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Publication numberUS2750030 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 12, 1956
Filing dateDec 15, 1949
Priority dateDec 15, 1949
Also published asDE871801C
Publication numberUS 2750030 A, US 2750030A, US-A-2750030, US2750030 A, US2750030A
InventorsHubert J Tierney
Original AssigneePermacel Tape Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hyper-strength pressure-sensitive adhesive strapping tape
US 2750030 A
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June l2, 1956 H, J, TIERNEYl 2,750,030

HYPER-STRENGTH PRE: ssURs-SENSITIvez'A ADHESIVE STRAPPING TAPE Filed Dec.

HYPER-STRENGTH PRESSURE-SENSITIVE n ADHESIVE srRArPlNGrArE Brunswick, N. I.,a corporation of New Jersey Appunti@ December 15,' 1949, sei-nl N..13s,1'75

s claims. (c1. 20s-59) This invention is a hyper-strength, flexible, pressure- Hubert I. Tierney, St. Paul', Minn.,'or, by mesma* l Y assignments, to Permacel Tape Corporation, New

handling, asin palleting operations.

for sealing and reinforcing paperboard -cartons eonsensitive adhesive strapping tape wound upon itself in `roll form. It is especially intended for heavy-duty industrial use as a replacement -for steel straps yand wires for many usages in strapping heavy and bulky articles,

such as bundles of steel rods and heavy shipping cartons.

This strapping tape has a lengthwise tensile strength of at least 300 lbs/in. (pounds per inch width). Tapes having a tensile strength of the-order .of 500 lbs/in., and even higher, are made possible by this invention,

without sacrifice of otherv necessary and desirable features.' This tape maintains substantially its full strapping strength It has f even when immersed in water for long periods. a very high crosswise tear strength and cannot be torn crosswise betweeny the fingers, but it can-'be readily severed with a knife or scissors. It is highly flexible as indicated by the fact that it can be folded lengthwise upon itself and tighly creased by finger action. It

is relatively quite thin considering its strength, having a thickness in the range of 5 to 20 mils. A film-backed tape having a tensile strength of 500 lbs./in. can be made which is only mils thick (total caliper thickness of a hundredth of an inch).

This tape has a film or paper backing coatedon the inner face with an aggressively tacky rubber-resin type pressure-sensitive adhesive which contains a completely embedded monolayer of loosely-twisted or non-twisted yarns of continuous hairlike glass -filaments that extend continuously from one end of the tape to the other. The glass-filament yarns Yare lineally aligned, running lengthwise of the tape in contiguous and parallel relation. The

yarns vlie in a single layer, which can be closely spaced so that the yarns are substantially in shoulder-to-shoulder and handling.

' printed information.

`Patented June 12, 1956 smooth surfaces, without leaving an adhesive residue or gumming the lingers.

This strapping tape is adapted for heavy-duty indu'strial use for many usages which had previously and with vimportant-attendant advantages.

pipes, lumber, doors, metal roofing, plate glass, etc., and for strapping together the turns of coils of heavy wire, cable, tubing, chains, etc., for shipment, storage It can be used for strapping together heavy cartons, boxes and cans to facilitate unitized taining heavy materials to provide the strength and vprotection needed for export shipments.- A feature in ing pilfering. The stripping off of the tape from paperboard cartons pulls away the surface paper not only under but adjacent to the tape, serving to indicate unauthorized removal. The only other manner of opening is by severing the tape.

The use of transparent film backings and of transparent adhesive coatings permit of making a strapping tape which is suiciently transparent' so that it can be applied to surfaces without markedly interfering with the visibility of underlying markings and colorations, and hence such transparent tape can be employed on shipping cartons without being lconspicuous or concealing im- This is possible even though the tape has va tensile strength of 500 lbs./ in. or even higher. Transparent backing films also permit of using a colored coating or printing upon the inner face of the backing, ora colored adhesive layer, or a combination of both, which will be visible vthrough and protected by the backing. This is a valuable feature in providing identifying,

coding or marking information, or a decorative appear- Further advantages of film backings are that strength adhesive strapping tape has numerous advanrelation, or can be spaced apart so that the yarndensity (number of ends per inch width) is substantially less than the possible maximum. .The flamentary layer is completely impregnated by the adhesive so that each filament is encased by ,and adhesively bonded to the tacky and elastic adhesive layer in which the filaments are submerged.

