E. L. Hatton Sales Company (Wellington, Ohio), maker of Banner Ups adhesive banner finishing tabs and tapes, has introduced Banner Ups KederTape – an adhesive-coated keder that can be press-applied to fabrics for Silicone Edge Graphics (SEG) signs. “Keder” is any flexible polymer welting strip that, when fastened to textile prints, allows them to be tightly inserted into aluminum SEG frames – resulting in distinctive back-lit or front-lit signs. KederTape adheres permanently to textile fabrics without sewing, allowing anyone with textile print capabilities to get into the SEG market without investing in sewing equipment, operators, or maintenance staff. Users simply peel and stick to the textile edge. Unlike sewing, KederTape is repositionable, “so users can achieve the perfect size and tightness without the risk of ruining the graphic.” The product has passed extensive testing by major textile equipment and media manufacturers, and has also demonstrated the long-term durability needed for SEG signs. It’s available on 80-foot spools.
“Textile printing is growing, but not as fast as it could be, due to the cost and skill barrier of sewing,” said Rick Hatton, President of E. L. Hatton Sales Company. “KederTape eliminates that barrier for small companies, and offers large printers who already have sewing rooms a way to eliminate production bottlenecks by quickly scaling up with a low-labour-cost method.” E. L. Hatton Sales designs and produces Banner Ups Adhesive Grommet Tabs and tape products that are used to fabricate strong banners and signs instantly without sewing or grommeting. Products are available worldwide through a network of graphics distributors.