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Definitions You Should Know to Assist You in Determining Your Zipper Needs

CHAIN:   The continuous piece that is formed when both halves of a zipper are meshed together.
CHAIN SIZE: Refers to the specific gauge of the chain, i.e., size of the teeth.
TEETH: The individual elements that make up the chain.
SLIDER: The device that moves up and down the chain to open or close the zipper.
PULL TAB: The part of the slider that you hold to move the slider up or down.
MATERIAL: Refers to the type of chain that is used in the construction of the zipper, such as, metal chain, molded plastic chain or coil (nylon) chain.
TAPE: The fabric part of the zipper.
TAPE WIDTH: Refers to the width of the fabric on one side only, of the zipper chain.
TAPE ENDS: The fabric part of the zipper, that extends beyond the teeth, at the top and /or bottom of the chain.
STYLE: Refers to the manner in which the zipper is assembled for a particular application.
TOP STOP: Two devices affixed to the bottom end of a zipper, to prevent the slider from coming off the chain.
BOTTOM STOP A device affixed to the bottom end of a zipper, to prevent further movement of the half of the zipper from separating.
BRIDGE STOP: A device similar to a bottom stop, used at the top and of a zipper to prevent each half of the zipper from separating.
PIN: A device used on a separating (jacket type) zipper whose function is to allow the joining of the two zipper halves.
BOX: A device used on a separating (jacket type) zipper whose function is to correctly align the pin, to begin the joining of the zipper halves.
HEAT SEAL PATCH: The cotton and nylon laminated material fused to the bottom end of a separating zipper, used to reinforce the type.
HEAT-SEALABLE ZIPPERS (WELDABLE LAMINATED ZIPPERS): Any zipper that has a strip of plastic fused to each half of the zipper tape to allow a manufacturer to electronically "weld" the zipper onto the garment or item that is being manufactured, without the need of sewing or stitching.
CONTINUOUS CHAIN: Any material or size of zipper chain that is continuously spooled without sliders or any other components. Typically used by fabricators on a cut-as-need basis.
CUT-TO-LENGTH ZIPPERS: (Finished Zippers) Any zipper that is finished to a specific length, with all necessary components attached.

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