Adhesive Tapes: Solutions for Your Appliances
Adhesive tape consists of two main parts: a backing material and an adhesive film. Together, these components join two separate objects without the use of mechanical fasteners such as nails or screws.
When used in appliance manufacturing operations, adhesive tape enables industry professionals to streamline their manufacturing processes. In part, this simplification is due to the fact that adhesive tape accommodates lower working temperatures. Additionally, adhesive tape causes little to no damage to the surface of the product, allowing for a more polished finish.
From noise reduction to insulation—and everything in between—finding the right tape for your project can provide significant benefits. The following blog post gives a brief overview of the role that adhesive tapes play in the appliance industry, including outlining typical functions and types available.
Using Adhesive Tape in Appliances
In the appliance industry, adhesive tapes serve a number of different functions. In addition to acting as an alternative to mechanical fasteners for assembly applications, they also:
- Protect sensitive and critical components from moisture and other contaminants
- Prevent damage to the surface of a product during production and transportation operations
- Provide acoustic and thermal insulation for sections exposed to high noise and temperature differentials
Depending on the needs of the application, there are several specific adhesive tapes to choose from, such as:
- Thermal conductive acrylic foam tape: provides thermal insulation for appliances
- Open cell foam tape: dampens the noise and vibrations from loud machinery
- PVC adhesive tape: used to mark or bundle various wires and cables to increase organization
- Waterproof seam sealing tape: prevents moisture and other contaminants from entering an enclosure
Adhesive Tapes for Domestic Appliances
Adhesive tapes serve as a fastening solution for both industrial and domestic (i.e., consumer) appliances. For example, industry professionals may utilize them to provide noise reduction for dryers, deliver surface protection, and assemble or attach parts. Some of the leading tapes used in these types of applications are:
Cell Foam Tape
While cell foam tape is primarily used for noise and vibration reduction in loud appliances, it also has several other uses, such as:
- Stabilizing refrigerator coils
- Bonding windows in oven doors
- Securing HVAC insulation
- Attaching membrane switches to microwaves
Vinyl Electrical Tape
Vinyl electrical tape is ideal for providing insulation. More specifically, it should be used alongside materials that conduct electricity, such as wires.
Aluminum Foil Tape
Aluminum foil tape features pressure-sensitive adhesive made from rubber. Due to the design of the adhesive, it can be used to protect irregular surfaces as it easily conforms to the surface to form a solid barrier against contaminants. It is suitable for a variety of applications, including use on the seams and joints of fiberglass and aluminum-backed duct board, in refrigeration systems, and as protection for thermal insulation.
Custom Adhesive Tape Solutions From NADCO
At NADCO Tapes & Labels, we specialize in providing custom labeling and adhesive solutions. Our pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes are available with a broad selection of customization options to suit virtually any customer need, including in appliance manufacturing applications.
From initial design to delivery of a finished product, our creative team works tirelessly to ensure that every customer receives the perfect adhesive tape for their unique project. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer.