Make it (better) with tape
Many product designers and engineers think that traditional fixings, such as rivets, screws, nuts, bolts, staples, clips and liquid adhesives are the best means of joining two materials, or substrates. Adhesive tapes, films and foams have been proven to meet or surpass the levels of performance of these methods in strength and durability but also versatility. Tapes provide functionalities beyond traditional fastening methods as well as the traditional capabilities of simply bonding, masking, packaging, mounting, bundling, repairing and splicing.
What more can tapes do?
- Conduct electricity
- Insulate electrical wires and other conductive materials
- Insulate against noise, vibration and abrasion
- Conduct and insulate heat
- Fill gaps
- Prevent slipping and provide grip
- Provide low-friction surfaces/induce slippage
- Mark warnings and hazards
- Control, block and enhance light
- Protect surfaces from fire, shock, weather and other environmental damage and influences such as UV light and pollution, both permanently and temporarily
- React to chemicals, radiation, liquid, light and heat as an indicator
- Carry branding and other information and data
- Provide permanent tamper-evident marking and coding
- Provide optically clear bonding and temporary securing
- Prevent oxidation, vapour penetration and bimetallic corrosion.