By Cameron Chai
Shale-Inland and 3M has introduced new laser protection tapes meant for the metal fabrication market. Temporary protection is given by these new tapes for various finishes of aluminum sheets, carbon steel, stainless steel in the laser cutting and storage.
According to the commercialization contract inked between Shale-Inland and 3M, the new laser protection tapes are the primary product platform used for the metal fabrication market.
This white polyolefin film laser tape is coated with a highly performing adhesive system. The adhesive and film combined in the 3M laser protection tape helps to avoid edge shredding, ballooning, and other issues related with laser cutting. The adhesive in the product offers consistent surface adhesion with good thermal stability. These films can be removed easily than previously available tapes.
The tapes will be produced in North America and hence the product lead time will be less. During the production process, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are not produced by these laser tapes that prove its eco-friendly characteristics.
According to Craig Bouchard, Shale-Inland’s Chairman and CEO, the technology association with 3M will bring disruptive products to the market of metal production and supply. Main Steel, a subsidiary of Shale-Island has been the main supplier of laser tapes in North America, since the product become available in the market. The new laser tape from 3M is an optimum protective tape.