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The Tape Doctor – Acrylic Foam Tape vs. Metal…

Episode #7

Q: What are the advantages of using
Acrylic Foam Tape vs. Mechanical Fasteners?

A: Acrylic Foam Tapes have the ability to tolerate differential movement up to 3 times their thickness!

Acrylic Foam Tape can compensate for the irregularity of surface substrates when appropriate thickness is used, and they resist corrosion of dislike metals.

Acrylic Foam Tape is also solvent and moisture resistance (not recommended for submersion), as well as reducing vibration.

Ask your representative for assistance in choosing an Acrylic Foam Tape for your difficult bonding applications.

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The Tape Doctor – Repulpable Tape

Episode #6

What are “Repulpable Tapes“?

Repulpable tapes are designed to dissolve in water and are used by paper mills,
newspaper printers, and web printers. Repulpable tapes do not have to be removed
in order to recycle (repulp) scrap paper, making it an environmentally friendly product.

Contact your sales representative for a free sample. We can help increase your productivity!

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The Tape Doctor – Polyimide

Episode #5

How is Polyimide tape used?

Due to its large range of temperature stability, and its electrical isolation ability, Polyimide tape is usually used in electronic manufacturing as an insulation and protection layer on electrostatic sensitive and fragile components.

Polyimide tape is often used for applications that require protection from high temperature and/or chemical resistance. Chosen for gold finger protection during wave solder, high temperature masking during powder coated and tool-die-mold protection in composite molding. These tapes have excellent mechanical properties, high conformability, outstanding resistance to cut through, and are impact and abrasion resistant.

Contact your sales representative for a free sample. We can help increase your productivity!

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The Tape Doctor – Painter’s Tape

Episode #4

Painter’s Tape

Question: How does surface impact the type of painter’s tape used?

Answer:  The surface that you are painting on should be a major consideration
when selecting the type of painter’s tape.

Different tapes are constructed with different levels of adhesion, making it important to choose one that is strong enough to hold up on the surface you will be applying it to, without being so strong that it causes damage or leaves behind residue on removal.

  • Will your tape need to adhere to brick, metal, or wood? You may want a medium to high-adhesion tape.
  • Will you be masking off windows or other glass surfaces? Try to find a clean removal tape that is designed for glass application.
  • Do you need to mask off a freshly painted wall or a fragile surface? A delicate surface painter’s tape will remove cleanly without damage.

When selecting a painter’s tape for your next project, take into consideration the application surface in order to ensure a reliable hold and clean, damage-free removal.

Contact your sales representative for a free sample. We can help increase your productivity!

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The Tape Doctor – UHMW Tapes

Episode #3

UHMW Tapes

What is UHMW tape?

UHMW stands for ultra high molecular weight polyethylene tape. It comes in 5, 10 or 20 mil thicknesses and is available with an aggressive acrylic or rubber adhesive. It can be slit to any size. UHMW‘s glide surface is used for:

  • Food Processing (bearings and gears, chute liners, wear strips)
  • Material Handling and Packaging (anti-static chute liners, wear strips, bearings and gears)
  • Conveyor Systems (wear strips, gears, chain guides)
  • Marine (covers, doors, fixtures, handles)
  • Waste Water Treatment Facilities (wear strips, paddles, bearings, scraper blades, chute liners

Contact your sales representative for a free sample. We can help increase your productivity!

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The Tape Doctor – Aisle/Floor Marking Vinyl Tape

Episode #2

Aisle/Floor marking tape

Aisle/Floor marking tape can be used as an effective hazard communication strategy throughout your facility. Aisle/Floor marking tape comes in a wide range of different colors and styles, so you can assign each one to a different meaning.
Some specific uses that have been found in many facilities include the following:

  • Red Tape: DANGER! If you see red tape in any area of the facility, that means there is danger present and you need to take general precaution.
  • Yellow or Black/Yellow striped: Caution. There may be a danger present, such as a moving vehicle or other hazard that comes and goes at different times of the day.
  • Orange: Chemical Hazards. Anywhere that dangerous chemicals are in use can be marked off by orange floor marking tape. Placing this tape in any doorways of the rooms where these chemicals are used, for example, can alert people to the threat.
  • Blue: Steam Vent Area. Anywhere that hot water may be vented could be marked off with blue tape. Identifying the areas where there is danger from the steam, and applying this tape to the floor will alert people to this very serious hazard.

Of course, there are many other colors that you can use, and many other threats that exist. Once you’ve identified a set of standards that you’ll use in your facility, you need to make sure to provide sufficient training to everyone who works in the facility so they are aware of all the different meanings. Visit our website to view all available colors or ask your sales representative for more information.

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Introducing “The Tape Doctor” – Double Sided Tape

Episode #1

Double Sided Tape

Question: How do I choose the best double sided tape for my application?

There are two main varieties of double sided industrial tape, those with thick bonding systems and those with thin bonding systems. Double sided tapes with thick bonding systems are usually better able to bond to unusual, non-uniform, or highly patterned and textured surfaces. Thick bonding systems usually involve a foam carrier layer, and may vary significantly in strength. Thin bonding systems are, as the name suggests, much thinner – sometimes so thin that they consist of nothing but pure adhesive on a silicone liner.

BOTH THICK AND THIN BONDING SYSTEMS CAN USE EITHER ACRYLIC ADHESIVES OR RUBBER ADHESIVES. THERE ARE ADVANTAGES TO BOTH, ALTHOUGH RUBBER ADHESIVES ARE GENERALLY CHEAPER AND LESS SUITED FOR INTENSIVE LONG-TERM APPLICATIONS.

Acrylic adhesives, by contrast, are more expensive but age much better. They’re not as sensitive to light or heat, and are more resistant to most chemicals. The trade-off is that they make a weaker bond on the initial application although the hold does improve with strength over the initial few hours. For a short-term project in an undemanding environment the rubber adhesive option might be better for you.

Contact your sales representative to assist you in determining the tape best suited for your requirement.

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