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Help with ironer guide tapes 

Postby Driftwood » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:54 pm

Firstly, greetings from across the pond.  

I have a challenge with finding a solution to knots in ironer guide tapes that i would like to ask the forum. 

I have been trying to find an alternative to knotting guide tapes for some time now with little luck. The problem  is that the knots make unsightly  indentations on the table linen we process and the  life of the guide tapes are greatly reduced because they always seem to break where tape is knotted. 

I tried a tape matic welding device from San ai industries (china)  which worked well at first but became unreliable after about a year and now doesn't work at all, and now it seems the only two distributors  in the uk are reluctant to sell these units due to the cost and reliably issues) 

Does anyone know of a reliable alternative this problem?
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Help with ironer guide tapes 

Postby IronMan » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:18 am

you can use a soldering iron with a fine tip and make about 8 holes. I have done this in the past and it works but takes longer to fuse the tapes together.
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Re: Help with ironer guide tapes 

Postby TUNNELTECH » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:13 am

Here is what we use: San-Ai Guide Tape Welder
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Re: Help with ironer guide tapes 

Postby msingewald » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:52 pm

We had the same ultrasonic San ai welder with the same results. After about a year it stopped working. We sent it back to Tingue Brown, our supplier, and it was fixed for high price. It lasted about 4 months and died again. IT now is used to cut the tape as we tie the new ones together. Not recommended.
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Re: Help with ironer guide tapes 

Postby drei » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:14 pm

I have a San ai welder and when it stopped working I took the battery pack to a local battery store were they replace the individual batteries with new ones with a higher AH ( amp hour ) capacity ,
Its more than a year now and still works
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Re: Help with ironer guide tapes 

Postby dryerdoctor » Sun Dec 20, 2015 2:22 am

Our rep from Tingue suggested we use hand held staple gun. Just regular staples. We use Bostitch brand staples. I believe we put around eight or so staples in Ironer guide tape. We don't have a set amount, but that's how many I do if I'm doing it. I'll post a pic Monday of the staples, staple gun, and what our ribbon looks like with staples installed. Some of us were skeptical at first, but its working out better then tying the knots. A little more work is involved. Once you get the hang of it you will get faster doing it. We do not have a problem with the staples messing the chest up or hanging on the linen at all that I know of. Hope this helps.
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Re: Help with ironer guide tapes 

Postby laundryman » Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:24 pm

I think it they break, let it be a little pm, probably been on too long..
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Re: Help with ironer guide tapes 

Postby dryerdoctor » Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:57 am

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Re: Help with ironer guide tapes 

Postby LinenMan1 » Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:14 pm

Our laundry techs had gotten pretty quick with the guide tape replacements using a micro torch heater metal tip to melt the tapes together using the guide tape clamp.
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