Hook and Loop Information

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    HookandLoop.com Installs Grommets in Straps

    The service technicians at HookandLoop.com install grommets into straps. Grommets are small rings -- usually brass -- that are punched through any number of materials: paper, canvas, leather, etc. The purpose of these metal rings is to protect the surrounding material from damage when cords or strings are run through the hole of the grommet. Think of the rings your shoe laces are fed through, only stronger. If the rings weren't there, the material would eventually wear out and tear.

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    The History of the Velcro Patent

    The Velcro Company developed hook and loop fasteners over 60 years ago, and it represents one of the most innovative inventions of the 20th century. The history of the VELCRO ® Brand and its invention is a fascinating story that has made a wide range of products and services possible.

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    Hook And Loop Colors

    Hook And Loop Colors

    We carry two brands of hook and loop products here at HookandLoop.com. In the VELCRO Brand, we offer black and white options in most of the products we stock. But in our DuraGrip Brand, we stock up to 25 colors of hook and loop from military colors to primary and secondary colors. We even carry neon colors!

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    How a Cinch Strap Is Used

    Cinch straps have a surprisingly long history. While these capable devices are commonly employed in modern applications, they go back to the days when beasts of burden were the primary means of human transportation. Although today's hook and loop cinch straps are vastly improved on their original predecessors, they still share some of the same basic design considerations.

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    How Long Will It Stick? Understanding the Lifespan of Hook and Loop

    Hook and loop closures are easy to use, safe, and discreet, but they don't last forever. Every type of hook and loop closure has a lifespan, or cycle life, after which it will no longer be able to stick as well as it used to. At this point, it will need to be replaced.

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    Applications of Ultrasonic Welding

    In light of our previous post regarding How to Make a Hook and Loop Strap, you may be wondering about ultrasonic welding and how it works. Ultrasonic welding is a manufacturing technique used to secure two materials together, like hook and loop. The first patent for welding metal objects using this process was awarded in 1960. Five years later, engineers discovered that sound waves could weld non-metal materials as well.

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    What are Hook & Loop Fasteners Made of?

    Hook and loop fasteners consist of two distinct pieces. The rough, scratchy side is the hook because it is covered with several tiny hooks per square inch. Likewise, the soft, fuzzy side is the loop because it is covered with many small loops. The hooks engage the loops when the two sides are pressed together. This creates a bond that is exceptionally strong and allows for repeated use that lasts for thousands of cycles.

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    How to Make a Hook and Loop Strap (Part 2)

    Previously, we covered the four main variations of hook and loop straps and the first three steps of how we cut the material to length. In the following hook and loop strap making steps, we'll go over the four types of strap tips, their advantages, and how we bond these materials together. We'll also examine the Logo Imprinting process, the options available for cinch strap rings, and when to use a grommet for your custom strap.

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    Which Adhesive Should I Use For My Hook And Loop?

    We offer two types of adhesive backing for all of our peel and stick hook and loop products. There's a rubber based adhesive and an acrylic based adhesive. These are pressure sensitive adhesives, or PSAs, meaning that you simply have to apply pressure to the adhesive to stick it to the substrate (the material the adhesive is being stuck to). Each adhesive has it's own pros and cons but much of the adhesive's efficacy comes from ensuring a proper bond to the substrate. So we'll cover some various questions we often have to run through when recommending adhesives to our customers.

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    Place an Order on Our New Strap Order Page


    Our new strap order page is designed to simplify the process of placing orders for our straps made with VELCRO® Brand fasteners and DuraGrip Brand hook and loop. The page lets you define the specific type of strap that you want with only a few clicks of a computer button. We offer four different types of hook and loop straps, namely the cinch strap with ring, back strap, face strap and the two way face strap. You can also order for customized lengths and designs of the straps that suit your unique preferences.


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