Flexible Solutions

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape Constructions

Posted by Katie Sullivan

May 15, 2015 9:54:00 AM

The use of pressure sensitive adhesives is growing rapidly in the industrial manufacturing market.  The advantages of using adhesives are clear:  they are light weight, clean and safe.  

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

Ingress Protection Rating Explained

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Apr 13, 2015 10:53:56 AM

Ingress Protection (IP) Rating is a common international test method (IEC 60529) to rate enclosure protection from objects and liquids.  

Why is an IP Rating important?  UL, CSA and CE Mark Standards often require certified products to hold a specific IP rating.  Some examples of such products include IT equipment, laboratory equipment, electronic measurement equipment, plus anything claiming to be "dust tight", "water resistant", etc.

The IP Rating has two numbers:  IPXX

1.  The first number indicates protection from solid objects or materials

2.  The second number indicates protection from liquids

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Foams, IP Rating

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Acrylic Foam Tape

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Mar 24, 2015 2:41:00 PM

With help from our friends at 3M, here are the top 10 reasons to choose Acrylic Foam Tape versus Mechanical Fasteners.

1.  No rust or surface deterioration.  Acrylic foam tape use eliminates the concern for rust development and surface deterioration because it requires no drilling.

2.  Preserved warranties.  OEM warranties are often considered void when Class A surfaces are compromised by drilling.  Acrylic foam tape provides field-proven adhesion for many applications without drilling.

3.  No holes to patch.  Sometimes people choose to remove accessories or parts from their product.  By using acrylic foam tape, there is no need to fill holes and repaint surfaces if a part needs to be removed.  

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Acrylic Foam Tape

New 3M Automotive Acrylic Foam Tapes - PRIMERLESS Solutions - PX5000 & EX4500

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Feb 5, 2015 11:56:00 AM

Marian is offering TWO new 3M acrylic foam tape series:  EX4500 and PX5000

3M recently launched two high-performance acrylic foam tape lines for the automotive market that require no primer or surface pretreatment.  Marian, a 3M automotive preferred converter, is now offering these materials.  

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

Zoned Adhesive Lamination

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jan 7, 2015 9:41:10 AM

Zoned adhesive describes a die-cut component with only partial adhesive coverage of a selected pattern.  This is achieved through a process of conversion - laminating materials together, precisely die cutting those materials and pulling away the unwanted adhesive material from the finished part.  

Zoned adhesive patterns are often required for filter and venting components.  

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

tesa Bond & Detach - Stretchable Adhesive

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Dec 17, 2014 11:48:00 AM

Adhesive for Permanent Mounting OR Temporary Fixation.  Is that possible!? 

How can an adhesive have an extremely high bonding strength while also being easily removable?  Seems improbable, right?

Let us introduce you to tesa's Bond & Detach series of stretchable adhesives.  

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

Adhesive Peel Strength

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Aug 1, 2014 10:17:00 AM

Pressure sensitive adhesives have varying degrees of peel strength, and even different varieties of peel strength. When choosing a PSA for your application, you will want to consider the different types of peel strength and determine which are the most important to your application’s proper function.  

 

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Peel Strength

Surface Energy and Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jul 8, 2014 1:51:24 PM

The use of adhesives is growing rapidly in manufacturing in practically all industries. The advantages of using adhesives are clear: they are lightweight, clean, safe and cost effective. This means more and more design engineers are in the process of selecting a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive for their application. An impetrative part of the adhesive selection process is to determine the surface energy of the two substrates that are being bonded. 

WHAT IS SURFACE ENERGY?

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Surface Energy

Choosing a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive? We Can Help

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jun 13, 2014 1:51:40 PM

Are you designing a product or working on an application that requires a double-sided tape or transfer adhesive?  It can be overwhelming to look through a catalog of pressure sensitive adhesive products to determine which one has the right specifications for your application.  We have come up with a checklist of 4 questions that will help you determine the most important factors in the pressure sensitive adhesive selection process.

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive