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.

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Tek Tip - Selecting the Best Wide Format Inkjet Backlit Media

There are many options in today's digital world when selecting the right media for your wide format inkjet backlit application. Understanding your application needs, and the differences between substrates, is key to selecting a backlit media that will make your signage radiant.

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Tek Tip - Benefits of Xenon Arc Testing

It is crucial to be able to predict life expectancy of a plastic film in an outdoor application. Exposure to heat, UV light, and moisture can damage plastic films. This technical tip explains the benefits of accelerated weather testing to a printer and why the Xenon Arc has become a preferred method.

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Tek Tip - How to Determine the Presence of a Primer

Polyester film is a chemically inert thermoplastic material, in large part due to the biaxial orientation process (stretched in the machine and transverse directions), during manufacture. This property, while a desired benefit for many high performance differentiated, specialty, and industrial applications, can make polyester film challenging to print.

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Tek Tip - When to Use a Hardcoated Film vs. Uncoated Film

Determining when to use a hardcoated film over an uncoated film can often be a hard and complicated decision. There are 4 main considerations, that when answered, will quickly and easily help you determine when it is the best choice to use a hardcoated film.

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Tek Tip - Typical Polyester Film Service Temperature Ranges

One of the most unique attributes that separates polyester (PET) film from other thermo-plastic substrates is its ability to retain good physical properties over a wide temperature range.

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Tek Tip - Synthetics for P.O.P Applications

With multiple synthetic materials and various printing methods to choose from, it's hard to know which synthetic to choose for your P.O.P signage. Understanding the full scope of your application, and a quick reference chart, can help you make the right choice.

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Tek Tip - Rigid Vinyl vs. High Impact Polystyrene

Rigid Vinyl (PVC) and High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) are two comparable films used for very similar applications that can make it difficult to make the best choice on which film to use. This Tek Tip defines the subtle differences in the films allowing you to make the proper choice for your application.

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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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