The glass filaments are sufficient in size and number to provide a flamentary. adhesive layer having substantially the lengthwise tensile strength specified for` The lengthwise tensile strength and crosswise Vtear strength of the tape are mainly due to said.

the tape.

glass filaments. ln contradistinction, the crosswise tensile strength and lengthwise tear strength of the-tape are nearly the same as that of the film or paper backing sheet per se.

This adhesive tape is stably and aggressively tacky and upon unwinding from the roll and application to the work it adheres instantly and firmly lupon mere contact, without use of water, solvents or heat. The pressure-sensitive adhesive is of the rubber-resin type and is therefore waterproof and elastic. It is eucohesive, being more cohesive than adhesive, and hence the tape can be unwound, handled with the fingers, and stripped from tages over steel straps, wires, ropes, etc.

Long continuous lengths are made convenient to carry about and handle by being wound in compact roll form. For instance, 72 yards of 500 lbs./in. strength tape having a vcaliper of l0 mils, can be wound on a 3 in. dia. core to provide a roll having an outside diameter of approximately] in. The tape is easy to apply and is selfholding.

bundle damaging adjacent bundles by cutting, puncturing,

tearing or abrading. The use of this strapping tape avoids injury to workmen since there are no projecting edges or ends and the material cannot cut, prick or scrape the skin.

Each of the glass filaments of the adhesive layer is a continuous, smooth-surface, cylindrical, mono-fiber extending without break from one end of the tape to the It can be used It can be unrolled directly onto the material linvolved by a simple one-step application procedure warp beams.

other (although a small number of the total filaments in any actual tape may have become broken, and one or more of the yarns may have been spliced in connection with replacement of ,yarn spools in beaming the yarns). The glass filaments employed are extremely fine and hairlike. There are a large number per inch width of the tape and they are distributed across the width of the tape in the form of loosely-twisted or non-twisted contiguous yarns Ito provide a substantially uniform filamentary layer, :thus obtaining maximum thinness and flexibility for the tape and a fiat exposed adhesive surface, and minimizing the amount of adhesive required.

Whether the yarns be loosely-twisted or non-twisted, the yarns consist of loose filaments which permit of ready penetration by the adhesive to provide each filament with an encasement of the adhesive throughout its length. When non-twisted yarns are used, the filamen-ts will spread out to a greater extent when the yarns are incorporated in the tape, thereby resulting in a more uniform filamentary layer. However, the use of loosely-twisted yarns has an advantage in that they are easier to handle in preparing A twist value on .the order of one twist per inch of length has proven to be quite satisfactory.

The tacky rubber-resin type pressure-sensitive adhesive is waterproof, elastic, stretchy, and highly cohesive, as well as being highly tacky. It has the property of wetting glass surfaces, and tightly adhering thereto. Hence the glass filaments require no special treatment or pre-coating in order to insure adhesive bonding tothe adhesive, as distinguished from a mere mechanical holding action. The adhesive provides a matrix of such nature that a unitary adhesive and glass filament structure is provided which has properties peculiar to the combination. The effect is combinative rather than merely additive. The tensile strength of the combination layer is substantially greater than that of the glass-filament yarns per se, although the tensile strength of the adhesive per se is negligible. This is an important factor in making possible tapes of very high strength which are thin and flexible.

A disadvantage of glass filaments per se is that they have a relatively low shock strength relative to tensile strength (as compared to various organic filaments). The tough, elastic, permanently tacky, adhesive mass which encases and separates the glass filaments provides a shockabsorbing action when the tape is subjected to sudden yanking or bursting forces, and thus makes feasible the use of glass filaments in adhesive strapping tapes of hyperstrength adapted for heavy-duty uses. This type of adhesive also permits of displacement of the filaments relative to each other and to the backing without slipping relative to the adhesive and without loosening of the adhesive anchorage, owing to the permanently and aggressively tacky nature of the adhesive in contact with the filaments. The elastic nature of the adhesive also tends to oppose displacement stresses and to exert a restoring force. These factors are responsible for obtaining a uniform load distribution as between the various yarns and filaments of the tape when it is stressed.

