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Adhesive tapes consist of a base known as backing or carrier such as plastic film, cloth, foils, paper, clear film, etc. The backing has sticky materials, also known as adhesives applied to it. The adhesives are used to make the adhesive tapes tacky. Some tapes come with release liners or primers etc to protect the tapes. Adhesive tapes can be either single-sided i.e. sticky on one side or double sided. Read More…

Adhesive Tapes Adhesive tapes consist of a base known as backing or carrier such as plastic film, cloth, foils, paper, clear film, etc. The backing has sticky materials, also known as adhesives applied to it. The adhesives are used to make the adhesive tapes tacky. Some tapes come with release liners or primers etc to protect the tapes. Adhesive tapes can be either single-sided i.e. sticky on one side or double sided.
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Hickory, NC  |  800-237-6079

Carolina Tape & Supply Co. is a distributor & custom tapes converter offering 100% satisfaction. As one of the leading tape suppliers in the nation, Carolina offers an array of quality products & services to your company.

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Carolina Tape & Supply Corporation $$$

Lake Villa, IL  |  800-461-4161

CS Hyde is a leading distributor and converter that supplies a wide variety of high performance tapes with pressure sensitive adhesive. Our tape is available in materials such as Teflon™ Fluoroplastic, Kapton®, UHMW, Silicone, and many more. Since our fouding in 1996, our team at CS Hyde has continued to be committed to our customers and building long-term relationships by providing top quality products and unparalleled service.

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CS Hyde Company $$$

Franklin, WI  |  800-556-7188

CFS is an ISO 9001:2015, 3M™ Preferred Converter with a large inventory of industrial masking tape products, including high temperature polyester tapes, polyimide tape, and crepe tapes. Our tapes can be used for powder coating, e-coating, anodizing, and many other applications. As a 3M™ Preferred Converter, we can custom slit or die-cut most of our tapes to your desired specifications. CFS supplies many diverse industries including agriculture, aerospace, military, electronics, and more.

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Custom Fabricating & Supplies $$$

Easthampton, MA  |  413-527-7120

Welcome to Adhesive Applications, a leading manufacturer of pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes and films. Formed by the unification of Stik-II Products and Dielectric Polymers, we are now your trusted single source for everyday and custom adhesive solutions.

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Adhesive Applications $$$

Stratford, CT  |  800-882-0021

You won't find better tape suppliers anywhere in the United States. We are fully stocked and experienced tape suppliers, and we go the distance for all of our customers. Not only do we offer a variety of tape types, but we can also customize any stock tape to suit your needs. Find out more about our services and benefits when you contact us today!

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Penmar Industries, Inc. $$$

Beloit, WI  |  800-393-7917

Being a leading manufacturer of packaging and mailing containers, Western Container offers customers packaging and solutions for the tape industry.

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Western Container Corp. $$$
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What are Adhesive Tapes?

Adhesive tapes consist of a base known as backing or carrier such as plastic film, cloth, foils, paper, clear film, etc. The backing has sticky materials, also known as adhesives applied to it. The adhesives are used to make the adhesive tapes tacky. Some tapes come with release liners or primers etc to protect the tapes. Adhesive tapes can be either single-sided i.e. sticky on one side or double sided.

Adhesion

To call adhesive tapes a universal bonding solution will not be unfair as it offers fastening aids in versatile environments and surfaces. Due to a wide range of backing and purpose specific adhesives, it provides the solution catering to one's specific bonding needs.

Types of Adhesives and its Advantages

Each type of adhesive has different characteristics. And all of these come with advantages and disadvantages. The key lies in understanding your needs and choosing tapes accordingly.

Four main types of adhesives include

  • Rubber Resin
  • Synthetic rubber
  • Acrylic Adhesives
  • Silicone-based adhesives
AdhesiveProsCons
Rubber resin
  • Less expensive
  • Sticks great to versatile surfaces
  • High elasticity
  • Doesn't need much activation.
  • Prone to oxidation.
  • Less heat resistance.
Synthetic rubber
  • Greater adhesion capacity as compared to natural rubbers.
  • Better shear resistance than naturals.
  • Higher price of inputs e.g. petroleum, crude oil etc
  • Less resistant to environmental factors.
Acrylic Adhesives
  • Stable against oxidation
  • UV resistant
  • Long-lasting than rubbers.
  • Expensive than both rubber and resins.
  • Requires more time to cure.
  • Not ideal for hard surfaces.
Silicone-based adhesives
  • Durable and have a longer life.
  • Safe to use on the skin.
  • Temperature/heat resistant
  • Highly flexible
  • Twice as expensive as acrylics.
  • Prone to contamination.
  • Lower adhesive strength than resins.
Acrylic Adhesive Tape

Why Choose Adhesive Tapes Over Other Fasteners

There are many reasons to choose adhesive tapes over other bonding agents. Due to its versatility, adhesive tape is a viable alternative to traditional fasteners. Some of those are mentioned below:

  • Less expensive option than screws and welding agents
  • Doesn’t cause abrasion or damage to surfaces like nails and screws
  • Unlike glues and gums, adhesive tapes are a lot less messy
  • These have easier applications and do not need special equipment in most cases
  • It comes with a range of sizes and roll width suitable for the intended use.
  • Adhesive tapes are designed to support pounds per square inch. So changes in width can increase supporting/bonding capacity. That is why it can be used in the heavy duty construction industry and on uneven surfaces.
  • Adhesive tapes provide multiple features like UV resistance, pressure sensitivity, weather resistance, etc to fit various working environments.
Silicone Adhesive Tapes

Choosing the Right Adhesive Tape for You

All the information provided here must lead you to choose the perfect tape for you. To make it easier, these are some of the factors one must keep in mind while selecting adhesive tapes:

  • The type of surface to which adhesive tapes will be applied to matter a lot. Every type of material like metal, plastic, cardboard, etc has different capacities to respond to adhesive tapes. Usually, stronger materials like metals provide great adhesion, while Teflon and silicone are less adhesive to tapes.
  • Another factor to consider is the condition of the surface, whether it is smooth or textured, even or uneven, etc.
  • Adhesion duration requirements are also critical while using the type of tapes. There are some adhesive tapes which last life long while some are temporary.
  • The amount of pressure, moisture, heat, UV, and other environmental factors also need to be considered.
  • Other application conditions or requirements like flexibility, markings, colored banking, or width of the application area should also be noted.

Industrial applications of adhesive tapes:

Electronics:

Used in cell phones, laptops, LED, digital cameras etc.

Automotives:

At Least 50 different adhesives tapes are used in a car. From assembling components to damping the noises, it has multiple uses in the automotive industry.

Paper and Printing:

In the printing industry, adhesive tapes ensure quality while in the paper industry, it joins large sized papers to increment the speed of the process accurately.

Protecting brands:

Brands prevent forgeries or piracy by using adhesive tape labels.

Construction:

It is found everywhere in the construction business e.g. in windows, doors, glass partitions, etc.