- What is Water Activated Tape?
- Advantages to Water Activated Tapes
What is Water Activated Tape?
Water activated tape, also called gummed paper tape or gummed tape, is a starch-based adhesive. An animal glue based adhesive can also be used. The starch-based adhesive becomes sticky when moistened and is usually found on a kraft paper backing.
Water activated tape is often used for closing and sealing boxes. Before closing corrugated fiberboard boxes, the tape is moistened with water. The tape is usually 3 inch or 7.5 cm wide.
Water-activated, or “gummed,” tape is often used and is very effective for sealing corrugated cartons and boxes. Before closing corrugated fiberboard boxes, the tape is moistened with water. The tape is usually 3 inch or 7.5 cm wide. As the adhesive will bond with the fiberboard material to create a strong durable seal and endure a tough handling during shipping. The tape usually works well on recycled cartons and non-unitized loads. Its reinforced construction assures reliable performance across a range of environments and applications. Gummed tape is an economical packaging tape that will meet the needs of numerous industries and general industrial applications such as food, beverage, medical pharmaceutical, paper, print, electronics, shipping, and distribution centers.
Application is most easily accomplished at room temperature and once applied; the tape performs well throughout the normal temperature ranges typically encountered by packaged products in shipping and storage environments.
Advantages to Water Activated Tapes:
- Moistened adhesive interacts with porous surfaces to form a powerful, secure bond
- Tape forms a tamper-evident seal that shreds if an attempt is made to pull it off before delivery
- Paper construction is easy to handle, making it ideal for hand applications
- Boxes are sealed secure, yet easy to open without cutting tools
- Coreless rolls reduce waste and simplify roll changes