Why Use Pallet Tape vs. Alternative Adhesives?
There is some debate about whether other protective adhesive products are better than platen tape. These alternative protective pallet adhesives are often liquid or spray-based. Though these products do have benefits, pallet tape provides superior ease of use and protection.
A common issue with sprays is that once you apply it onto a surface, it also gets into the air. Without even realizing it, you'll be covering various parts of your equipment with the adhesive. Additionally, you have to be careful with sprays to ensure they sufficiently coat the entire surface of the platen, or you may damage the surface during the printing process.
For liquid adhesives, you don't run into the issue of accidentally coating other pieces of the equipment with adhesive, but there is more work required of you. To use a liquid adhesive, you'll often have to squeeze it onto the pallet, spread it over the surface, and, once you're done printing, clean it off manually with water or a specialty cleaner. This whole process can waste time that you could be better spending elsewhere.
Pallet tapes offer the best of both worlds, as the adhesive will never get in the air or make you have to worry that the pallet has been sufficiently coated. Additionally, tape-based pallet adhesives are easier to install and remove, freeing up time for your company to engage in more productive activities.