Velcro Hook and Loop Fasteners
What are velcro hook and loop fasteners?
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Speedtech International’s factory has been exclusively manufacturing velcro hook and loop fasteners since 1994. Speedtech’s product line features one of the industry’s largest offerings of Velcro® brand, Speedwrap® brand and custom made hoook & loop fasteners.
The term “Velcro” is often used interchangeably with the term hook & loop however, VELCRO® is actually a brand name of Velcro, USA. Hook & loop fasteners consists of two components: a "hook" laminate, which is a piece of fabric covered with tiny hooks, and a "loop" laminate, 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.
Velcro hook & 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.
Read a complete history of Velcro.
The categories of velcro hook & loop fasteners:
There are several product categories for velcro hook & loop fasteners 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 velcro hook and loop fastener 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 tiny hooks, and a "loop" side, which is covered with even smaller and "hairier" 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 in 1993. 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 Economy Ties, Tape & 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 SWET products, or contact us today to learn more about the benefits of this new material.
Looking for a custom fabricated velcro fasteners? 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.
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- all under one roof.
Speedtech is large enough to meet your Velco needs, yet small enough to appreciate every order. Our client list ranges from fortune 500 Corporations, National Retailers, to home users, musicicians 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. Orders received by 7:00 pm CST and for products 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.