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 - Coated vs. Uncoated UV Inkjet Film

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.

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Tek Tip - 3M™ Fastening Solutions

3M™ Reclosable Fasteners are great alternatives for traditional mechanical fasteners. Find out which fastening solution best suits your application.

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Tek Tip - 3M™ Commercial Solutions Adhesive and Liner Technology Overview

Explore the similarities and differences between 3M™ Commercial Solutions adhesive and liner technologies.

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Tek Tip - UL Flame Ratings for Polycarbonate Films

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.

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Tek Tip - Adhesive Removability of 3M™ Commercial Solutions

3M™ Commercial Solutions offers three different types of adhesive removability from Permanent to Removable to Changeable. This Tek Tip dives into the differences of each adhesive system type.

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Tek Tip - Inkjet Inks at a Glance

Understanding the differences between the types of inkjet inks is important knowledge that can save time and money by avoiding failed projects or troubleshooting processes. We have developed a quick guide to help educate you on the ‘how, when and why’ of Inkjet Inks.

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Tek Tip - Light Management Films Selector Guide

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.

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Tek Tip - Static Cling versus Low Tack Adhesive for Window Applications

Often times customers are unsure if they are in need of a static cling or a low tack adhesive film for their application. This Tek Tip dives into the pros and cons of each material and helps you determine which will be most fitting for your application.

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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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