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How Adhesives Are Keeping Your Car Together



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

nadco-adhesive-automobileWhile 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.


The Top 5 Benefits of Pressure Sensitive Labels



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:

  • Polyolefin-based
  • Rubberized
  • 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.

Adhesive 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
  • Anti-microbial

nadco-foil-tapeSubstrate Material Options

The substrate layer of the label is also available in a number of different materials, including:

Design Options

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:

  • Clear
  • Metallic
  • Glossy
  • Matte
  • Textured
  • 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

nadco-eco-friendly-labelPressure-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
  • Branding
  • Decoration
  • 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.

4 Reasons to Use PVC Foam Tape

4 Reasons to Use PVC Foam Tape

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

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.

4. Adaptability

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.

Keeping the Workplace Safe with Vinyl Tape


Vinyl 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.


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Applications of Safety Tapes

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
  • Chemicals
  • High noise levels
  • Heights or edges
  • Traffic
  • 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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Why Foil Tapes Are a Must-Have for Aerospace Adhesive Applications

Adhesive foil tapes are versatile products that are useful for aerospace manufacturers in many different ways. A wide range of foil tapes exist, all of which can seal systems while resisting corrosion caused by chemicals, moisture, heat, or combinations thereof.

Finding foil tape made from the most optimal material for your use is essential to maximizing your efficiency. With the properties that foil tapes possess, they’re an essential material to use in a variety of aerospace adhesive applications.

How Can Foil Tapes Help?

In the aerospace industry, common applications for foil tape include:

How Can Foil Tapes Help?
  • Aircraft storage: Foil tapes help protect your application from outside elements, including UV light and moisture, during both storage and flight
  • Electrical conductivity: Copper tape has a low rate of resistance, which allows it to assist in the protection of electrical systems
  • High heat: Lead tape is highly heat resistant, which enables it to protect against flames and other high-temperature threats

Which Foil Tape Material Is Right for Me?

Each type of foil tape has different uses and properties that allow it to perform well in different environments. One commonality among all four types of foil tape is that they’re useful for applications in the aerospace industry.

Foil tapes tend to come in one of four forms, which are described below:

  • Aluminum tape is lighter and has a longer shelf life than other types of foil tape. This tape resists corrosion caused by moisture, weather, UV radiation, and chemicals. Because of these properties, its most common uses include masking aircraft parts to protect and defend them from harsh elements and environmental conditions.
  • Stainless steel tape is a non-corrosive and stable metal material. It provides an additional layer of protection for stainless steel surfaces that might be damaged by heat, physical impact, and corrosion. Stainless steel foil tape is also commonly utilized in food processing, marine, and nuclear applications because of its long-lasting adhesion and resistance to degradation.
  • Copper tape’s low rate of resistance makes it useful for helping with projects that involve the conduction of electricity, such as wrapping cables. Copper tape bonds with challenging surfaces, including low–surface energy substrates. Its high tensile copper foil makes it highly malleable.
  • Lead tape consists of either a rubber or acrylic adhesive. Its properties make it ideal for use in radioactive protection or under high-temperature conditions. It bonds well to a number of surfaces, including most metals. It can be die-cut into specific shapes for assembly and manufacturing processes.

Contact NADCO for Your Next Adhesive Solution

NADCO Tapes & Labels has extensive experience in manufacturing a wide range of adhesives, including all four categories of foil tape. Our tapes come with a wide range of customization capabilities, which we ship all over the country from our 35,000-square-foot warehouse located in Sarasota, FL.

How Can Foil Tapes Help?

To learn more about how to select the right foil tape for your aerospace project, download our free eBook on the subject. If you would like to learn more about our products and offerings, feel free to contact us and request a quote today.



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Foam Tapes for Medical Adhesive Applications

Medical-grade adhesives are an integral part of modern healthcare. Care providers use medical foam tape to seal sanitized devices, cushion patients and devices during treatment, and manage fluids for long-term-wear wound dressings.

Foam Tapes for Medical Adhesive Applications

The versatility of foam tapes when used in medical applications is driving a dramatic increase in their manufacture. According to a report by Technology Assessment Associates, hospitals currently invest $44 billion each year in medical-grade adhesives. The market for this product continues to grow at a rate of 12% each year.

In a variety of medical settings, medical foam tape is replacing permanent bonding methods like rivets, screws, and welding. This allows for greater flexibility and better patient outcomes.

The Benefits of Medical-Grade Adhesives

The unique properties that foam tapes bring to medical applications make them ideal for a number of care-related purposes:

  • Medical adhesives are lightweight, soft, and comfortable enough for long-term therapeutic wear
  • Medical foam tapes are produced in attractive colors with durable materials
  • Double-sided foam tapes offer superior adhesion and intricate bonding to safeguard and cushion medical devices
  • When used next to the skin, polyethylene foam tape is a soft, comfortable, and cost-effective alternative to films and nonwoven tapes
  • Medical adhesive bandages are available in high and low tacks to fit the needs of the patients (patients with sensitive skin, like seniors and newborns, generally require lower-tack products)

Medical-grade adhesives are safe and multifaceted products that can be used to replace more expensive or less comfortable adhesive options.

