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A History of Hook and Loop Fasteners (and 20 Great Uses!)

Learn everything you’ve ever wanted about your favorite adhesive.

It’s been said that inspiration is everywhere and that it strikes when we least expect it.

Velcro Inventor – George De Mestral

That was the case for Swiss engineer George de Mestral, who noticed that after a warm summer trek through the woods with his dog, burdock seeds had become attached to both his clothing and the fur of his pet. Ever curious as to the exact mechanism behind the seeds latching on and refusing to let go, his decision to further study the idea would build the foundation for what we now know as VELCRO®.

The way by which de Mestral’s creation works is quite remarkable when broken down into its simplest parts. One strip of tape covered with tiny hooks is pressed onto a partner strip that’s covered with even tinier loops. An audible “snap” serves as confirmation that the two strips are connected firmly in place, providing a sturdy bond that can be reused multiple times.

Interesting myth: Velcro was invented by NASA for it’s space program
Fact: Velcro was already invented in late 1940s by George de Mestral (before NASA started using it) but the usage of velcro in NASA space program certainly lead to a spike in people’s interest in velcro usage

“Velcro” vs. “Hook and Loop”

When shopping for this type of product, one term that you may come across is “hook and loop tape (or hook and loop fastener).” But the name most often used is “Velcro”. Therefore, it’s easy to get confused as to whether or not there’s a difference between the two, and it helps to understand where both names come from.

VELCRO® is a brand name, a designation that de Mestral created by combining the terms “velour” and “crochet” when brainstorming names for his new venture. It’s also the name of a group of companies that primarily manufacture products with his fastener.

However, VELCRO® tape is a hook and loop fastener. Several companies make and sell this product (as we do here at Unitech Supplies), but even though both items function the same, not every brand of hook and loop tape is VELCRO® Brand.

Types of Hook & Loop Tape

Hook & Loop Tapes come in different shapes, sizes, lengths, and even colors, but regardless of the style that best fits your needs, all hook and loop fasteners generally fall into one of these categories:

  • Adhesive-backed tape – just as the name implies, these products have adhesive backing on both the individual hook and loop tapes. Simply remove the backing and press into place.
  • Sew-on tapes – non-adhesive, these tapes have to be stitched into whichever surfaces need to be fastened. Primarily used on clothing and other fabrics.
  • Back-to-Back tapes – a single strap of tape has hooks on one side, loops on the other. Ideal for wrapping items into bundles.

15 Uses for Hook and Loop Fasteners

It would be easier to create a list of things that can’t done with hook and loop tape, as it would be very short! With incredible versatility that‘s unmatched by other fasteners, there are literally thousands of different uses. Here are a few ideas, broken down by the type best suited for the job:

Adhesive-backed tape

  • Put an end to dangerous tripping hazards by securing rugs in place
  • Hang favorite pictures, certificates, and awards without nails and keep your walls free from damage!
  • Stop losing TV remotes and video game controllers by fastening them in place when not in use
  • Install window coverings

Round shape adhesive tape

Customers often request adhesive tapes in cut into different shapes and sizes for specific projects, the most common of which are round dots roughly the size of a coin. Therefore, we’ll be soon be adding a 25 mm diameter circle tape to our online shop. These dots function the same as regular adhesive tapes, but the shape is great for projects like:

  • Securing table or chair legs to the floor
  • Keeping a pet food dish from sliding
  • Preventing candles, keepsakes, or other potentially breakable items from falling
  • Eliminating spills by attaching to the bottom of perfume, spices, and other round bottles

Sew-on tape

  • Perfect for any clothing material that needs breakaway function (aprons, splashguards, etc.)
  • Make quick repairs on clothes, such as replacing broken zippers
  • Create an entry point on craft projects like pillows and stuffed animals

Back-to-back tapes

  • Wrap up and organize bothersome cords
  • Bundle recreational items like golf clubs and fishing rods
  • Tie small, like items together (especially helpful when moving!)
  • Keep wrapping paper from unrolling

Industrial Strength Adhesive Tape

One special type of adhesive tape is that which is created for the industrial market. That doesn’t mean that these products can’t be used around the home, but they have special characteristics that make them ideal for workplace settings.

3M Dual Lock tape is a preferred, industrial-grade hook and loop tape for a number of reasons. For starters, the hook material consists of a special mushroom shape that provides up to 5x the tensile strength of traditional hook and loop tapes. Secondly, 3M tape is clear, so it’s great for transparent objects. It’s also able to stand up to changing weather conditions and periods of extreme hot or cold. Consider using this premium tape for:

  • Attaching signs to company vehicles
  • Hanging signs on the outside of buildings
  • Installing important safety notices around job sites (road cones, warning tapes, etc.)
  • Binding bottles, razors, or other items to the inside of the shower
  • Securing outdoor furniture in place (it’ll hold even in the rain!)

How Will You Use It?

Whatever name you choose to call it by, hook and loop tape can be a quick fix for a small household problem or a longstanding solution to even the biggest issues. There’s never a shortage of opportunities to use it, and that number grows larger everyday as people seek out low-cost ways to keep important things in place.

Unitech Supplies stocks a varied assortment of hook and loop tapes suited for both domestic and commercial use, all of which can be customized in regards to length, size, and color. For more information about our products, visit our online shop or send us an email here.

