Tape Slitting: The Most Popular Trends in Tape Converting

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How converting machines create an endless range of tape products

Tape is one of those items that everyone uses, but most people rarely think about. At Pinnacle Converting, we think a lot about tape—and how we can make the process of manufacturing tape seamless for our clients. Converting machines are critical to preparing and customizing tape for specific applications. This equipment is designed to transform raw tape materials into a variety of shapes, sizes, and lengths for businesses and consumers to use on a daily basis.

In this post, we’ll discuss:

The Versatility of Tapes

Whether it’s for wrapping holiday gifts, repairing a leaky pipe, or prepping baseboards for painting, tape is an essential item in every household. Beyond these everyday uses, tape has a wide range of industrial and commercial applications as well. From securing packages for shipping to providing electrical insulation, tape is critical for many industries.
Each type of tape is designed to meet specific needs, whether it’s strength and durability for heavy-duty tasks or flexibility and adhesion for delicate surfaces. That’s why you can’t just grab a roll of duct tape when you’re prepping those baseboards or wrapping a gift.

Unveiling the Most Popular Types of Tapes

Most people would be surprised by the sheer number of adhesive tapes available on the market. There’s autoclave tape, gaffer tape for the film industry, and speed tape for use on airplanes, among others. Here are the most commonly used types of tapes, along with their properties and uses:

Masking Tape

Masking tape is made from a thin, easy-to-tear paper and an intentionally weak adhesive.
The easy-tear nature of masking tape allows users to rip off the required length without needing scissors or a dispenser. Meanwhile, the adhesive is designed to be easily removable, leaving no residue behind. It can stick to a variety of surfaces, including plastic, metal, and glass, and it’s ideal for applications where tape is needed for temporary purposes.

Duct Tape

Duct tape is known for its versatility, strength, and durability. Made from a fabric-based backing and a pressure-sensitive adhesive, it is designed for heavy-duty applications, providing a strong bond that is resistant to moisture, heat, and cold. This makes duct tape an excellent choice for outdoor use, as it can withstand even harsh weather conditions.
Duct tape is often the go-to solution for repairs, construction, and emergency fixes. In fact, the adaptability and strength of duct tape make it a staple in many emergency kits.

Double-Sided Tape

Double-sided tape has adhesive on both sides. This unique feature makes it a perfect solution for securing one material to another without visible fasteners. It’s commonly used in mounting and crafting for this reason.
There are different kinds of double-sided tape, though, for various applications and surfaces. Double-sided tape used for mounting or upholstery is made with different materials and adhesive strength than the type used for scrapbooking and other craft projects.

Electrical Tape

Electrical tape is specifically designed for use in electrical applications. One notable property of electrical tape is its ability to withstand high temperatures. This is particularly important in use cases where heat can be generated from electrical currents.
Electrical tape is used to secure, insulate, and protect wiring, helping to maintain the integrity of the electrical connection. This insulation aids in preventing short circuits and electrical fires, making electrical tape the safest choice for these applications.

Packaging Tape

Packaging tape is a form of pressure-sensitive tape with a strong adhesive designed for sealing boxes and packages. The adhesive strength of packaging tape ensures it provides a secure and lasting seal that can withstand the rigors of shipping, moving, and storage.
Not only is this type of tape strong, packaging tape also provides a moisture-resistant seal to protect the contents inside.

Painter’s Tape

Painter’s tape is known for its bright color. While the adhesive and thickness are similar to masking tape, the color and clean removal set it apart.
This type of tape is applied to protect surfaces during painting, allowing painters to create crisp lines even without a steady painting hand. In addition to helping achieve a professional finish, painter’s tape is designed so it doesn’t damage or leave residue on surfaces.

The Role of Converting Machines in Tape Preparation

Converting equipment plays a crucial role in the production and preparation of tape. These machines are designed to slit, wind, and customize tape rolls to meet the specific needs of the end-user.
For many everyday kinds of tapes, like packaging tape, the process involves unrolling the tape from a large master roll, applying a layer of adhesive, and then rewinding it onto a smaller core. This smaller roll of tape is then converted to a specific width to form the finished roll that will be sold to the consumer.

Precision and Efficiency

The precision and efficiency of converting machines are key to their role in the tape industry. These machines are designed to convert tapes to precise dimensions, ensuring each roll of tape meets the buyer’s exact specifications. This precision not only ensures the tape performs as expected, but it also minimizes waste.
The streamlined process provided by these machines can boost production rates. Automating the slitting and rerolling process allows for continuous, high-speed production that outperforms manual converting methods.

Customization for Specific Needs

Converting machines allow for a high degree of customization, which is crucial for the tape industry, enabling the production of tapes in a variety of sizes and shapes for a wide range of applications. Even though there are hundreds of different types of tape in the world, converting machines can play a role in manufacturing almost all of them.
The ability of converting and slitting machines to produce tapes of varying sizes, materials, and strengths helps manufacturers meet industry-specific requirements. Converters enable the production of customized tape products that serve a multitude of applications across various industries.

Elevating Tape Applications with Converting Machines

Thanks to its versatility and adaptability, tape is essential in the home, businesses, and industrial applications. Its use extends across all industries, from packaging to plumbing, painting, and healthcare, with each industry requiring different tape dimensions and properties.
The true linchpin in the customization of tape is the converting equipment. Converting and slitting machines transform large logs of tape into precise and customizable units, shaping them to exact dimensions, and minimizing material waste.
With Pinnacle’s custom-tailored converting solutions, you can meet the specifications needed for any type of tape with precision and efficiency. Explore our range of tape and adhesive converting equipment or contact us today to learn more.

About author:
Pinnacle Converting Equipment of Charlotte, NC has been designing and building slitting machines, sheeting machines, and custom converting equipment since 1995.

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