How to incorporate tape into your product design
What to think about when choosing a tape or film for your product or application:
✔ Type(s) of substrate(s) bonded
- Will the tape be placed on metal? Plastic? Cardboard?
- Would a certain thickness be more appropriate than another?
✔ Type and strength of adhesive formulated
✔ Nature of stresses on the substrate and bond (type of joint)
- Does the tape need to be flexible?
✔ Method of application
- By hand or machine?
- Surface preparation (chemical cleaning, abrasion, degreasing, priming or simply wiping off dust)
- Time ranging from immediate grip to achieving full bond strength (ranging from immediate to a few minutes to several hours)
- Pressure ranging from firm hand or roller pressure to clamping over time to hold surfaces until reaching handling strength
✔ Ambient temperature and humidity of the work area.
Then, consider more than the cost per roll, taking into account:
✔ Testing for a lower-cost solution for your design
✔ The overall design and process cost benefits of incorporating tape into your product
✔ Your required minimum coverage
✔ All the properties of your substrate(s)
✔ Whether ventilation is required
✔ Your application equipment cost
✔ Your time and cost savings in alternative fastening processes
✔ The relative ease of use of adhesive tape.