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The NFPA/RTK module uses a searchable, editable database of chemical information to make supplemental chemical labels based on the NFPA 704 hazard rating system. This system assigns a numeric rating for a material’s hazards in each of three categories (health, flammability, and instability).
The NFPA 704 labeling system and its variations were originally intended to protect first responders in an emergency. These labels may not satisfy the regulatory requirements that apply in your case; check with your local authorities to ensure compliance.
Prefer video instructions? You can watch the tutorial here: How to Create NFPA/RTK Labels with LabelForge PRO
The toolbar across the top of the screen shows some common controls and options for the NFPA/RTK module.
The fastest way to find a specific record in the NFPA/RTK database is with the toolbar’s search function.
The number in the white box on the toolbar shows which search result you are currently seeing; the number below the box shows the total number of search results. If you do not enter any search terms, you can browse through the entire current database.
To create a new entry in your current NFPA-style chemical database, click the New Record button in the menu on the right. This creates a new, blank record. The Edit menu will slide out to let you add the details for this new material. (To edit an existing chemical entry, simply find that entry in the database and click the Edit button in the menu.)
When the details have been entered, click the Save Database button to add your new entry to the Chemical Labeling module’s current database. The Save Label button will export your current label design to its own file, so you can adjust the design in the Label Designer module. If you want to remove the current record from the database, click the Delete Record button.
To print NFPA-style chemical labels in different sizes, open the Label Settings menu and select the appropriate template with the drop-down Label Templates menu. The default templates are named so that the size of the label is shown first (with dimensions in inches).
In the same menu, you can also choose a font for the text of your label, and toggle optional elements such as PPE symbols and comments. Not all templates allow for PPE symbols and/or comment text.
This menu also lets you select which NFPA-style chemical database you are using, if more than one database is available.
When you are ready to print, click the Print Settings button. Here, choose which labels you want to print, and how many copies of each. You can also check a Print Preview here.
Click the Print button to start the new print job. If you are using the Kodiak’s built-in screen for your label designs, you can also press the physical Print button on the front of your Kodiak to print one copy of the current label, using the current print settings.
If you have any questions about using your DuraLabel Kodiak printer, get help from Graphic Products’ world-class support team by calling 800-788-5572 or visiting GraphicProducts.com. We’re here to help with all your labeling needs!