Another disadvantage of glass filaments per se is that they are not as exible as many organic filaments and this would be accentuated if they were embedded in a hard or relatively non-stretchy matrix. The present adhesive is highly stretchy and the combinative effect is responsible for the tape having the high flexibility previously noted, which is quite sufficient for the heavy-duty types of adhesive tapes to which this invention relates. The presence of this type of adhesive also makes the filaments less likely to break when the tape is applied around the edge of an object. This is important as glass filaments are more brittle and have poor flex strength as compared to organic textile filaments, as shown by the fact that they cannot be tied into hard knots whereas the latter can be. The present adhesive also prevents the glass filaments from rubbing against each other when the tape is stressed and yet does not prevent relative movement. Since glass will scratch and cut glass, and since a glass filament that has been scratched on the surface has very little tensile and flex strength, this protective shielding action of the present adhesive is of very real value to the success of the tape f for the purposes intended.

Still another disadvantage of glass filaments per se is their low degree of stretch or elongation. The elongation of glass filaments and yarns is 3% at break when tested in a tensile strength testing machine. The combinative effect of embedding the glass filaments in the tacky rubberresinadhesive layer of the present tape results in the tape having an elongation of 6% when stretched to the breaking point of -the embedded filaments. This is a surprising result. It has been found that this degree of elongation is suicient for the usages of this tape. This is an important feature, of -the invention. The lower elongation value of the filaments per se would be inadequate to provide the desired yield and resiliency characteristics.

I have found that the use of glass filaments has very defini-te advantages in making hyper-strength strapping tapes adapted for heavy-duty industrial usage, as compared to the use of the organic filaments employed in the textile industry. For one thing, it is possible to make tapes of very high tensile strength (500 lbs./in. and higher) which are still relatively thin and flexible owing to the relatively higher tensile streng-th of glassfilaments as compared to viscose filaments, comparing filaments of the samediameter. In this connection it is to be remembered that the yarns are positioned in a mono-layer and must be of relatively small diameter. The organic textile filaments of highest tensile strength are much more expensive and in addition have various undesirable characteristics. For example, nylon filaments show excessive elongation (stretch) which is undesirable for certain uses to which heavy-duty tapes are put because it allows shifting of articles bundled together, etc.

In the case of tapes constructed so as to have a tensile strength substantially lower than 300 lbs/in., the use of organic textile filaments is generally preferable to the use of glass filamen-ts in securing the most desirable comhination of properties for the usages of such tapes.

The value of my invention depends upon my discovery that the relative disadvantages of glass filaments changes to a relative advantage in the case of tapes for very heavy-duty use, requiring a tensile strength of at least 300 lbs/in. and which are used for bundling heavy objects, such as steel rods and pipes, and for palleting boxes and drums. `It is my discovery that the undesirable characteristics of glass filaments are minimized or made unimportant in such hyper-strength adhesive strapping tapes by virtue of the combinative action of -the rubber-resin type pressure-sensitive adhesive layer in which they are embedded, and which simultaneously serves to anchor the tape backing and -to permit of adhering the tape to various objects upon mere contact therewith.

In the accompanying drawings:

Fig. l shows in perspective a roll of the adhesive tape of this invention;

Fig. 2 is an edge view of the tip of lthe tape shown in enlarged schematic fashion; and

Fig. 3 is a diagram showing an illustrative system for the continuous manufacture of the tape.

Referring to Fig. 1, there is shown a roll 10 of the hyper-strength pressure-sensitive adhesive strapping tape wound directly upon itself, the adhesive side being on the inside. As the legends indicate, this tape has a tensile strength of at least 300 lbs. per inch width and comprises a film or paper backing carrying on its. inner face a layer of pressure-sensitive adhesive containing an embedded mono-layer of lineally aligned yarns of continuous glass filaments.

