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Adhesive Tape & Flexible Materials

The Tape Lab is the premier converter and fabricator of adhesive tapes and flexible materials. We bring in jumbo rolls of tape, films and foams and convert them into manageable slit rolls or simple/ complex die cut parts.

Our engineers and sales staff have many years of experience working with all different types of adhesive tapes and flexible materials. We work with the brand leaders like 3M, Avery Dennison, Dermamed, Adhesive Research, Rogers Poron and so many more. We have partnered with these leaders to bring you world class service in the converting and fabricating of your custom tape and flexible material projects.

We work with small start ups all the way up to large, Fortune 500 companies, and we specialize in the design and development of our adhesive backed needs. The Tape Lab was started with the premise to be the best adhesive converter using our market driven experience and know how. There isn’t an application we haven’t tackled, and we welcome the challenge of helping you get your product from concept to full scale manufacturing.

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Adhesive Tape Types

Rubber adhesive tapes are typically used for quick stick applications where the user needs a fast bond strength. Typical rubber applications are for indoor applications with low-stress and low-to-moderate temperature requirements. They commonly adhere well to low surface energy (LSE) substrates.

There are two main types of rubber adhesives:

Natural rubber adhesives have a high molecular weight with long polymer chains. They typically adhere to LSE substrates well and have good shear. Natural Rubber adhesives usually have poor temperature resistance and aging properties.

Synthetic rubber adhesives are specialized thermoplastics with low molecular weight or short polymer chains. They are more customizable than natural rubber adhesives for higher adhesion to LSE substrates with more tack and some temperature/UV aging resistance.

Acrylic adhesive systems are typically used for either indoor or outdoor application when the users need long-term bonding and temperature resistant requirements. Most acrylic adhesives can have their polymers adjusted during their manufacturing process to improve their overall performance.

There are two main types of acrylic adhesives:

Solvent adhesives get their name because their polymer strands dissolve or break down in a solvent. Typically these adhesives do not adhere well to LSE substrates but do exhibit better property retention than rubber under in most scenarios.

Emulsion acrylics are water-based adhesives that consist of spherical particles surrounded by a surfactant in a water carrier. They are typically less expensive and more environmentally friendly than solvent acrylic adhesives. However, due to the water-based properties, they do not offer great moisture resistance. Emulsion acrylics are ever changing in today’s world. There are several leading tape manufacturers that are constantly evolving the emulsion technology to make the acrylics more robust for tough applications.

Silicone adhesives are the most complex to make, which is also why they are the most expensive adhesive system. They typically have a very high-temperature resistance and can endure extreme environmental conditions. Silicone adhesives tend to have very low holding power due to their bond strength. Silicone tapes are typically used for critical applications where the tapes are exposed in stick to skin applications and a gentle removal of the tape is required or for applications where extremely high temperatures and harsh environments adhere to other siliconized surfaces. Also note that the only thing that adheres to silicone is silicone. Silicone adhesives can be found on silicone release liner splicing tapes, Teflon tapes, and some high-end masking tapes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Adhesive tape or pressure sensitive tape (PSA) consists of a pressure-sensitive adhesive coated onto a backing material such as paper, film, foam, nonwoven/ cloth or metal foil.
The three most common adhesive tapes are made of rubber, acrylic and silicone coated onto a release paper or film. There are also three common types of tapes: single coated, double coated and adhesive transfer tapes. All these common tapes are pressure sensitive adhesives coated onto a backing material.
Adhesive tape works by bonding two materials together. The adhesive systems used in pressure-sensitive tapes might seem similar in a sense that they are all tacky, adhere well, and resist stresses, but they are actually very different.
Pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) are the most popular types of adhesive tapes. They adhere to a variety of surfaces and require pressure to “stick”. PSAs do not require water, solvent or heat to activate the adhesive in order to bond to materials such as paper, plastics, glass, and painted or raw metal.
There are so many applications where tape is used. Check out our Industrial/ Medical and Stick to Skin section of our website for all the unique applications The Tape Lab services today.
It is not recommended that any human ingest any solvent based tape product. However there are FDA direct and indirect food products that The Tape Lab stocks that have low or zero levels of toxic solvents in their makeup.
Stress and repeated removable tend to help tape lose their “stickiness”. Also elevated temperature can cause tapes (especially rubber tapes) to become loose and move around on surfaces causing them to lose stickiness. The Tape Lab has tapes that can hold under the highest degree of temperature and stress. Call them today to find out more.

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