Don’t get burned by inferior materials. We offer quality American made fiberglass and silica tapes (including dropwarp), tadpole and custom shapes.
Tadpole tapes custom manufactured to a variety of configurations to meet varied service conditions. Our tadpole tapes are resilient, non-absorbent gasketing tapes formed by wrapping heat-resistant cores with specially treated cover materials. Edges are stitched or cemented together forming the tail structure.
We Custom manufacture to a variety of configurations to meet a wide range of service conditions. Our tadpole tapes are resilient, non-absorbent gasketing tapes formed by wrapping heat-resistant cores with specially treated cover materials. Edges are stitched or cemented together forming the tail structure.
Tadpole tapes provide effective sealing on light metal flanges or where limited bolting force is available. Because of their softness and conformability, they are especially suited for applications where closures rest on the packing bulb.
Available in conventional construction for steam service and with core materials of Inconel® or stainless steel mesh cable: jackets available with coatings of neoprene, silicone, or with impregnation of PTFE.
Tadpole Tapes / Bulb diameters from 3/8″ and up
Conventional - Radial tail
Round - no tail
Double tangential tail
Custom made shapes
AS&P also can provide custom-stitched shapes from Fiberglass or Silica materials. Sometimes a piece of equipment such as an actuator or valve needs to be protected from extreme heat. We can sew fiberglass or silica into the shape of your specification.
What options are available in your tadpole tapes?
The first decision is based on the temperature the textile will be exposed to. Temperature determines is E-Fiberglass and high-grade silicone, Extruded Rubber, Amorphous silica or basalt should be used. Secondly what type of reinforcement should be used. Inconel is the toughest but not always required. the core of a tadpole bulb can be fiberglass, silica, or Inconel. For added heat resistance coatings can be added including Vermiculite, PTFE, Graphite Saturant, and silicone.