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Flame Resistance

The ability of a tape to withstand exposure to flame.   Fireproof materials will not burn even when exposed to flame.   

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Distortion of a roll of tape such that the layers no longer form a circle.

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Openings between layers of tape within a finished roll.

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A light reflectioni characteristic of tape backings, usually expressed by such terms as glossy, low-gloss, matte, etc.

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Heat Seal

An adhesive film intended to be reactivated by the application of physical or chemical changes caused by exposure to high temperatures.

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High-Speed Unwind

A term referring to the process of unwinding or dispensing of tapes at a relatively high rate of speed, usually over 15 meters/minute.

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Holding Power (Shear Adhesion, Shear Resistance)

The ability of a tape to resist static forces applied in the same plane as the backing.   

Usually expressed in a time required for a given weight and length of tape to shear free from a vertical panel.

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Hot Melt (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive)

A pressure sensitive adhesive, applied to the backing in hot liquid form, which then cools to form a conventional pressure sensitive adhesive.

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The moisture content of the air.   

Actual humidity is the number of grams of moisture in the air at any given time.  Relative humidity is the percent of moisture relative to the maximum that air at any given temperature can retain without precipitation.  

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A tendency of some materials to readily absorb moisture from the atmosphere.

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Impact Resistance

The ability of a tape to resist sudden impacts, pulls, or shocks as may be sometimes encountered by packages in transit.

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Insulation Resistance

The ability of tape to prevent the flow of electrical current across its surface, usually measured on the backing.

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ISO Certification

Most manufacturers have ISO certifications, but what is it?   Why do we do this?  And what’s the process like?

What does an ISO certificate tell you?

ISO is the International Organization for Standardization.   An ISO certificate says that our company maintains a Quality System to a certain standard – a standard set by international experts in the manufacturing space.   Our ISO certification tells our customers that we’re serious about doing things correctly, that we track our goods and services, that we respond to customer complaints, and that we are continuously improving.    It gives you an idea of what to expect.

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Label Stock

Pressure sensitive insulation, materials furnished in roll or sheet form with liner, which can be later printed, frequently die cut, and intended for use as labels.

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Lap Joint

A joint made by lapping one material over another to provide a mated area that can be joined with an adhesive.

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Latent Stain

A stain in a surface to which tape has been applied, which does not become noticeable until some time after the tape is removed, usually after the surface has been exposed to sunlight or heat.

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A situation where a section of tape has pulled away from the surface to which it has been applied.

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Metal Foil

Thin flexible sheets of metal, such as aluminum, copper, and lead, used as tape backings because of their inherent properties such as weather resistance, electrical conductivity, reflectivity, etc.

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Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate

A measure of the rate of water vapor transmission through a pressure-sensitive product, usually measured in grams/square meter/24 hours.

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A roll of tape in which the layers are in correct alignment, but the tape is displaced sideways on the core.

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