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Industrial Double-Sided Tape

If you have ever used double-sided tape, whether at work or for a project around the house, you know how handy this adhesive product can be. At Converters, Inc., we produce a wide variety of 3M industrial double-sided tape perfect for countless commercial applications.

Double-Sided Tape: The Basics

Industrial double-sided tape provides the kind of convenience that you can’t get from other adhesive products. Equally sticky on both sides, it can bond two items together with much greater strength than you may expect. Additionally, it works with many mediums, including glass, metal, wood, plastic and even painted objects, and you can use it both indoors and outdoors — even in extreme heat and cold.

You may think of tape as a temporary solution to be used until repairs are made, but Converters, Inc., sells 3M industrial double-sided tape that lasts for years.

Common Types of Double-Sided Tape

Industrial and commercial double-sided tape can be constructed of many different materials, each intended for a specific set of applications. If you are not sure which 3M industrial double-sided tape is best for your project, contact the team at Converters, Inc., for professional advice.

  • Paper tapes: Thin but strong, paper double-sided tape is often the best choice for bonding paper or cardboard materials.
  • Cloth tapes: Often used for carpeting applications, cloth tape is more substantial than paper tape and can provide a strong, flexible bond.
  • Foam tapes: Strong, thick and resistant to heat, 3M foam tape can be used both for bonding and soundproofing.
  • Adhesive transfer tape: Perfect for paper, plastic or metal, adhesive transfer tape provides a strong bond with superior flexibility.
  • Tissue tape: Extremely lightweight while simultaneously durable, tissue tape is a favorite in the garment industry.
  • Film tape: Thin and plastic, 3M film tape is often used for bonding in the medical and packaging industries.
  • Mounting tape: Intended for hanging pictures, mirrors and other heavy objects, mounting tape is thick and strong — the perfect alternative to nails or screws in walls.
  • Polyester tape: Thin and resistant to heat, polyester tape is often used in electronics and other applications in which longevity is critical.

Industrial Double-Sided Tape Applications

Industrial double-sided tape has innumerable applications in a variety of industries, including building construction, automotive and paper products.

  • Construction

When you think of construction, you may think of nails and screws, but industrial double-sided tape has its place here, namely in providing a moisture-proof and sound-dampening barrier. Use it with insulation, flooring, house wrap and more.

  • Automotive

While vehicles are held together with rivets, what makes these vehicles beautiful is made possible by industrial double-sided tape. The automotive industry uses 3M double-sided tape to attach trim and accessories, for customization and for safety features such as rubber non-skid treading.

  • Paper

The paper industry relies heavily on industrial double-sided tape, using it for splicing, end tabbing, reel closing and more.

Benefits of Double-Sided Adhesives

When it’s possible to choose industrial double-sided tape over other types of adhesives, it is often the best course of action. The reasons for this are many.

  • Dependable Adhesion

Industrial double-sided tape often provides a better bond than glue and other types of adhesives. One reason is because it works so well on irregular surfaces. Additionally, it has both insulating and soundproofing properties.

  • Time-Saving Application

With glues and other liquid adhesives, you must factor in the time it takes to apply them and allow them to dry. With industrial double-sided tape, you just peel and stick. The time you save assembling each product translates to higher profits.

  • Quick and Easy Training

The peel-and-stick nature of industrial double-sided tape requires virtually no training. This is not the case with other liquid adhesives. Employing less-skilled workers saves you money on labor costs.

Industrial Double-Sided Tape from Converters, Inc.

The more often you can incorporate double-sided tape into your industrial applications, the more time and money you can save and surer you can be of a strong, stable bond. At the same time, if you are not well-versed on the applications of the various types of double-sided tape, you may be hesitant to attempt to incorporate it into your manufacturing process. We understand, and as the experts in the use of industrial double-sided tape, we are here to support you. Contact us for advice and assistance when you want to purchase 3M industrial double-sided tape.

What Is Medical Adhesive Tape?

Medical tapes, commonly referred to as surgical tapes, are a commonly overlooked medical supply used to attach bandages and other dressings applied to the skin around wounds. While medical tape is developed from several different materials, one common attribute is that it is breathable to ensure comfort and simplicity for users. 

When you think of applying tape to skin, the pain of removing it is typically the first thing that comes to mind. However, medical tape is specifically designed with hypoallergenic adhesives which stick firmly to the skin but can easily be removed without harming the skin. Medical tape needs to be safe for the skin while also strong enough to work with the skin as it bends, moves, or dampens. 

Medical tape is constructed of a variety of materials such as cloth, transparent films, and paper. This allows medical experts to use different types of medical tape based on the type and severity of the wound. For example, medical tape made from cotton has a softer feel for sensitive wounds and elastic medical tape allows for more flexibility for wounds found on joints. 

Medical Adhesive Tape Applications

Just as there are a variety of wounds, there is also a variety of medical tape. Some of the most common forms of medical tape include:

  • Medical Adhesive Tape for Urgent Needs: When faced with an emergency, medical professionals need a strong fabric that firmly sticks while also being easy to tear. Transpore polyethylene tape is usually the main adhesive for emergencies. The tape is durable and sticks well to pretty much any surface, even hair, blood, and water. The tape is even waterproof which allows patients to keep their bandages on while bathing. While tough, these types of bandages are also breathable to allow airflow to encourage healing. Common applications of transpore polyethylene tapes include securing gauze over cuts and burns, splinting bone fractures, Butterfly stitch for closing cuts to prevent scarring, surgical solutions, wound care, wearable devices and sensors, labeling, and more.
  • Medical Adhesive Tape for Everyday Use: Less urgent scenarios typically call more micropore tapes which are made from paper. It is a hypoallergenic paper tape that is gentle to the touch but adheres well and can stay in place for days. They allow air to penetrate to promote healing.
  • Medical Adhesive Tape for Athletics: Athletes need tapes that are not only strong, but flexible and durable, as well. The answer for sporting injuries is zinc oxide tape, otherwise known as sports tape. These tapes are designed to conform to the movement of the body without losing its ability to adhere to the skin. It provides support while protecting athletes from injury. 
  • Medical Adhesive Tape For Wet Environments: Water typically counteracts many adhesives’ ability to stick to surfaces. However, specially designed tape can mitigate this problem if it is first applied to dry skin. Once in the water, the waterproof tape is flexible and works with flexible body parts such as fingers, toes, and joints. This type of tape is often used to prevent chafing and blisters.

Medical Tape from Converters, Inc.

The last thing medical professionals should worry about is the quality of their medical tape when performing important, and often life-saving, procedures. Providing staff with versatile medical adhesive tape allows professionals to deliver high-quality care in high-stress situations. Converters, Inc. is an FDA-registered and ISO 9001:2015-certified manufacturer. We work hard and take pride in our record of cleanliness, accuracy, and traceability. 

Consider us for your medical tape needs. We are a leader in the adhesives industry with the ability to turn pressure-sensitive tapes and adhesives into safe, medical-grade components for superior results. For more information, please request a quote or contact us today!