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5 min read

Life-Changing Applications of Adhesive Tape: 10 Uses We Can’t Do Without

By Sue Chambers on Sep 10, 2021 7:45:00 AM

I bet wherever you’re reading this blog article, at this very moment, you’re within an arm’s length of pressure sensitive adhesive tape (or PSA tape) in some form.

That’s how prevalent its use is in our modern world. And for good reason! PSA tape has helped change how we spend our days and has improved (and saved!) lives. It’s so important that we previously dedicated a 3-part series to pressure sensitive adhesive tape.

In this blog article, let’s touch on some of the many ways adhesive tape is used (we included 10) and how often you likely use it without even knowing.

Topics: Adhesives Generally Converting
4 min read

6 Reasons to Use Die Cut Adhesive Instead of Rolls of Tape

By Sue Chambers on Sep 9, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Many flexible material converters partner with manufacturers in the automotive industry, a highly competitive environment in which precision is demanded. How a vehicle is built can be compared to die cut adhesives. Stick with me for a moment.

Building a car isn’t as simple as purchasing a block of steel and shaping, cutting, and grinding it into a vehicle, obviously. Instead of those additional labor-intensive processes, the manufacturer buys a chassis to add pieces all made separately. The way they assemble components is similar to a die cut adhesive. Instead of hand-cutting parts or laminating multiple layers, it’s all ready to go.

8 min read

Foam Tape: A Comprehensive Guide

By Scott Chambers on Aug 24, 2021 1:45:22 PM

Are you looking for a strong and versatile adhesive to help get things done?

Topics: Adhesives Generally 3M VHB Tape Foam Gaskets
4 min read

3M™ VHB™ THIN FOAM TAPES ARE THE ULTIMATE ELECTRONICS BONDING SOLUTION

By Sue Chambers on Aug 24, 2021 10:43:37 AM

When inspiration hits like lightning, the result can be a cutting-edge electronics product. From smartphones to HDTV screens to marine navigation systems, electronics manufacturers rely on the thinnest products in 3M’s VHB portfolio to fit into electronic assemblies, places where thick VHBs cannot fit.

Electronic device engineers know space usually isn’t the only challenge. Modern electronics bonding solutions often must address impact resistance, waterproofing, heat resistance, and/or reworkability to create a device with reliable functionality. In addition to overall performance, some surfaces — paints, metals, low surface energy plastics — are hard to bond and require unique acrylic foam tapes such as 3M VHB tape.

When a spark of creativity results in devices optimized for the IoT, 5G, and beyond, specialized VHB tape is often needed as well. This article dives deeper into how pressure sensitive adhesive converters meet the high standards of the electronics industry today and into the future.

Topics: Adhesives Generally Electronics 3M VHB Tape
3 min read

What is Adhesive Converting? Why is an Adhesive Tape Converter So Important?

By Scott Chambers on Jul 28, 2021 10:58:00 AM

Few things are more rewarding than taking material and transforming it into a product. It’s what manufacturing is all about. Raw materials are impressive, but they’re not exactly something people actually want or can easily use.

An adhesive converter typically takes large rolls of raw material — tape, films, paper, plastic, foam, soft metals, and more — and “converts” them into usable parts. As technologically advanced as the materials themselves may be, the large, continuous rolls (called master rolls) provided by a manufacturer (such as 3M) are of practically no use to customers; they’re too large to handle, not the right shape or size, or the material isn’t finished the way it needs to be.

Topics: Converting
5 min read

Microfluidics Manufacturing: Converting Materials for Multilayer Microfluidics Devices

By Scott Chambers on Jul 15, 2021 2:51:57 PM

Microfluidic technology involves moving tiny amounts of liquids to perform various functions: ink in an inkjet printer, solder on an electronics board, bodily fluids within a medical device to perform chemical analyses. The use of this technology isn’t exactly new, but its popularity is rapidly rising.

Multilayered microfluidic devices — the majority of microfluidic devices — typically have channels built into the device through which the specific amount of fluid flows at a particular speed and path. Construction is accomplished by either adding channels between layers or subtracting material from a solid sheet to form channels. These individual layers eventually need to come together in one usable package or device.

Topics: Microfluidics
8 min read

What Is a Gasket? Everything You Need to Know

By Scott Chambers on Jul 14, 2021 12:39:19 PM

Gaskets are everywhere. They’re in your car, at work, even in the air! A gasket is a common term used to describe any seal or grommet that holds two things together. You can make gaskets from rubber, plastic, metal, and other materials. The material choice depends on why you need to use a gasket.

Topics: Foam Gaskets Gaskets
8 min read

What’s The Difference Between Die Cutting Methods: Flat Bed, Rotary, and Laser?

By Scott Chambers on Jul 8, 2021 10:24:21 AM

High-speed. Accurate. Versatile. You want your die cutting method to fulfill your needs because it’s an essential part of manufacturing. Realistically, however, you may have to make some choices based on the project’s priorities. High precision or high volume? Super speed or complex cuts? Low cost or low maintenance?

Topics: Adhesives Generally Converting
12 min read

Types of Poron Foam and the Pros and Cons of Each

By Scott Chambers on Jun 30, 2021 4:51:48 PM

Polyurethanes are the largest class of polymers worldwide, with a global market of $79 Billion. As a class, it keeps growing.

Breakthroughs in materials science continue to add opportunities for innovation in materials science and global industries. Taking advantage of those opportunities nets great advantages.

Just ask the electric vehicle industry. Top EV companies increasingly use polymer foam as a thermal interface. This keeps powerful Li-ION batteries safe, and it prevents them from overheating in electric vehicles.

PORON foam is one such groundbreaking material.

Topics: Converting Foam Gaskets
4 min read

“It Can Do What?!” — 6 Surprising Applications of Custom Die Cut Adhesives

By Scott Chambers on Jun 23, 2021 8:04:00 AM

OK, here’s the short story: Die cut adhesives are extremely versatile and can solve business challenges in a variety of industries.

Nice (and true), but not very exciting. What’s really fun is hearing about the unexpected ways that die cut adhesives are being used; the solutions that definitely do not immediately pop to mind when you hear “adhesive applications.”

Topics: Adhesives Generally Converting
4 min read

How Automotive Surface Protective Film Saves Thousands of Rework Hours

By Scott Chambers on Jun 3, 2021 11:12:44 AM

Automotive manufacturers are throwing away thousands of dollars a month in rework costs.

Topics: Adhesives Generally Automotive
5 min read

4 Best Adhesive Types for Gaskets

By Scott Chambers on May 27, 2021 2:53:01 PM

Gaskets have many essential responsibilities. In fluid processing and handling equipment, they create a pressure-tight seal between two surfaces — preventing fluids from escaping and preventing contaminants from intruding. Plus, they insulate, cushion, and reduce noise. Not much to ask, right?

