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 - 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 - 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 - Pink Poly Anti-Static Packaging Material Warning for Polycarbonate Users

Packaging materials, such as "Pink Poly", serve a dual purpose in reducing both surface contamination as well as eliminating electrostatic discharge from occurring. However, manufacturers need to heed caution to potential hazards when using such materials with plastic films containing amines, such as polycarbonate. Learn more about these potential hazards with this technical tip.

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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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Tek Tip - Optimizing the PVC Lamination Process

This technical tip was featured in the October 2011 issue of ICMA Card Manufacturing magazine and was written by Tom Mucenski, Card Films Business Manager, Klockner Pentaplast and Tim Weatherill, Card Films Technical Manager, Klockner Pentaplast. Although it is a few years old, much of the information shared in this article on how to optimize your platen lamination process is still relevant today.

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Tek Tip - Defining Density vs. Specific Gravity

A given products' density and its specific gravity are closely related values. In short, you are comparing a product's degree of compactness vs. a ratio of that compactness when compared against a standard reference (e.g. water). You can learn more about the intricacies of density vs. specific gravity in this technical tip.

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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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