Our labels have launched into space!

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April 16, 2019 Jessica Turner

We’re watching this week’s space news with a keen eye…

Last week, SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket. Why are we so excited? Because NFI Corp’s USA flag labels have also gone into space! It’s true! Our permanent USA flag labels were applied to a NASA probe called CONTOUR on a mission to gain insight into the nature of comets.

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[Here, the CONTOUR probe is being prepared for launch. Notice the USA flag label on the gold rim, provided by NFI Corp. Photo provided by NASA.]

Here’s how tough our labels are…

Our long-lasting labels – featuring super-tough materials and engineered adhesive – are built to be permanent. In fact, NASA scientists told us they planned an Earth flyby for CONTOUR at the speed of 28.2 km/second. That’s 1,692 km/minute or 101,520 km/hour! 

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[In this illustration, the CONTOUR probe approaches a comet. Image provided by NASA.]

Here are fascinating facts about this NASA probe:

  • A NASA Discovery-class space probe, the Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR) launched on July 3, 2002, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
  • CONTOUR’s mission was to fly near two periodic comets: Encke andSchwassmann-Wachmann- Plus, scientists sought to identify a new comet in the inner Solar System, with hopes the probe could do a flyby.  The goal was to learn more about the characteristics of comet nuclei.
  • Constructed at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, it had anoctagonal prism shape. This diminutive spacecraft measured only 7 feet tall by 6 feet long.
  • The shield on its leading face, designed with 4 layers of Nextel™ fabric and 7 layers of Kevlar™, was built to allow CONTOUR to withstand the nearly 30 kilometer-per-second velocity flybys of comets. Substantial protection was needed, since the spacecraft would be subjected to high-velocity particles ejected from the nuclei of the comets.

 

Like NASA, you can rely on our high-performing labels.

While your company isn’t launching rockets into space, you DO require permanent USA flag labels – durable, industrial-strength labels you can depend on.

 

In fact, many of our customers – such as military/government organizations and industrial manufacturing companies – have demanding environmental conditions that nearly rival outer space. Permanent NFI Corp USA flag labels must endure challenging environments such as saltwater immersion, intense heat, and shockingly cold temperatures.

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[At NFI Corp, this is one of our proudest possessions – a signed poster from NASA’s CONTOUR team, thanking us for the great USA flag labels we provided!]

Why use USA flag labels on your products? Because buyers choose products made in the U.S.

If you’re located in the United States, we’re pretty sure that you’re proud to be a U.S. company – and proud to be creating quality products. (We’ve been proudly producing American-made labels since 1975.)

 

When products are made in the USA – and display permanent USA flag labels – this speaks volumes. When buyers see a Made in USA label, they choose to purchase that product because they know it:

  • Uses high-quality materials
  • Is manufactured by a skilled team
  • Meets (or exceeds) certain quality standards

 

Here’s down-to-earth information about complying with the Made in USA standard.

Did you know the Federal Trade Commission has specific guidelines to help American businesses comply with its Made in the USA standard? Here are a few key points:

  • For a product to be called Made in USA, the product must be “all or virtually all” made in the United States.
  • The term “United States” includes the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and possessions.
  • A “qualified” Made in USA claim describes the extent, amount, or type of a product’s domestic content or processing. It indicates that the product isn’t entirely of domestic origin. Here are examples:
    • “60% U.S. content.”
    • “Made in USA of U.S. and imported parts.”
    • “Couch assembled in USA from Italian leather and Mexican frame.”

 

Show your pride – and spur sales – by adding permanent USA flag labels on your products.

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