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About Pressure Sensitive
Adhesive Tapes (PSA)

Pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes provide a quick and easy solution for clean application, high flexibility, and adaptability to various materials and surfaces.

When selecting a pressure-sensitive tape, it’s essential to consider the construction, adhesive, carrier material, and liner of the tape. Each tape has specific characteristics that make it suitable for different applications. For instance, silicone pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes are ideal for high-temperature and harsh environments, while acrylic adhesive systems are great for long-term bonding requirements in indoor or outdoor settings. Rubber adhesive systems are more suitable for low-stress indoor applications and are formulated for excellent removability and adhesion to low surface energy substrates.

At MPI-Matco, we offer a diverse range of adhesive tapes tailored for industrial applications. Our team of experts is available to guide you in selecting the best solution for your specific needs.

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Tape Construction

It all comes down to the components and construction of a PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) Tape. There are typically three components: the adhesive, the carrier or backing material, and the release liner, though not all tapes will include all three. There are three types of tape constructions: single coated tape, double-coated tape and adhesive transfer

SingleSided Tapes

Single Coated Tape

An adhesive is applied to only one side of the backing. The backing composition may be paper, polymeric film, foil, nonwoven or high thread count woven cloth. The adhesive composition may be an acrylic, rubber or silicone.

Doublesided Tapes

Double-Coated Tape

An adhesive is applied to both sides of a backing. The adhesive on each side of the carrier may be the same or different chemistries and may have the same or different coating thicknesses.

Transfer Tapes

Adhesive Transfer Tape

Adhesive Transfer Tapes consist of release liners and adhesives. The release liners are commonly paper and coated on both sides of the paper with silicone release agents creating a differential release. Acrylic adhesives are commonly used in this application.

Types of Liners

A web of sheet material used as a protective liner, which covers the adhesive side of the tape. It is removed prior to application. It facilitates unwinding and correct application of the tape

Release

Features Glassine Paper Double-sided
PE coated paper
PVC Film PE Film PP Film PET Film
Siliconized
Unsiliconized

Topography

Features Glassine Paper Double-sided
PE coated paper
PVC Film PE Film PP Film PET Film
Flat
Creped
Corrugated
Embossed

Physical Properties

Features Glassine Paper Double-sided
PE coated paper
PVC Film PE Film PP Film PET Film
Transparent
Hand-Tearable
Easy to be die-cut
Excellent High
Temperature Resistance
Excellent Moisture Resistance
Good Tensile Strength

Types of Backings

Tape backings are typically thin and flexible materials that have adhesive applied to one side. In theory, any flat and flexible material can be used as a tape backing.

Film

Filmic adhesive tapes are typically thinner and designed for use on smooth and uniform surfaces, where a transparent fixing solution is necessary. They offer superior dimensional and chemical stability, as well as moisture resistance.

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Foam

Adhesive foam tapes are thicker than film tapes and are typically soft and conformable, making them ideal for use on uneven surfaces or when gap filling is necessary. Closed cell foams provide protection against liquids and offer thermal expansion compensation and vibration absorption capabilities.

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Neoprene
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Woven Fabric

Fabric adhesive tapes are highly conformable and provide excellent resistance to temperature, humidity, and chemicals.

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Cloth Tissue
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Non-Woven Fabric

Non-woven adhesive tapes provide excellent conformability and can withstand high temperatures. They are also air-permeable and can be easily torn by hand.
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Paper

Paper adhesive tapes are hand-tearable and offer good conformability.

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Metals

Metallic adhesive tapes are used for sealing, insulation, and shielding. They offer high-temperature and UV resistance and can resist weathering, solvents, and chemicals. Depending on the type, they may also have conductive or insulating properties.

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Types of Adhesives

Sticky material, that bonds one substance to another.

Natural Rubber Synthetic Rubber Pure Acrylic Modified Acrylic Silicone
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Temperature Resistance
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Moisture Resistance
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UV Resistance
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Solvents Resistance
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Selecting a PSA Tape

There are a few important questions you need to ask yourself before choosing
an adhesive to guide your selection process.

Surface

Material

What are the two
surfaces being bonded?

Plastic, glass, metal, paper, wood, fabric, etc. Adhesive compatibility, surface tension, wettability, permeability, etc.

Contaminats

Presence of Contaminants

in the application, to What level of contact will the
PSA be exposed?

Acids, oils, dust, solvents, chemicals etc.

Material

Substrate

What is the surface texture and shape?
Type: smooth, corrugated, uneven.
Morphology : linear, convex, concave etc.

Purpose

Purpose

What kind of bond is needed?
Structural bond, assembly aid, temporary bond, high bond.

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Conditions

Will the tape be used indoors or outdoors?
Indoor factors: storage conditions, humidity. outdoor factors: UV rays, water, wind, ice, humidity, chemical and acid contact.

temperature

Temperature

What is the relative temperature for both short term and long term performance?

About PSA Contact us

MPI Matco offers a wide variety of pressure sensitive tapes in a choice of liner, backing and adhesive. Contact us for help in selecting the right tape for your application, developing a custom adhesive solution, or for a specific tape conversion for your application such as die cutting.

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