Sticky Situation: Which Packaging Tape to Use?

Whether you are shipping copy paper or expensive jewelry, securing your valuables is vital to a successful and safe delivery. Packages get tossed around in transit, and there is nothing worse than losing items due to a faulty seal. Making sure you close your packages with the right packaging tape is crucial, and with so many tapes on the market it is hard to decide which type to use.

Discovering Water Activated Tapepackaging tape

Water activated packaging tape is a great alternative and creates a fast, long lasting permanent adhesion. It is known for its excellent performance in high speed, overfill and under-fill applications. The paper moisturizer reduces curl, increases tape stretch and makes the tape more flexible. This gummed paper tape is either starch based or sometimes coated with animal glue. A specific type of this packaging tape is called reinforced gum tape. Reinforced gum tape has a backing with two layers of paper with a cross pattern of fiberglass filaments laminated in between. This laminating adhesive was previously asphalt but is now more commonly a hot-melt atactic polypropylene. (Atactic polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer that is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, bases, and acids.) Before applied to the surface it is sealing, this packaging tape is moistened to activate its adhesion.

The water activated packaging tape TOTALPACK offers works will all paper gum tape machines and ensures a faster application, saving you valuable time. We offer this reinforced tape in two colors: white and tan. Six rolls are shipped per case and they are 3”x500 yards. For more information about different quantities and prices available, please visit our store or call 1-866-760-7866 and place your order today!