Clips as a fastening method are increasingly being replaced with adhesive tape components due to increased reliability and additional functionality, such as sealing joints and managing vibration stresses.
See the benefits of replacing clips with adhesive tape below.
Designs are restricted where clips need to be hidden, as well as accessed with ease. Product weight is also increased where using this method.
Adhesive tapes have revolutionised design options to improve functionality and aesthetics. They offer invisible fastening and a cleaner appearance than clip fastenings. Adhesive materials are available where disassembly is required and are lighter than mechanical fastenings, reducing overall product weight.
Clips are not a suitable joining method for all joint types and they can easily be replaced with adhesive components, without the need to redesign parts.
Tapes die-cut into complex shapes facilitate bonding of complex joints and parts, as well as parts with narrow bonding surfaces. They’re the most adaptable joining method that will provide long-term and reliable attachment, as well as other benefits such as sealing and vibration dampening.
Longer manufacturing and assembly times are experienced where joining with clips and they can also be tricky to handle.
Replacing clips with easy to apply die-cut adhesive tape can reduce assembly times as well as material requirements, refinishing and, ultimately, costs. In most cases there is minimal need for training and little or no investment in equipment. Adhesive tape materials can also offer immediate handling strength.