3M 9713

Technical Data
April, 2009
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713
Product Description
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713 is an isotropically conductive pressure sensitive tape. 3M tape 9713
conducts electricity through the thickness (Z-axis) and in the plane of the adhesive (X, Y planes) and is ideal for EMI/RFI
shield and EMI/RFI gasket attachment to metal surfaces. The tape consists of a high performance 3M adhesive loaded with
conductive fibers. The result is a double-sided tape providing both good adhesion and good electrical performance. The
conductive fibers in 3M tape 9713 also provide improved handling characteristics.
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713 is ideal for attaching EMI shields to electronic and electrical devices.
3M tape 9713 may be used with many types of foil laminate shields, such as aluminum/PVC or copper/PVC laminates, to
provide a customized shielding solution. This tape may also be used to attach conductive fabric/foam core EMI gaskets to
electronic cabinetry. 3M tape 9713 may be applied in strips or die cut to specific shapes and sizes. Compared to screws or
other mechanical connectors, 3M tape 9713 provides reduced assembly time and a solid bond line with no gaps which
might result in EMI emission.
Adhesive Type
Filler Type
Release Liner
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713
Filled Acrylic
Conductive Fibers
Silicone-Treated Polycoated Kraft Paper
Approximate Thickness:
Tape Only:
Release Liner:
0.0035 in. (0.0889 mm)
0.004 in. (0.010 mm)
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713
Typical Physical Properties and Performance Characteristics
Note: The following technical information and data should be considered representative or typical only and should not be
used for specification purposes.
Electrical Properties
Contact Resistance:
Substrate Tested (Foil/Rigid Plate)
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
< 2.5 Ω
< 2.0 Ω
< 1.0 Ω
< 0.5 Ω
Based upon four wire (Kelvin probe) resistance measurements made with crossed pieces of
Foil/3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713/Rigid plate construction using a 1.0 in x
1.0 in square piece of 3M tape 9713. The rigid metal surface was prepared with a Scotch-Brite™
pad to roughen the surface and cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.
(ASTM E-595)
Total Mass Loss (TML): 1.60%
Collected Volatile Condensed Materials (CVCM): 0.03%
Water Vapor Recovered (WVR) 0.36%
Minimum Overlap Length:
1/4 in. (6 mm)
Minimum Overlap Width:
1/8 inch (3 mm)
Adhesion Properties
Adhesion in oz/in (g/cm)
15 min. at
72°F (22°C)
1 hr. at
72°F (22°C)
24 hr. at
72°F (22°C)
1 hr. at
158°F (70°C)
24 hr. at
158°F (70°C)
Stainless Steel
> 30 (335)
> 45 (502)
> 50 (558)
> 50 (558)
> 55 (613)
> 20 (223)
> 35 (390)
> 40 (446)
> 40 (446)
> 55 (613)
> 20 (223)
> 40 (446)
> 45 (502)
> 40 (446)
> 60 (669)
Based upon a 90 degree peel sample, following ASTM D3330 test method. Aluminum foil (2 mil thick) was used as the flexible backing
to the 3M tape 9713. The substrates listed are all rigid metal plates. The 158°F (70°C) aged peel samples are indicative of the typical
long term adhesion build expected at room temperature.
Operative Temperature Range and Shelf Life
Short Term Exposure (minutes, hours)
Long Term (days, weeks)
250°F (121°C)
158°F (70°C)
Shelf Life of Tape in Roll Form:
24 months from date of manufacture when stored in original cartons at 70°F (21°C) and
50% relative humidity.
Available Sizes
Available Widths:
Standard Length
Maximum Length*
1/4 inch - 14 inch
(5 mm - 356 mm)
36 yd
(32.9 m)
108 yd
(98.8 m)
Nominal Slitting Tolerance:
1/32 in (0.8 mm)
*Special requirements for long lengths should be discussed with 3M Customer Service personnel.
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713
Application Techniques
• To obtain maximum adhesion, the bonding surfaces must be clean and dry. Isopropyl alcohol is recommended as a
cleaning solvent.*
• Bond strength is dependent upon the amount of adhesive-to-surface contact developed. This wetted area can be increased
by applying 3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713 firmly with a roller or finger pressure to exclude air
entrapment. Adhesion is optimized when the substrates are flat or conformable substrates. Adhesion increases after
application, up to 24 hours later, due to increased wetting by the tape.
