Packing and Sealing Tape: Getting Started
What Do You Need To Know?
1. Type - acrylic, hotmelt, rubber
2. Size - thickness, tape length, width
3. Colour - brown, clear, crystal clear
Take a minute to understand the options available to you, it’s easier to make an informed decision. Here are the 3 tapes we offer below. Please note, duct tape and scotch heavy duty tapes are not best for packaging and shipping tapes.
a. Acrylic Adhesive
Pros: These are the most common and the most inexpensive commercial grade tapes. They have high levels of clarity, won’t turn yellow over time and have a strong seal in all environments. They will be 2 to 3 inches wide.
Cons: Best used with a dispenser as it can be hard to release from the roll.
b. Hot Melt Adhesive
Pros: Made from synthetic rubber and is known for quick tack, meaning it sticks faster than acrylic. It releases from the roll easily so you don’t need a tape dispenser. These tapes are ideal in production lines and automated machinery.
Cons: It cannot withstand heat, humidity, and cold like acrylic does.
Pros: These can be used on the toughest of surfaces and have work great with corrugated cartons. They’re ideal for dirty and dusty environments and the most unfavourable of conditions. Great for rough handling and heavy duty packaging.
Cons: The most expensive and deteriorate after a couple years. They’re meant for short term and have poor stability against UV rays. Rubber isn’t great for shipping since it can yellow which gives the impression your product is old.
This is measured in mil (1 thousandth of an inch)
1.8 mil - lightweight
2.0 mil - medium
2.1 mil - medium plus
b. Tape Length
The most common tape lengths are 55 yds and 110 yds.
But we also offer 1000 yds, 1100 yds, and 2000 yds - these are for automated machinery.
2” and 3” are your options here and that depends on your specific needs.
a. Crystal Clear
This is the colour you imagine of packing tape. It is the most common tape and is made with acrylic adhesive.
Use this kind of packing tape has a cloudy opaque look and is available in both hot melt and acrylic.
These rubber tapes use hotmelt adhesive and are ideal for short term.