In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and other similar crises, one of the greatest defensive weapons is social distancing. The preventative strategy allows public figures and private citizens to help stop the spread of pathogens, reducing the number of affected people and, consequently, the strain on the healthcare system. While social isolation (i.e., completely isolating oneself from others) would likely be more effective than social distancing at minimizing and/or eliminating the rate of transmission, it is not a sustainable solution since day-to-day operations (e.g., working and food shopping) are still essential.
In essential businesses where contact with others is largely unavoidable (e.g., banks, grocery stores, and warehouses), many facility owners and managers are implementing social distancing measures to prevent unnecessary or excessive contact between people. For example, they are applying directional flow social distancing floor decals in their facility to help employees and customers abide by social distancing guidelines (i.e., a minimum of 6 feet where possible).
The following blog post provides an overview of directional flow tapes, outlining what they are, what benefits they offer social distancing applications, and what product capabilities are available at NADCO.
What Are Directional Flow Tapes?
As suggested by the name, directional flow tapes are tapes used to direct the flow of foot traffic. They generally feature a directional arrow and/or text (e.g., “ENTER”, “EXIT”, or “ONE WAY”). They are designed to be placed on the floor of the facility and positioned such that they point in the direction that traffic should proceed. For example, in grocery stores, they show customers where to enter, how to proceed through the store, and where to exit.
Benefits of Using Directional Flow Tapes for Social Distancing Applications
The recent global outbreak of COVID-19 has led to an increase in the importance of directional flow tape. Its main functions are maintaining order and organization within a facility and marking out a clear path for customers, both of which help enforce social distancing by keeping foot traffic separate and in motion. When used properly, it can lead to lower transmission rates and safer conditions for employees and customers.
Directional Flow Tapes From NADCO
At NADCO® Tape & Labels, we specialize in the design, manufacture, and delivery of custom pressure-sensitive tapes and labels. Equipped with over three decades of industry experience and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, we have what it takes to produce adhesives tapes, labels, and other products for nearly any customer need. One of our core product offerings is directional flow arrow tape, which currently plays a critical role in the fight against COVID-19.
Our directional flow tape features an arrow that points in the direction of flow. It is made from a unique combination of liner and over-lamination materials that protect it against harsh facility conditions (e.g., heat and cold). Material options include aluminum, cloth, copper foil, foam, paper, polypropylene film, PVC film, and vinyl. It is also available in several standard colors and sizes (all of which comply with OSHA/ANSI requirements) and completely customizable to meet highly specific customer needs. While it is generally used on piping to indicate the flow of material, it can also be applied to facility floors to organize and control the flow of traffic for better compliance with social distancing guidelines.
Contact Us today to learn more about our directional flow tapes and how they can benefit your facility!
Gaffer’s tape and duct tape are multi-purpose, pressure-sensitive adhesive materials, each with their own distinctions. Both gaffer’s tape and duct tape offer strong holding capabilities due to their fabric reinforcement design, but the best choice tape will depend on the intended application. Below is a guide to help you decide which one will work best for your specific project.
What Is Gaffer’s Tape?
Gaffer’s tape, also referred to as gaff tape, is a heavy-duty vinyl-coated, cotton pressure-sensitive tape that is often used in film production or for live shows. It’s very durable and does not wear down easily from foot traffic, which makes it an excellent choice for marking stage positions. Gaffer’s tape is non-reflective and usually keeps its shape better than duct tape. Its no-residue removal makes it ideal for situations when a temporary adhesive is needed. It also does not leave sticky adhesive on surfaces or cause damage, such as pulling paint off of walls.
What Is Duct Tape?
Duct tape is a polyethylene coated, cloth pressure-sensitive tape well known for its versatility and strength. It is coated with a polyethylene resin on one side and an aggressive, rubber-based adhesive on the other. Duct tape’s unique property of a cloth backing gives it its durability while still being able to be torn easily and applied to a variety of surfaces. It is also often recognized by its reflective, shiny finish.
Gaffer’s Tape vs. Duct Tape
Gaffer’s tape and duct tape are both used for a range of applications due to their versatility. However, there are some important differences to keep in mind when choosing the right tape for your project.