Topics: Adhesives Generally
6 min read

What You Need To Know About UL 9540

By Scott Chambers on May 25, 2021 1:14:40 PM

Let’s imagine you’ve created a new electronic good! This product is amazing, and you would love to show it to the world. But what if the battery catches on fire? That would mean a lot of faulty products and unhappy customers. Worst of all, you will get a bad reputation and potentially even lawsuits.

Topics: Converting Electronics Quality Assurance
4 min read

Adhesive Tape vs. Liquid Adhesives: A Quick Comparison Checklist

By Scott Chambers on May 20, 2021 2:45:25 PM

You have adhesive options.

Two of today’s most popular are adhesive tape and liquid adhesive. Of course, both have their advantages and drawbacks. Let’s not waste any time. We provide the pros and cons for an attribute of each, and you make the call. Your quick comparison checklist starts right now!

Topics: Adhesives Generally
6 min read

Real-World Consequences of Choosing the Wrong PSA Adhesive

By Phil Kehne on May 12, 2021 9:06:13 AM

Doing things properly when converting pressure sensitive adhesives is essential. Yet avoiding poor adhesive or the wrong process is just as vital. But you might say, “C’mon, it’s just adhesive. How significant could the consequences possibly be for making the wrong choice?” Well, read these product examples:

Topics: Adhesives Generally
6 min read

The 5 Best Low-Profile Adhesive Bonding Materials

By Scott Chambers on May 5, 2021 10:33:13 AM

Joining two surfaces together.

It doesn’t sound that difficult. Yet, depending on the substrates and the performance demanded of that adhesive bond, it can be pretty tricky.

Historically, mechanical fasteners of all kinds — rivets, brackets, bolts, screws, retaining rings — have been used to “permanently” bond two substrates. But, these are not low-profile, plus their weight and likelihood to corrode increases the possibility of bond failure.

Many industrial bonding adhesives are low profile, including 3M™ VHB™ and acrylic foam tapes, which evenly distribute pressure along the substrates and enhance aesthetics.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
5 min read

3M VHB Tape Application Guide: 7 Keys to Using this Superior Bonding Solution

By Scott Chambers on Apr 28, 2021 10:05:33 AM

For decades, engineers have had to deal with the downsides of many permanent bonding materials:

  • Screws, bolts, and mechanical fasteners significantly increase weight
  • Rivets punch through a material, are uneven, and create vulnerable stress points
  • Welding is time-consuming and disruptive in an otherwise efficient assembly process
  • Liquid and spray adhesives are tedious, time-consuming, and messy

Topics: Adhesives Generally 3M VHB Tape
3 min read

Advantages of Adhesive Transfer Tape for Gasket Applications

By Scott Chambers on Apr 21, 2021 9:54:40 AM

Gaskets — whether adhesives, foam, metal, cork, rubber, paper, or another material — are substrates used to perform two essential functions: 1) create a pressure-tight barrier/seal between two stationary surfaces and 2) use superior adhesives on these difficult-to-bond surfaces.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
3 min read

Products That Are Being Replaced By Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

By Scott Chambers on Apr 14, 2021 9:43:00 AM

Pressure sensitive adhesive tape has become the preferred solution for many adhesive needs. Its flexibility, strength, design, and versatility provide many assembly advantages. It’s so impressive, we recently ran this 3-part blog series.

As we explored in the first article in that series, engineers have used many solutions — each with their own limitations — to bond materials. The right pressure sensitive adhesive tape can replace these inefficient options and add additional benefits: evenly distributing pressure, converting to custom sizes/shapes, adding design aesthetics, and more.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
12 min read

Which 3M VHB Should You Use? The Best 3M VHB Tape Selection Guide

By Scott Chambers on Apr 7, 2021 5:06:24 PM

Permanent bonding projects take on various formats and requirements. The one thing true in all cases is the need for putting two items together so they don’t come apart. Regardless of how well the surfaces match or mismatch, they must be bonded to hold for the long term.

Topics: 3M VHB Tape
4 min read

Adhesive Transfer Tape Advantages and Challenges: Thin Bonding Series

By Scott Chambers on Mar 31, 2021 12:54:09 PM

Thin bonding is a huge category of adhesives with many applications, so we’re continuing our efforts to share what we know in our ongoing series. You’re invited to check out an overview of thin bonding and details about double sided tape.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
4 min read

What is Peel Adhesion? How Does It Drive Flexible Material Converting?

By Scott Chambers on Mar 24, 2021 12:46:00 PM

The world of adhesive materials within flexible material converting continues to expand and change. As technology overall evolves, so does the ability of adhesives to bond two or more substrates together.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
4 min read

6 Incredible and Surprising Hydrogel Uses

By Scott Chambers on Mar 17, 2021 9:57:17 AM

Before we dive into the many uses of this exceptional substance, let’s start with the basics: “What is hydrogel?” Hydrogel is a 3D network of hydrophilic polymer material that quickly absorbs and retains a large amount of water (or other fluid). Incredibly versatile and environmentally sensitive, hydrogels are multi-functional across a variety of industries.

Topics: Medical Medical Adhesive Tape
12 min read

Overview of Wound Dressings

By Scott Chambers on Mar 12, 2021 5:20:03 PM

Whether they are open or closed, shallow or deep, the healing process from wounds can be long and painful. 

Topics: Converting Medical Medical Adhesive Tape
6 min read

What is Protective Film and What Are its Benefits to Various Industries?

By Scott Chambers on Mar 11, 2021 3:20:04 PM

Protective film is a material that protects surfaces that are susceptible to damage: minor or moderate abrasions to scratches and more. One example is a vehicle. Protective film helps protect a car from daily wear and tear that comes with regular usage and other more uncommon damage.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
4 min read

The Importance of Working with a Full-Service Adhesive Tape Converter

By Scott Chambers on Mar 4, 2021 11:32:23 AM

The world of adhesive technology is an exciting place these days! Adhesive manufacturers are pushing the limits of science and technology, and the industry is enjoying:
• Product advancements and innovations
• New, sophisticated converting equipment
• Improved production rates, reduced labor costs, minimized waste, less rework

Unsolvable application challenges are now being solved as manufacturers look to use new materials in their processes and products. Yet, technological advancements on their own aren’t worth much. They require industry knowledge and insights from an expert adhesive converter to capitalize on advances in technology.