Fig. 2 shows in more detail the structure of the strapping tape. This tape has a film or paper backing 11 coated on the inner face with a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer 12. The backing can be pre-coated with a primer when it is desired to obtain a higher bond strength between the adhesive layer and the backing.y Embedded l within the adhesive layer is a mono-layer of contiguous yarns 13, formed of hair-like continuous glass filaments, the tips of which `are exposed to view in the drawing. These yarns run lengthwise of the tape and are parallel to each other and to the backing and to the smooth4 (flat) .surface of the adhesive layer, and are referred `to as being aligned. They are layed down in a mono-layer inch width that are'employed. Each yarn consists of a large number of continuous mono-fiber filaments twisted together. A loosely-twisted yarn is used, asdistinguished from a tightly twisted yarn or thread, so as to facilitate adhesive penetration. Thus a twist value on the order of one twist per inch'is suitable. Each yarn is completely encased by the pressure-sensitive adhesive, which penetrates between the yarns. -The adhesive penetrates into the -yarns and impregnates them so that the individual filaments are bonded together and thereby unified by the pressure-sensitive adhesive. y

Referring to Fig. 3, there is Ashown an illustrative continuous system for making the adhesive tape. The backing sheeting has been given a preliminary coating of pressure-sensitive adhesive, amounting to about one-third of the adhesive coating weight of the final product, in a previous operation (not shown), and this pre-coated backing sheeting provides the starting material for the operations shown in the drawing. Briefly stated, the pre-coated backing sheeting is drawn from a supply roll thereof and passes through the nip of a pair of horizontal that the yarns are retained in position. The sheeting is then coated with a pressure-sensitive adhesive solution which impregnates and covers the yarn layer, and is drawn through an oven to fully remove the solvent and dry the adhesive, after whichvit is wound in a jumbo roll. This ,adhesive sheeting can then be slit into desired widths and wound into adhesive tape rolls of desired length, ready for use and sale.

The following is a more detailed description.

The film or paper backing sheeting, pre-coated with .a dried pressure-sensitive adhesive, is continuously withdrawn from supply roll -14 (provided with a tensioning brake, not shown) and passes under guide roll 15 so as to be in a smooth, unwrinkled condition, and then passes upwardly to and over guide roll 16. The coated sheeting, adhesive side up, is then vdrawnhorizontally to and rthrough the nip of horizontal laminating rolls 17 and 18.

The lower roll, 17, is rubber-covered and the upper roll,

18, has a rigid steel surface. These rolls have a diameter of about six inches. It is here that the glass-filament yarns are laminated to the adhesive-coated sheeting.

The yarns are drawn from warp beams (not shown) located above each other in a tier. The sheets of yarnsv 19 are shown coming in from the left to the condensing comb device 20, which is shown schematically as these combing devices are well known in thetextile industry.

Here the yarns from the warpbeams arel interftted to form a single layer of contiguous yarns of the necessary condensing comb (as illustrated in the drawing) and the Width reduced from 54 to 36 inches, thereby securing the desired density of 100 yarns per inchwidth. Thelayer of yarns is drawn down over a one inch diameter 4but are more expensive.

steel doctor rod 21 and then under and around asimilar doctor rod 22, and then up to and around the upper laminating roll 18, which rotates in a counter-clockwise direction, meeting` the adhesive-coated backing at the nip.

The layerof yarns is pressed against the surfaceof the "tacky adhesive coating in going through the nip of the laminating rolls, to form a lineally aligned mono-layer of yarns'which are held in place by the tackiness of the ad hesive.

The laminated sheeting proceeds horizontally, yarn side up, to the coating device 23 having a support roller 24 over which the sheeting passes below a spaced doctor blade Z5 behind which the adhesivevsolution 26vis fed, thereby spreading on the second coating of pressure- Vsensitive adhesive solution in an amount equal to about two-thirds of the total adhesive coating weight (dry solids' The fully coated sheeting lis then drawn into the upper part of drying oven 27, where it passes back to guide roll 28, then down to the guide roll 29 near the bottom,

then forwardly to guide roll 30, up to guide roll 31, vbaclr to guide roll 32, up to guide roll 33 and then forwardly to and over guide roll 34 and out of the oven.

'Ihe dried adhesive sheeting then passes over roll 35,

down under guide roll 36, and over the top of driven pull drum 37. This pull drum contacts the tacky, adhesive surface vofthe sheeting and exerts a pull which is responsible for drawing the backing sheeting through the entire system from its supply roll, and for drawing the yarns to the laminating rolls from the section beams. The adhesive sheeting passes from the pull drum to and under guide roll 38 to a wind-up machine where it is wound into jumbo roll 39, thus completing the manufacturing process except for the conventional subsequent slitting and tape roll winding operations.