Materials and Applications of Medical-Grade Adhesives

Medical-grade foams are manufactured with or without an adhesive element. These tools are also available in a variety of densities, widths, and colors. Some of the materials that manufacturers use to create medical-grade foams include:

  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a lightweight yet rigid material primarily used in medical-grade containers and tubing
    Polyethylene, a polymer used to manufacture plastic cups, surgical gloves, and countless other common medical accessories
    Polyether, an organic compound found in implantable medical devices like stomas
    Polyester, which combines organic and synthetic polymers to create a biodurable medical fiber for internal use
    Neoprene, a synthetic rubber used in gloves, braces, and a number of medical devices and therapeutic tools
    Single-sided foams, which add adhesive to one side of the material so the device can be used for cushioning, filling in gaps, and insulation
    Double-face medical-grade foams, which allow medical professionals to mount small items, like tubes, to secure surfaces

Medical adhesives fill important roles in daily care procedures. These devices are used to:

  • Pad prosthetics for a firmer and more comfortable fit
  • Seal LCD screens, control panels, and keypads on medical electronics
  • Attach electrodes to the skin and sealing ostomy equipment
  • Dress wounds to decrease discomfort while still allowing healing

And as the industry continues to grow, researchers will continue to find new applications for medical adhesives.

NADCO: A Reliable Source for Medical-Grade Adhesives

A Reliable Source for Medical-Grade Adhesives

NADCO carries medical-grades adhesives that maximize patient comfort, adhesion, and cushioning. Our inventory includes a diverse selection of medical foam solutions. We value our customers and show this positive regard by providing reduced lead times and consistently superior service and product quality.

Our custom capabilities set us apart from other medical-grade adhesive retailers. We provide custom-printed pressure-sensitive tapes and labels that are convenient, adaptable, and efficient. Choose from a variety of materials and treatments to create the ideal product for your medical practice. In addition, our team offers design, digital printing, prototyping, die cutting, and other services to ensure your products meet professional standards.

NADCO is your source for high-grade and flexible foam tapes for the medical industry.

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Are Your Food & Bev Labels Sticking Out Like They Should?

In the food and beverage industry, labels function as the customer’s first introduction to your brand, laying the foundation for their loyalty and repeat business. Having a high-quality, trustworthy label will help establish brand identity, ensuring that you stand out from the competition to new and existing customers alike.

Food and Beverage Products

Below, we’ve assembled a quick guide on how to create effective labels for your food and beverage products.

Create Engaging Content

There are several important steps to designing engaging, relationship-building labels. First, you should study your target audience and how your brand identity will speak to your needs. Research has shown that customers look at a product for an average of four seconds before moving on, so it’s important to quickly and concisely express your brand’s information and identity. Highlight your product’s features and ingredients, but make sure you also leave room for the customer’s imagination (and don’t be misleading!).

Meet Government Regulations

All food and beverage labels must comply with FDA laws, standards, and guidelines. Providing clear, accurate nutritional information will help you avoid liability and keep your customers safe. Adhering to FDA regulations will also give you more opportunity to showcase your unique branding – some companies include unique designs or fun content around FDA labels to give their products a more human touch.

Enhance Shelf Appeal

Enhance Shelf Appeal

To boost your product’s shelf appeal, it’s important to establish unique color schemes, dynamic graphics, and original diction and branding. Customers remember a product for the distinctive personality it brings into play; therefore, your branding should help establish your product’s character, originality, and memorability.

You can also study your competitors’ designs to see what they’re doing, and then improve upon them. Aggressive marketing strategies by industry rivals can be refashioned into winning campaigns for you. Finding unique and original ways to differentiate yourself from your competitors will result in your product having your personality, and customers love personality.

Besides an eye-catching, engaging label, you must also consider innovative packaging. The more functional your packaging is, the better your sales will be. For example, when Heinz turned their flipped the labels on their ketchup bottles upside down, so that the bottle cap faced downward, they significantly increased their sales. A well-designed package will go a long way in setting yourself apart from your competitors and positively connecting with your customers.

Working with NADCO

NADCO brings a large team of qualified experts to any design challenge. With design experience for clients across many industries, we can customize a product to any standard. We offer sophisticated graphic services with 7-Spot Color printing, optional UV printing, and Cold Foil services.

To learn more about our unique labeling solutions, contact us and request a free quote today.

What it Means to be Florida’s First USGBC LEED Silver–Certified Manufacturer

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) implemented the international Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system to evaluate buildings’ environmental efficiency. LEED certifications can apply to any new building, and companies around the world are increasingly starting to remodel their existing structures to meet LEED standards.

By implementing optimized environmental efficiency and innovative operational practices, we’re proud to be Florida’s first manufacturer to receive the USGBC’s LEED-Silver Certification!

Key Factors to Building Green Buildings

Key Factors to Building Green Buildings

Developers looking to acquire LEED certification must earn enough points across multiple categories to obtain one of the four LEED rating systems: certified, silver, gold, or platinum. Developers select a target rating and begin construction according to its requirements. This process seeks to inspire project teams to seek innovative solutions that support public health and our environment.

