Canadian Packaging

tesa introduces new Splicing Tapes for flexible package printing applications

New splicing tapes called the next-generation of performance tapes for high-speed film printing applications.

April 7, 2015
Canadian Packaging

CHARLOTTE, NC—tesa tape, inc. (yes, all lowercase), an affiliate of tesa SE, a global leader in the manufacture and supply of pressure‐sensitive adhesive tapes, has expanded it prestigious line of products designed for use in the flexible package printing industry—products now part of the company’s next generation of performance tapes designed for high‐speed film printing applications.

New Film Splicing Tapes by tesa
Two new splicing tapes designed for “on‐demand” splicing of film webs during high‐ speed flexographic printing applications are now available. Both products are engineered for optimal performance during critical flying splice printing environments; each offering its own distinctions.

Meet tesa 51918 (see below)
Based on the patented tesa EasySplice technology, tesa 51918 takes flying splices to a whole new level. Backed by a high‐performance polyester film, tesa 51918 is designed to be applied to the new film web in a straight line configuration, offering maximum efficiency in web preparation time. Its sophisticated adhesive system is designed to securely adhere to the expiring film web during flying splice printing, coating, and converting applications. Furthermore, the tape’s distinctive black polyester backing is designed to resist tearing when thick films are converted at high web tensions. The product’s black color also makes it easily detectable, even at the highest of print speeds.

tesa 51918

Meet tesa 51904
Backed by decades of experience in developing double‐sided tapes for industrial applications, tesa R&D engineers have developed a versatile double‐sided splicing tape designed for both film spicing applications as well as new web “core starting” applications. Using the distinctive pink‐colored tape ‐ tesa 51904 (see image the top of article), print specialists can prepare new film webs with splice patterns of choice. The product’s rugged rubber adhesive system is specially formulated to securely adhere to expiring film webs during the printing, coating, and converting operations, as well as offering an optimal choice for attaching film roles onto new cores.

With the addition of these new products to the extensive tesa product line, flexible package printers are equipped with more flexibility than ever before, including: fast and easy splice preparation; unchanged press speeds during printing and roll changes; consistent registration throughout the entire print run as press speeds remain constant; and maximized machine efficiency.

About tesa tape, inc.
For over a century, tesa tape has pioneered the development of pressure‐sensitive adhesive tape technologies. This rich tradition of innovation dates back to 1882 when the company’s founder patented a method for manufacturing medical adhesive dressings. With this invention came the beginning of a global enterprise dedicated to the development and promotion of advanced adhesive tape solutions. Today, this worldwide enterprise services customers in over 100 countries around the globe and holds numerous product patents. At tesa, it is our charter to provide our customers with great products, great service, and great applications expertise, which all represent our holistic brand promise: great to work with.

For more information on tesa’s complete line of products for flexible package printers, visit

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