Any reflective vest, jacket, or shirt that meets the requirements of the ANSI 107 standard is inseparable from the clothing reflective tape. The application of clothing reflective tape is like the vehicle conspicuity marking, which makes every road worker, traffic policeman, miner, firefighter, and night runner become conspicuous in low light conditions, thereby effectively reducing the occurrence of traffic accidents and letting people The safety of life and property is guaranteed.
Reflective tapes used on various reflective undershirts, jackets, and shirts are collectively known as reflective tapes for clothing. And according to how it is used, we can divide it into three categories, respectively, sew on reflective tape, iron on reflective tape, and self-adhesive reflective tape for clothing. the first two are the most applied types.
Sew on reflective tape is meant to be sewn onto a safety suit by means of a sewing machine. It is the material of choice for reflective clothing manufacturers.
Iron on reflective tape refers to heat pressing it onto the safety suit by means of a heat press or an iron. Because of its simple application, as long as there is iron at home, it can be completed, suitable for all people. Therefore many Amazon, eBay, and other retail wholesalers are very fond of selling it.
Self adhesive reflective tape for clothing refers to sticking it to safety clothing by back glue. Its flexibility can add reflection to clothing, bags, hats, and other items anytime, anywhere.
Sewing type clothing reflective tape are mainly divided into glass beads and micro prism types.
The glass beads reflective tape is composed of base cloth, adhesive and micro glass beads, which are attached to the surface of the fabric by hot pressing process.
The micro-prism reflective tape is laminated with micro-prism film and fabric by adhesive or high frequency machine.
Iron on reflective tape consists of glass beads, adhesive, and hot melt film (PES or TPU).
For the same type of reflective tape, silver (white) has the best reflectivity.
The working principle of the clothing reflective tape is mainly to reflect the light back to the light source through glass microbeads or microprisms, so that the reflective vest becomes bright and visible at night.
Among all reflective vests, jackets, and workwear applications, it is not difficult to find that the application of glass beads reflective tapes will be more extensive.
Do you know why? It is because the glass beads type can customize the back base fabric with different requirements according to the application, thus providing the possibility for various special requirements of reflective clothing. For example, if you choose flame retardant fabric, you can customize FR reflective tape for firefighter suits, and if you choose elastic fabric, you can customize elastic reflective tape for elastic-type reflective T-shirts. In addition, the glass microbead type reflective tape is more flexible and lightweight.
Of course, the glass beads reflective tape also has its shortcomings, such as not wear-resistant, and its reflectivity will be weakened when it is wet in rainy days.
Micro-prismatic reflective tape is good to overcome the problem of glass beads are not wear-resistant, as well as in the rain will show a better reflectivity. However The cost is relatively high and it is more suitable for rigid quality outerwear and shirts.
When choosing clothing reflective tape, we mainly need to consider the following points:
1) Reflectivity: Many reflective vests with special requirements have strict requirements on reflectivity, for example, it must exceed 420 cd/lux/m².
2) Washability: Washability is a very important indicator in clothing reflective tapes. It usually has different washing requirements such as household washing, dry cleaning, industrial washing, etc., and the common types of washing times are 25 times, 50 times, 100 times and so on. We must choose the reflective tape corresponding to the washing requirements according to the requirements of the reflective clothing.
3) Characteristic requirements: In addition to the reflectivity and washability requirements, the reflective tapes for some special applications must have special requirements. For example, the reflective tapes applied to fire suits must have flame retardant properties.
4) Using equipment: After all the requirements of the garment reflective tape are determined, we need to choose the sewing type or the hot pressing type according to the processing equipment.
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