Pressure sensitive adhesives manufacturer tesa tape is showcasing a full suite of products including tesa Twinlock and Softprint at Labelexpo Americas.
tesa Twinlock is a reusable, self-adhesive and compressible sleeve that provides consistency in high-quality printing, while reducing waste and carbon footprint. By eliminating the need for plate-mounting tape with mounting the printing plate directly on the sleeve, companies can reduce tape waste, CO₂ emissions caused by frequent tape deliveries, and time from buying, storing, mounting and de-mounting plate-mounting tape.
After printing and plate removal, the tackiness of tesa Twinlock can simply be re-activated, making the sleeve ready for the next job. tesa adds a layer of polyurethane (PU) foam, a stabilisation film layer and a layer made from a polymer that is formulated to retain its adhesive qualities to the preferred sleeve type. The special chemistry and thickness of the PU foam layer ensure consistent compressibility, eliminating the need for on-press machine adjustments. The PU foam also compensates for vibrations occurring on the press and smooths out the effects on unbalance within the printing press.
tesa Softprint, on the other hand, is a plate-mounting tape that bonds to sleeves, cylinders and plates as securely as possible during printing to eliminate plate-edge lifting or bubbling.
tesa doesn’t apply stress to the foam during Softprint manufacturing. This is important because when the foam cells are untouched and undamaged, the foam is better able to absorb bounce from the sleeves that can leave chatter or gear marks. It’s also more resilient. tesa’s foam will compress and return to the same thickness over and over – from the first impression to the last.
tesa Softprint FE-X EA is specially developed for easy tape handling to reduce waste, save time, and further improve productivity in the print room. Micro channels within the adhesive ensure effortless air removability during plate mounting and printing. The state-of-the-art FE-X adhesive reliably holds the plate edges down while making the plate-demounting process quick and painless. The improved surface makes product handling even more convenient.
tesa Twinlock is a reusable, self-adhesive and compressible sleeve that provides consistency in high-quality printing