Pressure Sensitive Adhesives – It is all about the “anchor!”

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives are commonly known as “peel and stick” adhesives, or “sticky back tapes.” A typical PSA consists of a layer of adhesive that is applied to a variety of substrates and then covered and protected by a release paper or film that is removed to expose the adhesive. Pressure is then used to secure the substrate to the target surface.

Common examples of pressure sensitive adhesives include:

  • Band-Aids
  • Duct tape
  • Peel and stick labels
  • Medical patches
  • Athletic tape
  • Automotive trim
  • Safety labels
  • Note pads

Some pressure sensitive adhesives are permanent like safety labels on power equipment and some are removable like a Band-Aid. Both are applied with pressure but require very different types of adhesive. The key to an effective PSA is a complete understanding of the anchoring requirements for the adhesive and the expected environmental conditions.

At Dal-Bac our engineering teams work with our customers to make sure our anchorage solutions will meet their expectations. This includes:

  • Identifying and understanding the primary surface for the adhesive (this is the surface of the substrate to which the adhesive is to be coated)
  • Identifying and understanding the target surface for the adhesive (this is the surface to which the pressure sensitive adhesive product is to be applied by the consumer)
  • Understanding the customer’s duration of bond expectations: permanent, repositionable or removable
  • Defining the expected environmental conditions, both during application of the adhesive and during it’s performance window

With this information we come up with the best adhesive options for each specific application.

Get the benefit of our experience

Dal-Bac is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company. This means we are dedicated to exceeding customer expectations and improving our processes to create better customer value. In practice, this means we can put all of our extensive pressure sensitive adhesive knowledge to work for you.

We work with both water-borne and solvent-based adhesives – with a range of chemistries – and will select the one best suited for your product. If additional anchoring power is needed we can utilize either Corona treating or a double coated PSA. In addition, we have developed a proprietary, dual-adhesive technology that allows us to boost the anchorage of PSA’s across a wide variety of challenging substrates.

We take pride in creating the right “anchor” for all of our PSA customers. We specialize in creating companion pressure sensitive products for our customers’ primary product lines.

Consider Dal-Bac for your pressure sensitive needs, and let us show you what we can do.