Further mention will now be made of the various materials which can be employed in making the present adhesive strapping tape.

The backings fall into two groups: non-fibrous film sheeting, including metal foils as well as organic polymer films; and paper (flat or creped) which has been unified and rendered water-resistant by treating, coating or irnpregnation.

Cellulose acetate films are well suited for use as nonfibrous film backings for the present tape, and have an advantage over cellophane in being resistant to prolonged contact with water. Other cellulosic films are well known The backing film can be given a microthin coating of a low-adhesion polymeric cornpound on the back face so as to reduce the force required for unwinding the adhesive tape from a roll.' Cellulose tristearate, tripalmitate, and trilaurate are examples of such compounds, and will provide the back surface with an adherency to the pressure-sensitive ad- .hesive which is less than that of a base film of cellulose acetate or cellophane. Examples of noncel1ulosic films are the various vinyl polymer films, polyethylene films, rubber hydrochloride films, etc. These films are all obtainable as clear transparent film sheeting adapted formaking transparent strapping tapes.

The fibrous paper tapes of backings may be of the kinds heretofore employed in the making of paper-backed pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes. These are generally bibulous kraft or rope papers which have been unified by impregnation .with a liexible water-insoluble rubbery composition adapted to render the paper water-resistant and to bind the fibers together so as to prevent splitting or delamination of the paper under the strong force exerted upon the paper when aggressively tacky tape is unwound from rolls thereof. Creped paper, such as kraft towelling paper, is commonly used for making backings for masking tape, as this provides increased stretchability.

Such unified backings are commonly'backsized with a thin coating of material (such as shellac, a cellulosic lacquer, or an alkyd resin) which reduces the force required for unwinding the tape. For detailed information on the making of illustrative unified paper tape backings reference may be made to U. S. Patents Nos. 2,236,527- 2,4l0,078-2,410,089 and 2,438,195. An impregnated paper backing is not essential. Thus chemical treatment may have been employed to unify the fibers, as with parchmentized paper. Or a dense, highly calendercd paper may be used, having a coating or coatings on the exposed back surface to cover the fibers and reduce the force required for unwinding the tape, the natural interbonding of the fibers then being sufficient to provide a unified paper backing that will not delaminate. The term paper as herein used embraces not only true paper but equivalent non-woven fibrous sheetings formed of intermeshed or felted fibers.

The adhesive can be one of the various rubber-resin type pressure-sensitive tape adhesives, well known in the art, which are water-insoluble and aggressively tacky. These adhesives have a rubbery base of natural or synthetic rubber which provides cohesion (internal strength) and elasticity (a refractive force when stretched and retraction when released after stretching); and this rubber base is modified by blending with a compatible tackiier resin (such as rosin or ester gum) which serves to increase adhesion (tackiness) and decrease cohesion, with an attendant increase of stretchiness (elongation under low stresses) and decrease of elasticity. These rubberresin tape adhesives have a proper four-fold balance of adhesion, cohesion, stretchiness and elasticity, which permits adhesive tape coated therewith to be aggressively and stably tacky and yet be capable of being stripped back from smooth surfaces to which temporarily applied without delamination or offsetting ofadhesive, even though the adhesive has been coated directly upon a smooth nonfibrous film backing (such as cellophane) and has no mechanical anchorage thereto. These tape adhesives are termed eucohesive by which it is meant that they are more cohesive than adhesive such that offsetting or transfer of adhesive material does not result when the tape coated therewith is unwound from rolls or removed from surfaces to which temporarily applied, and the tape can be handled without transfer of adhesive material to the fingers. Certain synthetic polymers are inherently tacky and eucohesive and possess the above-mentioned fourfold balance of properties, and can be used as pressuresensitive tape adhesives, thus being equivalents of the rubber-resin adhesives and hence they may be regarded as being of the rubber-resin type. An example is a 75:25 copolymer of 2-ethylbutylacrylate and ethyl acrylate.