Topics: Adhesives Generally Converting
4 min read

Double Sided Tape 101: Thin Bonding Series

By Scott Chambers on Feb 24, 2021 10:38:51 AM

NOTE: This article, #2 in an ongoing blog series on thin bonding, focuses on double sided tape. To read the series kickoff, an overview on thin bonding, click here.

Of the two main thin bonding types — double sided tape and adhesive transfer tape — double sided tape is the most converter-friendly, allowing for many manufacturing processes with few limitations. Having a carrier provides stability that makes the tape easier to handle and convert into small shapes and parts.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
4 min read

Converting Adhesive Materials For Microfluidic Devices

By Scott Chambers on Feb 17, 2021 3:15:00 PM

There’s often a fine line between health and illness. Microfluidic devices detect important samples of fluids that provide crucial information to patients and their caregivers.

However, microfluidics requires the right materials to ensure accuracy as these critical tools are designed, manufactured, and assembled. Usually small with intricate channels and circuits, microfluidic devices require the exact right material properties.

Topics: Microfluidics
5 min read

Thin Bonding: Double Sided Tape, Adhesive Transfer Tape, and Much More

By Scott Chambers on Feb 10, 2021 10:15:00 AM

Welcome to our ongoing blog series featuring the many advantages of thin bonding. If you’re looking for specific information on double sided tape, click here.

Why dedicate so much attention and digital space to thin bonding? Because it’s a virtually invisible, super-strong bond for nearly any material in almost every industry. And that just begins to tell the story of thin bonding. There are so many benefits; we need an ongoing series to share them all.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
7 min read

What are Microfluidic Applications? A Complete Beginner's Guide

By Scott Chambers on Feb 3, 2021 10:09:33 AM

Towering redwoods. Majestic mountain peaks. Complex cloud formations. As we take moments to appreciate nature’s large displays of beauty, many of us rarely recognize small engineering feats that allow us to live comfortable lives.

The study of microfluidics contributes significantly to many fields that affect our daily lives. For instance, microfluidic devices carry tiny amounts of fluid that give caregivers and patients accurate test results, from monitoring blood glucose to detecting pathogens.

If you don’t already know about microfluidics, this article is an excellent look at the power of such tiny wonders. We’ll explore the basics of microfluidics, what microfluidic devices are used for, and how to make a microfluidic chip. Ready?

Topics: Medical Microfluidics
12 min read

11 Benefits of Purchasing 300LSE For Your Next Engineering Project

By Scott Chambers on Jan 29, 2021 11:08:48 AM

These days, more and more industries are making use of low surface energy plastics in their production. These are materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene that are becoming more common. The trouble with LSEs such as these is that traditional bonding materials refuse to stick to them. 

Topics: 300LSE
5 min read

What is the Right Level of Automation for Your Converting Project?

By Scott Chambers on Jan 27, 2021 12:29:17 PM

Automation isn’t the future. It’s here today, and without using it wisely, most companies are at a competitive disadvantage. Yet, automation isn’t an “all or nothing” decision. There are levels of automation, especially in converting, that make it easier to start working smarter and more efficiently.

This article explores various automation levels and uses examples to magnify the importance of automation within everyday converting projects.

Topics: Converting Quality Assurance
5 min read

Medical Adhesive Tape: Types and Best Practices for Wound Care

By Scott Chambers on Jan 20, 2021 10:59:00 AM

When you think of healthcare supplies, what comes to mind first? A stethoscope to hear a heartbeat. A syringe to give a needed shot. Ahhhhhh, the “open wide” tongue depressor!

But what about medical adhesive tape? It may not pop to mind first, but this versatile tool is incredibly important in the medical field. There are many varieties from which to choose and many companies that convert medical adhesive tape for wound care.

This article answers some common (and not so common) questions:
• What’s the best tape to use on skin?
• What is medical tape used for?
• What types of medical tape are there?
• How does a converter make a difference in medical adhesive tape?

Grab an otoscope (that device that checks your ears). Let's get into this!

Topics: Medical Medical Adhesive Tape
8 min read

Polyimide Tape and Kapton Tape: What You Need to Know

By Scott Chambers on Jan 13, 2021 10:36:00 AM

If you're in the electrical trade, you've probably used Polyimide tape before. You might know it under a different name, though: Kapton tape.

Polyimide tape, or Kapton tape, has a ton of benefits when it comes to the electrical side of any given industry. If you want to know more about polyimide tape, keep reading. You'll be a certified polyimide master by the end.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
12 min read

Your Guide to 3M 468MP Adhesive Transfer Tape

By Scott Chambers on Jan 11, 2021 12:43:05 PM

Doctor Horace Day is credited with the invention of the first tape in 1845. As a doctor using this invention in medicine it was called surgical tape. Dr. Day used a rubberized material applied to strips of fabric and the surgical tape was born. 

Topics: Adhesives Generally Rotary Die Cutting
4 min read

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape Series #3: 4 Reasons to Choose Your Adhesive Converter Wisely

By Scott Chambers on Jan 6, 2021 11:53:29 AM

Welcome to the conclusion of our 3-part series on pressure sensitive adhesive tape. In Part 1, we discussed PSA’s performance and versatility, and Part 2 covered 3M™ VHB™ tape as a superior bonding solution.

Today, our topic is not PSA tape itself, but rather the importance of the adhesive converter that takes raw material and transforms it into a usable, valuable product. We’ve broken our exploration into four segments, each critically important to successful use of pressure sensitive adhesive tape.

Topics: 3M VHB Tape
3 min read

CUSTOM PCB LABELS — TRACK COMPONENTS THROUGHOUT MANUFACTURING

By Scott Chambers on Dec 16, 2020 12:32:18 PM

Do more with less.

If you’re a manufacturer, you know this has been the expectation for years.

Manufacturers have experienced many pressures that affect their operations and bottom line. One way to adapt is to optimize inventory; truly understanding inventory levels and discovering efficiency opportunities through use of automated component tracking systems that enable end-to-end traceability of individual components.

This level of tracking can improve assembly line performance, help identify defects in products during manufacturing, improve overall quality, increase production yields, and more. However, in order to track components, labels need to be readable by automated tracking machines. That’s when PCB labels become so vital.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
3 min read

Microfluidics in Medicine: Diagnostics

By Scott Chambers on Dec 10, 2020 10:03:45 AM

Microfluidics’ ability to perform chemical analyses of small volumes of fluids have reduced hospital visits and overall healthcare expenditures. And, their use is rising rapidly.

Topics: Microfluidics
4 min read

Why is ISO Cleanroom Certification so Important?

By Scott Chambers on Dec 7, 2020 12:39:00 PM

Some complex products require specific manufacturing processes to ensure their safety and reliable performance. What kind of performance? Well, in medical applications, particles in the air as well as the air’s moisture level can lead to bacteria growth that alters adhesion in a medical product applied directly to the skin.

