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So Much For “Hands Free” Tearing

So Much For “Hands Free” Tearing

One of the most useful features of duct tape and other cloth based tapes, at least in conventional uses, is its hand tearability. No tools needed. The development of duct tape and gaffers tape as crafting products has changed that, and one of the world’s best known tape makers is teaming up with a giant […]

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Enough Tape To Cover The Earth?

Enough Tape To Cover The Earth?

Demand for pressure sensitive tape continues to grow, and is now projected to exceed 50 billion square meters by 2018. Enough to cover the earth? Not quite. The earth’s surface is estimated to be 510 million square kilometers. Still, that is a lot of tape!  

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German Tape Making Jobs Head To New Mexico

German Tape Making Jobs Head To New Mexico

European tape maker Certo Plast is setting up shop in Las Cruces, New Mexico and will bring 100 jobs to the community. Certo Plast hopes that proximity to the border will make exports of their products to Mexico easier. The company is receiving $150,000.00 in state and local incentives to facilitate the move. Read more […]

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How Big Rolls Become Small Rolls-The Tape Converting Process

How Big Rolls Become Small Rolls-The Tape Converting Process

Pro Tapes and Specialties, the maker of Pro Gaffer gaffers tape (and lots of other tape products) operates a tape conversion facility in North Brunswick New Jersey. This is where large rolls of tape, called “jumbos”, are converted into all the useful sizes that you use every day. Click here for a video about the […]

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Supertape From Down Under

Supertape From Down Under

Tenacious Tape, an Australian company, has introduced K969, which it calls a “super” gaffers tape. It is made from a cloth backing 75% thicker than most gaffers tape, but is still promoted as “easy tear”. Currently available only in black, this tape has a black adhesive and a matte finish. Our question: Does it unroll […]

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Pro Tapes Announces Promotion

Pro Tapes Announces Promotion

Pro Tapes and Specialties, a tape converter and manufacturer located in North Brunswick, NJ, has announced the promotion of long time employee Dennis Mirabella to the position of Director of their Arts and Entertainment business unit. Mirabella, who has been with the company for 32 years, will now oversee Pro Tapes international network of dealers […]

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Can’t I Just Dunk Regular Electrical Tape In Tabasco Sauce?

Can’t I Just Dunk Regular Electrical Tape In Tabasco Sauce?

For reasons only rodents understand, mice seem to like to chew on wiring harnesses and insulation. Sensing an opportunity to exploit a new market, Honda (yes, that Honda!) has come out with a special tape called “Rodent Deterrent Tape”, a product that is intended to repel animals that might chew on your auto wiring. We […]

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Tape Term Of The Day:  “Creped”

Tape Term Of The Day: “Creped”

The secret to the performance of good masking tape is a property called “creping”. A “creped” tape has minute irregular folds in the tape that allow it to be stretched as it is applied. By stretching the tape, its adhesion to a surface is improved, allowing it to reject things like flowing tape. In order […]

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Will Gecko Tape Ever Happen

Will Gecko Tape Ever Happen

Development of a product known as gecko tape has been kicking around for years, and apparently engineers continue to think that this product has potential. It is based on the ability of the gecko to be able to attach itself temporarily to vertical surfaces with a sort of “reusable adhesive” that let it defy gravity. […]

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Why Is Electrical Tape Black?  Blame It On The Sun

Why Is Electrical Tape Black? Blame It On The Sun

While electrical tape comes in a rainbow of colors, the most common, by far, is black. Black vinyl tape is used world wide by electrical and maintenance workers for insulating cable and electrical connections. The primary reason that black is the most common color is that black vinyl tape can be made more resistant to […]

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