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Types of Adhesive Tape

Types of Adhesive Tape

Every adhesive tape has its uses. While using them you should keep the conditions in mind. You should know about various tapes to use them properly.

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape

A strip of fabric, paper, metal, or plastic with persistently sticky adhesive on one or both sides is referred to as pressure-sensitive adhesive tape. The glue must be permanent and not heat activated. However, it should be pressure triggered in the sense that it only sticks if you apply light pressure to it, such as with your finger. The glue should not transition between liquid and solid states. It's frequently rolled up. Any surface covered with an adhesive or sticky material is considered adhesive tape. You only need to push on the tape for it to cling to others with pressure tape. When a sticky material transfers to another substance to make two items cling together, it is called an adhesive transfer. Consider how you peel away from a waxy paper that isn't firmly bonded to the glue while sealing envelopes or bags. The adhesive stays on the original envelope or bag and transmits adhesion to another material when you push the adhesive side.

Water Activated Tape

Water-activated, or "gummed," tape is commonly used for sealing corrugated cartons and boxes and is particularly effective. The tape is soaked with water before sealing corrugated fiberboard boxes. Typically, the tape is 3 inches (7.5 cm) broad. Because the glue bonds to the fiberboard material, it creates a strong, long-lasting seal that can withstand rough treatment during transportation. On recyclable cartons and non-unitized cargo, the tape typically works effectively. Its strengthened design ensures consistent performance in a variety of settings and applications. Gummed tape is a cost-effective packaging tape that may be used in a variety of sectors and applications, including food, beverage, medical pharmaceuticals, paper, print, electronics, transportation, and distribution.

Heat sensitive tape

Heat-activated tape is not regarded as pressure-sensitive tape since it is normally tack-free until it is triggered by a heat source. In the last 30 years, thermoplastic adhesive films have developed a solid position in the industrial bonding and welding of hot-melt adhesives in film form. Thermoplastics may be reshaped by heating and are commonly used to manufacture or join items using polymer processing processes.  To attain final bonding strength, heat-activated (hot melt) adhesive systems must be exposed to increased temperatures (usually 180°F or above). To achieve a final cure and bond, temperature, pressure, and dwell time are utilized. Hot Melt Tapes have excellent adhesive strength and have very high holding power. It is incredibly flexible and has substantially better adherence to most materials, including fiberboard than acrylic tape.

Drywall Tape

Drywall tape is a tough paper tape used to cover drywall joints. The finest tape is not "self-stick," but rather a drywall joint compound that holds it in place. It features a somewhat rough surface to allow optimal adherence to drywall compound and is meant to be exceptionally robust, and resistant to ripping and water damage.



  • Last updated on Sep 29, 2022