ABMA Color Coding of Extruded Filaments

The manufacturers and users of extruded filaments, working in conjunction with ABMA, co-developed a voluntary color coding system for use in the Broom, Brush and Mop Industry to better manage shop floor inventories and to reduce the potential for material cross contamination.

Section 1 - Items to be Color Coded

The following items will be the initial items for which the following color coding schedule will apply:

Item Color
Nylon 6 Red
Nylon 6.6 Yellow
Nylon 6.12 Orange
PBT (Polyester) Green
PP (Polypropylene) Blue

Section 2 - Coding Requirements

Wrapped hanks of the required materials should have the correct color stripe applied continuously over the entire length of the hank, so that as the hank is cut into shorter lengths, each length shall still posses the correct color coding identification. We leave the manner of the application and the material basis of the color to the discretion of the producer.

Cartons for each respective material shall also have a color coding mark plainly on the label such that quick visual identification is achieved. We leave the manner of the application and the material basis of the color to the discretion of the producer.

Section 3 - Purchase Order Specification

Manufacturers who wish to receive color coded materials should utilize language in their purchase orders requiring the use of color coding as outlined above. Extruded filament producers should not be under any requirement to produce materials that are color coded unless such language is part of the purchase order.

Section 4 - Implementation

Color coding may begin as soon a possible but no later than with filament orders produced beginning October 1, 2010. No remarking of material in stock is required.

For more information please contact ABMA HQ info@abma.org