Engineered Tapes

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the minimum order quantity (MOQ)?
    9” x 1640’ (PI and PET), 9’ x 1000’ (AL)
     
  2. Will the static dissipative tape function in a vacuum?
    Yes, the static dissipative coating will function to its 105 to 109 ohms value
     
  3. Does the static dissipative tape need water to dissipate static charges?
    No. The static dissipative coating is a cross linked polymer matrix that does not rely on water to function. However, the presence of water in the environment of the application (in the form of humidity) will affect the amount of static charge available.
     
  4. Will the tapes produce outgases?
    The film does not. The adhesives do contain some small amounts of solvents that will initially be released, but should not have an adverse affect on the application. Testing of sample is advised.
     
  5. Do you make clear adhesive?
    Yes we manufacture a clear, ultra-high temperature silicone adhesive.
     
  6. Can I get the tape on other liners than those listed?
    Yes. We offer a variety of liners to best suit the die-cut process including polycoated Kraft, super calendared Kraft, polyester, 55# Glassine and fluorinated polyester.
     
  7. Does the tape have splices in it?
    Yes. We guarantee no more than (2) splices per MOQ (9" x 1640’ for PI and PET and 9" x 1000’ for AL). The splices are predominantly adhesive related, but may also include film splices as well.
     
  8. Can I get splice-free tape?
    Depending on the volume ordered, we may be able to consider it.
     
  9. Can the tape be flexo or screen printed?
    We have good experience printing on the tapes however, the best practice is for us to supply the specific tape sample to a converter/printer to test the exact process.
     
  10. Can I get the tape in colors?
    Yes. Depending on the specific tape chosen, we can manufacture the tapes in a variety of colors on a custom construction basis.
     
  11. Does the tape leave a residue when removed from copper contacts after wave solder?
    Our silicone adhesive based tapes are designed to leave little-to-no residue. However, since every application requires varying levels of permissible residue, the best practice is to test the tapes in your exact process.
     
  12. Can I get other adhesives than those listed?
    We do manufacture a variety of acrylic and silicone adhesives that can be applied to these tapes on a custom construction basis.
     
  13. Do you offer a combination static dissipative and flame retardant tape?
    Yes. The XT-626 offers both halogen free flame retardant and static dissipative performance.
     
  14. Does the flame retardant tape stop fire?
    No. Our flame retardant tapes do not contribute to the burn process and act to retard the propagation of a flame.
     
  15. How does the static dissipative tape work?
    Please refer to the ESD page.
     
  16. How does the flame retardant tape work?
    Please refer to the flame retardant page.
     
  17. Is there a difference between static dissipative and ESD tapes?
    There is some confusion on the naming convention. ESD is the act of an electrostatic charge being discharged. However, ESD is sometimes used to describe a tape that acts to dissipate the charge. The more appropriate name is static dissipative tape. It properly describes the function of a tape i.e. a tape that dissipates charges in a safe manner before they can build up and damage the component or product.
     
  18. Can I get double coated tape?
    Yes. We can make double coated tapes on a custom construction basis.
     
  19. Can I buy just the transfer adhesive?
    Yes. We manufacture our adhesives and, depending on the volume and application, will consider selling them as transfer adhesives.
     
  20. What is the temperature range of the tapes?
    The temperature range varies depending on the film and adhesive used in the construction. Please refer to the technical data sheet (TDS) links shown on the ESD, hi-temp and flame "Product Selection" charts.
     
  21. Is the tape recommended by NEMA for coils, motors, etc up to class 220C?
    Yes. Our polyimide tapes have dielectric breakdown rating greater than a 6000 volts and are recommended by NEMA for coils, motors, etc. for up to class 220C.
     
  22. What is the dielectric breakdown of the tapes?
    The dielectric breakdown varies depending on the particular construction. Please refer to the technical data sheets (TDS) links shown on the ESD, hi-temp and flame "Product Selection" charts.
     
  23. Is the tape impervious to the chemicals in my manufacturing operation?
    Polyonics does a considerable amount of testing on the major chemicals used in a variety of industries. However, the best path is to sample the particular tape that best fits your application in the exact environment that it will be used to determine its ability to resist chemicals.
     
  24. Can I get it in narrower widths than the MOQ?
    Yes. We can make widths as narrow as 2.75".
     
  25. Can I get it in wider widths than the MOQ?
    Yes. Up to 12".
     
  26. Can the tapes be die cut?
    Yes. We supply the tapes with a standard liner that allows for die or hand cutting. We also offer a variety of other liners (polycoated Kraft, super calendared Kraft, polyester, 55# Glassine and fluorinated polyester, etc.) so we can best match each die cut operation.
     
  27. How long will the tape last at elevated temperatures?
    We do a considerable amount of temperature testing of the tapes and list their operating temperature ranges in the product technical data sheets (TDS) links listed online in the "Product Selection" charts under each type of tape. However, the best path is to sample the particular tape that best fits your application in the exact environment that it will be used to determine its ability to resist your temperature specs.
     
  28. What is the maximum length I can get the tape in?
    For polyimide and polyester tape the maximum length is 1640’. For aluminum it is 1000’.
     
  29. What is the definition of a single coated tape?
    A film or foil with a pressure sensitive adhesive and liner applied to one side of the film or foil.
     
  30. What is a double coated tape?
    A film or foil with pressure sensitive adhesive and liner applied to both sides of the film/foil. The primary use for a double sided tape is to attach one component to another while providing additional thermal, electrical, ESD, flame retardant, etc. protection.
     
  31. What is a transfer or laminating adhesive?
    A double sided layer of adhesive with liners on both sides. Used to laminate onto a film or foil or to attach two components together. Some transfer adhesives include performance characteristics such as flame retardant, low peel voltage, etc.
     

To learn more about these unique engineered tapes, call our technical experts at (603)352-1415 or request information

Design Features


  • Surface resistivity dissipates static charge.
  • Single coated polyimide and polyester films and aluminum foils.
  • High temp acrylic and ultra high temp silicone adhesives.
  • Durable liner for die-cut operations.
  • Low surface resistivity (ESD products).
  • Compliance to EU health and environment directives REACH and RoHS.
  • Dimensionally stable at high temperatures.
  • Resistant to chemicals used in electronics manufacturing.

 

A combination ESD and flame retardant tape is also available that includes:

  • Environmentally friendly halogen-free flame retardant.
  • For further information on flame retardants, please refer to Polyonics document fr_ss_11.
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