Glossary

Commonly used terminology

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A
Acetate cloth
Abrasion resistance
Accelerated ageing
Accelerated weathering
Acetate film
AccuPlace
Acrylic polymer
Acrylic/acrylate
Adhesion
Adhesion build-up
Adhesion to backing
Adhesion to skin
Adhesive
Adhesive failure
Adhesive residue
Adhesive transfer
Ageing resistance
Anchorage
B
Bisco™
Blocking
Breaking load
Bursting strength
Backing
Backside
Backsize
C
Composite film
Converting
Core
Corona resistance
Corona treatment
Creep
Crepe paper
Cross-linking
Cure
Curling
CAD
Caliper
Carrier
Cellophane film
Clean room
Closed side (adhesive)
Closed side (liner)
Coated cloth
Coating weight 
Cohesion
Cohesive failure
Cold flow
Colour
Colour stability
Conditioning
Conformability
D
Dead stretch
Delamination
Dielectric strength
Dimensional stability
Double coated
Double faced
Double sided tape
Dual Lock™
Dwell
E
Elastic memory
Elasticity
Elastomer
Electrical strength
Electrolytic corrosion factor
Elongation at break
EMI/RFI shielding
Easy unwind treatment
Edge curl
F
Foam
Faceside
Face stock 
Fall-off
Fatigue 
Filaments
Film
Fish eyes
Flagging
Flame resistance
Flame treatment
Flatback
Flexibility
Fluting
G
Gapping
Glass cloth tape
Glass transition temperature
Gloss
Guillotining
H
Hand tearability
Hard adhesive
Heat activated adhesive
Heat resistance
Heat seal
High liner release
High-speed unwind
Holding power (shear adhesion, shear resistance)
Hot melt pressure-sensitive adhesive
Humidity resistance
HVAC
Hygroscopic 
I
IP rating
Insulation resistance
Interleave
Interliner
Impact resistance (shock resistance)
Insulating tape
J
Jumbo
K
Kapton®
Kiss cut
Kraft
Key
Key coat
Key failure
L
LAB
Label stock
Laminate, lamination
Lap joint
Laser cutting
Latent stain
Lifting
Liner
Low release liner
M
Memory
Metal foil
Migration
MSI
MVTR 
Melinex™
N
Natural rubber
Nomex®
Non-polar substrates
Non-woven
O
Occlusive
Off-core
Offsetting
Oozing
Opacity, opaqueness
Open side (adhesive)
Open side (liner)
Optically clear tape
Outgassing
P
Polyurethane (PU)
Pressure-sensitive tape
Prime coat
Primer
Printability
PTFE tape
PVC
Peel adhesion
Permanent adhesive
Permeable
Pinholes
Plasticisation 
Plasticised plyvinylchloride
Plasticiser resistance
Polar substrates
Polycoated
Polyester (PET)
Polyethylene (PE)
Polyimide
Polymer
Polyolefin
Polypropylene (PP)
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Poron™
Porosity
Pre-release
Pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA)
Pattern coated 
Peaking
Q
Quick stick
R
Reinforcement
Release coating
Release force
Release liner
Removal
Removable adhesive
Resistance
Repositioning
Residue free removability
Reversibility
Rewinding
S
Shear resistance
Shock resistance
Shrinkage
Single faced
Slick surface
Slivering
Soft adhesive
Softener resistance
Solvents
Splitting
Stain resistance
Stiffness
Storage stability
Subsequent adhesion
Substrate
Surface energy (surface wetting ability)
Synthetic rubbers
Shear adhesion
Saturation (impregnation)
Self-seal 
T
Tear resistance
Telescoping
Temperature resistance
Tensile strength
Thermoplastic rubber adhesive
Thermosetting
Thickness (caliper, gauge)
Tie coat
Transfer tape
Transparency
Tack
Tape conversion
U
Ultimate adhesion
Unwinding force
V
VOC
VHB™
Vinyl
Void
W
Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR)
Web
Wet grab
Wrinkles
Wet out
Washboard effect
Water absorption
Water dispersible
Water penetration rate (WPR)
Weather resistance
X
X/Y axis plotter
XYZ-axis tape
Y
Yield
Z
Z-axis tape
Zone coated