Tape Characteristics - Pressure Sensitive vs. Water Activated
Each type of tape has certain
advantages over the other, depending on the application:
Pressure Sensitive Tape
, commonly known as poly tape, provides a quick,
easy, and inexpensive way to seal corrugated cartons. It can be applied without
a dispenser, and is ideal for sealing lightweight package goods that do not put
stress on the box during shipping. The transparent nature of most pressure
sensitive tapes allows it to be applied over pre-printed cartons and shipping
labels without obscuring any important information. And because pressure
sensitive tape does not form a permanent bond with the carton, it is preferred
for storage applications where the contents of the carton will need to be
accessed and re-taped.
Water Activated Tape
or gummed tape, creates a strong, permanent bond when
applied to a corrugated carton. Because it cannot be removed without visibly
marking the box, it also creates a very secure, tamper-evident package. By
bonding to the carton, water activated tape actually strengthens the container,
making it ideal for heavier items that may stress the carton during shipment.
This bonding also means only one layer of tape is needed to seal the carton,
resulting in less tape being used. Any carton that will experience extremes in
temperature, humidity, or UV exposure will benefit from the seal durability of
water activated tape.
Dispensers for water activated tape
can quickly output individual sections
of tape at preset sizes, making it an ideal choice for industrial or high-volume
applications. This consistency results in a uniform, attractive carton, suitable
for display in a retail setting.
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