The ReliaPull adhesion test equipment from Gardner Co. was built to help reduce the human variation imposed on the results of tape tests performed manually. This equipment mechanizes the test so the tape is applied with a consistent load of 2.1-2.5 lb of force. Tape tests are performed in many industries requiring a quick check on the adhesion of inks, paints or coatings to a surface.
There are multiple standards written to describe consistent ways to perform the tape test, however, experience has proven it is very difficult for one operator to perform the test the same way each time, much less for multiple operators to duplicate the method. By using the ReliaPull equipment to perform tape tests, it doesn’t matter who pulls the lever; the method is repeated exactly the same way each time.