LEED Certification Benefits

Besides the important work done towards reducing your business’s environmental impact, LEED certification shows customers that you value sustainability. LEED-certified buildings also incorporate state-of-the-art architecture and appliances, boosting your building’s aesthetic appeal and practical efficiency. Furthermore, because LEED-certified buildings consume less resources, you spend less money on electricity use and climate control.

The explosion of sustainable building practices has also increased the amount of trained workers willing to do them. Green jobs are in demand, and LEED-certified buildings both increase your ability to recruit and retain new talent and to join a global network of sustainability advocates.


USGBC has assembled a series of LEED certification guides to help walk you through the process of choosing the right LEED certification target for your project. These guides also outline some best practices to follow to achieve each certification level.

Working with NADCO

NADCO is a LEED silver–certified company specializing in tape and label manufacturing. To gain our certification, we optimized our environmental efficiency in areas including:

  • Finding sustainable sites
  • Improving water efficiency
  • Limiting our energy and atmospheric emissions
  • Consuming less materials and resources
  • Maintaining efficient indoor environmental quality
  • Making sustainability a regional priority
  • Committing to keep innovating environmentally friendly solutions

Our green facilities help our communities reduce energy use, save water, generate less waste, and support human health. We design all our products using environmentally friendly processes, and we work to make them as biodegradable as possible.

Stick with NADCO For More Green Tape

NADCO is a one-stop solutions provider for all your tape and label manufacturing needs. We also print and die cut adhesive tape and label products for advertising demands, system requirements, industrial applications, and recreational needs. These benefits, combined with our state-of-the-art equipment, allow us to provide customizable adhesive solutions manufactured to the highest quality standards.

At NADCO, we value our ability to provide quality adhesive solutions in the most environmentally efficient manner possible. If you can imagine it, NADCO will make it stick. Contact our team to request a free quote today.

3 Major Benefits of sticking with a Full-Service Adhesives Manufacturer

The process of manufacturing custom adhesives, such as tapes and labels, usually consists of several carefully planned operations. Graphic designs, printing, die cutting, and prototyping may all be activities that need to be coordinated for the successful design of an adhesive product.

Unfortunately, conventional tape and label design have traditionally involved using several players to meet the varying needs of an already complicated process. This has the potential to throw off the project schedule, which can ultimately cascade into compounding delays and budget creep. Additionally, the involvement of these middlemen can also result in inconsistent quality and other issues as the product moves from one hand to another.

To mitigate the occurrence of these problems, companies are now turning to full-service adhesive manufacturers to handle all tape and label making needs in one location. Listed below are some of the primary benefits of working with one-stop adhesive manufacturers.

Reduced Lead-Times

The more stakeholders involved in an adhesive manufacturing project, the more inefficient the process becomes. Inefficient processes with too many parties inevitably result in increased lead times. Each additional entity involved in the manufacturing process creates multiple new lines of communication. Furthermore, delays from one player in the supply chain can have a domino effect, resulting in additional delays.

Working with a full-service provider not only reduces the number of lines of communication, but it also streamlines the manufacturing process by reducing the amount of touches involved in the manufacture of the adhesive product.

Enhanced Custom Capabilities

Enhanced Custom

Full-service adhesive manufacturers have better in-house communication, resulting in more enhanced customization capabilities. Multiple lines of communication caused by the involvement of additional persons and companies can impede effective overall communication strategies and lead to loss of essential customization information. Additionally, the more parties involved, the slower the rate of communication, and the more difficult it is to effect design changes to the product.

Consistency of Service and Quality

Another significant issue with multi-vendor outsourcing in the manufacture of adhesive products is quality and consistency. Different manufacturers follow different quality standards and, as such, do not produce the same quality of work.

Conversely, full-service adhesive manufacturers handle all production processes from concept to completion. This gives them the ability to follow a single quality standard and allows for better oversight and implementation of those standards on the final product.

The NADCO Difference

NADCO is a one-stop solutions provider for all your tape and label manufacturing needs. Our broad range of services—from graphic designing, digital printing, die cutting, prototyping, and more—helps to simplify our client’s supply chain and streamlines the entire manufacturing process. These benefits, combined with our state-of-the-art equipment, allow us to provide highly customizable adhesive solutions manufactured to the highest-quality – all with relatively short lead times.

Identifying the best adhesives manufacturer for your application can help reduce costs, save time, and optimize the effectiveness of your tapes and labels.

Contact us here or give us a call at 800-839-9018 to learn more about how the experts at NADCO can provide you with end-to-end adhesive, tape, and label solutions.


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Are you Choosing the Right Adhesive Materials for Your Application?

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

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
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
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
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.

Contact our experts or call 800-839-9018 to learn more about how we can help you choose the optimal adhesive for an application.

To read more about these steps and recommendations for choosing the optimal adhesive for your applications, download your free copy of our ebook How to Choose the Right Adhesive Tape for your Application. Inside you’ll read in more detail…

  • Important questions to consider
  • Building your checklist
  • Evaluating different materials
  • Consulting industry professionals
  • …and more

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