Adhesion testing since 3M 250 tape is discontinued
Q. I've heard through the grapevine that 3M is discontinuing their "250" tape that is specified in aerospace / military specifications for adhesion testing. Can anyone confirm this or know what the "replacement" will be?Douglas A. Hahn
- Mason, Ohio
A. The information you have received is correct. 3M is discontinuing its #250 tape. After contacting 3M, they are recommending their 2517, 2525, and 2526 tapes as replacements. It is unknown at this time if they will meet the requirements of various specifications. I have requested the technical data sheets and will inform upon review.
A. Hello again Doug,
After reviewing the Fed Standard 141 Method 6301.3, the suggested tapes do not conform to the 60 oz./inch width requirement. The adhesion strengths are between 69 and 74 oz. per inch width. After contacting 3M again, they have no tapes which will conform to the Fed Standard. In reference to the ASTM D3359 [link is to spec at TechStreet] adhesion standard, the adhesion strength is determined by the supplier and user.
A. FED-STD-141 [link is to spec at TechStreet]Method 6301.3, states an average adhesion of 60 oz/in. width. Actually 3M lists the #250 tape as 65 oz/in.Michael Minner
coating shop - Milford, Connecticut
A. Dear Readers,
I am happy to report that Intertape polymer group product PS3 is a VERY close match to the #250 tape discontinued by 3M in color, tensile, and adhesion to steel properties.
- Marysville, Michigan
Q. Where can I find and order the "Intertape polymer group product PS3" that you mention. We are doing paint testing and I need to order the tape ASAP.
Thank you.Ringo Monfort
- Inglewood, California
A. The 3M #250 tape is still available (in the 1" wide size). However, it will be a special order item and the cost is not pretty. If you have your own tape distributor, they should be able to contact 3M for the product. If you do not, "Tapes, Etc." and Ameripak Company were very helpful in attaining the tape.David Mays
- Elgin, Illinois
If you're doing any work for Boeing or Boeing related you must use a shelf life for the 3M 250 tape of only 6 months per BSS7225. This means the distributors have to keep very new tape in stock and the cost will only go up.Alan Vaughn
- Phoenix, Arizona
March 3, 2009
Q. Can we use Permacel 99 tape , as referred in ASTM D3359 [link is to spec at TechStreet] ?Pascal Roussy
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 10, 2009
A. We use 3M #250, it's still being made (3M is a local company here). Barry and Sewall Industrial Supply stocks it, sells it with certs, one roll at a time.
3M warrants specs for 12 months. Date code on roll is YDDDXXX, where Y is the last digit of the year of manufacture, DDD is the day of the year and XXX is the day's lot number.
We replace the tape before the 12 months from manufacture. It's a minor and manageable cost of doing business.
- Minneapolis Minnesota
June 17, 2009
Q. Is 3M#610 a suitable alternative to 3M#250 ? We have been using it with no issue.Long Nguyen
- Canoga Park, California
October 2, 2009
Q. Good day.
Quality Engineer - Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
November 23, 2009
A. I work for 3M Company, Industrial Tapes and Adhesives Division, technical response. We discontinued this product temporarily about 8 years ago, then brought it back the same year after this cancellation. It has not nor will be discontinued again, and for some reason I keep getting calls about this lately, random calls, few and far between. Have no fear, the tape is current, still available, and won't go away any time soon. Case quantity in 1" size only. FYI.Maria, 3M Technical Support, Industrial Tapes
3M Company - St Paul, Minnesota
February 24, 2014
That is very helpful Ms. 3M, but if there is only a 6 month shelf life who needs a case?Paul Arato
- Toronto, Ontario Canad