The rubbery bases used include crude natural rubber, Buna-S type synthetic rubber, and polyisobutylene (Vistanex). The tackifier resins include rosin, ester gum, pure hydrocarbon terpene resin of 115 C. melting point (Piccolyte), and hydrogenated indene-coumarone resin of 150 C. melting point (Ne 'villite resin). Zinc oxide can be included as an opacifying and reinforcing pigment when transparency is not needed. Carbon black can be included to give a black color, and titanium dioxide pigment to give a brilliant white color. Various chromatic pigments can be included to produce desired colors. For present purposes a highly aggressive tack is desired a'nd can be obtained by using about 75 to 125 parts of tackifier resin per 100 parts of rubber. A suitable proportion of zinc oxide, when used, is about 50 to 75 parts per 100 parts rubber, and it is combined with the rubber by milling together, as is the case when other pigments are to be incorporated. The adhesive is prepared for coating by churning together the rubber (cut into pieces) and the resin in a volatile hydrocarbon solvent (such as heptane) present in proportion to impart a suitable coating viscosity.

A preferred type of glass-filament yarn for present 8 purposes is designated in the trade as 150 1/0 1.02," which signifies that the yarn weight is 15,000 yards per pound (whichcorresponds to a denier value of approximately 300), that it consists of a single twisted strand, that there are 1.0 turns per inch to the twist, and that the'twist is in the Z direction. The average diameter of the individual filaments is 0.38 mil (0.00038 in.). The nominal minimum breaking strength is rated as 2.6 pounds per yarn. The average number of filaments in a yarn is 105. Because of the loose twist, the yarn can be 'readily penetrated by the adhesive so as to thoroughly impregnate the yarn and encase each filament. As the glass filaments do not touch each other in the adhesive tape product, and as the yarn can somewhat flatten out when fed into the tape structure under tension, the apparent width of each yarn, as viewed in the tape product, will vary somewhat depending upon the making procedure. When' a yarn density of 100 ends per inch width is employed, the yarns will be closely spaced, aproaching a shoulder-to-shoulder relation. When Lends per inch are used, the yarns will apparently occupy substantially more than one-half of the total width of the tape, as there has been more opportunity for them to flatten out to an oval cross-section and thus reduce the average spacing distance between contiguous yarns.

A tape having a cellulose acetate film backing and 100 yarnv ends per inch width will have a lengthwise tensile strength of about 550 lbs/in., despite the fact that the backing per se and the adhesive per se possess but little tensile strength in comparison. Reducing the number of yam ends per inch to 50 reduces the lengthwise tensile strength of the tape to about'300 lbs./in. Thus the strength per yarn end is about 51A to 6 lbs. The increase in effective strength per yarn is very substantial and is the result of the combinative effect of the pressuresensitive adhesive in which the yarn is embedded and with which it is impregnated. A layer of non-reinforced adhesive can be quite easily pulled out between the fingers to the breaking point, which shows that its tensile strength Afilaments require no special treatment in order to be firmly bonded, owing to the fact that the tacky rubber-resin type adhesive, unlike rubber per se, wets the glass fiber surfaces and has a strong specific adhesion to them. Glass-filament yarns are commonly supplied with a starch or oil sizing on the filaments to facilitate handling in textile manufacturing operations. The presence of such a sizing on the filaments does not interfere with the obtaining of a strong adhesive bonding between the rubberresin adhesive and the glass surfaces of the filaments, as it is absorbed or penetrated by the adhesive during fabrication of the adhesive tape. The adhesive bond is-not broken by the movement of the filaments inasmuch as the adhesive is very stretchy and is permanently tacky. The wetting action of this type of adhesive also facilitates its penetration between the filaments so as to thoroughly contact their surfaces.

Although not necessary, the glass filament yarns can, if desired, be given a special treatment prior to incorporation in the adhesive so as to modify their properties. Thus a physical or chemical treatment, or a washing, or the application of a surface coating or sizing, may be employed, if desired.

The following example gives an idea of the amazing strength that can be obtained.

