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.

Four Steps of Tekra NPD

Tek Tip – What is Tekra's New Product Development process?

July 2019
If you have an idea for a coated film that does not fit an off-the-shelf offering, let us walk you through our NPD process with our experienced team.

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

October 2018
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.

Tek Tip - Differences in Weatherable Films Offered by Tekra

August 2018
Tekra has several products to choose from when weatherability is a must for the final application.

Tek Tip - Light Management & Diffusing Films Selector Guide

March 2017
Tekra and our supply partners offer 3 different types of light management products: Light Transmission, Light Diffusing, and Light Reflecting. This Tek Tip takes a deep dive into each type and the materials within these categories to help you determine which material is best for your application.

Tek Tip - How to Determine the Presence of a Primer

January 2016
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.

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

January 2016
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.

Tek Tip - Custom Membrane Switch Components

July 2014
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.

Tek Tip - Pencil Hardness Test

February 2014
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.

Tek Tip - Die Cutting Hardcoated Polyester Film

December 2013
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.

Tek Tip - Hydrophilic vs. Hydrophobic Coatings

November 2013
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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