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Sticky Is As Sticky Does

Sticky Is As Sticky Does

Ever wonder why  tape is sticky?  Look at the adhesive side of tape closely, maybe with a magnifying glass, and you’ll discover that what looks smooth actually has a lots of bumps and ridges. Those ridges contain air held in bubbles suspended in the adhesive that create suction when the tape is pressed onto another […]

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Industry’s Best Seller?  Red Tape

Industry’s Best Seller? Red Tape

News aggregators like Google News Alerts and Yahoo News are great for helping develop content for this blog. I have lots of alert words related to the adhesive-backed tape industry and get interesting news items every day. Far and away, the leader in stories returned from these searches relate to “red tape“. That got us […]

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It’s Friday.  Time For A Little Tape History

It’s Friday. Time For A Little Tape History

The development of  masking tape, originally a 3M product, dates to the 1920’s and was inspired by a problem that is still drives one of masking tape’s most important uses, automobile painting. Dick Drew was a 3M product developer, who was involved in developing sand paper, visited an auto body shop to test some new […]

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So, That’s Why The Call It “Duck” Tape

So, That’s Why The Call It “Duck” Tape

For years, I had been under the impression that the term “duck” used in the description of that ubiquitous silver tape instead of the correct word “duct” was because the tape was waterproof. Now, it turns out that the answer is not so simple. According to a story in the Daily News Miner, an Alaska […]

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How Is Masking Tape Made

How Is Masking Tape Made

Known for its ability to seal the edges of surfaces to be painted and then be easily removed without damaging surfaces, masking tape requires both a specialized adhesive and an easy to handle backing. The tape backing for masking tape requires a paper that is thin enough to be torn by hand, so that no […]

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Tape Converters “Stuck” In The Middle

Tape Converters “Stuck” In The Middle

In our ongoing discussion about tape pricing and the havoc caused by raw material costs, there is a group of companies caught between the manufacturers (companies like Shurtape) and distributors (that’s what we do). These companies are called converters and they provide the essential service of “converting” large rolls of tape called “jumbos” into tape […]

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Pioneer Press Features Scotch Tape In Its 12 Days of Minnesota Holiday Promotion

Pioneer Press Features Scotch Tape In Its 12 Days of Minnesota Holiday Promotion

The St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press is featuring Scotch Tape and 3M in a holiday promotion that examines  “made in Minnesota”  inventions and companies that are part of how we celebrate Christmas. One of the features focuses on 3 M and the invention of Scotch Tape. You can see the video for this promotion by […]

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Sesame Tape Makes Cardboard Packaging “Display Ready”

Sesame Tape Makes Cardboard Packaging “Display Ready”

Anybody who has sliced thru a boxed item while trying to turn a shipping carton into a point-of-sale display will appreciate this new carton sealing tape from Adalis. Sesame Tape, as in “Open Sesame” makes the box cutter obsolete. It is a two tape system that will allow a shipping carton to be opened in […]

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Cotton Pricing Should Help Tape Manufacturers Hold Prices

Cotton Pricing Should Help Tape Manufacturers Hold Prices

Cotton futures have reached a 12 month low, down by almost a third since this time last year.  Since the primary component in most cloth tapes is cotton, the price of these tapes should remain stable for the foreseeable future. While oil prices (the primary component in high quality tape adhesives) have been less stable, […]

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Nitro Tape Takes Self-Fusing Tape To The Next Level

Nitro Tape Takes Self-Fusing Tape To The Next Level

Midsun Speicalty Products, the makers of well known silicone self-fusing tape, now offers a new version of the product called Nitro Tape. Nitro Tape is designed for extreme environments, particularly automotive.  It will withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees fahrenheit and is rated to provide electrical insulation up to 8,000 volts. Allabouttape.com is your source […]

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