Tape is a useful form of adhesive, finding use in applications ranging from personal hobby projects to industrial assemblies. Additionally, the usage of tape has seen consistent diversification and growth over the years as more uses are discovered all the time. As compared to more conventional fastening solutions, adhesive tape presents a simple and low cost solution that may be very beneficial for a number of applications and industries. In this blog, we will discuss the various advantages that adhesive tape presents, as well as the considerations one should make when carrying out purchasing, ensuring that you can find the best solutions for your projects.
There are a wide variety of benefits that tape presents, ranging from the cost of procurement to reliability. Depending on the type of tape one uses, structural strength can be achieved while removing fastener parts from an assembly. Additionally, tape allows for lighter and thinner materials to be attached, and dissimilar materials can be bonded without having the concern of incompatibility. For the sake of an assembly, tape may also act as a moisture sealant, reduce vibration and noise, ensure uniform thickness and gap filling, and so much more. As adhesive tape is quite easy to install, assembly times are cut and substrates do not always have to be bonded together at the same time.
While most adhesive tapes share these same benefits, there are a variety of options that one can choose from, each presenting different capabilities and uses. The first common type is the single coated (PSA) tape, that of which has an adhesive coated on one side with a silicone coated release liner to protect it. Generally, this type of tape comes in the form of duct tape, insulation tape, wound care products, and labels. The second common form of tape covers double coated PSA or double sided tapes, and these are all known for having a pressure sensitive adhesive coated on both sides of the carrier. The carrier itself may vary in material, common options including plastic film, non-covens, cloth, or other similar materials. Additionally, each adhesive side is guarded with a silicone coated release liner.
With transfer tapes, an unsupported adhesive film is coated on a release liner with silicone protection. Transfer tapes are quite efficient at bonding surfaces that are irregular, such as textured or curved surfaces. As such, they are regularly used for nameplates, foam bonded graphic displays, splicing, and much more. Generally, these tapes may be constructed from an adhesive, silicone, and release liner, or an adhesive and silicone coated release liner. With a double liner transfer tape, much is the same as the basic transfer tape, albeit with protected adhesive film on both sides of the tape. The final common adhesive tape is the self wound variety, and these tapes have a pressure sensitive adhesive on one side of the carrier and a silicone release coating on the other. These tapes have no release liner, and they often come in the form of electrical, masking, packaging, and duct tape.
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