• Electrical performance is dependent upon the nature of the metal and its surface. Most metal surfaces give enhanced
electrical performance with 3M tape 9713 when the surface has been lightly abraded. Scotch-Brite™ pads are
recommended for preparing the metal surface.
• 3M tape 9713 should be applied between 60°F - 100°F (15°C - 38°C). Tape application below 50°F (10°C) is not
recommended because the adhesive will be too firm to wet the substrates, resulting in low adhesion. Warming the
substrates to 100°F (38°C) facilitates adhesion. Once properly applied, low temperature holding power is generally
• 3M tape 9713 can be removed by separating the parts using torque for rigid parts or peel for flexible ones. Remove the
adhesive by pulling off as much as possible by hand. Residual adhesive may be removed by rubbing with your finger or
by application of 3M™ Packaging Tape over the residual adhesive followed by removal of the packaging tape. The
surfaces should be cleaned again before applying a new piece of 3M tape 9713. The force required to separate the parts
and/or remove the adhesive can be reduced by softening the adhesive by heating to 158°F -212°F (70°C - 100°C) or using
solvents such as acetone.*
*Note: Carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s precautions and directions for use when handling cleaning solvents.
General Information
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713 provides good adhesion to metal surfaces and provides low electrical
resistance that is stable over time. The pressure sensitive nature and fiber reinforcement of 3M tape 9713 makes this product
convenient to use and 3M tape 9713 also has very good handling properties. 3M tape 9713 also has good liner release.
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713
Application Ideas
• Attaching Foil Laminate EMI Shields
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713 is ideal for attaching foil laminate EMI shields to electronic and
electrical devices. These shields typically consist of either copper or aluminum foils laminated to PVC. 3M tape 9713
provides good adhesion (initial and ultimate) as well as low electrical resistance. 3M tape 9713 may be applied in strips or
die cut to specific shapes and sizes. Compared to screws or other mechanical connector, 3M tape 9713 provides reduced
assembly time and a solid bond line with no gaps for EMI emission.
• Attaching EMI Gaskets
3M tape 9713 may also be used for attaching EMI gaskets to electronic cabinets, such as server cabinets or disk drive
array cabinets. These gaskets typically consist of conductive fabric over a foam core, and come in a variety of shapes and
sizes. 3M tape 9713 may be cut into strips as narrow as 1/8 inch to provide adhesion for even the narrowest of gaskets.
3M tape 9713 may also be pre-applied to the gasket for reduced final cabinet assembly time.
• Grounding Computer Antistatic and Glare Reduction Screens
Computer antistatic and glare reduction screens need to be electrically attached to the grounding mechanism. 3M tape
9713 penetrates through anti-smudge coatings over the conductive layer to make an electrical connection. Placing 3M
tape 9713 along the edges of such a screen provides many connection points to the antistatic coating resulting in good
electrical performance.
• Assembly of EMI Cages in Telecommunications Equipment
3M tape 9713 is ideal for assembly of an EMI cage to a printed circuit board, often required in telecommunications
equipment. The EMI cages are typically constructed from aluminum frames and lids to protect components on the PCB
from EMI/RFI. The metal frame needs to be grounded to a wide copper trace etched around the perimeter of the
components to be protected. 3M tape 9713 is applied as a die cut in the shape of the etched perimeter trace, then the frame
is bonded to the perimeter trace. 3M tape 9713 provides the shape of the etched perimeter trace, then the frame is bonded
to the perimeter trace. 3M tape 9713 provides for rapid assembly and grounding in one step. Compared with solder attach
or liquid conductive adhesive attachment of the EMI cage, 3M tape 9713 reduces assembly time and exposure to elevated
3M™ XYZ-Axis Electrically Conductive Tape 9713
MSDS: 3M has not prepared a MSDS for this product which is not subject to the MSDS requirements of the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard, 29 C.F.R. 1910.1200(b)(6)(v). When used under
reasonable conditions or in accordance with the 3M directions for use, the product should not present a health and safety
hazard. However, use or processing of the product in a manner not in accordance with the directions for use may affect its
performance and present potential health and safety hazards.
TSCA: This product is defined as an article under the Toxic Substances Control Act and therefore, it is exempt from
inventory listing requirements.
RoHS: This product complies with the requirements of EU Directive 2002/95/EC and 2005/618/EC.
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number is 651-778-4244 or 1-877-369-2923. In Canada, phone: 1-800-364-3577. In Puerto Rico, phone: 1-787-750-3000.
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