Pressure Sensitive Adhesives – Getting Both Sides Right

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives, or “peel and stick” tapes are both loved and despised by consumers but often for the same reason! Take a tape that is used to secure a picture to the wall. The expectation is that the adhesive will securely hold that picture in place – pretty much forever = Love! However, what happens if you hang the picture in the wrong spot and then cannot get the adhesive off the picture or the wall = Hate!

Part of this is that consumers do not really understand the complexity and sophistication that is required to create a pressure sensitive adhesive that will measure up to expectations by sticking to two potentially different surfaces. Their expectation is that the adhesive is going to work and hold as expected, unless they decide to move it.

How Dal-Bac Gets it Right

Making sure our products can meet customer expectations is a core value at Dal-Bac. Our ISO 9001:2015 certification means that we are dedicated to:

  • Exceeding our customers expectations
  • Improving our processes to create better value for our customers

To achieve this we start by making sure that we completely understand what our customer needs their pressure sensitive adhesive to accomplish:

  • How long is that picture expected to stay on the wall?
  • What exactly are the surfaces to which the adhesive is expected to anchor?
  • What environmental conditions will the adhesive encounter?

Our engineers and process teams use the answers to these questions to determine the best pressure sensitive adhesive solution for each customer application. This can involve:

  • Defining the anchoring expectations
  • Developing adhesive options
  • Recognizing disparities between target and primary substrates
  • Utilizing specialized production techniques

With our background in pressure sensitive adhesives, we can help make adhesive recommendations that bridge the gaps between what is desired and what is possible.

A Proprietary Process

Because we are committed to improving value in our internal processes, we are always looking for better and more efficient ways to produce exceptional results. As part of our extensive work with pressure sensitive adhesives, we have a developed a proprietary technique that can sometimes allow us to forego corona treating or the development of a double-sided solution. Both of these methods can require additional time and costs that may not be absolutely necessary.

By experimenting with alternate materials and approaches, we have worked out a means to boost the anchorage of our pressure sensitive adhesives to some problematic substrates. We can examine the serviceability of this process for challenging applications and determine if it adds value to your product.

 

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