Our range of medical grade materials offer unique characteristics for stick to skin applications and can be sterilised by EtO, gamma and steam. Other products include speciality films and foils for a range of medical applications.
We offer our customers access to a superior range of medical grade materials for the varied applications found within the healthcare market. Our commitment to quality, demonstrated by our ISO 13485 registration, FDA registration and ISO Class 7 Clean Room capability means our customers are confident in the superior quality we can achieve for their medical products.
We fully understand the key needs of the automotive market; we offer quality management to ISO 9001, clean room manufacturing and TS16949 compliance. This, combined with our access to World leading materials, makes us the first choice partner in the manufacture of automotive components.
We supply adhesive components into a range of electronics applications, from bonding of dissimilar substrates, to sealing, cushioning, shielding and insulating of components. Whatever your needs, our access to a variety of products, and the ability to create bespoke constructions and components, will ensure we have a solution to your unique requirements.
Industrial grade materials offer strength and resilience, as well as resistance to UV, chemicals, oil and extreme temperatures. Whatever your needs, our experts can advise on the optimum product for your application. We can convert your material into bespoke components for enhanced manufacturing efficiencies and cost savings.
The safety critical applications of this market require trusted adhesive solutions to ensure high quality and reliability of products. We offer a range of materials for bonding, sealing, insulating, shielding and venting for a range of detection, monitoring and emergency devices. Whatever your needs, we have the experience, materials and converting expertise to offer the optimum solution to the unique requirements of your products and processes.
We offer a range of specialist products and manufacturing processes to satisfy the safety critical needs of the defence industry. With Quality Management accreditation to ISO 9001, Clean Room manufacturing and SC21 accreditation, we are confident in meeting the quality expectations of our military and defence customers.
Adhesive tapes offer a range of trusted solutions for aerospace applications and are commonly used for bonding and sealing, as well as vibration dampening, shielding, cooling, masking and venting. We have access to a vast range of materials, which we can convert into bespoke components for enhanced quality and manufacturing efficiencies.
We offer a range of bonding tapes and films for the assembly and protection of furniture, partition walls, flooring systems, HVAC products, doors and windows. Whether you require a permanent bonding solution or temporary protection, we can advise on the optimum product for your unique application.
Modern lighting utilises many adhesive components to enhance the aesthetics and the efficiency of lighting products. We provide bespoke adhesive components to efficiently bond, seal, vent, dissipate heat and reflect light in a range of lighting applications.
Solar and wind energy products are subject to the harshest external environments throughout their lifetime. This includes extreme temperatures, UV light, wind, rain and debris. We offer a range of performance materials to protect components and resist these environmental extremes, as well as efficiently bond, insulate and vent internal components.
We have over 50 years experience in converting tapes and flexible materials for a diverse range of industries and applications. During this time we have built long lasting relationships with suppliers and customers and have built on our experience, capabilities and our reach throughout Europe and beyond.
From design conception to final production and assembly, quality is paramount in providing our customers with products that consistently reach their desired quality standards. We do this through external accreditation and auditing, as well as internal practices and performance monitoring.
Parafix is proud to partner with world leading tape and material manufacturers. With access to a broad range of products we offer our customers extensive choice and the opportunity to combine complimentary materials from any manufacturer, unique to their requirements.
We are proud of our ‘can do’ attitude at Parafix, always striving to solve our customers’ challenges. We are also committed to quality and aim to treat our customers, employees and communities fairly and with care.
There are many reasons why tapes are replacing traditional fixing methods. Among these is the strong and reliable bond that tapes provide and their additional functionality such as sealing, shielding, insulating and cushioning. In addition to these benefits, joining with tape offers greater design options, product quality and enhanced manufacturing efficiencies.
A customised adhesive component offers a number of benefits to designers and engineers. Product designs can be streamlined with invisible joins and product manufacture is made simple with a convenient and easy to handle component. Adhesive parts can be designed with application aids, or for use in automated assembly processes.
When choosing an adhesive product, there are some key criteria to consider so that the desired performance is achieved. By understanding the end product and conditions it will be subject to, a material can be specified that will last the full life of your product.
We occasionally get asked which adhesive tape is strongest. In other words, which tape has the best shear and peel performance? The short answer is… “it depends.” The conversation below refers exclusively to industrial context. We will separately address strongest medical adhesives with Parafix’s healthcare specialist, since bonding to skin has a different set of considerations.
The best performing tape will depend on multiple of factors: what materials are you bonding and under what conditions. Russ Boelema, who has 34 years of experience working with industrial tapes at Parafix, explains: “The most difficult surfaces to bond to are those with low surface energy (LSE), such as certain plastics and composites. For example, polypropylene (PP), thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and thermoplastic olefins (TPO) would traditionally require the use of a primer before a lasting bond could be made. With these materials being used more frequently in modern manufacturing, 3M launched two ranges of tapes to address these challenges, the 360 range and the VHB LSE range.”
The 360 range includes thin bonding tapes which provide a quick and reliable bond for these hard-to-bond substrates. The VHB LSE range includes thick bonding tapes, which are the preferred choice when the bond needs to be load bearing, for example when attaching a material vertically. This range of tapes brings the trusted VHB strength to new surfaces.
And for medium to high surface energy materials? Russ points to the 3M GPT 020F. “Again, the best choice will depend on the exact circumstances. Generally, GPT 020F has a high performance on a wide range of surfaces, with resistance to humidity and high temperatures. This adhesive tape works for indoor and outdoor applications alike. It is a new and improved version of 3M’s 9088.”
Parafix offers more than a thousand different adhesive tapes, each one specialised for a particular application. From resistant to harsh chemicals, to easily removable, we will have the right match for whatever bonding challenge you have. And for cases when an innovator has a use we have not considered before, our R & D team is happy to work with the customer to find and test the most reliable solution.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have a bonding challenge requires you to use “the strongest tape.”