Packing Tape/Packaging Tape is considered a light-weight tape utilized as a part of a wide assortment of uses, usually utilized for fixing boxes and bundles for shipments. The most well-known widths are a few inches wide and produced using a polypropylene or polyester backing. Other Packing Tapes could include: duct tape, gaffer tape, and masking tape. However, clear polypropylene or polyester backing is the better option.

It is important for companies using packing tape to choose the proper tape and strength when deciding a tape to seal their cartons and boxes. The wrong choice of tape can cost companies money, time, and disrupt efficiency.

We market 4 distinct varieties of Packing Tapes:

Things to Consider when choosing a packing tape:

  1. Weight of the package
    Heavier loads tend to put more stress on packages. For heavier loads a strong wider packing tape is recommended.
  2. Stability of Package Contents
    Contents that shift within a package tend cause more stress on the center seal and a stronger wider tape should be considered.
  3. Value of Package contents
    When the content of a package are considered valuable, and stronger wider tape should be used to ensure a safe seal and delivery.
  4. Length of Package
    Wider stronger tapes are ideal for long packages with heavy contents. If the package does not contain heavy contents a 2 inch tape may be used.
  5. Width of Package
    Commonly a 2 inch tape is ideal for packages up to 24 inches wide. If the contents of the package are not excessively heavy or contain sharp edges. If the package or box exceeds 24 inches a stronger wider tape should be considered.
  6. Strength of Package or Box
    Heavy board boxes have a higher strength in the box flaps and put more pressure on the tape seal. Tapes with high shear strength adhesives are recommended for these types of boxes. Rough and corrugated boxes tend to have a washboard surface that may require special high tack adhesives. Box strength is commonly measured in two forms of measurements. Below are the two common forms to test box strength.
  7. Method of Shipping
    Cartons shipped individually tend to have more pressure placed upon them due to individual handling. Cartons shipped on pallets are generally shipped as a unitized load which exerts less pressure on each individual carton. High or low temperatures when shipping should also be considered when choosing a packing tape. Temperatures, sunlight, and moisture all impact the seal of packing tapes.

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