- Duct tape will leave behind a sticky residue when removed from an object or surface, whereas gaffer’s tape leaves the surfaces and items to which it is applied residue-free.
- Gaffer’s tape is more heat resistant than duct tape.
- Duct tape has a fabric strength backing.
- Gaffer’s tape is easily torn by hand, whereas some duct tape must be cut with scissors or knives.
- Duct tape is highly reflective, whereas gaffer’s tape has a low gloss or matte finish.
- Gaffer’s tape is best for temporary or removable adhesive solutions, whereas duct tape is best for permanent or semi-permanent solutions.
- Duct tape is less expensive than gaffer’s tape.
Industry Applications: Gaffer’s Tape vs. Duct Tape
Common Uses of Gaffer’s Tape
Gaffer’s tape is flexible enough to be used on almost any shape or surface, which makes it ideal for a variety of uses. It is a popular choice for the arts and entertainment industry and the following common uses:
- Position marking, often on a stage in a theater setting
- Managing cables in production studios
- Marking hazardous areas such as inclines, flights of stairs, etc.
- Repairing of bus seats
Common Uses of Duct Tape
Duct tape is used for many household fixes as well as:
- Vinyl repair
- Abrasion protection
- Bundling wire, metals, or plastics
- Color coding
- Quality waterproof packaging
- Ductwork sealing
- Seaming applications
NADCO Offers Both Gaffer’s Tape and Duct Tape
NADCO is known as a top-rated company for high-quality tapes and adhesives. We offer both gaffer’s tape and duct tape to help you in all your sticky situations.
Types of gaffer’s tape NADCO offers include:
- VCC 125 Premium Vinyl-Coated Cloth Gaffer Adhesive Tapes
- CGT-80 Gaffer Low Gloss Finish Adhesive Tapes
Types of duct tape include:
Although duct tape and gaffer’s tape have some similar features, they cannot be used interchangeably. Do you need help deciding on the best tape for your project?
Contact Us to help you choose the tape that will best fit your needs. Trust the tape experts at NADCO for high-quality tape and adhesives you can rely on.
Antimicrobial film is used to protect workers and products from the spread of pathogenic contaminants such as bacteria, mildew, and fungi. The film incorporates a green-colored, high-gloss top coat that contains antimicrobial Agion technology.
Antimicrobial film is broadly used in medical facilities, food production, and service industry settings to improve customer safety, reduce the risk of microbial contamination, and enhance workplace cleanliness. It has been particularly useful for medical facilities during the COVID-19 outbreak, as it helps to prevent the spread of bacteria and other pathogens that can create additional complications in an already challenging situation.
What Is Antimicrobial Film?
Antimicrobial film is a 48 gauge PET plastic film coated in antimicrobial Agion material that can be added to the surface of a variety of materials. It is often applied to tapes and labels for safe and easy application to surfaces, and can also be used in food and medical packaging to protect products from mold and bacterial contamination.
Agion is made up of silver ions and zeolite, for a safe and non-toxic antimicrobial coating that can be used for daily activities. The silver and zeolite combination interrupts cell metabolism, prevents cell multiplication, and inhibits the membrane transport process between cells, thereby preventing the growth and transmission of pathogenic contaminants.
Antimicrobial Film Applications
Antimicrobial films offer an extra layer of protection from harmful microbes and pathogens. They are particularly useful for surfaces and areas that are shared by multiple individuals, such as countertops and touchscreens. In addition, antimicrobial film can be applied to individual products to inhibit microbe growth. Some of the most common applications of antimicrobial films include:
- Common and Multi-Use Surfaces
- Tape and Label Coating
- Communal Building Materials
- Insulation Products
- HVAC Products
- Cleanrooms and Controlled Environments
- Medical Products, Packaging, and Facilities
- Household and Commercial Appliances
- Computer Touch Screens, Keyboards, and Switches
Industries That Can Use Antimicrobial Films
Antimicrobial film can be used as a valuable protective surface coating on a broad range of materials, from metal and plastic to wood and glass. Its high level of versatility makes it useful for surface protection in various industries and applications, including:
- Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries
- Food and Beverage Production and Service
- HVAC Equipment
- Technology and Communications
- Appliances and Consumer Goods
How Antimicrobial Films Can Help COVID-19 Frontline Workers
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, antimicrobial films have seen significant use for frontline medical applications. Medical professionals can use antimicrobial films to protect surfaces throughout healthcare facilities to prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi, and other potential contaminants. With the high traffic and hectic pace common in medical facilities, the last thing medical professionals need to worry about is additional complications. Antimicrobial films work to reduce the potential for secondary infections from microbial contaminants, so medical professionals can focus on helping their patients without spreading additional pathogens.
Frontline medical workers who are working through the COVID-19 pandemic can use antimicrobial films for the following:
- Medical Product Packaging
- Protective Coating on Medical Supplies
- Screen Protectors
- Bed Trays and Surgical Trays
- IV Stands and Medical Monitoring Equipment
- Wall Coverings and Dividers
- Countertops and Shared Work Surfaces
Reliable Antimicrobial Films by NADCO
Antimicrobial films have a broad range of uses in a variety of industries. At NADCO, we are pleased to offer antimicrobial coatings for tape, labels, and other adhesive products. We have extensive experience in the manufacture of high quality industrial labels, safety decals, and customized stickers for many industries and applications. Our state-of-the-art facility allows us to create custom designed adhesive products to meet our customers’ specialized needs. All of our designs are handled in-house, and our experienced and knowledgeable designers work directly with clients to develop solutions that meet their specifications.
At NADCO, we understand that time is of the essence in today’s world, especially for our customers working on the front lines of the pandemic. Our full service manufacturing facilities ensure that we can design and produce your product with the utmost speed and efficiency. With our in-house production, you know that you can depend on a quality product straight from the source.
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Tamper-evident labels show signs when someone has tried to open or tamper with a product. These labels or seals contain features that make it impossible to remove or peel up the material without damaging it in an obvious way. Effective tamper-evident labels must not separate easily from the product’s container and are often designed to split or separate after any attempt to remove them.
The FDA requires these labels to have a distinctive design and composition so that consumers know that the label they see is real and not a duplicate replacement. “Distinctive” may refer to what’s printed on the label, the material the label is made of (something that can’t be copied easily by whoever is trying to alter the product), and the features that leave visible evidence that the label has been breached.
Use Tamper-Evident Labels for Security and Safety
The need for tamper-evident labels arose for a variety of reasons, but most importantly to ensure the safety and security of products when they reach the end user. Whether the product is food, medication, or a piece of equipment, buyers want to be sure that what’s in the box is what was packed in the box.
Tamper-evident labels can’t be opened and then replaced. They leave visual evidence for the end user to see. Tamper-evident labels may use a variety of methods, such as:
- A printed message that sticks to the product when the label is removed, such as “void”
- A pre-cut slit in the label that tears when attempting to remove the label
- Fragile films that are guaranteed to tear because they can’t be removed in one piece
When it is impossible to alter the label without a clear sign, it becomes exceedingly difficult to tamper with the products inside of a package. An intact tamper-evident label shows the customer that your product is safe to use or consume, while any damage immediately tells the customer not to use the product and report the damaged label to the store or manufacturer.
Tamper-Evident Labels Maintain Brand Integrity
Tamper-evident labels ultimately help companies to preserve the integrity of their brands. Given that tamper-evident labels are difficult to manufacture and custom brand designs are even more difficult to reproduce, these labels ensure that counterfeiters or other brands cannot duplicate your label. Your brand will eventually become known for its strong, tamper-evident labeling and repeat customers will come to appreciate this verification of the integrity of the products they purchase from you.
Common Uses for Tamper-Evident Seals
Some of the most common uses for tamper-evident labels are in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. Tampering with these products leads to food safety violations and potential danger, not to mention an economic loss if the customer doesn’t receive all of what they paid for.
Potential use cases include:
- Pharmacy/pharmaceutical. With an increase in the popularity of pharmacy deliveries and online pharmacies, tamper-evident medication labels help to verify product integrity and patient safety.
- Restaurant delivery. With the rise of food delivery apps, food delivered from restaurants to customers has more touch points than ever before. A tamper-evident label ensures that food remains fresh and tamper-free in the hands of third-party deliverers.
- Grocery delivery. Online grocery delivery is exploding in popularity. Tamper-evident labels on bags and cartons helps to ensure the integrity of items from packing to final delivery.
- Critical shipments. Tamper-evident labels provide a simple, yet effective means of ensuring the integrity of high-value parcel shipments as they move through the various steps of the supply chain.
- Laundry soap. Many laundry soap manufacturers are turning to tamper-evident labels to make sure distributors or retailers don’t water down or otherwise alter their products.
Tamper-Evident Labels From NADCO
Tamper-evident labels and seals offer and a simple and effective means of securing products. NADCO can help you keep your products safe and secure with our void tapes and other tamper-evident products.
Foam tapes are available in a variety of carriers, sizes, thicknesses, and adhesives to suit a variety of product needs. Additionally, foam tapes withstand temperatures from -40° F to 300°F since their high bonding strength makes up for dissimilar thermal contractions and expansions. They hold up well against moisture, chemical solvents and exposure to the sun.
Common applications for foam tapes include:
- Cushioning and padding
The right type of foam tape can improve both the visual appeal and functional performance of various household and industrial products. Foam tapes come in two major categories: open cell and closed cell. It is important to know the differences between the materials in open cell and closed cell foam tapes to ensure appropriate selection of the right tape for your application.
Foam Tape Materials and Structure
The cell structure of the materials used to make open cell foam tapes are porous enough to allow air, fine particles, and water to pass through. Conversely, the materials used for making closed cell foam tapes have a closed cell structure that does not allow the passage of air, partical matter, and water.
Open Cell Foam
Open cell foam tape is typically made from EPDM rubber, polyurethane, or PVC/Nitrile, which are all airy and lightweight—these materials weigh about ½ to ¾ pounds per cubic foot. The low density of these materials gives them a high expansion/contraction capacity, which makes it easier to package and transport them. Open cell foams are resistant to molds, trap particulate matter like dust, and have good soundproofing characteristics.
Closed Cell Foam
Closed cell foam tape is typically made from EVA foam, polyethylene foam, neoprene foam, PVC/Nitrile foam rubber, or SBR foam rubber. Their closed cell structure makes these materials tough and dense, with densities falling in the 2–3 pounds per cubic foot range.
The higher density makes closed cell foam more expensive, but they are strong, have a higher R-value, and feature better resistances to air and moisture. As such, they are excellent for protective packaging and soundproofing applications.
Foam Tape Resistance Capabilities: Open Vs. Closed
While open cell foam tapes are resistant to oxygen and have a high degree of flexibility and dexterity, they don’t offer much in terms of resistance to water or moisture vapors. Closed cell foam tape offers a variety of beneficial features, such as excellent leak resistance, good soundproofing and shock capabilities, and high resistances to heat, moisture, and vapors.
Open vs. Closed Foam Tape Applications
Open cell foam tapes offer an ideal solution for indoor soundproofing applications. However, their tendency to absorb and retain water makes them poorly suited for outdoor construction or building applications.
Closed cell foam tapes better suited for these projects. Other applications that use closed cell foam tapes include:
- Aerospace and aircraft projects
- HVAC systems
- Medical disposables
- Shock absorption
- Thermal insulation
The better insulation characteristics of closed cell foam tapes come from the structure of their cells. The cells have robust walls that make it more rigid and trap a large volume of air. This makes the material sturdier, providing better insulation.
Foam Tapes from NADCO
NADCO Tapes & Labels, Inc., designs and manufactures open and closed cell foam tapes. We supply double-sided and single-sided foam tapes for a variety of critical industries, such as the aerospace and medical sectors. NADCO can customize the design and properties of these tapes to suit different applications.
Our downloadable eBook offers guidance for selecting the right foam tapes for specific use cases. Our subject matter experts are also available to our customers for consultations. Contact us today to learn about NADCO’s products and services, and how we can help you in selecting the right foam tape for your project.
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
- 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.
Flexible, powerful bonding solutions play an essential role in the manufacturing processes for vehicles. By relying on adhesives instead of other joining methods, manufacturers produce cars that are lighter, more fuel-efficient, and made up of more varied components. Using adhesives also leads to fewer emissions produced throughout the process.
Use of Adhesives in the Automotive Industry
Adhesives are on the rise in manufacturing processes compared to traditional joining techniques like welding. In some vehicles, there are up to forty pounds of adhesive materials. This weight is just a fraction of the rivets, welding agents, and other heavy metal equipment that could be used in traditional processes and designs.
By exchanging metal parts for adhesives, manufacturers can create cars that weigh less. Through that single change, cars offer a higher mileage rating, while manufacturers lower their environmental footprint.
One popular adhesive material is double-sided bonding tape. Its benefits include:
- Shear strength:This prevents the bonded materials from failing in shear or sliding apart in a direction parallel to stress. Double-sided adhesive tape has shear strength that prevents most failures or gradual slippage.
- Strong adhesion:This material sticks to a variety of surfaces without failing. It can bind together two unlike materials, such as plastics and metals, which cannot be welded together.
- Low weight:Its lighter weight means it can replace several pounds of welding and joining materials while still offering superior performance.
- Temperature resistance:Both commercial and consumer vehicles face a wide range of internal and environmental temperatures. Adhesives can withstand low and high temperatures without losing strength once the bond is set.
- Biodegradability:Just as car manufacturers face increased pressure to create fuel-efficient vehicles, they also must consider other environmental costs. Many adhesive products, such as double-sided bonding tape, is biodegradable.
Due to these advantages, manufacturers prefer using adhesives compared to welding. Welding adds significant weight to the vehicle and is an expensive process. Welding stations require a lot of specialized equipment and raw materials, and the costs for the process in terms of time and labor is high. Adhesives, on the other hand, can quickly be applied whether it’s by a team of manufacturers or automated lines.
The Future of Adhesive Tapes in the Automotive Industry
While automotive adhesives can be used during any stage of the manufacturing process, they are most commonly applied during the body in white (BIW) state, which is when the sheet metal body of the car is being pieced together. According to the Automotive Adhesives Market forecast in 2015, this stage of the process represents the greatest use of adhesives. Further, this area of application will be the highest growing area of adhesives usage through 2021.
Automotive manufacturers prefer to use double-sided tapes and other adhesives during the BIW stage because of the characteristics listed above, especially the reduction in weight. As double-sided adhesives become stronger and more diverse, they are quickly replacing most applications of metal fasteners and pins. They also allow for more varied designs and innovations. Adhesives designers and manufacturers will play a critical role in the evolution of vehicles as they create, support, and test specialized adhesives.
Because adhesives can bond unlike materials, demand for mild steel will also continue to drop in favor of low-alloy steels that no longer need to withstand welding and heat distortion. Other materials that will grow more popular include aluminum, magnesium, and plastics. These changes will become more apparent throughout the next decade as vehicle composition changes to support demands for lower weight, greater fuel efficiency, and smarter design.
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Double-sided tapes and other adhesives have advantages that traditional welding and fastening techniques can’t compete with. As automotive manufacturers develop designs and improvements based on adhesives’ lightweight and durable characteristics, cars will evolve into more disruptive designs.
To learn more about our double-sided tapes and other adhesives for your next manufacturing project, contact NADCO today.
Flexible, powerful bonding solutions play an essential role in the manufacturing processes for vehicles. By relying on adhesives instead of other joining methods, manufacturers produce cars that are lighter, more fuel-efficient, and made up of more varied components. Using adhesives also leads to fewer emissions produced throughout the process.
Pressure-sensitive labels (PSLs) consist of sheets or films coated on one side with an adhesive substance that is activated by pressure. These labels offer an advantage over other types as the pressure-sensitive adhesive does not require exposure to water or a solvent, allowing for quicker and easier application to a wide range of surfaces.
Due to the simplicity and versatility of their design, pressure-sensitive labels find use in a variety of consumer and retail applications, including on bottles, cans, jars, tapes, and electronic products. Selecting and using pressure-sensitive labels for your product(s) offers you a host of benefits. The top five benefits are:
#1 – Convenience
Pressure-sensitive labels withstand and maintain their integrity in a variety of environmental conditions, such as heat, cold, humid, wet, and dry environments. This quality makes them very attractive to producers that are looking for both ease of application and reliability.
The pre-application of adhesive on pressure-sensitive labels reduces the number of steps required for the labels’ application. As they don’t need the application of heat or exposure to a solvent to work effectively, they are also more readily and easily placed and applied on objects, including ones that do not respond well to heat or solvents.
