General Instructions

 General Instruction - Optics & Holders

Handling instructions

  • Do not handle or install lenses without wearing gloves, skin oils may damage the lens or the light transmission.
  • Clean lenses with a mild soap and water and dry with a clean soft cloth.
  • Do not use any commercial solvents on lenses.
  • Mount holders with low Odour epoxies and allow time for them to out gas to stop lenses fogging.

General Instruction - Taped Holders

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  • When assembling the pre-taped holder onto the mating surface, the application must be made straight and square, so that the tape bonds consistently with mating surface. Assembly at an angle might cause an imperfect bond to the mating surface.
  • Remember to ascertain the compatibility of the different substrates with the tape, as humidity and temperature fluctuations will weaken it's adhesive.
  • To obtain optimum adhesion, the bonding surfaces must be clean, dry, free from grease and dirt and must be well unified.
  • Some typical surface cleaning solvents are isopropyl alcohol or heptane. *
  • * If cleaning of PCB or LED surfaces is required, please follow strictly the cleaning instructions recommended by your PCB and/or LED manufacturer - this is important to note, as cleaning in some circumstances can damage LEDs or other electronic components on the PCB. Please also note that optical components should not be cleaned using any chemicals - only a micro fibre cloth should be used to remove fingerprints or other traces from handling.
  • * Carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s precautions and directions for use when working with solvents. These cleaning recommendations may not be compliant with the rules of certain Air Quality Management Districts in California; consult applicable rules before use.

Bond strength is dependent upon the amount of adhesive-to-surface contact developed. Firm application pressure and moderate heat, from 100°F (38°C) to 130°F (54°C), will assist the adhesive in developing intimate contact with the bonding surface.

Ideal tape application temperature range is 70°F to 100°F (21°C to 38°C). Initial tape application to surfaces at temperatures below 50°F (10°C) is not recommended because the adhesive becomes too firm to adhere readily. However, once properly applied, low temperature holding is generally satisfactory.

During assembly the optic when placed on the PCB should be firmly held for 1-5 seconds to ensure the best possible bond. The tape will reach its final strength in 72 hours, dependent on the material and ambient conditions.

We request that the customer ensures (and fully tests) the suitability and sufficiency of the bond in his product. For example, mechanical stress, vibration and holes on the surface of the circuit board can weaken the strength of the tape.

 Shelf Life - There is 1 year expected shelf life from the date of purchase direct from Carclo Optics.

All Carclo Optics lenses supplied with tape use the same high strength double-coated tape (unless otherwise mentioned in the datasheet). This tape is specifically selected for this application.

These tapes generally work well together with PCBs and LEDs on the market. The customer must take the necessary measures to ensure complete compatibility with their particular application, product, PCB, LED and/or other components. 

Testing and verifying of the adhesives and their combinations is the responsibility of the customer.

 The customer is solely responsible for evaluating the application of double sided tape to Carclo Optics Holders and the adhesion of double sided tape holders to determine whether such double-sided tape is fit for a particular purpose and suitable for the users method of application. The selection of double-sided tape in the adhesion of double sided tape holders is not covered by Carclo Optics' warranty.

Carclo Optics cannot take responsibility for the results obtained by others whose methods we cannot control. It is always the customer’s responsibility to determine the adhesive’s suitability for their product and to take precautions for protection of property and persons against any hazards that may be involved in the handling and use of adhesives. Carclo Optics disclaims all warranties, including warranties of merchantability or suitability for a particular purpose, arising from use of any adhesive product. Carclo Optics disclaims any liability for consequential or incidental damages of any kind, including lost profits.