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3M Partners with Knifeless Tech Systems on Revolutionary Installation Tool for Graphic Films

Knifeless Tape cuts cleanly and quickly without a blade

St. Paul, Minn. - (July 19, 2012) - 3M Commercial Graphics and Knifeless Tech Systems have entered into an exclusive partnership to give graphic film installers a revolutionary installation tool that lets them cut quickly without a blade, delivering a sharp edge that is perfectly straight or curvy. The combination of 3M’s high performance films—like Controltac brand Graphic Film with Comply brand v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3 from 3M—with Knifeless Tape gives installers a combination that will have them saying, “wow!”

The incredible power of Knifeless Tape is in a high strength filament that is embedded in the center of the tape. To use, Knifeless Tape is applied to the vehicle body wherever cuts will be needed, prior to the application of the graphic film. The film is then applied, after which the installer simply pulls the high strength filament in the tape, producing the fastest, sharpest cuts ever made on a vehicle wrap. To finish, installers simply re-squeegee the edges, as is done in all installations.

With Knifeless Tape, installers never have to worry about scratching paint with a knife. The tape is extremely flexible and turns smoothly in any direction, conforming to even the tightest contours and edges of any surface it is applied to. It can also be pulled straight, creating precise cut lines. The excess tape removes cleanly after the filament is pulled, leaving absolutely no residue behind.

“We are so confident in the value of this system that we use it in the 3M Advanced Installer Training Class,” said Tim Boxeth, marketing manager for 3M Commercial Graphics. “We know that our customers want solutions that help them reach the next level in performance, and Knifeless Tape does just that.”

“We are excited to exclusively team up with 3M, the leader in graphic films, to bring this great solution to graphics installers,” said Thomas Ross, VP sales and marketing for Knifeless Tech Systems. “We know that efficiency and precision are always important on the shop floor, and this solution gives installers both.”

Graphics installers who are ready to leave their knives in the toolbox should visit to locate a distributor. For more information about 3M’s solutions for graphics installers, visit


3M, Controltac, and Comply are trademarks or registered trademarks of 3M Company.

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