three months’ time when the filter needs to be replaced, ensuring the customer can experience continued optimum performance from their Water Station.

Interested in customisation?


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


Our ISO Accredited manufacturing plant can custom brand time monitoring indicators for any of your product replacement or service reminding needs, even cut to your design specification or add individual serial numbers for easy identification.

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