Essentra introduces tapes for UV-coated material

Essentra Duraco Red Tape roll.
Essentra Duraco Red Tape roll.

Essentra Specialty Tapes (Forest Park, IL) has introduced several double-sided tapes that will adhere well to UV coated material such as boxes, cartons, posters, POP displays, 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, said the company. 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 also complicate the process and can create problems that may lead to defective work.

“A printer for one of our clients forgot to block out areas on the customer’s UV coated cellphone cartons,” explained Andrew Ford, Essentra Director of Sales. “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,” he added.

 

Essentra Duraco Red Tape application.
Essentra Duraco Red Tape application.

Essentra Specialty Tapes have special adhesives with UV inhibitors, enabling the company to manufacture tapes with strong adhesion to UV-coated materials. There are two lines with these adhesion characteristics. Duraco Red, a specially modified acrylic adhesive, produces a permanent and strong bond. This double-sided clear film tape is designed for hard-to-stick applications such as UV coatings. 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. Once the red liner is removed, the graphics will show clearly through the remaining tape. Also, the adhesive will not yellow. It minimizes any hazy appearance and maintains the aesthetic value and readability of the underlying graphics or text. It’s available in pre-cut pieces on a roll, varying from 1,000 to 7,500 pieces per roll. It’s also available in continuous standard rolls of 180 ft. and continuous long rolls of 750 ft. – “the longest rolls available in the industry.”

2811 Tissue Tape is a hot-melt rubber-based adhesive that creates a high performance adhesion. It’s ideal for application on difficult surfaces and materials that are lightweight. The tape is a user-friendly “finger-lift” tape that feature a release liner with a dry edge on both sides that extends beyond the width of the adhesive strip. The extra width (dry edge) allows the liner to be removed more quickly and easily – as compared to flush-edge liners where the liner and adhesive are the same width. 2811 Tissue Tapes are available in short rolls of 216 ft. or standard rolls of 2,000 ft. The continuous rolls can be also used with automated inline production equipment.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.