Thermoplastic adhesive dispensing method and apparatus

  • US 6,686,016 B2
  • Filed: 04/18/2002
  • Issued: 02/03/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/06/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A thermoplastic adhesive dispensing tape comprising:

  • a flexible carrier tape having a transverse width and a longitudinal length including a plurality of contiguous longitudinal segments extending along the entire longitudinal length of said carrier tape, each of said longitudinal segments extending the entire transverse width of said flexible carrier tape, said flexible carrier tape also having opposed first and second release surfaces; and

    a plurality of thermoplastic hot melt adhesive segments arrayed non-contiguously on said first release surface of said carrier tape along the longitudinal length of said carrier tape;

    wherein only a single one of said adhesive segments is disposed within each of said longitudinal segments on said first release surface of said carrier tape; and

    wherein each of said adhesive segments is individually exposable to an abutting planar surface when said carrier tape is transversely flexed.

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