Obviously, “bacteria” and “medical product” never go hand-in-hand. Combatting this possibility (and many others within numerous industries) requires the use of a cleanroom. Impurities of many types — dust/smoke, equipment, microorganisms, inadequate air quality, human error, and others — can cause defects in many products.

How “clean” does a cleanroom need to be? Classifications have been established using the ISO classification system ISO 14644-1 and are rated by the cleanliness level of the air inside the room. The most common ISO classes (ISO 7 and ISO 8) indicate the level of cleanliness of the room based on the quantity and size of particles per volume of air.

In this article, we’ll explore the ins and outs of ISO cleanroom certification, the industries most affected by cleanrooms, and the importance of your converting partner being certified.

Topics: Medical
2 min read

What is the Carrier or Backing Material on Adhesive Products?

By Scott Chambers on Nov 19, 2020 9:48:57 AM

A converted product’s carrier or backing material is one of the most important decisions when designing pressure sensitive adhesives. The carrier has to possess the right qualities to match the application (will it be hand applied or automatically dispensed?) and the processing (will it be slit or die-cut?).


Recently, we explored the basics of release liners in this article. In today’s blog post, we’ll dive into the physical components of backing (or “carrier;” we’ll use both terms throughout) and how it helps the converting process.

Topics: Adhesives Generally Converting
4 min read

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape Series #2: Why 3M VHB Tape is a Superior Bonding Solution

By Scott Chambers on Nov 16, 2020 10:58:01 AM

NOTE: This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape. Read Part 1 — which features PSA’s performance and versatility — in the Strouse blog. Also, check out Part 3 in the series on choosing a converter.

When it comes to bonding applications, there’s no shortage of options: screws, bolts, mechanical fasteners, rivets, welding, liquid adhesives, and more. We recently covered the history of bonding options; what adhesive bonding is and how it’s changed over time. Read that here.

Topics: 3M VHB Tape
3 min read

4 Big Benefits of Bonding Tape

By Scott Chambers on Nov 4, 2020 1:36:41 PM

Strict deadlines. Tight budgets. Performance demands. The pressure is on design engineers who face numerous challenges and decisions during every step of a project. One tough decision is selecting a bonding application solution.

Adhesive bonding is the process of bringing two or more surfaces together using a viscous substance. To select the right one, modern manufacturers need to consider the adhesive performance of each substance as well as any assembly advantages a solution may possess.

Topics: 3M VHB Tape
5 min read

10 Questions Converters Should Ask YOU About Custom Die Cut Adhesive

By Scott Chambers on Oct 29, 2020 11:07:31 AM

The beginning of a custom die cut converting project usually goes something like this:

Customer: “Here’s the idea. Can you make this?”

Converter Salesperson: “Yes, we can.”

Customer: “Can you make 1,000,000 of them?”

Converter Salesperson: “Of course.”

Now, it gets interesting. It’s at this point that the converter should start asking the questions, and lots of them. The engineering-focused information gathering begins here, followed by project-specific questions to ensure quality and timing expectations can be met.

Topics: Converting
4 min read

What is Tensile Strength and How is It Measured?

By Sue Chambers on Oct 21, 2020 9:31:46 AM

The stress is on.

You’re under pressure to create the best possible product. That includes choosing the right material, the right adhesive, the right format, the right elongation at break percentage … even the right converter!

That’s because you know your product will be under pressure, too. It has to perform with a certain tensile strength — the maximum force or stress a material can withstand while being pulled apart from both ends before failing. That’s why it’s also called “breaking strength.”

Topics: Adhesives Generally
5 min read

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape Series #1: Performance and Versatility

By Sue Chambers on Oct 15, 2020 10:46:00 AM

NOTE: This article is #1 in a 3-part series on the power and versatility of pressure sensitive adhesive tape. It’s really a celebration of applications and possibilities. Part 2 covers 3M™ VHB™ tape as a superior bonding solution, and Part 3 offers help on choosing a converter.

When manufacturers need to bring together two or more surfaces, either temporarily or permanently, they often choose to use a viscous substance — adhesive bonding — because of its many assembly advantages and versatility. The materials used to do this could be adhesive tape, adhesive film, glue, epoxy, or something else, however, pressure sensitive adhesive tape (PSA) is becoming increasingly popular.

4 min read

What It Means to be a 3M Preferred Converter

By Sue Chambers on Oct 6, 2020 9:17:00 AM

Excellence.

Every business wants to achieve it, and every business wants to partner with other businesses that achieve it. And while saying you have it is easy, being recognized for it by an industry leader is quite another thing.

For companies in the converting industry, being honored for excellence by 3M is the top of the top. It shouts to the world that a converter deeply understands the industry leader, and the industry leader trusts them.

This article explores the origins of the 3M Preferred Converter program, digs into why it matters in a highly competitive marketplace, and shares why customers should care.

Topics: Adhesives Generally Converting 3M News
2 min read

What Are Release Liners? How Do You Select One?

By Sue Chambers on Sep 30, 2020 10:18:47 AM

Of course, as a converter of flexible materials we love to talk about pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA). However the unsung hero of the adhesive world may be the release liner (often called “carrier” or “backing”). This is the product — typically a coated paper or film — that carries the sticky material and serves as a protective covering until the pressure sensitive adhesive is needed. Think of the shiny paper that carries a sticker or label.

A release liner’s base may be paper, polycoated paper, film, or even a metalized film. The liner can be coated with silicone or non-silicone to ease separation from the adhesive. It all depends on the precise delivery and dispensing system needed for the application.

In many cases, the release liner is one of the most critical decisions when designing a PSA. It has to have the right qualities and features to precisely match the application (hand applied or automatic dispensing) and processing (slitting, die-cutting, etc.).

The good news is you have options.

Topics: Adhesives Generally Converting
5 min read

4 Key Materials When Building Microfluidic Devices

By Sue Chambers on Sep 17, 2020 12:09:18 PM

Although small in size, microfluidic devices carry an enormous burden. Patients and caregivers rely on them for accurate test results and crucial information at the point-of-care. They screen for cancer, monitor blood glucose, detect pathogens. As they transport and protect samples of blood or other fluids, consistent and reliable performance is imperative. What could be more important?

Topics: Microfluidics
8 min read

An Overview of Thermal Insulation Tape

By Sue Chambers on Jul 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Thermal insulation tape, like all thermal insulation materials, reduces the amount of heat transfer between objects. Heat flow tends to be an inevitable consequence of two objects touching; however, thermal insulation tape will help reduce or reflect some of the heat transfer. The most widely known application of this concept is the insulation that goes in houses to lower energy bills.

8 min read

Your Guide to Thermal Interface Material

By Sue Chambers on Jul 16, 2020 10:30:10 AM

Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs) are considered a crucial part of any efficient thermal management system. Their job is to transfer heat between two or more solid surfaces.

Today, thermal interface materials include an array of products, including phase change materials, gap fillers, and thermal grease. There are also less compliant materials, such as thermally conductive hardware, adhesive films, and thermal rubber pads.

1 min read

How Thermally Conductive Adhesive Tape Boosts Performance of Electronics

By Sue Chambers on Jul 14, 2020 10:10:18 AM

Many electronics products require specific adhesives that dissipate heat. Thermal interface materials (a combination of high-performance acrylic adhesive and highly conductive ceramic particles) enhance performance by minimizing reliability concerns and reduced operational lifetimes that are often affected by heat.

Topics: Adhesives Generally Strouse News 3M News Electronics
8 min read

An Overview on Gasketing Material

By Sue Chambers on Jun 24, 2020 5:00:00 PM

When something works well, you barely notice how it works. Today's manufacturing and engineering techniques make so many machines and devices run dependably and silently. When you need to build those machines, things get a lot more interesting.

3 min read

3M Automotive Masking Tape Best Practices To Boost Paint Production

By Sue Chambers on Jun 16, 2020 8:28:36 AM

Is your paint process one of the most scrutinized steps in your entire assembly process?

How’s that department performing? Experiencing any bottlenecks?

Whether manufacturing for automotive, military, aerospace, industrial, or electronics, every industry expects the highest quality product. And, with the paint process usually being quite complex, there can be many delays and rework.

Topics: 3M News
3 min read

Elongation : What is it and Why Does it Matter?

By Sue Chambers on Jun 9, 2020 4:02:11 PM

Have you ever seen this spec listed on a material data sheet? 

“Elongation at Break %”

To understand it, and realize why it’s important in adhesives, let’s first tackle two definitions.

Topics: Converting
8 min read

Everything You Need to Know About EMI Shielding

By Scott Chambers on May 12, 2020 3:32:14 PM

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If radio waves and signals were visible and tangible, you wouldn't be able to move from one end of your home to another without tripping. The very device from which you're reading this article probably has a wireless signal.

Topics: EMI Shielding
8 min read

Foam Gaskets - Foam Gasket Tape - An Ultimate Guide

By Sue Chambers on May 8, 2020 12:00:33 PM

Any time a mechanism requires superior barrier and bonding features, gaskets are ideal. However, these handy devices are far from one-size-fits-all.

While many gaskets are comprised of flat materials such as paper, rubber, metal, silicone, felt, and neoprene, foam delivers impressive sealing capabilities that are important to know.

Topics: Foam Gaskets
8 min read

Your Guide to 3M VHB Tape

By Sue Chambers on May 4, 2020 10:38:41 AM

You've probably heard people say that tape is the solution to all of life's problems, and they're pretty much right. The right tape can fix any challenge that you throw its way and is quick to apply, so you can get back to doing your job. It's also very likely the solution you need at your company right now.

Topics: 3M VHB Tape
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The Basics of Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape

By Sue Chambers on Apr 29, 2020 2:51:16 PM

Have you ever wondered exactly how tape works? There are multiple types of adhesives on the market today. When you think of tape, you're most likely thinking of pressure sensitive adhesive tape. 

Topics: Adhesives Generally
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Strouse Designs and Starts Producing Face Shields

By Sue Chambers on Apr 6, 2020 4:41:56 PM

Strouse is proud to now offer two versions of a face shield that are made entirely in Westminster, MD. Both masks offer a soft foam headband, anti-fog PET, one size fits all adjust-ability, and latex free materials. We've designed the construction of these masks to be fully automated on our presses. 

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Your Guide to Heat Activated Adhesives

By Sue Chambers on Mar 26, 2020 9:30:00 AM

A heat activated adhesive is a type of adhesive, usually applied to a tape backing, that will not bond at normal temperatures. Instead, it becomes sticky in certain temperatures, wherein the adhesive chemicals are activated and can form a bond.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
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What is Rotary Die Cutting? Problems it Solves and Common Applications

By Sue Chambers on Jan 6, 2020 2:03:48 PM

If you're someone who likes to get your hands dirty and create new things, you're far from alone. In fact, the US craft industry is worth over $44 billion. If you're someone who's contributed to this booming economy, then it's likely that you've used die cutting services before in your arts and crafts- or at least have heard of them before.

Topics: Converting Rotary Die Cutting
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The Importance of EMI Shielding

By Sue Chambers on Dec 30, 2019 11:03:37 AM

About every 11 years the sun's magnetic field flips. North becomes south and south becomes north. This change causes solar storms on the sun's surface that send solar flares careening towards Earth.

Topics: Electronics EMI Shielding
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Strouse Completes Establishment Registration with FDA

By Sue Chambers on Nov 12, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Strouse, an industry leading adhesive tape converter and custom manufacturer is proud to announce its medical device establishment registration with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The registration builds on Strouse’s wide range of adhesive tape converting capabilities and allows for deeper penetration into medical device projects and the overall medical and healthcare market

Topics: Medical Strouse News Quality Assurance
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Strouse Celebrates 1,000 Days with No Lost Time Accidents

By Sue Chambers on Oct 22, 2019 1:23:11 PM

Earlier this month, Strouse reached a milestone that spans almost 3 years’ time. Our team achieved 1,000 consecutive days with no lost time accidents, meaning that no employee has lost time due to an accident in the workplace.

Topics: Strouse News
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Strouse to Exhibit Wound Care Product Manufacturing at SAWC Spring

By Sue Chambers on Mar 11, 2019 7:45:00 AM

Strouse, a 3M Supplier of the Year and leading manufacturer of converted adhesive solutions, will be attending and exhibiting at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Spring (SAWC) meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The symposium, in its 32nd year, takes place May 7-11th and brings together leading industry professionals in wound care from physicians, nurses, researchers, and scientists to improve patient outcomes through education. New to wound care? Check this out.

Topics: Medical Trade Shows and Events
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Strouse to Exhibit Medical Device Adhesive Components at MDM West 2019

By Sue Chambers on Jan 28, 2019 7:20:00 AM

Strouse, a 3M Supplier of the Year and leading manufacturer of converted adhesive solutions, will be attending and exhibiting at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2019 in Anaheim, California. The expo takes place February 5-7th and is the world’s largest annual med-tech event. 

