Tape Types And Their Uses

Tapes for adhesive, fastening and other sealing purposes are important in various industries. The tapes, comprising their resin parts, comprise an ever-increasing proportion of industrial raw materials. They are used in various places such as the factory, shipyards, automobile factories, textile mills, electrical powerhouses and, of course, in the home. They are used extensively in packaging, flooring, furniture, construction, aerospace and defense, automotive, photographic, military and aerospace applications. These tapes and components have developed over the years to suit changing needs. There are some specific types of tapes that meet particular requirements.


The most extensively used tape for sealing purposes is the type that is made of thermoplastic rubber or thermoplastic polyethylene, more popularly known as PP. The basic ingredient of all tapes is P. It is available in a range of standardized widths. The wide-ranging types of widths are N, S, R and Z. The N-width is the least prevalent, while the S and R-wides are more popular.

Other tapes such as the Z-shaped tapes, offer double joists with internal reinforcing bars. They offer superior adhesion and flexibility, while providing increased strength as well. In addition, they offer higher thermal conductivity. These tapes are ideal for moisture vapor control, as they are unaffected by moisture.

A standard joist is made of a material such as wood, metal or concrete. Most tapes are manufactured from a material that has high thermal conductivity and chemical resistance. They are capable of conducting heat up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, they enable greater flexibility when working in industrial, commercial and residential applications. A standard joist’s thickness is usually in between four and five inches. A type’s widths vary, based on its width and its specific application.

Other types of tapes include the hot-chamber tape, duct tape and the double-sided tape. Hot-chamber tape is used to prevent overheating in machinery. It is made of a sticky material that keeps the heat contained. This sticky tape may have a black finish. The double-sided tape has two different backing materials to provide flexibility to the user.

Some of the other tape options include packaging tape, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and double sided tape. Bubble wrap and shrink wrap are commonly used for decorative purposes. Shrink wrap is an adhesive that is used to wrap gifts and other small packages. The thicker tape, like the duct tape, is ideal for packaging small objects and for protecting these objects from damage. The packaging tape, in addition, has an added advantage of being reusable.

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