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Social Distancing Marking Tape

Viadon carries floor marking tape that is specifically designed for high foot traffic, and ideal for marking retail stores and manufacturing spaces for appropriate social distancing spacing. See our PVC6 Vinyl Tapes page for color options and widths - we slit this tape to nearly any width, in-house, right here in the USA. And we will cut it to your requirements too. It's designed for heavy traffic, and to last. Plus with lots of color options, you can mark various floor colors so that the tape color stands out and is easily seen. Let us know how we can help you keep your employees and customers safe during this challenging time for everyone.

Spring, 2020

The COVID-19 coronavirus has created challenges around the world and across the country. Viadon is rising to meet these challenges in various ways. First and foremost, as a supplier to companies that are involved in essential industries such as aerospace and military contractors, we continue to supply our customers with tape, caps and plugs, and the converted materials they require to continue their essential work.

Yet with an eye towards both the safety of our employees and our customers, know that we are taking extraordinary precautions with both products and items within our facility (including, but not limited to, computers and machinery) and the materials that we convert and send to customers. Surfaces are cleaned with appropriate cleaning agents to minimize/eliminate the transfer of this pathogen via that route. While we are a small company, a couple of our employees are largely working remotely from home. Warehouse employees are trading shifts on different days entirely to avoid transmission via the air to one another.

While the means we stay in contact with our customers and vendors has obviously changed for some relationships nearly overnight, we remain committed to working with all of them via whatever means possible. Viadon has conducted much of its business via phone, email and other electronic means in the past, so this transition has been largely seamless for most relationships, and not put a significant damper on others.  

Your and our safety are our utmost concern during this new normal to which we are all adjusting. We will continue to meet the obstacles that lie ahead and overcome them with the same determination that Viadon has since 2000, because we are A Cut Above.

Wishing everyone good health and continued success moving forward.

Winter, 2019

Viadon has moved! We are now at 1201 Teal Ave., Peotone IL 60468. 

After 19 years, we have outgrown our prior space and have moved into a new warehouse that is nearly double the size. Not only does this allow us to spread things about a bit more without having to go up so high (hey, if we don’t have to climb rolling stairs 15 feet up to get product, we ship it faster!), we still have enough additional space to add a another slitting machine, better organized work flow and even some extra space for some enhanced offerings we hope to provide outside of just stock and custom work.

The move also located the warehouse more conveniently for our employees and being right off of a major interstate highway allows for quick access for receiving and sending shipments. We are excited about the opportunities this provides us to grow and expand into the future.

Summer, 2019

As the needs for masking in powder coating and other metal coating processes have gotten more detailed, more offerings of stock parts have been introduced to the market. Viadon has added two well-used masking plugs to their line up – the VTMP first thread masking plugs for blind holes and the SFPP flanged pull plugs for through holes.

The VTMP takes the concept of a straight plug and adds a small flange at the top, to cover the initial, lead thread for blind holes. Viadon’s lineup includes plugs for both standard and metric ranging in the popular sizes M6 through ½-13 threaded holes. The convenient handle on the masking plug makes them a snap to insert and remove for efficient preparation for coating.

The SFPP uses the more simple pull plug design but adds a flange at the tail end. This is perfect for most through holes of 1” length or shorter as the masking operator can simply grab the “tail” of the plug pushed through the hole, then pull until the flange seats on the first thread. Viadon’s offerings here include standard and metric plugs from 10-32 up through the quite large M16 size.  

Winter, 2018

Viadon adds flexible filament to its 3D printing options

TPU, or Thermoplastic PolyUrethane, is an 85 durometer (Shore A) material that can be successfully printed into many different shapes. And with the ability to adjust the “infill” – or how densely the interior of a part is printed compared to the outer walls – Viadon can create even softer-feeling parts than 85 durometer.

Brake caliper with flexible filament 3D printed prototype masking plug

As such, this provides us the – *ahem* “flexibility” (excuse the pun) – to make prototype samples of parts in addition to hard plastic ones. Customers can hold, feel and even test a part – though the melting point of TPU means that these samples cannot withstand typical powder coating or ecoating oven temperatures. As such, some testing may need to be accomplished prior to oven cure cycles.

But, for complex parts or ones that really need to be “seen” and “tried” first, these prototypes can really assist in approving a given custom molded part design. Or, it may help customers see what needs improvement before committing to vulcanized rubber prototypes and/or production parts.

What 3D printed parts can we help you get designed and tested?  


Summer, 2017

Viadon has offered rapid prototyping of many tape die cuts for years. Our plotter can cut a wide variety of shapes to test-fit die cuts before committing to a tool, or even making short runs of die cuts when a tool isn't financially feasible.

3D printed prototype masking plug
3D-Printed Prototype Masking Plug

Now Viadon has added 3D Printing to its portfolio of options, allowing for rapid prototyping of molded parts as well. For the time being, this is limited to hard plastic, but we expect to add flexible material soon. This will speed the molded prototype process for silicone parts from weeks to days. Though the prototypes we can produce will not be made from silicone, the flexible nature of the 3D printed prototype parts means many customers can go directly to a production-level tool, saving a lot of time... not to mention money.

What molded parts can Viadon prototype for you? Contact us today!


Winter, 2017

Viadon introduces the Silicone Multi-Use Plug and Cap Kit. This allows the job-shop or small powder coater to avoid purchasing dozens of different plugs and caps, and plug holes from 0.109" to 0.709" (with just 3 different plugs!) and cap off studs/threads from 0.118" to 0.709" (with just 4 different caps!).

And you can get a kit with all of them for only $50. Interested? More info here at this link.

Powder coating job shop masking kit
Powder Coating Job Shop Masking Kit

Summer, 2016

The "cooler cup craze" (Yeti / Glacier / RTIC / Ozark Trail type stainless steel cups) has captivated much of the nation, with the insulated beverage containers popping up everywhere from high end outdoor sporting goods stores to corner convenience stores. What many of them have in common is that people want them to look different!

"Is that one mine?"

"I don't know - I thought it was mine."

"Did you drink out of my cup?"

"I can't tell... they're all the same stainless steel color!"


Insulated cooler cup with masking
Insulated Cooler Cup with Masking Plug

Enter you, the custom job shop coater, to save the day and avoid millions of germs from spreading from person to person via accidental beverage sharing! The problem is, how do you mask that giant gaping hole at the end of the cup? (Not the one in people's mouths, though sometimes people do dream of doing that, amirite?) Most insulated cup owners still want their drink to be touching the stainless steel, not cured powder coat.

Viadon can help

Give us a call at 866-534-3900 or shoot us an email at [email protected], and we can get you set up with the necessary items to mask these popular drinking containers with any of the wide range of powder coating colors available from your favorite powder supplier. Need some tips on how to mask the insulated cup for the best effect? We've got your back. And racking! How are you gonna rack that sucker? How will you ground it while it's masked?
We've got some ideas for you.

Give us a shout - we'll help you out.

Here's some links to a few items that can get you started:

STP Silicone Tapered Plugs (Solid)

HTP Silicone Hollow Tapered Plugs

Lined Green Polyester Tape

Do you make/add custom logos or designs on these rambler/tumbler cups? Viadon can provide you with the pre-Lined Green Polyester Tape for your plotter or vinyl-cutter machine too that has a higher temperature rating than the Cricut-type vinyl tapes that must be pulled out of the oven before the adhesive fails.

Stainless steel cup with masking plug
Stainless Steel Cup with Masking Plug