Topics: Medical
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Strouse Allies with AccuPlace to Automate Adhesive Component Assembly

By Sue Chambers on Jan 25, 2019 8:07:05 AM

Partnership enables organizations to achieve extreme accuracy and repeatability through automation from a single vendor.

WESTMINSTER, MARYLAND – Strouse, a leader in adhesive converting and recipient of the 3M Supplier of the Year award, has announced a partnership with AccuPlace to help manufacturers across the globe achieve automation. As organizations across industries focus on becoming more efficient, accurate, and scalable, Strouse and AccuPlace together are helping organizations attain these goals.

AccuPlace partners with their customers to standardize adhesive component assembly challenges. They manufacture machines that cost-effectively enable organizations to utilize machine automation within their manufacturing processes.

“At Strouse, we’ve always been focused on the goals and success of our customers,” says Sue Chambers, President and CEO at Strouse. “In highly technical and highly regulated industries it can be challenging to innovate without investing significant capital and resources. Overcoming that challenge was the idea behind Sample Express, our rapid prototyping program that reduces risk and cost for our customers as they test new products. We’re now taking that a step further with AccuPlace. In addition to helping customers design and test components to find the perfect fit, we’re able to help them cost effectively scale their manufacturing with automation while reducing vendor fatigue.”

Strouse’s partnership with AccuPlace aims to help customers consolidate vendor relations by providing a single source for manufacturing automation. No longer will customers need to bring together an adhesive converter, an automation equipment vendor, and manage the relationships through the entire process to effectively scale manufacturing efforts. Strouse’s expertise in design and manufacturing coupled with AccuPlace technology introduces a cohesive experience for customers to source parts and equipment from the same vendor where all parties are involved in the design and manufacture of solutions from the onset. This synergy streamlines development and increases speed to market.

“We partnered with Strouse as a Value Added Reseller to help our mutual customers ensure the highest productivity utilizing AccuPlace machines,” says Mike Terry, Global Sales Manager, at AccuPlace. “Strouse not only consistently produces tight tolerance rotary die cut parts; they thoroughly understand the key factors to automate them."

About Strouse
Strouse is a die cut adhesive manufacturer with over 30 years of industry experience. Serving the medical, automotive, electronics, military, aerospace, industrial and appliance industries, Strouse continues to innovate by engineering adhesive tape solutions that improve quality, reduce waste, increase efficiency, and expedite delivery. With a quality management system registered to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 standards, Strouse not only has a commitment to quality but excellent customer service. A full team of design and development engineers allows Strouse to invest the necessary time and resources for every project. Located in Westminster, Maryland, Strouse can be contacted directly at 1-800-410-8273 or visit our website for more info at https://www.strouse.com/

About AccuPlace
AccuPlace offers a variety of adhesive component assembly solutions ranging from semi-automatic machines to fully automatic robotic pick and place systems. With more than 22 years of organizational experience, AccuPlace pioneered the effort to standardize die cut adhesive component assembly. Delivering established operational criteria, predictable quality, and perhaps of greatest benefit, quantified process costs. Thousands of our machines in applications around the world prove there is only one market leader for Film Adhesive Assembly – AccuPlace.
Topics: Strouse News
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Strouse Recognized at Regional Manufacturing Institute's Gala

By Sue Chambers on Dec 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Westminster, MD – Four Carroll County manufacturers were among the honored companies and over 600 guests at the Regional Manufacturing Institute’s Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Gala held at Martin’s West in Baltimore on November 29th.

The Carroll County Department of Economic Development was recognized as a Bronze sponsor along with Find Solid Corporation (trading as FISO Door) – the newest manufacturer in Carroll County. CEO Hao Ling attended the gala along with several members of his management team and said, “FISO Door is honored to be recognized as Carroll County’s newest manufacturer and we are gearing up for full production of high-end commercial doors in 2019.”

The Strouse Corporation was recognized in the Growth & Productivity category for their recent growth. President Susan Chambers recently shared, “The Strouse Corporation has achieved a record revenue growth of 58% in the last three years and increased our capacity by 55%. Our strategy to use productivity improvement as a building block to achieve this growth has resulted in a staggering 21% improvement in productivity in last three years.”

In addition, Bill Bartley, President and CEO of Evapco, Inc. was in attendance and responded as follows to the recognition - “Evapco is delighted to be recognized as a RMI winner in the category of International Business. Our world headquarters in Carroll County, Maryland enables us to draw upon the people and resources in the mid-Atlantic Region as fuel for growing our manufacturing business around the world.”

Stanley Black & Decker’s Hampstead Powdered Metal Plant was also featured in the Manufacturing Technology/Industry 4.0 category. Plant Manager Ann Fagan said, “Industry 4.0 is transforming manufacturing and companies can either adapt to the new landscape, or they’ll be left behind. Our team in Hampstead has worked hard to bring new Industry 4.0 technologies into our facility and we’re proud to receive the recognition of these efforts by RMI.”

Carroll County Department of Economic Development Director Jack Lyburn shared, “We are very proud of the fact that Carroll County is a leading manufacturing county in the State of Maryland as evidenced by the tremendous growth and expansion of our manufacturing sector over the last two years.”

All honored companies are listed in the 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Yearbook which was given to all gala attendees and distributed to the members of the General Assembly, the media and state educators. Information about the gala can be found online.

About Carroll County Department of Economic Development

The Carroll County Department of Economic Development is a results-oriented team that creates competitive business solutions. To learn more about the programs or opportunities available in Carroll County email info@carrollbiz.org, visit http://carrollbiz.org, follow @CarrollEconDev on Twitter or call 410-386-2070.

Topics: Strouse News
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Recap: Ribbon Cutting for Strouse's New Manufacturing Facility

By Sue Chambers on Oct 4, 2018 7:25:00 AM

On September 17th Strouse invited local government officials, customers, partners, friends and family to celebrate the ribbon cutting and official opening of our new manufacturing facility in Westminster, Maryland. 

Topics: Strouse News
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Strouse Announces Ribbon Cutting for New Manufacturing Facility

By Sue Chambers on Sep 3, 2018 8:16:26 PM

WESTMINSTER, MD – Strouse, a leading provider of die cut adhesive solutions, announces an official ribbon cutting ceremony for its new manufacturing facility on Monday September 17th. The ceremony will begin at 9:00am at the facility located at 1211 Independence Way, Westminster, Maryland 21157.

