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Alan Nutall, a specialist designer, manufacturer and installer of display equipment for the national and international retail market, is using tesa 4952 double-sided PE-foam tape to solve a manufacturing issue in a mirror-mounting application.

The company previously worked with tesa to evaluate using double-sided tapes as an alternative to conventional bonding solutions such as welding, rivets and structural adhesives, for the manufacture of its ambient, refrigerated and heated products.

This involved an extensive testing programme using tesa ACXplus acrylic core tapes, which highlighted the efficacy of tapes in helping to solve specific industry issues and improve productivity.

The mirror-mounting application presented a new challenge for Nuttalls. Manufactured by bonding PP safety-backed glass to either MDF or MFC substrates, the mirrors are produced in a range of sizes and weights. With weight being a key factor, the company was keen to identify whether a ‘single’ bonding solution could fulfil essential performance criteria in ensuring the safety of the assemblies.

tesa addressed Nuttalls’ concerns about the need for a secondary bonding solution by implementing a testing programme using tesa 4952, a double-sided PE-foam tape certified for mirror-mounting applications.

The tape was applied on different sizes and weights of mirror, which were bonded to both MDF and MFC substrates and then stored away for a two-week period.

When tests were conducted to try and prise the mirrors and backing materials apart, the mirrors cracked long before the tapes’ bond failed. With these excellent results, product performance was signed off to positive effect.

tesa provided advice on the necessary temperature storage and the implementation of batch and issuing control procedures. New drawings of the mirror designs were also developed to make sure the correct amount of tape would be used on every individual design.

tesa also provided training sessions for the production staff responsible for bonding the mirrors in the factory, with Nuttalls issuing training certificates to all those approved, ensuring the bonding process would be managed efficiently going forward.

Applying the 4Ps of tesacohesion — People, Product, Processes and Performance — has delivered benefits in all areas of tesa’s approach to helping Alan Nuttall strengthen its competitive edge.

tesacohesion provides Nuttalls with confidence that double-sided tapes deliver a complete bonding solution that delivers better product performance and significant process improvements

Key application benefits

  • Nuttalls has been using tesa 4952 on its mirror-mounting assembly line for more than six months and the process is running smoothly.
  • Using the tape also achieves a better cosmetic look, delivering the high-specification required by clients.
  • The relationship between tesa and Alan Nuttall is also expanding with evaluations on other applications that could benefit from tesa’s double-sided tapes. 

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tesa: a global adhesive tape manufacturer

tesa is one of the leading global brands of adhesive tape with more than 100 years’ experience selling 800 types of tape in more than 100 countries.

tesa: a global adhesive tape manufacturer

tesa is one of the leading global brands of adhesive tape with more than 100 years’ experience selling 800 types of tape in more than 100 countries.

We believe in investing for our future with five per cent of our global turnover going on R&D, which has led to 50 per cent of our sales being from products developed in the last five years. In total we have 350 people employed in tesa’s laboratories around the world filing an average of 70 patents a year.

We strongly believe in offering our customers as much support as possible, and this philosophy, branded tesacohesion®, is now a major contributing factor to winning new business.

tesacohesion®: what we offer the customer

It is our aim to be a sustainable resource to our customers’ businesses and to keep our customers because we deserve to.

We offer expert friendly advice, technical knowledge and expertise, a wide product offering, creative thinking and problem solving and a one-stop solution.

tesacohesion®is based on the 4Ps principle:

  • People: every day our technical sales team operates in the marketplace. When we need more technical support or research backup to solve a problem, we call in the group resources of tesa SE in Hamburg
  • Products: we supply more than 800 different tapes across 100 countries, each one developed for applications in key industry sectors and manufactured with the latest production technology to current globally recognised quality standards
  • Processes: we aim to understand our customers’ processes in depth so we can advise on how best to integrate our tape into your production and improve your processes. We can also help with preparation of standard operating procedures as well as value chain management
  • Performance: we will help you get the maximum performance from your choice: this could mean we need to install special tape-dispensing equipment. We’re also more than ready to provide on-site support and training for your staff and we can help you to develop standard operating procedures that will control and maintain quality

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