How to Select Adhesive Tape Duct tape Image credit: Duck Tape | Acrylic transfer tape Image credit: 3M | Filament tape Image credit: Grainger   Adhesive tapes are used to assemble materials or parts together using a sticky chemical bond. Adhesive tapes are an alternative to other assembly methods such as mechanical assembly (press fit, snap fit, etc.), mechanical fastening, adhesive bonding, soldering, welding and brazing. Adhesive tape has the advantage...
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Q & A on Adhesive Tapes

We asked our users for their input on Adhesive Tapes. Here are the results of 157 users familiar with Adhesive Tapes.

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

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing adhesive tape design?
20 answers
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Amalgamated technology tape (the tape keep flexible for about a few minutes to adjust the job work, then become fixed and hard).
~Hikmat. N., Automation and control., Beyruth., Lebanon.
Mostly the influence comes from new adhesives, although slitting, and coating improvements can also be a factor.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Inver grove hts., MN
Green building, faster and cleaner, less time consuming, less tools needed to do the job.
~Deon Von Zweel, Engineer, East London, South Africa
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative adhesive tapes?
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There are a number of firms that are specializing in "specialty areas"like foam tapes; silicone adhesive coatings; certain backings like ptfe (Teflon); etc. That allows for a much broader choice of potential tapes to solve the "problem".
~General Corporate Mgmt, Inver grove hts., MN
I am not sure, it may be 3 M who is a pioneer of sticky tapes manufacturing.
~Francis C, Marketing/Sales, Hong Kong, China
3M, Nitto, Tesa, Specialty Tapes Manufacturing, DeWal Industries
~Ed Donders, Managing Director, Gendt, Netherlands
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used adhesive tapes for?
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Automotive: protection, bonding, temporary bonding. Protective tapes for surface protection, bonding emblems, location pins and trims. Appliances: surface protection, electrical shield. Electronics: thermal transfer tapes for led lamps
~Rodolfo L, Sales and Application Developement, Monterrey, Mexico
They are too numerous to list. You can let your imagination go with everything from foil tapes; 2-sided tapes; foam tapes; all kinds of "plastic" tapes...the applications and problem solving ideas can fill volumes.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Inver grove hts., MN
They are used for Glassfixing, Mirror Mounting, Metal to glass bonding, Metal to metal bonding and bonding of dissimilar materials. They are used basically to avoid welding and riveting but still bond materials.
~SIVA PRASAD K, Marketing/Sales, Hyderabad, India
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that adhesive tapes have been used for.
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For hermetic and water leaking risk (non need screws) I fix a roof glass panels with a thin aluminium profile with 3M VHB tape.
~Hikmat. N., Automation and control., Beyruth., Lebanon.
Marking the different legs of voltage from the electrical panel, protecting labels, holding up placards and signs.
~David K, Engineer, Allen, TX
I view all tapes as potential solutions, so there are no "non-standard" applications for tape.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Inver grove hts., MN
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of adhesive tapes?
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Changing of adhesive tape components in the supply chain led to different performance characteristics. Therefore a tape could not be used for the same application.
~Ed Donders, Managing Director, Gendt, Netherlands
One of our customers mounted glass with adhesive tape on metal with out cleaning the surfaces and it failed.
~SIVA PRASAD K, Marketing/Sales, Hyderabad, India
If you are using a strong adhesive tape, do it very carefully, one mistake and you throw your job...
~Hikmat. N., Automation and control., Beyruth., Lebanon.
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
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1 . Solventless, 2 Low application temperature 3. Non toxic 4. Sticky even the surface has a little bit of moisture. 5. Sticky firmly on the surface we want, but it can also be peeled off easily when we don ' t need it.
~Francis C, Marketing/Sales, Hong Kong, China
For the product to be cheap and easy to use. For instance, to use it as mark for long vehicles. To put it on the side of the truck and remove without damaging the paint or vehicle's cover.
~Igor A, General Management, Tyumen, Russia
Obtain practical cases to where and to what purposes and under what conditions tapes can be used?
~SAKARI SARESKOSKI, Purchaser, HELSINKI, FINLAND
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using adhesive tapes?
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Choose non toxic, solvent free manufacturing raw material with low glass transition temperature, which is important when keeping medicine.
~Francis C, Marketing/Sales, Hong Kong, China
Demand practical cases to where and to what purposes and under what conditions adhesive tapes can be used?
~SAKARI SARESKOSKI, Purchaser, HELSINKI, FINLAND
Make sure you use the correct product for that application.
~Deon Von Zweel, Engineer, East London, South Africa
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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of adhesive tapes?
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Classify tapes so that one can discern rapidly to what group or class tapes are belonging by materials, usage etc.
~SAKARI SARESKOSKI, Purchaser, HELSINKI, FINLAND
What are you using the tape fore? Can it cope with the stress, the environment, the heat or cold?
~Jacob K, Manufacturer, Orebro, Sweden
Ask for advice if you're not sure, the experts are there that's got the know how.
~Deon Von Zweel, Engineer, East London, South Africa
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