Tape & Tape Suppliers

Tape suppliers refers to both tape manufacturers and distributing tape companies that supply tape for a number of industries. Tape, which is a long thin strip of material, is primarily used in a wide range of binding and fastening applications; however tape has several other applications as well.

Typically application-specific, many common types of tape consist of pressure sensitive adhesives, or adhesives that form a bond between the tape and the substrate when pressure is applied. Masking tape consists of an easy-release pressure sensitive adhesive and is likewise easily-torn. Used in shipping applications to secure packages such as large envelopes, bags, cartons or boxes, packaging tape consists of a heavy-duty pressure sensitive adhesive that prevents tearing, breaking, bursting or loosening. Electrical tape is made from materials that do not conduct electricity, as well as having a pressure sensitive adhesive that insulates electrical wire and other electrical conduits. Duct tape consists of a tacky and soft pressure sensitive adhesive that allows for versatility and holding power useful in applications such as water resistant sealing for military equipment. Some of the less common types of tape include sealing tape, marking tape, Gaffer’s tape, various types of printed tape and 3M tape. Another category of tape includes those that are defined by the material used to produce them, such as vinyl tape, PTFE tape, foam tape and foil tape. Literally every industry uses tape in one form or another, the only variance being what kind of specialized tape they use and why.

Some Leading Manufacturers

SpecialtyTapes.com

Minneapolis, MN | 877-891-7572

We have over 40 years of experience here at SpecialtyTape.com and our teams are available to help you with determining the best tape for your application. Our company offers a full range of services such as printing, die cutting, rewinding, slitting. Our tapes are idea for a number of purposes including: aerospace, foam, bag sealing, duct, carton sealing, labeling and much more. Please contact us today to learn more information!

Carolina Tape & Supply Corporation

Hickory, NC | 800-237-6079

Here at Carolina Tape & Supply Corporation we are a family owned business with a long history of successfully manufacturing tape. Our company offers over 300 different types of tapes and we aim to exceed all of your expectations. Our cost efficient are long-lasting and will work with you every step of the way. If you have any questions about our products or services then please give us a call today!

MBK Tape Solutions

Chatsworth, CA | 800-479-9707

MBK Tape Solutions is a global leader in the tape converting industry. For over 40 years, MBK has custom designed and manufactured adhesive tapes and flexible materials for component parts or end-user products in the medical, electronics, aerospace, renewable energy, displays and almost every imaginable industry. Our application engineers will find a tape solution that best meets your needs and requirements. Visit us online to learn more, www.mbktape.com.

Western Container Corp.

Beloit, WI | 800-393-7917

Turn to Western Container Corp. for tape solutions that is designed to meet your needs. Our experts can provide you with specialized products and we offer value-added services. We are a committed supplier who will tailor our processes to meet your needs. Please give us a call today to learn more!

Tape is made in a relatively simple process called coating. Coating involves applying an adhesive to the carrier material. The carrier material can be any one of a variety of moderately thin flexible materials including films, paper tissues, cloth or metal foils. There are three main ways to coat the adhesive on the carrier: solvent coating, water-based coating and hot-melt coating. Solvent coating dissolves the adhesive into a solvent, creating a relatively non-viscous liquid that can be coated onto the material. The solvent is removed by passing the coated tape through a heated oven. Water-based coating mixes the adhesive with water to form emulsions, which are suspensions of small globs of one of the liquids in the second liquid. This solution is then coated onto the carrier. In the hot-melt coating process the adhesive is heated until it reaches its melting point and coats the carrier as a hot liquid. The coated tape is then cooled in order to become the finished tape. A finished sheet of tape may undergo a variety of converting processes. One such process is winding, in which the sheet of coated tape is wound and formed into a large roll of tape. The slitting process involves taking the huge roll of coated tape that is created during coating, and cutting it down into smaller strips of tape for sale. Once slit, the tape strips must undergo rewinding so that they are once more formed into rolls of tape. Tape can also undergo die cutting instead of slitting.

Microseal Industries, Inc.

Paterson, NJ | 973-523-0704

Here at Microseal Industries, we are committed to providing the best tape possible, which is why we work hard to maintain our ISO 9001:2008 certification. Our high performance tapes come at a very fair price, and we are great at anticipating the needs of our customers. We are a turnkey company that will work with you every step of the way. Please feel free to visit our website for more information.

Walco Corporation

Glenshaw, PA | 412-486-4400

Walco Corporation was founded in 1975, and specializes in converting raw materials into finished die-cut, perforated, outline perforated and straight products, using material such as Foams, Tapes, Adhesives, Laminates and Surface Protective Films. We also deal with a large variety of roll tapes, cut to size and/or with perforations to ensure the proper length each and every time. Our products can be found in Automotive, Industrial, Medical, Construction, Asbestos Abatement, Nuclear and Military/Aerospace markets.

Kruse Adhesive Tape, Inc.

Santa Ana, CA | 800-992-7702

With an extensive selection of pressure sensitive tapes, Kruse Adhesive Tape has high quality tape solutions for your demanding dynamic and static applications. From bonding to reinforcing, you can count on the experts at Kruse to find the right product for you! We supply film, paper, foam, foil, cloth, carton sealing, electrical, and masking tapes. Check out our complete offering of tape products on our website or give us a call!

Tape is made in a relatively simple process called coating. Coating involves applying an adhesive to the carrier material. The carrier material can be any one of a variety of moderately thin flexible materials including films, paper tissues, cloth or metal foils. There are three main ways to coat the adhesive on the carrier: solvent coating, water-based coating and hot-melt coating. Solvent coating dissolves the adhesive into a solvent, creating a relatively non-viscous liquid that can be coated onto the material. The solvent is removed by passing the coated tape through a heated oven. Water-based coating mixes the adhesive with water to form emulsions, which are suspensions of small globs of one of the liquids in the second liquid. This solution is then coated onto the carrier. In the hot-melt coating process the adhesive is heated until it reaches its melting point and coats the carrier as a hot liquid. The coated tape is then cooled in order to become the finished tape. A finished sheet of tape may undergo a variety of converting processes. One such process is winding, in which the sheet of coated tape is wound and formed into a large roll of tape. The slitting process involves taking the huge roll of coated tape that is created during coating, and cutting it down into smaller strips of tape for sale. Once slit, the tape strips must undergo rewinding so that they are once more formed into rolls of tape. Tape can also undergo die cutting instead of slitting.

Since tape manufacturing is a fairly basic process, there have not been a lot of changes and advancements in the process itself. However, there has been some advancement in the types of materials used in tape manufacturing. Increased abilities in substrate manufacturing capabilities have lead to the development of thinner and thinner films that can be used to produce tape. An example would be aluminum foil tape, which is a fairly new type of foil tape. In addition, instead of the original single-coated tape, there is now double-coated tape. Double-coated tape is an adhesive tape that has been coated with adhesive on both sides of the carrier. This necessitates that one of the coated sides of tape must have two layers of silicone release paper laminated over it, with a liner in between the two areas, that acts as a release agent. Designed to stick two lightweight surfaces together, double sided tape is highly effective for bonding materials such as paper, plastic and cardboard; much more so than single coated tape. Advancements such as these will keep the tape industry rolling forward into the future, always ready to provide for the world’s taping needs.

SpecialtyTapes.com

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