Why is NEC so particular about tapes that can be used on their floors at exhibitions?

The cost of using the wrong tape on the floors at the NEC (and other venues such as Excel, Earls Court, Olympia, etc.) can be a massive cost to your company if you use the wrong one!  Hence; there are approved tapes for the job of sticking down flooring.  Essentially the tape that is approved is ‘more sticky’ on the carpet bonding side (top), than it is on the floor side (the bottom).  This means that your carpet or carpet tile joints will hold fast, but the floor side will peel off easily when you break down your exhibition without damaging the floor. If you were to use a non-approved tape you would not only find it harder to remove the temporary flooring but it may also damage the underlying floor or leave residue on the floor. Both of which will result in a fine from the Exhibition Centre as well as a potential cleaning or repair bill, sometimes these can run into thousands of pounds.  Trade Shop Direct have such a tape, approved for use at the NEC and other exhibition venues, it is also guaranteed to lift from the floor without leaving residue, you can also recycle it along with your temporary exhibition carpet. Used by all the large exhibition companies this tape gives the piece of mind that you are not going to have a fine come your way.  You can find it here https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/exhibition-carpet-tape-nec-approved-yellow-38mm

Buy the correct tape and save the fine!

Bikers Tank Grip Tape

With the improvement in weather and the start for the bank holidays around the corner, if you are a biker you are probably getting your iron horse cleaned up and ready for a blast in the sun!

Have you thought about adding some adhesive grip material to your tank? It is possible to buy sheets/strips of material to stick to the sides or top of your tank (and other areas of your bike) so that you can get a better grip of the bike when cornering etc. Be warned though we have found a number of people buying skate board tape or even anti-slip floor tape as a cheaper alternative. DON’T! This tape is like sand paper and will soon wear through your expensive leathers with no mercy! If you are looking for a cost effective solution without the need for new leathers every month then take a look at www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk.

Used by a number of sidecar racers this tape has a textured surface without being abrasive, it is clear and can easily be cut to length and shapes if needed, it also has waterproof adhesive. The passenger obviously moves around a lot during a race, with this tape in key areas they are assured of grip even in wet conditions. Typically it is used on the sidecar floor, on the top of the bike rear and down the side where the hand holds are so that the inner arm can grip, and with the tape being clear it blends in to the bikes livery.

Sidecar

The tape is sold in lengths from 1m to 18m and is 50mm (2” in old money) wide and available online with next day delivery.

http://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/motorbike-tank-gripper-tape

Specialist Adhesive Tape Used In Heating Systems

Heating Coil

With the development of advanced adhesive and in particular adhesive tapes many manufacturing processes are moving away from mechanical fixings and adopting new methods of assembly.

As a supplier of specialist adhesive tapes we were approached by a heating and cooling manufacturer to provide a tape that could be used in their manufacturing process. The adhesive tape was to be used in a heat transfer process, bonding an aluminium heating manifold to an alluminium plate where the heat would be radiated into the room. It would need the following properties, faster assembly time compared to traditional mechanical fixings, the ability to conduct temperatures up to 80°C without degrading the adhesive properties and it also had to be a specific non-standard width.

A couple of tapes were selected based on the requirements and a testing process was under taken by the manufacturer. The final tape was then selected based on its performance capability (which exceeded the client’s requirements) and a price point that came in below budget, and it has also increased the speed of manufacture too.

The use of the tape has been a huge success and production has increased to its current rate of 10km of tape a month and it is being considered for other elements of the manufacturing process. The tape has provided an enhanced appearance to the product allowing the visible surface of the heating element to be completely smooth, something that was not possible with rivets. Stress distribution and the thermal expansion and contraction is now even across the entire bonded surface rather than being focus at the point of the individual fixing points. The tape is actually faster to apply than mechanical fixing, a 3 stage process has now become a single stage process, reducing production time and therefore cost.

The adhesive tape used in this case study can be found on our Trade Shop Direct website, it is a Double Sided Polyester Tape.

If you have a specific adhesive tape requirement please give us a call and we will be happy to help, 01353 665141.

Heating Panel using Adhesive Tape

Heating Panel Fully Assembled

How to make outdoor steps safe in wet weather.

safe steps

Did you know falling on slippery steps is the number one cause of accidents and injuries around the home; whilst we know salt is good in the snow and you can add grit to your steps in the winter it can be a messy old business.

To make your stairs and steps safer it’s a good idea to fix abrasive strips to each level. First you will need to make sure the surface is clean and dry, then simply attach a self-adhesive strip near the front of each step.

Our safety tread tape has a finely ground aggregate bonded to the surface to enhance the non slip properties and is available to buy by the roll, which is perfect for ensuring all of your outdoor surfaces are safe.

The textured tape is available in black, yellow & black chevrons and transparent (clear); it can be used inside and outdoors.  Our anti-slip tape is suitable for pretty much any edge that needs to either be clearly visible or anti-slip including ladders, boats and decking areas. The exceptional high bonding properties of the tape makes it suitable for sticking to wood, metal, concrete and tiles.

Ensure your home and workplace is safe this winter and call us on 01353 665141 to place your order or ask for further advice.

Adhesive Tape Application Tips

In order to get the best results form your adhesive tape you need to ensure that you apply it correctly, always follow any manufacturer instructions (if supplied).

Surface Preparation

All surfaces should have no flaky or loose areas and should be completely free from oil, grease, moisture, dust and release agents. Ideally surfaces should be cleaned with a solvent such as Pronatur Orange Solvent. Porous surfaces may need to be sealed prior to application. All surfaces should be dry before application.

Application Temperature

Polly-Tunnel Repair Tape

Polly-Tunnel Repair Tape

When applying adhesive tapes, unless it’s an all-weather adhesive, the substrate (items you are sticking together) temperature should not be less than 15°C. Using adhesive tape in temperatures lower than 15°C can result in hardening of the adhesive and prevent the ultimate bonding strength being reached. Ideal application temperature is between 20 to 40°C. Note that an adhesive tape with the ability to withstand temperatures lower than 15°C does not mean it can be applied in those temperatures.

There are some adhesive tapes that have been designed to be applied in lower temperatures such as our Polly Tunnel Repair Tape.

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA)

Unless specified, all adhesive tapes use PSA, basically they rely on you applying pressure to them in order to activate the adhesive. Firm pressure and 100% surface contact is key to achieving maximum bond strength. Pressure should be applied evenly and where possible with a roller to ensure there are no air bubbles, important on wide tape.

PSA tapes may take up to a couple of days to reach ultimate adhesion, although this can usually be accelerated by exposing the tape to elevated temperatures for a short period of time.