Tek Tips & White Papers

We've tapped into the knowledge base of our seasoned staff of engineers, R&D and product managers to come up with a series of technical tips which we've dubbed "Tek Tips."  Some Tek Tips examples include:

  • Film and adhesive selection advice
  • Step by step processing techniques
  • Valuable "tips of the trade" from other customers
  • Defining complicated technical terms or tests in easy to read and understandable ways

Tekra's vendor partners, at times in conjunction with Tekra staff, have written industry white papers which can also be requested in this section.


Tek Tip - Custom Membrane Switch Components

There are five main components of a membrane switch that each perform a specific function. This technical tip article breaks down in detail the five layers of the switch, what function each layer performs, and what type of materials that are available for each component.

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Tek Tip - Medical Plastic Film Terminology

Medical film terminology is ever changing and often times can be quite confusing. Here, Tekra offers a comprehensive listing of terms used in the medical film industry that we have compiled over our many years of medical films experience to help our medical customers.

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Tek Tip - Choosing the Correct Protective Tape for an Application

Selecting the correct protective tape, often times referred to as mask, for an application can be a critical and an often overlooked processing step. This technical tip discusses the variety of protective tapes available and what the key attributes are of each type to help make the selection process easier.

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Tek Tip - Pencil Hardness Test

Although, pencil hardness measurements have been used by the film industry for many years to determine the scratch hardness of a particular coated film, how the test is done and the values that result from the test are often confusing or misunderstood. This technical tip will help you understand exactly what to look for with pencil hardness testing procedures so you confidently know how a film will perform.

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Tek Tip - Cast vs. Calendered Vinyl

Explore the differences between manufacturing methods involved in the production of cast vs. calendered vinyl films in this technical tip. Determine which vinyl is best suited for your application needs and budget.

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Tek Tip - Die Cutting Hardcoated Polyester Film

Marnot® Polyester is a hardcoated biaxially oriented polyester film. Like all biaxially oriented polyesters, Marnot® Polyester can exhibit a tendency to split in layers when torn or die cut. This technical tip article provides useful tips on how to minimize edge splitting when die cutting Marnot® Polyester.

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Tek Tip - Hydrophilic vs. Hydrophobic Coatings

Understanding the features of a hydrophobic coating vs. a hydrophilic coating allows design engineers to make the right choice for their applications. “Hydrophobic” and “hydrophilic” are easy to get confused with one another and this technical tip will define the differences between the two as well as recommend which coating to use when.

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Tek Tip - Data Sheet Properties vs. Specifications

Design engineers need to determine the difference between actual and nominal properties when specifying a particular component or construction. This technical tip discusses the differences between a product's general properties vs. a controlled specification.

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Tek Tip - Cold Forming or Bending Polycarbonate Films

In some applications, polycarbonate film may need to be bent to conform to the surface to which it is being attached. In the technical tip, learn how to cold form polycarbonate without stress cracking the film.

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Tek Tip - Comparing Polyester and Polycarbonate Films for Switch Actuation Life

Since the 1970's, polycarbonate and polyester have been the two thermo-engineered plastic films most often used by manufacturers in membrane switch production. In this comparative feature, we will discuss the components of a switch and the impact of each unique substrate on switch actuation life.

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