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 - Polyester Surface Treatment

Polyester films almost always have at least one surface “roughened” either by the addition of slip agents or by a surface coating. Doing so, ensures the correct interaction between a printer’s desired end use application and the properties of the PET film type.

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Tek Tip - Amorphous vs. Semi-Crystalline Polyester

Polyester film has a semi-crystalline “structure” or pattern at the molecular level. This structure results from the biaxial orientation process. This introductory article explains that principle and the resulting versatile PET film properties.

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Tek Tip - Understanding Polyester Film Tolerances

Polyester manufacturers like DuPont Teijin Films™ (DTF), monitor & control several key film attributes during the manufacturing process. Gauge is just one such variable.

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Tek Tip - Latex Inkjet Profiling is the same as Baking a Cake

Creating profiles for printing on plastics can seem overwhelming if you’re using a new substrate, but with a few basic tips, it’s as easy as baking a cake! Our ‘Tek Tip’ will explain the do’s and don’ts so you can begin the process with confidence.

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Tek Tip - Surface Energy - Solutions to bonding to low surface energy substrates

Low surface energy (LSE) substrates are often difficult to bond to. Click here to learn more about the benefits of using 3M™ High Strength Acrylic Adhesive 300LSE when bonding to these surfaces.

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Tek Tip - Tekra's New Product Development and Research & Development Teams

Tekra’s new product development team and R&D team are dedicated to creating custom coated film products to meet your specifications when an off-the-shelf material falls short.

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Tek Tip - Discovering the Differences in SABIC's LEXAN™ Flame Retardant Polycarbonate Films

There are many flame retardant polycarbonate films out there. See what the differences are between SABIC’s four most common FR films and which one is perfect for your application!

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Tek Tip - How to Choose the Right Lidding Film

There are dozens of lidding films in the Mylar® product line. How do you choose the right film for your application?

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Tek Tip - How to Choose an Overlaminating Film

Overlaminating films are often used to protect underlying graphics but can also be used to alter the appearance of a graphic. Find out which film is best suited for your application.

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Tek Tip - Differences in Weatherable Films Offered by Tekra

Tekra has several products to choose from when weatherability is a must for the final application.

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