Topics: Strouse News
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Strouse Wins 3M Supplier of the Year Award

By Sue Chambers on Aug 21, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Award recognizes suppliers who improve 3M’s competitiveness

Topics: Strouse News 3M News
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Strouse Achieves Registration to ISO 13485: 2003

By Sue Chambers on Jul 16, 2018 9:11:52 PM

Strouse is proud to announce that it has earned ISO 13485:2003 registration from SAI Global. The standard was designed to be used by organizations involved in the design, production, installation, and servicing of medical devices. As the healthcare and medical markets continue to solve more complex challenges, the ISO 13485 standard aims to serve as a framework for regulatory requirements through every step of a product’s life cycle.

Topics: Strouse News Quality Assurance
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Double Sided PE Foam Tape from Avery Dennison: Avery X7325172

By Sue Chambers on Aug 14, 2017 7:35:00 AM

Differential adhesive tape is a double coated or double sided adhesive with different adhesives on each coated side. Differential tapes are most often used when one side of the tape construction is used to create a permanent bond while the other side is used to create a temporary bond.

Topics: Adhesives Generally
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Reworkable Plastic Bonding Adhesive for Electronics Devices

By Sue Chambers on Aug 1, 2017 7:51:00 AM

3M Plastic Bonding Adhesive 2665 is now available at Strouse. The high performance, urethane bonding adhesive is designed for electronics applications that may potentially require rework due to design changes or recovery of high-value components.

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Strouse to Exhibit at Southeast Design 2 Part in Charlotte, NC

By Sue Chambers on Jul 26, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Strouse will be exhibiting their tight tolerance adhesive converting capabilities at the Southeast Design-2-Part show in Charlotte, North Carolina. For over 40 years, D2P has brought together engineers, product manufacturers, and leaders in industrial manufacturing to discover new technologies, solve challenges, and find the highest quality suppliers in a multitude of industries. Strouse is excited to once again be exhibiting at one of their events.

Topics: Strouse News
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Strouse to Break Ground on State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility

By Sue Chambers on Apr 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

WESTMINSTER, Maryland – April 25, 2017 – Strouse, along with the Carroll County Department of Economic Development, is pleased to announce plans to construct a manufacturing facility in the Westminster Technology Park in Carroll County, Maryland.

Topics: Strouse News
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3M 5414 Water-Soluble Wave Soldering Tape | Strouse

By Sue Chambers on Apr 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

3M™ Water-Soluble Wave Soldering Tape 5414 is a new product designed for use in electronics assembly processes where printed circuit boards are wave soldered. This transparent tape can be used to mask gold fingers during wave soldering and it completely dissolves during standard aqueous cleaning processes.

Topics: 3M News
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Is Your Adhesive Tape Converter Limiting Your ROI?

By Sue Chambers on Feb 21, 2017 7:48:10 PM

Manufacturers rely on adhesive tape converters to provide accurate and functional adhesive components. These components should not only serve a functional need, they should become an investment and provide value to the project or the businesses bottom line.

Topics: Converting
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Strouse Named as 2016 Champion of Maryland Manufacturing

By Sue Chambers on Dec 20, 2016 7:20:00 AM

WESTMINSTER, MARYLAND – Strouse was named by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) as a 2016 Champion of Maryland Manufacturing for Accelerating Product or Process Innovation. RMI recognizes champions in manufacturing that create a positive image across seven categories: accelerating product or process innovation, increasing growth through visionary leadership, contributing to communities, creating products that improve our lives, creating a positive culture of change management, attracting and engaging STEM students to manufacturing, and employing an inclusive workforce.

Topics: Strouse News
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3M 87630A Surface Protection Tape is Available Exclusively at Strouse

By Sue Chambers on Jun 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Electronic devices are subject to scratches during production, processing and transportation. Oftentimes these mishaps are unavoidable unless extreme care is taken by all employees from production staff, quality assurance, material handlers and delivery drivers. In the hustle and bustle of everyday manufacturing environments, it can be easy to forget the importance of preserving brand new products to appear in pristine condition. This is especially important for high value electronics devices. 

Topics: 3M News
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The Importance of Properly Designed EMI and RFI Shielding Components

By Sue Chambers on May 10, 2016 10:30:00 AM

When designing consumer electronics products, interference can be a real cause for concern. Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) can be as simple as one device preventing another electronic device from properly operating. For example, an electronic watch could inadvertently alter the volume on your TV. In more serious cases, poorly designed consumer electronics products that omit RFI and EMI shielding products can put users or bystanders in danger.

Topics: Electronics
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3M Medical names Strouse a Preferred Medical Converter

By Sue Chambers on Feb 8, 2016 8:14:12 PM

WESTMINSTER, Maryland – Strouse, a leader in tight tolerance die cutting and converting pressure sensitive adhesives, has been recognized as a 3M Preferred Converter with 3M Medical Materials and Technologies. Strouse earned this recognition because of their leadership in the industry, expert team of product development and process engineers, state of the art equipment technology, and a robust quality management system and manufacturing process. This recognition provides Strouse with unique benefits that can be passed along to customers including access to 3M medical materials.

Topics: Medical Strouse News 3M News
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3M's Primerless Acrylic Plus Tape - 3M PX5000

By Sue Chambers on Feb 23, 2015 2:04:00 AM

Using primer can be problematic for manufacturers including both health and environmental risks. 3M Acrylic Plus Tape PX5000 is a new primerless foam tape series designed for low surface energy plastics that help keep your workforce safe while reducing your costs.

Topics: 3M News
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3M Releases Acrylic Foam Tape for Primerless Applications – 3M EX4500

By Sue Chambers on Jan 19, 2015 4:02:00 AM

3M new acrylic foam tape EX4500 improves efficiency for automotive manufactures by creating a permanent bond of medium surface energy substrates without the use of primer.

WESTMINSTER, Maryland (PRWEB) January 19, 2015

Topics: 3M News
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3M 200MP Acrylic Adhesive Now Constructed for Smoother Application

By Sue Chambers on Jun 30, 2014 11:14:00 AM

The most reliable bonding adhesive, 3M 200MP, is now paired with newly developed release liners that allow for easy application and the most accurate tight tolerance die cutting the industry has to offer.

Westminster, Maryland - June 30, 2014 - For the last 30 years 3M 200MP adhesive has set the standard for bonding adhesives . 3M 200MP is an acrylic adhesive that bonds substrates from high surface energy plastics to metals for every industry. This proven adhesive can be found in any application ranging from medical devices and electronics to automotive and appliance parts. 3M 200MP will now be constructed using new 3M technology - layflat liners, available at Strouse today.

 

New 3M technology, microchannel liners create an escape path for trapped air when adhesive is applied to a surface.
Topics: 3M News
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Congressmen Headline Event to Further Manufacturing in Maryland

By Sue Chambers on May 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Just last week Strouse had the privilege to attend the Make it in Maryland event to kick-off this new program. The event was held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry in downtown Baltimore and organized by MDMEP (Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership).

