Adhesive tape types and fields of use

Adhesive Tape can be used for the jankiest repairs up to near-permanent fastening. Tape can be quite useful in the workshop and in the making process if you know which type is best for different situations and materials. Adhesive tapes for masking and protective measures are not subject to specific standards. As a result, there are no uniform types of adhesive tapes.

There are a large number of adhesive types for various applications.  They may be classified in a variety of ways depending on their chemistries (e.g. epoxies, polyurethanes, polyimides), their form (e.g. paste, liquid, film, pellets, tape), their type (e.g. hot melt, reactive hot melt, thermosetting, pressure sensitive, contact, etc.), or their load carrying capability (structural, semi-structural, or non-structural). Adhesive tapes from various manufacturers are available in various quality levels.

Adhesive tapes may be applied in a variety of ways depending on the form it comes in.  Adhesives may be spread on a surface manually, or may be dispensed using a variety of sophisticated nozzles and robotic equipment that is currently available.  Maintaining adherend cleanliness, providing proper jigs and fixturing during cure, and providing adequate cure conditions may all be important considerations for certain types of adhesives.