At Inline Plastics, we provide industry-leading custom profile extrusions to customers across a wide range of industries. In addition to our custom extrusion capabilities, we offer an extensive selection of inline secondary services available at no cost or for an additional fee. By offering these services, we can ensure customer parts and products are ready for post-production use.
We offer a variety of secondary inline processes at no additional cost, including:
Double-Back Tape Application
While there are many ways to install plastic extrusions, one of the simplest and easiest methods is using double-back tape. Double-back tape—also referred to as double-sided tape—has adhesive on both sides of the substrates. One side sticks to the extrusion while the other side sticks to the installation surface.
Using double-back tape for installation offers a number of advantages, including the following:
- It requires little labor and effort to use.
- It forms an almost instant bond.
- It produces a more aesthetically pleasing joint than the drilling/screwing method.
- It generates less mess than using contact adhesive applied from a cartridge.
There are two primary methods of attaching tape to extrusions. For flat profiles, the tape can be gravity fed to the top surface during production. For more complex profiles, the tape is generally applied in separate operations.
Foam Tape/Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Tape Application
Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape—also called self-adhesive or self-stick tape—is designed to form adhesive bonds when adequate pressure is applied. It is available with a variety of backing substrates, including foam.
Using PSA tape for assembly offers the following advantages:
- It is easy to use.
- It forms bonds between dissimilar materials.
- It provides noise reduction and vibration dampening properties.
- It produces a more aesthetically pleasing joint than mechanical fasteners.
- It fills small gaps and cracks on the application surface.
Velcro is a brand name for hook and loop fasteners. It can be stitched on substrates or adhered to surfaces, depending on the product design and end application.
Using Velcro for extrusion assembly or installation offers the following advantages:
- It is easy to use.
- It forms high strength bonds with low maintenance requirements.
- It is reusable.
Additional Cost Services
For an additional cost, we also provide the following secondary services:
Following manufacturing operations (e.g., milling, drilling, grinding, etc.), excess material may be left on the part. These unwanted and unsightly pieces are known as burrs or flash. They can be classified into four types based on how they are created: roll-over burrs, tear burrs, cut-off burrs, and Poisson burrs. The process of removing them from a manufactured part is referred to as deburring.
Drilling is used to holes, notches, and other elements to a manufactured part.
Embossing is used to add three-dimensional patterns to the surface of extrusions. The process accommodates a variety of standard and custom pattern designs, such as wood grain or pebble finish, to suit different functional and aesthetic requirements.
We offer limited packaging and assembly capabilities on a case-by-case basis. If possible, we assemble and package extrusions to customer specifications.
Learn More About the Value-Added Processes at Inline Plastics
If you have additional questions about our value-added processes, contact us today. To discuss your secondary processing requirements for your next extrusion project with one of our team members, request a quote.