Adhesive materials vary across different industries and applications. When you’re deciding on the right one to deliver optimal performance, you must think about numerous factors, such as contamination due to UV rays, moisture and water, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and vibrations. Here are a few ways to narrow down the options.
Make a Checklist
Potential manufacturers will ask a few questions about your adhesive needs. Compose a checklist ahead of time to ensure you’re correctly servicing the application. A few questions to prepare include:
- What materials do you want to bond?
- What types of stress will be exerted on the adhesive?
- What environmental resistance is necessary?
- What are the dimensions of the bonding area?
- What is the end use application of the product?
- Must it meet any reliability or quality requirements?
- What is the surface type of the material to which it’s being bonded?
Evaluate Different Materials
Various material solutions present unique characteristics and benefits for each application. Evaluate each of these and examine how they suit your needs. Some material examples include foam tapes, foil tapes, and paper tapes.
Foam tapes often include an acrylic, rubber based, or non-adhesive backing and can have an extra aluminum layer to maximize protection. Material options include polyethylene (polyfoam) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). They are ideal for any application involving irregular and textured surfaces, gasketing and sound dampening.
Foil tapes are common for projects that demand sustained durability and resistance to the environment due to their high malleability and ability to adapt to irregular and uneven surfaces. Their versatile strength performs well in any application involving steaming, masking, and sealing.
Paper tapes are utilized for a range of industrial needs and possess numerous options such as printability, hand tear ability and removability. Paper tape is most commonly used in painting, packaging, mounting, and wound dressing and advertising.
Consult the Professionals
Ask an industry expert before deciding which adhesive is right for your application. An adhesive manufacturer with proven experience and expertise in cutting and converting tapes and labels will provide the best solution for your needs.
By consulting the correct industry leaders, you will increase your project’s efficiency. The process will run faster with an accelerated turnaround and have a reduced cost in a one-stop shop.
Follow the Steps
By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll select an adhesive and design team that will perfectly suit your needs.
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- Important questions to consider
- Building your checklist
- Evaluating different materials
- Consulting industry professionals
- …and more
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