Example This transparent strapping tape had the structure shown in Fig. 2. It had a transparent cellulose acetate fhn backing of 1.5 mils thickness. The thickness of the pressure-sensitive adhesive layer was 8.5 mils, the total caliper thickness of the tape thus being 10.0 mils. The glass-filament yarn layer consisted of a mono-layer of contiguous yarns numbering 96 per inch width (i. e., 96 .ends per inch). The yarns were of the 1750 l/O 1.0Z" type previously mentioned. A transparent rubber-resin pressurefsensitive adhesive was used and the tape as a whole was transparent in the sense that it could be applied to surfaces without obscuring the colorings and markings.

The adhesive transparentizes the yarns as it surrounds and fully impregnates them and has approximately the same refractive index as the glass.

This .strapping tape had allengthwise tensile `strength of 540 lbs. per inch width and an elongation at'break of 6%. The crosswise tensile ystrength was about 15 lbs. per` inch width of the tested piece of tape, and the crosswise elongation at break of the backing film was about The lengthwise tensile strength was determined by doubling the value measured for a I/ in. width tape, which was measured on a Scott Tensile Tester, Model J-5 (screw driven jaw separation), the lower jaw moving at l2 inches per minute.

The lengthwise tear strength was comparable tofthat of thev acetate film backing per se, the tape being easily torn with the fingers. The crosswise tear strength was extremely high and the tape could not be torn with the fingers, since this tear direction is across the glass yarns.

This illustrates thatthe backing and yarns are such that the lengthwise tensile strength and crosswise tear strength of this tape are mainly due to the presence of the glassfilament yarns, andthe crosswise tensile strength and lengthwise tear strength are mainly due to the presence .of the backing.

I claim:

.1. A hyper-strength pressure-sensitive adhesive strap- 9 ping tape wound upon itself in roll form and adapted for strapping heavy and bulky objects such as bundles of steel rods and heavy shipping cartons, comprising a thin flexiblebacking sheet of the ,class consisting of lms and unified papers, an aggressively tacky rubber-resin type pressuresensitive adhesive layer bonded to the inner face, of the .backing and having a smooth fiat outer surface, and a non-woven mono-layer of lineally aligned glass-filament yarns `fully embedded in the adhesive layer, the yarns con-r sisting of loose hair-like continuous glass filaments which are individually encased by the tacky adhesive and which are sufiicient in number when in combinationgwith the adhesive to impart a lengthwise tensile strength to the tape of at least 300 pounds per inch width, the lamentary adhesive layer being highly flexible to permit the tape to V be folded lengthwise uponitself and tightly creased by finger action; the lengthwise tensile strength and crosswise tear strength of the tape being mainly due to presence of saidglass filaments, and the crosswise tensile strength land lengthwise tear strength of the tape being mainly due to the presence of said backing.

2. An adhesive strapping tape according to the preceding'clam which has a llengthwisevtensile strength of the order of 500 pounds per inch width and acaliper thickness-of the order of 10 mils.

l 3. A hyper-strength pressure-sensitive adhesive strapping tape wound upon itself in roll form and comprised of -a thin flexible waterproof non-fibrous film backing, an aggressively tacky rubber-resin type pressure-sensitive adhesive layer bonded to the inner face of the filmbacking and having a smooth flat outer surface, and a non-woven mono-layer of lineally aligned glass-filament yarns fully embedded in the adhesive layer, the yarns consisting of. loose hair-like continuous glass filaments which. are individually encased by the tacky adhesive and which are sufficient in number when in combination with the adhesive to impart a lengthwise tensile strength to the tape of at least 300 pounds per inch width, the filamentary adhesive layer being highly flexible to permit the tape to be folded lengthwise upon itselfv and tightly creased by finger g action.

4. An adhesive strapping tape according to claim 3 which has a lengthwise tensile strength of the order of 500 pounds per inch width vand a caliper thickness of the order of 10 mils.

5. An adhesive strapping tape according to claim 3 ywherein the backing film and the adhesive are transparent and the composite tape is sufficiently transparent so that.

it can be applied to surfaces without obscuring underlying markings and colorations.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification428/220, 428/343, 428/338, 428/351, 442/366, 156/178, 428/299.4
International ClassificationB32B37/00, C09J7/02, B32B27/00
Cooperative ClassificationB29C70/20, B32B27/00, C09J7/02
European ClassificationB29C70/20, B32B27/00, C09J7/02