Moreover, depending on the requirements of their application, different adhesives can be used to manufacture the pressure-sensitive label, allowing for permanent or temporary label application.
#2 – Ease of Use
Pressure-sensitive labels can adhere to virtually any material surface, including:
- Dusty or contaminated
- Rough surfaces
- Humid or wet
Once their functionality or usefulness has played out, pressure-sensitive labels offer the additional benefit of being easily disposable as they contain minimal amounts of volatile compounds.
#3 – Wide Options to Choose From
Pressure-sensitive labels are available with a wide selection of customization options.
Depending on the requirements for the end product, the labels are applied with a variety of adhesives, including ones that that are:
- Permanent, semi-temporary, or temporary
- Heat or cold resistant
- Moisture resistant
The substrate layer of the label is also available in a number of different materials, including:
Once the substrate and adhesive substances are chosen, the finished pressure-sensitive label can also be fully customized with colors, patterns, textures, and designs, such as:
- Wood grain
- Custom graphics and artwork
Overall, these labels provide a high level of customization in both their functional and aesthetic properties, making them suitable for consumer industries, including the beauty and cosmetics market.
#4 – Environmentally Friendly
Pressure-sensitive labels are more eco-friendly than other labels that require separate adhesive or solvent application. Compared to solvent-based labels, PSLs have minimal amounts of volatile compounds which can have adverse effects on the environment, and, compared to water-based labels, they require water to manufacture.
#5 – Profitability
Pressure-sensitive labels provide manufacturers with an effective and economical solution for their labeling applications. The versatility and ease of use of these labels make them suitable for a broader range of manufactured products, minimizing the number of different labels required in inventory for everyday operations.
Customized pressure-sensitive labels are available at low costs with a variety of options for the adhesive, substrate, and design. Generally, customization of these labels results in high quality rendered products suitable for use in consumer and retail applications.
Additionally, as the adhesive is already on the label, less time is required for applying adhesive or activators, changing labels, and cleaning up spilled substances. By optimizing these label application operations, facilities experience improved overall productivity and, consequently, profitability.
Partner with NADCO for Your Label Needs
At NADCO Tapes & Labels, Inc., we are an industry leader in the production of custom printed pressure-sensitive labels suitable for countless industrial and commercial applications, including:
- Product identification
- Safety and information
We offer several different printing methods that can be tailored to meet your project requirements. These methods include:
- Flexographic printing
- 4-color processing
- Spot printing (up to 7 colors)
- Short-run digital printing
Request a Quote today to learn more about how NADCO can meet and exceed the expectations of your next project! Our pressure-sensitive labels provide the functional and aesthetic qualities required for your products.
PVC foam tape provides insulation, cushioning, and tight seals against air, dust, and moisture, making them a durable and versatile solution for many industrial settings. These tapes are especially common in the HVAC, construction, electronics, and automotive industries since they conform quickly and easily to irregular surfaces. They also hold up well to environmental stressors like sunlight and chemical exposures, so they won’t degrade in circumstances that would otherwise break an adhesive bond.
Aside from these physical characteristics, PVC foam tape also offers a number of practical advantages. Here are a few of the most compelling benefits you can expect from it.
1. Time Savings
Unlike other options, PVC foam tape is constructed so the adhesive is on the inside of the tape rather than the outside. This comes from the unique process of casting foam tapes: we pour PVC onto a casting sheet and let it rise to the desired thickness. Once the foam has taken on the final texture, we coat it directly with adhesive before winding it into a roll. To use the tape, just unroll and cut a piece of any length. The interior adhesive eliminates the need for a release liner, cutting a step from the assembly process and saving you time on installation and waste management. These small time savings add up over time, leading to a far more efficient production.
2. Reduced Material Costs
PVC foam tapes support a number of precise cutting mechanisms that save you money on materials. We offer large rolls, or logs, that are cost-effective to buy. Tape conversion processes like lathe splitting allow these logs to be cut down into several smaller rolls, each with a precise width. The resulting rolls can be further modified through die cutting, allowing you to meet specific dimensions as required by your project. Also, unlike vinyl tapes, which may offer similar benefits, PVC foam tapes can be produced with a simple two-component pour, making PVC a cost-effective option.
