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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
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
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
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
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 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
3 min read

What is Elongation and What Does it Mean in Adhesives?

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

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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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
1 min read

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
1 min read

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
1 min read

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
2 min read

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
1 min read

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
1 min read

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
1 min read

What is Adhesive Converting?

By Sue Chambers on Dec 11, 2013 3:46:00 PM

Strouse is an adhesive converter. We also convert foam, films, paper, plastic, soft metals, and other materials. But what does that mean? In it's simplest form we take raw material adhesive and 'convert' or turn this into usable parts. These materials often come in large rolls that are of little or no use at all to customers. Master rolls can be too large to effectively handle, not the shape or size you need, or not finished the way you need it. That's when manufacturers make the call to Strouse.

We take larger rolls of raw material and make them into usable parts. The best analogy is to a commercial baker. The commercial baker buys raw ingredients like flour, sugar, salt, milk, eggs, etc. They don't make them, but because they are actively in the market, they know the right vendors to get them from. They then turn those raw materials into delicious baked goods that their customers want. Their customers aren't interested in flour alone, because it doesn't help them solve their sweet tooth. Similarly, Strouse doesn't make their adhesives, foams, films, paper, plastic, soft metals, etc., but we are always in the market so we know virtually everyone that makes these materials, which makes us uniquely better at sourcing the right materials. We are then able to take these materials and turn them into something our customer would want.

Sometimes it is as easy as slitting or spooling a single material. Sometimes we need to laminate multiple materials to create a unique product. More often than not, Strouse will need to die cut materials to create a custom size and shape product that fits the customer's needs. We have the ability to do this either rotary, laser, or digital. It simply depends on our customer, and that is why we always put our customer's needs at the top of our priorities. We are a converter that develops a solution for you to meet your needs.

In sum, adhesive converting takes raw materials and makes them into something you actually want and need. Converting materials can be done multiple ways.

Topics: Converting