WHAT IS AN ADHESIVE TAPE?
As it is known, adhesive and double-coated adhesive tapes are used in almost every branch of industrial activity: from the electronics and electromechanical industries, from insulation, thermal insulation to the classic packaging industry.
Adhesive tapes are made up of various support materials, such as paper, film, fabric, foam, and laminate. The adhesive can be:
- solvent based on natural rubber
- acrylic based on water or solvent based
They can be applied on almost all surfaces, but some of them may have anti-adhesive properties. Therefore, compatibility tests should always be performed.
It is very important that the application is carried out at a temperature ranging from 18 to 25 ° C, in a dry environment, but never at temperatures below 10 ° C.
Moreover the following rules must be always followed:
- Never apply adhesive tape to surfaces contaminated with silicone, wax, paraffin
- The surface should be dry and not dusty
- A smooth surface always makes better adhesion. When using on rough or embossed surfaces, it is best to use a tape with a thicker adhesive
- the recommended storage temperature is around 18 ° C, with relative humidity between 50-55%
The inventor was Mr. Richard Drew, a US researcher who created it in 1925 and marketed it in 1930. In Europe only came in 1937.
The adhesive tape was made with joiner's glue and glycerin. However, it seems that the company for which he worked, to save money, used little glue and therefore someone accused them of being "Scottish" (in reference to the stereotyped Scottish typhoon), hence the "scotch" origin.