How to Select Double Sided and Transfer Tapes   Image Credit: Allied Electronics |R.S. Huges | Digi-Key   Double sided and trasfer tapes are used in a wide variety of applications in many industries. They often plan an important tole in securing workpieces to ensure effecient and safe seals and bonding. Double coated or double sided tapes are coated with adhesive on both sides of the backing or carrier. Transfer tapes consist of a thin adhesive film without a carrier or...
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Q & A on Double Sided and Transfer Tapes

We asked our users for their input on Double Sided and Transfer Tapes. Here are the results of 67 users familiar with Double Sided and Transfer Tapes.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing double coated and transfer tapes?
9 answers
Answers:
- Coatings and nano technology. - The need for structural tapes that are easier to process off line. - Tapes that do not need primer for outdoor applications.
~Tony H, Research & Development, St Helens, UK
Low surface energy substrates. Need for low to medium tak but high bond strength.
~Scot F, Quality Control, Manchester, TN
Need for very high temperature resistance. Need for kinetic energy resistance.
~John H, Marketing/Sales, Bristol, UK
Modified acrylic adhesives work very well under toughest applications.
~Carlos Montes, Materials Manager, Guadalajara, Mexico
Temperature, intumescent and alternatives to film and or PVC.
~Tom T., Consulting, Stratham, NH
Exposure to newly developed biocompounds and substrates.
~Carolyn M., Faculty/Staff, Raleigh, NC
Powder-coated surfaces.
~Bruce Culmer, Purchacing / Production, Fairfax, VA
UV curing.
~Luca R, Manufacturer, Gradisca d' Isonzo, Italy
LSE
~Hans H, Marketing/Sales, Antwerp, Belgium

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used double coated and transfer tapes for?
15 answers
Answers:
1. Mounting large format printed photos to boards 2. Apply laminated logos to machines and vehicles weathering temperatures and elements. 3. Adhering posters to walls 4. Adhering metal to metal parts
~Carolyn M., Faculty/Staff, Raleigh, NC
Easels to card stock, Alumn. to Alumn., Graphic Overlays, Plastics to Plastics, Alumn. to Plastics, Holding substrates to tooling tables.
~Bruce Culmer, Purchacing / Production, Fairfax, VA
Our product is used on various applications from automotive components to flooring. We also offer products for gaskets, construction and many other applications.
~Marketing/Sales, Newberry, SC
Temporary and permanent attachment, surface protection, EMI/RFI applications, thermal and electricity management, gasketing.
~Carlos Montes, Materials Manager, Guadalajara, Mexico
Used to adhere paper packaging products that can be resealed or opened without damaging the substrate.
~David S, Design Engineer, Newcastle, Australia
Automotive glass location clips. Manufacturing sub assembly. Manufacturing shim tape.
~Scot F, Quality Control, Manchester, TN
Splicing paper reels to bonding sheet metal to frames the whole range.
~Research & Development, Wetherill Park, Australia
Used in transport trailers for safety. Also used on school buses.
~JOHN C, Marketing/Sales, LANARK, UK
Thermal Spray, Splicing, Abrasion resistance.
~John H, Marketing/Sales, Bristol, UK
Automotive glass - attachment of hardware.
~Tony H, Research & Development, St Helens, UK
Elevator signage, hanging cab panels, etc...
~Purchasing, UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA
Internal and External applications.
~Tom T., Consulting, Stratham, NH
Automotive, electronics, LDA, ..
~Hans H, Marketing/Sales, Antwerp, Belgium
Insulation and splicing.
~Luca R, Manufacturer, Gradisca d' Isonzo, Italy
Pipe Wrapping
~Engineering, Process/Production, Gambettola, Italy

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that double coated and transfer tapes have been used for.
7 answers
Answers:
Substitute for brassiere.
~Carlos Montes, Materials Manager, Guadalajara, Mexico
Mounting anti mosquito nets.
~Luca R, Manufacturer, Gradisca d' Isonzo, Italy
Wig fixation tape
~Hans H, Marketing/Sales, Antwerp, Belgium
Labeling equipment in research laboratory and field settings.
~Carolyn M., Faculty/Staff, Raleigh, NC
Metal to metal bonding prior to mechanical fasteners.
~Scot F, Quality Control, Manchester, TN
Setup registration strips for screen printing.
~Bruce Culmer, Purchacing / Production, Fairfax, VA
There are many.
~Tom T., Consulting, Stratham, NH

