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The perfect adhesive accompaniment for protective pads

Quin Dams
Market Segment Manager, Building & Construction
IHM, Performance Tapes Europe, Avery Dennison

Quin is passionate about technical building applications since he designed and built his family home back in 2012. Professionally, Quin held several positions as Product Manager responsible for the product life cycle of many technical applications related to the building environment, namely in Adhesives, Lighting and Plastics. He joined Performance Tapes Europe as a market segment manager for tape applications in the construction and industrial markets where he teams up with customers and R&D to achieve tape solutions that improve the installation performance and sustainability of buildings and related products and processes.

When it comes to glass products such as window and door panes, specialized protective pads provide a critical buffer against any bumps encountered during transit or while in storage. These must be applied to the glass using an adhesive solution that not only sticks, but also leaves no trace of ever being in contact with the product.

Large glass objects such as sheets, units and windscreens are notoriously difficult and awkward to transport from A to B.

Most glass used in buildings and automotive applications is vulnerable to breaking in transit unless it is looked after properly – it is a delicate job, and this is where protective pads have their role to play.

These are commonly made from cork or foams in combination with a specially selected adhesive. 

Protective pads for glazing: The problem

If protective pads are to fulfil their purpose and prevent glass structures from breaking in transit, they need to stick. However, they cannot be attached to glass with any standard adhesive tape product for a variety of reasons.

First, the adhesive product must be strong enough to prevent movement or rubbing between glass and pad in transit. Second, it must do this without leaving residue or blemishes on the glass – the glass must be in the same condition post-transit as it was when leaving the factory floor. 

Because of the market shift towards the use of higher density and thicker foams such as EPS and XPS in protective pads, accompanying adhesive tapes also need to be appropriately designed to work with these new materials. 

Protective pads for glazing: The solution

Avery Dennison Performance Tapes has the adhesive solution required to enable the safe and secure transportation of glazing products.

Our range of high-performance tapes are compatible with all varieties of cork and foam-based protective pads, proving popular with a variety of customers including converters, protective pad manufacturers and transporters, among others.

Avery Dennison’s double-sided tapes for protective pads provide perfect adhesion from pad to glass and are easily removable.

On one side of the tape is a permanent, strong adhesive designed to stick to the cork and/or foam protective pad. The removable side contains adhesive which is much less aggressive – strong enough to stay on the target object in transit without leaving scratches or markings once removed.  

We have also responded to the shift to higher density and thicker foam pads, creating a tape with an even lower adhesion on the removable side.

These types of high-performance tapes are also applicable to protective pads which assist the transportation of a variety of non-glass goods. This includes automotive bumper pads, white goods, and many other high-value products that are susceptible to breaking during transportation.


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