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

September 2018
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!

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 - Coated vs. Uncoated UV Inkjet Film

June 2018
Understanding what the benefits are of coated material for UV Inkjet printing is imperative when making the decision to purchase coated or raw film. Plastic films vary significantly, and when combined with the variations of inks and differing applications, the answer will not be the same for each project. This article discusses how to know when you should make the investment.

Tek Tip - UL Flame Ratings for Polycarbonate Films

September 2017
Polycarbonate films are often tested by the Underwriters Laboratory and given a flame rating. This Tek Tip dives into those ratings and what they actually mean.

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 - Synthetics for P.O.P Applications

October 2015
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.

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 - Medical Plastic Film Terminology

May 2014
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.

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

November 2013
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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