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of double coated and transfer tapes?
7 answers
Answers:
Mirrors bonded to a ceiling in a Saudi disco came down after being applied with a cheaper tape.
~Hans H, Marketing/Sales, Antwerp, Belgium
Selecting the improper material, do not take care of environmental conditions. use die-cut pieces (shape-like) is better if you include in your cost analysis time of application and preparation of material.
~Carlos Montes, Materials Manager, Guadalajara, Mexico
Alumn. letters falling off customers' walls.
~Bruce Culmer, Purchacing / Production, Fairfax, VA
Tapes chosen for abrasion resistance are not always acceptable for aesthetic reasons.
~Tony H, Research & Development, St Helens, UK
Bond failures on low surface energy substrates
~Scot F, Quality Control, Manchester, TN
Things falling off building facades and cars
~David S, Design Engineer, Newcastle, Australia
Failure to remove liner
~John H, Marketing/Sales, Bristol, UK

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
9 answers
Answers:
- Structural tape with easy manual assembly method. - Quick grab, even on recently primed surfaces. - All liners to be 'wrinkle free,' even on long flexible applications. - Improved primers for application on low energy surfaces.
~Tony H, Research & Development, St Helens, UK
More studies into how other compounds erode adhesives. To consider how other fluid products affect adhesives to which it may come in contact with, not just what it’s adhered to.
~Carolyn M., Faculty/Staff, Raleigh, NC
Ability to bond different surface energies. Knitial low tak and long term permanent bond (30-minutes on out).
~Scot F, Quality Control, Manchester, TN
PS adhesive of higher temperature resistance than silicone.
~John H, Marketing/Sales, Bristol, UK
A good compromise between adhesion and removability.
~Luca R, Manufacturer, Gradisca d' Isonzo, Italy
1. best material for specific application 2. cost
~Carlos Montes, Materials Manager, Guadalajara, Mexico
Ease of application in an automated environment.
~David S, Design Engineer, Newcastle, Australia
Non-ooze adhesive.
~Hans H, Marketing/Sales, Antwerp, Belgium
Cost.
~Bruce Culmer, Purchacing / Production, Fairfax, VA

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of double coated and transfer tapes?
10 answers
Answers:
Talk to a company representative about the best types of adhesives to try. Then ask for small samples to test out. Sometimes to the lay purchaser, catalogs can overwhelm with specific specs upfront. The product may be named with acronyms - not lending a visual hint of how a product can commonly be used. Talking to a representative may offer you the best way to find the product you want faster.
~Carolyn M., Faculty/Staff, Raleigh, NC
Know the expected performance for all conditions before beginning selection of tape. Including aesthetic ppm failure rate if applicable.
~Tony H, Research & Development, St Helens, UK
Understand the full details of the application, substrates, environment, contamination, process, how it is applied or converted, etc...
~Hans H, Marketing/Sales, Antwerp, Belgium
From a material science point of view, the selector of the product needs to be involved from start of project.
~Tom T., Consulting, Stratham, NH
Do your own testing with your products. Don't listen to the salesman just trying to make a sale.
~Scot F, Quality Control, Manchester, TN
Consider temperature, surface to be applied to and total purpose of tape.
~John H, Marketing/Sales, Bristol, UK
Make sure your brief is thorough enough to drive your research and selection.
~David S, Design Engineer, Newcastle, Australia
Verify application conditions, and select the best march for it.
~Carlos Montes, Materials Manager, Guadalajara, Mexico
To explain the application with all details.
~Luca R, Manufacturer, Gradisca d' Isonzo, Italy
Get samples and test.
~Bruce Culmer, Purchacing / Production, Fairfax, VA

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using double coated and transfer tapes?
10 answers
Answers:
Avery Dennison has a lot of capabilities, but this is not visible at their old website. Learned they are working on improving this during 2011.
~Hans H, Marketing/Sales, Antwerp, Belgium
Check datasheets and look for alternatives- there are a lot of brands and applications.
~Carlos Montes, Materials Manager, Guadalajara, Mexico
Make your own tests and evaluations on production samples.
~Tony H, Research & Development, St Helens, UK
Keep trying - you can find the adhesive level you want
~Scot F, Quality Control, Manchester, TN
Be very specific about application.
~Tom T., Consulting, Stratham, NH
Clean application surface
~John H, Marketing/Sales, Bristol, UK
To try before to buy
~Luca R, Manufacturer, Gradisca d' Isonzo, Italy
Test, test, test.
~Bruce Culmer, Purchacing / Production, Fairfax, VA
Buy it and try it
~David S, Design Engineer, Newcastle, Australia
Experiment
~Carolyn M., Faculty/Staff, Raleigh, NC


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