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Six Ways Acrylic Foam Tapes Outperform Mechanical Fasteners

Posted by Kate Gluck on Sep 21, 2018 8:56:03 AM

Acrylic foam tapes are pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes (PSAs) that provide high-strength bonds. They adhere to a variety of substrates and can be die cut into a wide variety of shapes and sizes, making them ideal for many fastening and joining applications.  

For many people, it would be hard to imagine “tape” as an alternative to screws, rivets and other mechanical fasteners. The reality, however, is that tapes often outperform more traditional joining methods.

Here are a few of the benefits of acrylic foam tapes as an alternative to mechanical fasteners:

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Topics: Adhesives

Types of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives (PSAs)

Posted by Kate Gluck on Sep 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) contain adhesive components that impart different properties in support of joining or fastening. By evaluating an adhesive’s advantages, disadvantages, and typical uses, you can make the right choice for your application. As previous articles in this series have explained, you also need to perform some preliminary steps and learn about peel adhesion, tack, and shear.

There are four main categories of pressure-sensitive adhesives:

  • Natural rubber
  • Synthetic rubber
  • Acrylic
  • Silicone

There are also different adhesives within each category. For example, there isn’t just one type of synthetic rubber adhesive. 

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Topics: Adhesives, Die Cutting

Understanding Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Performance Properties

Posted by Kate Gluck on Sep 6, 2018 9:25:54 AM

Pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) play an integral part in the functionality of many die-cut gaskets and seals. They are used for everything from permanent fasteners to temporary assembly aids. Applications vary widely and there are multiple types of PSAs to choose from, providing varying levels of adhesion under different types and amounts of stress.

As we mentioned in our last post, choosing the right PSA for your application involves a comprehensive look at your end-use application, the materials and substrates involved, the environment in which the gasket will be used, and the stresses to which it will be subjected. When evaluating stress, the most important performance properties to consider are peel adhesion, tack, and shear.

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Topics: Adhesives

How to Choose the Right PSA for Your Die-Cut Components

Posted by Kate Gluck on Aug 31, 2018 8:40:52 AM

JBC Technologies has been working with pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) and foam tapes for over three decades, sourcing material from best-in-class suppliers including 3M, Avery, CCT, and more.  Over the years, we’ve laminated adhesives to a wide variety of materials (foam, rubber, silicone, insulation, foil, and more) for a broad range of industries and applications – converting bulk materials into press-ready material for efficient die cutting.  

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Topics: Adhesives

Medical Die Cutting for FDA USP VI Silicones

Posted by Mark Swanson on Aug 23, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Medical die cutting for FDA USP VI silicones produces components for medical devices and equipment that are safe for direct or indirect physical contact with patients. Examples include seals, gaskets, washers, wearables, and diagnostics. FDA USP Class VI silicones aren’t suitable for medical implants, but these specialty elastomers still meet stringent standards for cleanliness and purity.

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Topics: Medical