Sticky Problems, Easy Solutions

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Pouch/Pad tape

If you wish to add that extra “umph” to your packaging, consider adding pouch packaging tapes and adhesive pads to your inventory. Both of these adhesives protect paperwork from moisture, tearing, and smudging on the exterior of packages. Whether you need to include work instructions, important documents, or promotional information, these little pouches are ideal to meet all these needs. Pouch packaging tape is made from clear polypropylene with a synthetic rubber adhesive. It can stretch around bulky documents with glue on all four edges, leaving the center adhesive-free to allow room for paperwork. These pouches are extremely efficient because they are linerless and allow for an effortless peel and stick application that will not pop or rub off. Usually, this packaging tape is equipped with a bright-colored (red or orange) border with messages like “Packaging list enclosed” or “Documents enclosed”. Packaging pads are very similar to pouches, just a little thicker. The pads are portable, convenient, and pre-cut with easy peel liner strips. They also feature an adhesive-free center for paperwork and some form of “Documents enclosed” message border. Since they are pre-cut and ready for application, pads require no bulky dispensers or cutting tools.

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Business forms tape

Another type of useful packaging tape is business forms tape. The backing on this tape is wider than the adhesive, leaving the tape with a dry edge and making it easier to remove. Business forms tape is also referred to as extended liner tape and can be processed from paper, plastic, or unsupported adhesives for permanent or removable applications. It is perfect for envelopes, bags, lightweight signs, and business forms. Within the category of business forms packaging tape, there are four specific types of adhesives:

1. T-tak tape is tissue paper soaked in an aggressive rubber based adhesive. It sticks well to paper, light plastics, and metal services.

2.Hi-Lo tapes are double coated with a permanent adhesion on the “hi” side and a removable adhesion on the “lo” side. This tape is widely used to make reclosable bags, temporary signs or displays, and removable labels.

3. Unsupported adhesive tapes (or transfer tapes) are made from pure adhesives, almost like rubber cement on a roll. There is no internal structure to support the adhesive so they can be fussy to work with.

4. Last but not least there are bag-making tapes. These tapes have a plastic backing that can be side welded during the bag-making process and are either permanent or removable.

Who ever said packaging tape was a simple industry? The endless variety of tape offers solutions for all your sticky problems while simultaneously adding value to your products and company.

Sealing Your Shipments

packaging tapeDeciding what type of packaging tape will serve you best can be a challenging task. There are numerous sizes, styles and brands available, so learning the various kinds will allow you to greatly narrow your search. This process is critical because packages can get damaged in transit simply due to a sender’s poor choice of packaging tape.

All packaging tape serves the same purpose: to seal a shipment. However, many tapes are specially designed to complete a unique job while holding the package together. For instance, some brands are biodegradable while others are imprinted to warn handlers of fragile items. Regardless, the natural rubber solvent of these tapes makes them ideal for any industrial environment. Now let’s explore your options:

UPVC Packaging Tape

UPVC stands for Unplasticized Poly Vinyl Chloride. This tape is practical for sealing recycled cartons and works best with cold temperature applications. UPVC packaging tape uses a solvent-based rubber adhesive and is often printable and heat-shrinkable. Various colors are available for more efficient color-coding, carton bundling, and splicing.

Polyester Packaging Tape

Polyester tape comes equipped with an extremely aggressive hot melt rubber based adhesive that ensures instant holding power and provides a quick reliable seal. This packaging tape is resistant to various chemicals and corrosion, offering a great value and guaranteed protection. Polyester tape is heavy duty and provides exceptional tear and impact resistance.

Polypropylene Packaging Tape

For initial quick stick and cold temperature applications, polypropylene tape is the ideal choice. This tape uses an acrylic, water-based adhesive to deliver a high strength performance. It is a great balance of adhesion and tensile strength for heavy weight carton sealing applications. Polypropylene tape provides a long shelf life and reliable performance in extremely hot or cold weather conditions. The crystal clear versions of this packaging tape are non-yellowing, UV resistant, contain no fish eyes, and are sometimes even used for lamination.

As you can see, each type of packing tape is designed to perform a function specific to your needs. At TOTALPACK you can browse our assorted polypropylene tapes to find the right fit for your packages. Whether you need 3-inch wide crystal clear tape or slimmer brightly colored tape, we’ve always got you covered.

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!