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Everything You Need to Know About Implementing Breathalyzer Tests in a Singapore Company

An easy-to-follow guide for those considering blood alcohol testing for their workplace.

(*This article is intended for informative purposes only, and should not be considered a replacement for professional legal advice. If you have any questions relating to BAC testing in your business, please consult with the appropriate legal professionals.)

As a major supplier of safety and measurement devices to a variety of industry across Singapore and abroad, we’re often contacted by corporate clients who want to know:

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Breathalyzers Uses in Singapore

A Brief History of Breathalyzers

Ever wonder who invented breathalyzers, when was it invented and what brought about the invention of breathalyzers? Believe it or not, there was a precursor to today’s breathalyzers and it’s roots date back to the thirties – an era of both the Great Depression and Prohibition.

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Notice of Office Closure for Lunar New Year 2018

Dear Customers & Partners,

In just a few weeks time, we will be celebrating Lunar New Year 2018 and as such, please kindly note that our office will be closed for business from 15th February 2018 and will reopen again on 20th February 2018.

With this, we would like to forward our wishes for you to have a Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year.

May your journey be always filled with wealth, good health and success through the year ahead!

 

Unitech Supplies Pte Ltd.

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Making our website more secure with HTTPS

First of all, Happy 2018, and thanks for visiting our site.

If you have been visiting our site for a while, you might have noticed some slight changes on our website (or rather our website’s url, to be precise).

Previously when you visit our website, no matter which page you are on, our urls will starts with http://www.unitech.com.sg/ and right now if you look up to the address bar of your browser you will notice that the url now starts https://www.unitech.com.sg/ (noticed the additional “s” after the http?) Continue reading Making our website more secure with HTTPS

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Unitech Supplies wishes you Merry Christmas 2017

Dear customers and partners,

2017 has been an eventful year for us, with lots of new experience and growth.

As 2017 draws to a close we would like to take this opportunity to thanks you for all the support and trust that you have placed in us – it wouldn’t be such a fantastic year without you.

At the same time, we would also like to wish you and your loved ones, a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with fun, cheer and a special holiday magic that can only be found at this time of the year.

Look forward to entering into an even more exciting 2018 together with you.

Best Wishes
Your Unitech Supplies Team

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Binoculars that the Seafarers can’t help but love

Some people feel more at home on the water than they do in their own backyard. The sound of the waves breaking and the smell of the ocean air beckon to their aquatic nature, and when that call comes, they answer it. But just as essential as it is to have a good fishing pole or a cooler full of snacks, any day spent on the open sea just isn’t complete without a great pair of binoculars.

While one could argue the point that any pair of binoculars would work just as well on surf as they do on turf, just ask anyone that has accidentally dropped a pair into the ocean. The truth is that regular binoculars are meant for those who haven’t quite developed their sea legs yet, and being on the water presents a set of challenges that require a special tool for the job.
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Best Binoculars for Astronomy & Stargazing

Star gazing is a favorite pastime of many. The joy of setting up underneath the heavens on a clear night while attempting to gain a better view of the moon or a favorite constellation is a relaxing way to spend a warm summer evening. Scientists, astronomy buffs, and the hobbyist alike can all attest to the serene calm instilled by marveling at the great dark abyss, brimming with its astronomical awesomeness.

In order to fully appreciate all the celestial delights that the night sky has to offer, one would need a tool built specifically for such an activity. Fujinon has constructed a line of larger binoculars for such occasions, dubbed the LB 150 series. While designed for astronomical observation, the line still employs the same level of care and craftsmanship that has become synonymous with Fujinon across all of their product offerings.
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The Fujinon Techno Stabi Binoculars

Anyone who spends a fair amount of time outdoors realizes the importance of owning a great set of binoculars, especially when it comes to enjoying breathtaking sights from afar. But run-of-the-mill models are hampered by their shortcomings. Units are sometimes too cumbersome and bulky to hold for more than a few seconds at a time before needing to be placed on a tripod or other device. Many are built from inferior materials or are susceptible to water damage. Worst of all, devices of old can’t accurately reflect images that were moving and oftentimes won’t function properly in shaky situations, regardless of the size of the disturbance.

Fujinon recognized the need for a pair of binoculars that would provide a level of optical clarity befitting of those who enjoy the great outdoors, while also employing the use of advancements in ergonomics and lens technology to provide a viewing experience that is far superior to other models on the market.  The Techno Stabi Series binoculars addresses all the needs of outdoorsmen and combines clarity, comfort, and durability into a product that’s light years ahead of its competitors.
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Binoculars VS Monoculars : Which is Better?

Prefer a monocular? No problem, just remove a roll 😉

Which is Better?

We frequently get asked this question by our customers when they are trying to decide between purchasing a binocular and a monocular.

However, there simply isn’t a one size fits all answer to this question as it will really depend on how you are intending to use it and what your personal preference is.

So, what are the key differences between a Binocular and a Monocular?

The most obvious difference between a binocular and a monocular is the way they look and the way they are being used. A binocular typically looks like what you’ll get after combining 2 pieces of monoculars together.

For a monocular, it has only one lens that you can hold up to one eye (you can choose to use your left or right eye based on your personal preference), while a binocular comes with 2 lens which you can hold up to both eyes.

“A monocular is simply half a binocular.” ~ Mr Will ~

When should I opt for a binocular or monocular?
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