Pressure Sensitive Splicing Tape is heat-activated.

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ARclad® 9009 self-wound, single-coated splicing tape resists extreme temperatures and certain chemical treatments. Heat is applied to splice at temperature range of 300 to 350°F to achieve strong bond for end use application. Amber-colored ARclad® 9009 provides adhesion to variety of heavy substrates including fiberglass, fiber boards, cork, roofing substrates, nonwovens, and industrial fabrics.

Original Press Release:

Adhesives Research Introduces Unique Heat-Activated, Pressure-Sensitive Splicing Tape

GLEN ROCK, Pa. (October 9, 2002) - Adhesives Research, Inc., a leading developer of high-performance pressure-sensitive adhesive systems, introduces ARclad® 9009, a self-wound, single-coated, heat-activated splicing tape designed for resisting extreme temperatures and certain chemical treatments.

ARclad® 9009 is a unique, amber-colored flexible splicing tape that exhibits both heat activating and pressure-sensitive properties. The pressure-sensitive side of the tape allows for ease of use and positioning during applications. Heat is then applied to the splice at a temperature range of 300 - 350 degrees Fahrenheit in order to achieve a strong bond for the end use application. After heat-activation, ARclad® 9009 is more resistant to various chemicals and elevated temperatures compared to a splicing tape with only PSA properties.

Temperature range and dwell time depend on the customer's application equipment, as well as the substrate's physical properties and dimensions. Proper heat activation of the tape is critical to performance. Adhesives Research's technical sales and R&D staff will work directly with the customer to determine optimum activation conditions.

ARclad® 9009 is frequently utilized in converting processes where traditional pressure-sensitive adhesives cannot perform, such as processes involving extreme temperature, chemical treatments or asphalt baths. ARclad® 9009 provides excellent adhesion to a variety of different heavy substrates including fiberglass, fiber boards, cork, roofing substrates, nonwovens and industrial fabrics. ARclad® 9009 can also be used as a less labor-intensive alternative to sewing in the textile industry.

The Adhesives Research line of ARclad® splicing tapes ranges from non-repulpable, high-performance splicing tapes to advanced repulpable splicing tapes. These tapes are used in such applications as converting, laminating, extrusion and metallizing, as well as in the pulp and paper sector. ARclad® splicing tapes offer quick tack, consistent caliper, high quality, measurable performance and environmental stability. They do not require costly equipment for application.

Adhesives Research also offers custom adhesives solutions and can engineer a large variety of custom splicing tape configurations to meet the needs of its customers. We offer a team-based approach to solving our customers' splicing needs including cross-functional teams that usually consist of experienced R&D scientists, process engineers, quality, manufacturing and technical sales personnel.

Where a standard tape may not be available, we utilize a "toolbox of capabilities," which includes polymer synthesis, adhesives formulation, adhesives coating, release liner design and custom finishing, to develop the customer solution needed.

The Splicing Business Unit offers two unique customer service programs to its splicing customers: ARclad® Direct and ServicePLUS. ARclad® Direct provides customers with a direct link to Adhesives Research's high-performance splicing products and superior service. The innovative ServicePLUS program offers customers technical assistance within 24 hours, splicing tape audits, trial analysis reports, splicing seminars, free samples, technical training and testing services, dispenser maintenance and order acknowledgments. Overall, both ARclad® Direct and ServicePLUS provide many benefits that allow customers to increase productivity and, more importantly, reduce costs.

Adhesives Research also provides, an innovative web site that provides companies around the world direct access to Adhesives Research's R&D and technical sales departments for expertise in solving splicing application problems. Users can contact Adhesives Research's dedicated technical experts via the web site, e-mail, phone or fax with specific splicing application problems and receive quick, timely advice on technical solutions.

Adhesives Research, Inc. is one of the world's leading independent developers and manufacturers of specialty pressure-sensitive adhesive-coated products. Founded in 1961, Adhesives Research offers problem-solving capabilities and custom solutions in splicing tape design supported by extensive product development and analytical technology. The Company has been ISO 9001 registered since 1992 and was certified to the updated ISO 9001:2000 standard in 2001.

Adhesives Research's pressure-sensitive adhesives are used around the world in the electronics, automotive, display, appliance, pulp and paper, flexible packaging, nonwovens and converting industries, as well as in healthcare markets such as in-vitro and molecular diagnostics, medical devices, wound care, pharmaceuticals/transdermals and cosmetics.

Based in Glen Rock, Pa., Adhesives Research also operates manufacturing facilities in Ireland, Australia and Colombia, has sales offices in Great Britain, Germany and Singapore and has sales representation in France and Canada.

For more information on the Splicing Business Unit and its products, contact Adhesives Research, Inc. at 1-800-445-6240 or visit the Adhesives Research web sites at or

Adhesives Research® is a registered trademark of Adhesives Research, Inc. for engineering and design services in the field of pressure-sensitive adhesive systems.

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