Volume 29, Issue 3 - Fall 2015

New Product Focus

Forming a Bond: Tape and Partitions

Clean aesthetics are a major focus for architects, and that’s emphasized even further when working with glass.

As glass partitions have become a fixture in modern architecture, particularly in airports, hotels, restaurants and office settings, the market continues to seek solutions that improve transparency and sturdiness while reducing the space between panels in interior applications.

Believe or not, tape can help. Adhesive tape manufacturer tesa, for example, offers its ACXplus tape in a range of thicknesses to help bond glass partitions in enclosed spaces.

How does it work?

The adhesive tapes in the tesa ACXplus 705x enable transparent, secure and fast adhesive bonding of glass on glass, according to the company. The glass can be joined either in butt joints, at an angle or in a “T” joint. The tape can also be used to affix glass panels to aluminum frames or in “H” profiles.

What about silicone?

Tapes such as tesa’s ACX plus are an alternative to the use of silicone to bond glass partitions.

According to tesa, some types of silicone create thicker joints, tend to yellow over time when exposed to UV light and can become wavy due to interaction with film-coated laminated safety glass. tesa’s adhesive tapes, according to the company, don’t require follow-up work such as excess adhesive squeezing out around the edges. Other benefits include transparency, high-adhesive force, tensile force and resistance to light, temperature and chemicals.

What else?

tesa is currently partnered with Saint-Gobain Glassolutions and has earned multiple industrial certifications, including one for noise insulation.

A Gray Area

With a subtle light-gray tint, Optigray glass by PPG is designed to maximize light transmittance and color neutrality.

Formulated to function as a substrate with solar control, low-E coatings, such as PPG’s Solarban, it can produce light-to-solar gain LSG ratios of up to 1.96.

The glass’ light-gray tint eliminates the green cast typically found in conventional clear glass formulations, producing a warm, ultra-neutral aesthetic that brings crispness to vision glazing, according to the company.



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