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Hook and Loop Tape

Hook & Loop tape

Hook and Loop Tape: Quick Summary

Hook & loop and the term ‘velcro’ are used interchangeably when referring to hook and loop material and the products fabricated from it. 
 
·      Hook & loop tape is a roll or reel of hook or loop, or hook and loop, that can be cut-to-length and used in a variety of different applications. These tapes can be used to organize items, mount objects to various surfaces or to fasten surfaces together.
·      Tape product categories
o     adhesive- backed (sticky back) tape = hook or loop material with adhesive backing. There are many material and adhesive options.
o     sew-on tape= hook or loop material with no adhesive backing and ideal for sewing onto another substrate or material.
o     back-to-back tape = hook married to loop, back-to-back, so the tape can be wrapped around an object, lapped onto itself for a secure hold.
•     There are major differences with back-to-back materials and the manufacturing techniques that affect the performance of this type of tape. 
·      Tape Lengths. These tapes are sold as rolls (15 feet and shorter) or reels (longer than 15 feet) of hook or loop, or with hook and loop on the same roll/reel or as a back-to-back tape. View our entire line of tapes.
·      Expert Advice: We are here to help you navigate through the different brand and raw material options, including:
o     Velcro’s ONE-WRAP®
o     The new Speedwrap® Economy Tape material
o     Speedwrap® line of hook & loop cable management products
·      A complete history of hook & loop is also located on the site.
 
Are you looking to buy hook & loop?
·         Speedtech’s factory has been exclusively manufacturing hook & loop products, custom fabricating and custom printing on hook & loop since 1994. 
·         Speedtech’s product line features one of the industry’s best selection of Velcro®, Speedwrap® and custom hook & loop products including some ready-to ship solutions.
·         Speedtech is considered an expert in hook and loop materials, manufacturing, packaging of velcro products and custom fabricating. 
·         Our specialty is cable management products including velcro ties, straps and tape and we offer the finest custom imprinting in the industry. Please contact us today for solutions.

Speedtech International’s factory has been exclusively manufacturing hook & loop products, including hook and loop tape, since 1994.  Speedtech’s product line features one of the industry’s best selection of Velcro®, Speedwrap® and custom hook & loop products.  Our sales staff works exclusively in hook & loop and with a dedicated factory ready to serve your needs.

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Hook and Loop Tape: Complete Information

What is ‘velcro’ and ‘hook and loop’?

The term “velcro” is often used interchangeably with the term hook & loop. Hook & loop consists of two components: a "hook" side, which is a piece of fabric covered with tiny hooks, and a "loop" side, which is covered with even smaller and "hairier" loops. When the two sides are pressed together, the hooks catch in the loops and hold the pieces together. When the layers are separated, the strips make a characteristic "ripping" sound.

Hook and loop fasteners can be made of many things—the first sample was made of cotton, which proved to be impractical whereas today the fasteners are commonly made from nylon, polyester and even metal.

Hook and loop product categories:

There are several product categories of hook and loop material including sticky back tape, sew on tape, back-to-back and the new QT material.

Within these categories there are more options for how these materials can be fabricated into finished form.  The following are just a few of the hook & loop categories.

  • Adhesive backed, hook and loop is often referred to as sticky back tape and is one of the most popular forms of hook and loop.  This tape features an adhesive backing so that the user can adhere the tape to a surface. Depending upon you application and surface area the product will be adhered to, there are many different types of adhesives to choose from.  Customers can purchase stick back tape in hook form or loop form.  Click here to view the best selling adhesive back hook and loop products.
  • Sew on, hook & loop tape is intended to be sewn onto another object or material.  Common applications are apparel, tradeshow displays and industrial applications like automotive or aviation seating. Customers can purchase sew-on tape in hook form or loop form. Click here to view the best selling sew on tape.
  • Back-to-back, hook & loop material consists of two components: a "hook" side, which is a piece of fabric covered with hooks, and a "loop" side, which is covered with loops.  Speedtech began working with back-to-back materials in 1993. Manufacturing a finished back-to-back tape is done with or without the use of adhesives. The most popular back-to-back products sold by Speedtech are the ONE-WRAP® and Speedwrap® brands.  ONE-WRAP® is a Velcro trademark for their patented back-to-back material. Speedwrap® is a registered trademark of Speedtech International, located in Racine, Wisconsin.

Speedtech has been specializing in Velcro’s ONE-WRAP® material since its introduction. The material is manufactured by Velcro USA, using a patented process. Velcro’s ONE-WRAP® is a unique back-to-back, hook and loop material. It features hook laminate and loop laminate that are married together without the use of adhesives.  By eliminating the use of adhesives to marry these two components, the finished material is less likely to ‘de-laminate’ over time (where the hook separates from the loop).  Many lower cost imports utilize cheaper material where the hook side is married to the loop side using adhesives. These less expensive materials are inferior to ONE-WRAP®, so the velcro ties fabricated from them can be unacceptable for many applications.

When Speedtech’s customers require a higher-quality product, or they are reselling products to their industrial customers, they purchase industrial grade Speedwrap® or ONE-WRAP® Velcro ties.  On the other hand, when pricing is the main consideration, alternative materials are available as well as the new, lower cost ‘QT’ material. It’s amazingly strong, but lightweight and has a very low profile.

  • The new QT material offered by Speedtech is a lower profile and less expensive material than standard hook & loop tape.  QT material can be used to fabricate sew on and back-to-back hook and loop products.  View Speedtech’s best selling QT products, or contact us today to learn more about the benefits of this new material.


Looking for a custom fabricated hook & loop?  Speedtech’s design team is standing by to walk you through the steps, from conception to production.  Our experienced staff will not only recommend the raw material options and finished product design, but we will help to value engineer your project. Contact us today to put our 15 -year experience and dedicated hook & loop factory to work for you.

While Speedtech offers everything from industrial velcro fasteners, sticky back tape and custom logo’d Velcro straps, our specialty remains velcro tape and ties or what is commonly referred to as ‘cable management.’  In fact, Speedtech is considered the pioneer of hook and loop cable management, having manufactured finished cable ties and straps out of Velcro® material – from its inception.  Leverage our experience for your important project by contacting one of our sales engineers today.

Looking for a customized hook & loop fastening solution?  Speedtech’s design team is standing by to walk you through the steps, from conception to production.  Our experienced staff will not only recommend the raw material options and design features, but will help to value engineer your project.

The landscape of distributors reselling Velcro’s is crowded and several have set up a shop in a back room to fabricate hook and loop products.  Consumers can find it challenging to find the right supplier that not only understands raw material options, handling concerns, customized packaging, as well as custom fabrication.  Speedtech also has customized packaging expertise and retail experience.  Speedtech has this skill set under one roof!

Speedtech is large enough to meet your production needs, yet small enough to appreciate every order.  Our client list ranges from fortune 500 Corporations, National Retailers, to home users, musicians electricians and repair shops.  After 16 years working exclusively with hook & loop fastening, servicing some of the largest MRO, Telecom, Datacom and electrical distributors, Speedtech is prepared to serve your unique needs and we invite you contact us today to learn more.

We maintain a healthy stock of VELCRO® and Speedwrap® hook and loop fasteners. Items that are in stock are shipped next day by 3:30 pm Central Time using UPS.  Overnight and International shipping are also available; please contact us for a quote.

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