Essentra Specialty Tapes has announced the release of double-sided tapes which, among other beneficial properties, will adhere well to UV coated material, such as POP displays, boxes, cartons, posters, lightweight forms, easels, shelf tabs, wobblers, danglers, and many other printed materials.
Tape adhesives typically have poor or no adhesion quality when applied to UV coated material. To get around this issue, printers have had to block out or use spot coating applications to keep areas intended for the application of tapes free of UV coating. However, these ‘work-arounds’ create additional expense for the printer and the customer. They complicate the process and can create problems which lead to defective work.
Andrew Ford, Director of Sales, described a case example, ‘A printer for one of our customers forgot to block out areas on the customer’s UV coated cell phone cartons. After the entire job was run, reworking the printed carton material was no longer an option, and the entire order would have had to be scrapped. However, when the customer discovered that our unique Essentra tapes will work on these defective packages, they were able to save the production run.’
Such problems are typical for many printers and assemblers of packaging or displays. Essentra Specialty Tapes has formulated special adhesives with UV inhibitors to manufacture tapes with strong adhesion to UV coated material. Essentra designed several unique tape families using this special adhesive to accommodate varying needs.
There are two families of Essentra tapes with these adhesion characteristics:
A specially modified acrylic adhesive produces a permanent and strong bond for this new versatile double-sided clear film tape. High performance Duraco Red tape was designed for hard-to-stick applications, such as UV coatings, with a strong plasticiser resistance. Its release liner and permanent tape are both transparent, allowing the user to accurately position the tape while applying it to a surface with graphics or text underneath.
2811 Tissue Tape
A specially modified hot melt rubber-based adhesive creates a high performance adhesion that is characteristic of this family of tissue tapes, and is ideally suited for application on difficult surfaces and materials that are lightweight. 2811 Tissue Tapes are also user-friendly ‘finger-lift’ tapes, which feature a release liner with a dry edge on both sides that extends beyond the width of the adhesive strip.