3. Extensive Working Life
Another key benefit of PVC foam tapes is their notable durability. By nature of their material, these tapes resist damage from solvents, fuels, chemicals, flames, and environmental exposure, all while maintaining compatibility with resins and other adhesives. PVC foam is also closed-cell, which allows it to resist moisture absorption. In practice, this means foam tape is unlikely to rot under moist conditions. It also resists vibration and has an exceptional fatigue life, making it a practical choice where longevity is concerned. Taken in sum, these many resistance properties mean PVC foam tape lasts much longer than competing products would—even in harsher environments.
A final consideration with PVC foams is their adaptability. NADCO offers PVC foams at a range of densities, widths, and lengths, available in both single and double-sided configurations. Depending on the product, these tapes can withstand high shear, exposure to chemicals, and extreme temperatures ranging from -40 to 200°F. We also offer solutions like aluminum liners for added protection in demanding environments. By altering these specifications, it’s possible to achieve the perfect foam tape for your individual situation.
NADCO PVC Tape Solutions for Your Project
NADCO offers an extensive range of PVC foam tapes varying in density, texture, and adhesive qualities. We would be happy to help you identify the most effective and affordable option for any application.
If you need an adhesive solution that will save you time and money, our team will walk you through the process.
Contact our team today to discuss your project in detail and learn more about the benefits of PVC foam tape.
Vinyl tapes are a critical safety asset in many industrial locations ranging from parking lots and storage yards to factories and warehouses. Vinyl tapes are ideal for nearly any environment because they resist weather, environmental factors, wear, and abrasion.
Material and coloring are important factors to consider when purchasing safety tape. Brightly colored adhesive tapes not only provide visual cues to highlight hazards, but add traction in many walkways. Vinyl tapes have other practical uses as well, such as joint sealing, pipe wrapping, decorating, and light bundling.
Since vinyl tapes are a highly versatile solution, many workplaces customize tapes to specific colors and widths to support safety initiatives that are unique to each setting. NADCO offers a wide selection and a creative perspective to make each safety project a well-marked reality.
Applications of Safety Tapes
One of the most important functions of safety tapes is to call attention to hazards. Bright colors such as red or yellow—or eye-catching color-combinations and patterns—are used to grab attention and make it easy for people to avoid certain areas or follow walkways. These vinyl tapes can be used to make workers aware of a variety of risks, such as:
- Hazards related to machinery
- Social Distancing requirements
- High noise levels
- Heights or edges
- Other dangerous circumstances
Safety tape creates a bright visual barrier between personnel and hazards. More than one color barricade tape can be used to indicate different types of hazards, and the space can be marked with different widths and thicknesses.
Vinyl tapes are also useful for marking safe aisles and pathways through a facility, especially for environments where social distancing is required for regular operation. Clearly marked pathways guide workers through a busy workplace and separate pedestrians from heavy machinery such as forklifts and other vehicles, mitigating the risks of collisions or other accidents. These bright markings also fulfill OSHA requirements by guaranteeing the required width of an aisle isn’t blocked by pallets or boxes.
While yellow is the traditional color to mark paths, a facility may find it more useful to mark different paths in different colors to communicate their purpose. For example, pedestrian paths could be marked in yellow while lift truck paths are marked in red.
Best Practices for Using Safety Tape
Safety tape is most effective when installed and maintained properly. Tips for proper installation include:
- Tape should be applied to a clean, dry surface. This ensures that it fully adheres to the floor and will have a long lifespan.
- Clean the vinyl tape regularly so it stays bright and maintains high visibility.
- Always communicate to staff and visitors what the safety tape represents and how people should react to the different patters or colors—especially when it is used to mark hazards.
Markings should be precise, simple, and obvious. Everyone should have a clean understanding of what each color or color combination represents. This should include training, so that all stakeholders understand how to interpret the different colors and markings (such as arrows, circles, squares, X’s, etc.) created with floor tape. A safe and productive workplace is possible only when people know how to interpret the tapes.
Working with NADCO
NADCO is devoted to printing and die-cutting adhesive tape to help our clients with a broad range of safety initiatives, industrial applications, advertising programs, and recreational needs.
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