8 Facts about Velcoins and Velcro Hook and Loop Tape
Everyone knows that Velcro has had substantial impacts on industries since its invention in 1948. Many of us see it every day: on our clothes, our bags, our shoes and on almost any product that requires two ends to attach; however, most of us don’t know the story of how the product was invented or the interesting facts surrounding its history.
This post will introduce you to some of these facts and explain why Feiner is the premier supplier of Velcro products for commercial purposes.
Fact 1: NASA helmets feature Velcro patches to allow astronauts to scratch their noses.
Fact 2: A new type of Velcro is eight times stronger than the original.
Fact 3: The U.S. military produced a quiet type of Velcro for stealthy operations.
Fact 4: Velcro was not invented by NASA. George de Mestral, the Swiss inventor of Velcro, created the product in 1948. He was inspired by the way burrs attached to his clothing during a hunting trip.
Fact 5: The term “Velcro” originated from two French words: “velour,” which means velvet, and “crochet,” which means hooks.
Fact 6: A 5 square-inch piece of Velcro can support one ton (2,000 pounds). A 2 square-inch piece of Velcro can support a 175 pound person.
Fact 7: In the last 50 years, many new types of Velcro were invented. Besides the near silent version created by the U.S. military, industrial Velcro was introduced, which is composed of steel wires that create an incredibly strong bond at high temperatures. Today, most types of consumer Velcro are made from two materials: nylon and polyester.
Fact 8: Even consumer Velcro is extremely durable. Polyester Velcro is not affected by UV rays or moisture. It has a lifespan of 3,500 openings and closings. Although nylon Velcro can degrade from heat and excessive sunlight, it has a lifespan of 10,000 openings and closings.
Velcro hook and loop tape remains one of the most useful Velcro products available. Because of advancements in Velcro technology, only a small amount of the material is now needed to produce a strong, durable bond. This has led to an increase in popularity and application of velcoins.