It’s amazing how some of the most simple things are some of the most useful. For example, tape. Rolls of plastic or cloth, able to be cut into strips of varying lengths. Sticky on one side, or sometimes both. Not much to it, but look at the uses. Scotch tape for wrapping gifts, repairing paper, and sticking small things together. Packing tape for holding shipping cartons securely around their contents. Gaffers tape is used for many purposes on film sets. Then there’s duck tape which people use for pretty much everything. There are several specialized varieties of tape. One of the most versatile in its uses is metalized tape.
There are many types of metalized tapes that utilize different metals to adapt them to various uses. Copper, stainless steel, silver, and aluminum are common films that are used to make the tape. Some tapes combine metal with fabric such as aluminum polyester tape. The metals used add strength to the tape as well as the ability to reflect light and transfer heat. These properties are useful to the applications the tapes are intended for. The uses are many.
Metalized tape, especially aluminum, is frequently used by mechanics. It can hold wiring harnesses together securely. With its reflective surface and ability to absorb heat, it protects wires and cables from being damaged by excess heat. Other metalized tape is used to create interesting trim on the exterior of vehicles. These can take the form of stripes, letters, and numbers, or even pictures. The foil is durable and stands up to all kinds of weather.
Metalized polyester tape made with gold is used in the film industry. It’s strong, yet lightweight and thin enough not to jam in a projector. Its reflectivity and heat protection prevent the heat from a projector lamp from damaging the film. Metalized tape has been used for this purpose for decades.
Copper/polyester tapes are frequently used in electronics. They can be wrapped around cables and provide shielding from electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). The tape also protects the wires from damage caused by debris or a sharp surface and provides heat protection.
Metalized tapes and film are very commonly used for decorative purposes. They can be made into labels and bags for food, beverages, and other products. They are strong enough to keep the product safe and the shiny surface catches the eye and helps with marketing. Signs and banners often use metalized film for its ability to stand out as well. Mylar balloons are made with metal film and have become very popular for parties and celebrations.
People use tape of some kind at work and at home every day. It is one of the most useful common items there is. Specialized tape made with various metals, sometimes combined with fabric, can also be useful in industry and in everyday life. It seems there is a tape for every purpose. You just need to buy the right one for the job.