Topics: Strouse News
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Wearable Electronics Sector to Grow to Over $70 Billion by 2024

By Sue Chambers on Mar 24, 2014 6:09:00 AM

Did you know one of the first pieces of wearable technology dates back to the 1600’s? This hot tech gadget was the Abacus ring.

Wearable technology as an industry has since seen tremendous growth. From fitness devices that track workouts to health monitors that communicate with family members and doctors in real time, these devices provide us with instantaneous data that brings together technology and everyday life.

 

3M 467MP provides the perfect bond for this electronics device.

Today wearable technology is a $14 billion

Topics: Adhesives Generally Medical Electronics
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Spring Means We're Thinking Green with 3M 401+ Green Masking Tape

By Sue Chambers on Mar 20, 2014 6:30:00 AM

It's FINALLY the first day of Spring! Soon comes warmer weather and greener pastures. With St. Patrick's Day and the first day of Spring we really are thinking green at Strouse.

 

3M 401+/233+ Green Masking Tape is a pressure sensitive adhesive tape and can be converted at Strouse.

What does green mean to us? 3M 401+ High Performance Green Masking Tape! 3M 401+ is one of 3M's most popular masking tapes not only for it's bright green color but for it's trusted performance.

3M 401+/233+ Green Masking Tape is used in critical

Topics: Adhesives Generally Automotive
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Neodyne Biosciences Selects Strouse for their embrace® Products

By Sue Chambers on Feb 25, 2014 5:00:00 AM

MENLO PARK, Calif., February 25, 2014 -- Neodyne Biosciences, a medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative tissue repair devices to promote healing and minimize scar formation, today announced a partnership with Strouse to scale production of its embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy devices, which mechanically deliver a uniform compressive strain to offload tension from a newly formed scar.

Topics: Medical Strouse News
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Ford Understands our Motto: More Than Tape

By Sue Chambers on Feb 20, 2014 3:54:00 AM

Strouse supplies Ford with automotive adhesives that solve several key issues from design to assembly. In the automotive industry pressure sensitive adhesive and tapes are mainly used for the following applications:

  • Part Mounting and Attachment
  • Prevent buzz, squeak, and rattle (BSR)
  • Mask vehicles during the paint process with high temp and fine line masking tapes
  • Protect surfaces during assembly and shipment with protective films
  • And much more...

 

Ford designer uses tape to communicate design changes on the 2015 Mustang. (Source: Ford)

The designers and modelers at Ford give a whole new meaning to tape.

Topics: Automotive
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Bonding Tapes

By Sue Chambers on Feb 13, 2014 9:32:00 AM

Bonding Tapes are pressure sensitive adhesives built with the purpose of mounting and bonding different substrates together.

Bonding tapes are most often double coated adhesives built around a film with adhesive on both sides of the film. The adhesives are then covered with a liner so that the adhesive is not exposed.

 

 
Topics: Adhesives Generally Converting
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Kiss Cutting

By Sue Chambers on Jan 30, 2014 6:19:00 AM

In the converting industry we often hear the term kiss cutting used with die cutting. Kiss cutting is actually a form of die cutting.

Kiss cutting uses a die or tool to cut material but the tooling is adjusted to only cut one layer of laminate leaving the liner or backing untouched.

 

A converted part produced at Strouse shows both a die cut and a kiss cut.

In the image above you can see a part that we've manufactured at Strouse that includes both die cutting and kiss cutting. The tan laminate is a backing

Topics: Converting
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Corona Treated Materials

By Sue Chambers on Jan 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM

All materials have an inherent surface energy ranging from high to low. Plastics, cloth, and paper products typically have lower surface energy in comparison to other materials. A low surface energy will make it difficult to bond inks, adhesive, and other coatings to a product. That’s where corona treatment comes into play. These materials can be corona treated to change their surface energy allowing inks and adhesive to create a strong bond to the surface of the product.

Topics: Converting
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What's in a Core?

By Sue Chambers on Jan 15, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The majority of products produced at Strouse come in roll form. That means they are placed on a liner and wound on a core. This means that cores are literally in the middle of most of our products. But what is it?

A core is the plastic or cardboard ring used in the center of a roll for support to wind up die cut materials. In simple terms, it's what's left over when you've used all of the tape on a roll.

Strouse engineers design products to work in conjunction with automated processes. Products are often put on cores so that they can be placed on a machine and easily dispense. It’s not only important for us to know what a product is used for but also how it will be used. This goes a long way in determining what type of core your product needs.

Cores come in all sorts of varieties: plastic or cardboard, printed cores/not printed, different height/width, different diameters, and an option for core labels. Let’s look at each.

 

Strouse offers many different types and sizes of cores depending on your product needs.
Topics: Converting
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Laminating Adhesives

By Sue Chambers on Jan 8, 2014 2:36:00 PM

Lamination is the combination of two or more materials that function as a backing on a web or rolled good.

Topics: Converting
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Types of Adhesives

By Sue Chambers on Dec 19, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Adhesives are any materials meant to temporarily or permanently hold two or more objects together through surface contact.

Adhesives are best classified into categories based on the forms they come in: tapes, films, liquids, pastes, and solids. Strouse works specifically with Tapes and Films.

Tapes are the most popular

Topics: Converting
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3M's '5 Tape System' Simplifies Masking Selection Process

By Sue Chambers on Aug 20, 2013 2:30:00 PM

Choose the right masking product for your application at Strouse.

WESTMINSTER, Maryland - 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division has introduced a simplified portfolio for their masking tapes to distinguish product performance and enhance understanding. The new '5 Tape System' puts a logical number and name system to the entire family of masking adhesives.

Topics: 3M News
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3M Releases New Portfolio of Medical Assembly Products

By Sue Chambers on Feb 11, 2013 2:57:00 PM

New 3M Portfolio expands medical capabilities for Strouse.

WESTMINSTER, Maryland - 3M plans to announce a new sector of medical products for bonding, fastening, and attaching to adapt to medical industry regulations. These products will meet the requirements for cleanliness, disinfection, and sterilization as the industry continues to evolve.

Topics: 3M News
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3M Debuts Colored Polyurethane Medical Tape - Now Available at Strouse

By Sue Chambers on Jan 31, 2013 3:06:00 PM

New colored PU films brought to market by 3M.

WESTMINSTER, Maryland  - This month 3M has released new colored polyurethane medical tapes. 3M 9834T, 9834B, and 9834P are intended specifically for surgical and wound care applications. This tape will be available in tan, blue, and pink colors. By providing several options for colors this allows the end user to differentiate themselves in the marketplace by using a specific color for their products.

Topics: 3M News