Everything To Know About Packing Tape

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Last Updated on April 21, 2024 by Nasir Hanif

Packing tapes are of great help during the time of packing an item either for shifting or for shipping. It is the final step in the process of packing where you need to seal the boxes with strong tapes. These tapes strongly seal the boxes and thus protect the items from falling out of the boxes and getting damaged. There are different types of packaging tapes available in the market. You need to choose the right one for your business wisely. Make sure that it is strong enough to protect your items and is sustainable enough to protect the environment from pollution. It will be a great deal for your business, if the packing tape is customisable in nature, as it will help in enhancing your brand identity.

In this article we shall be looking at some of the aspects of packaging tapes that you should definitely know about. You can get these tapes and other different types of packaging supplies from different packaging supply stores or different online stores, such as Packaging Midlands in the UK. These stores also provide you with custom made packaging materials which is further beneficial to your business. No matter whichever packaging material you use, make sure that they do not cause harm to the environment.

Let us now have a look at some of the interesting facts about packaging tapes which you should know about.

Plastic packaging tape

There are basically two types of packaging tapes, one is a plastic packaging tape and the other is a paper packaging tape. Plastic tape is either made up of thermoplastic polymer, called polypropylene tape or polypro tape; or it is made up of polyvinyl chloride, also called PVC tape. The polymers that are used for making these tapes are immensely popular because they are available in a wide range of colours, they are durable, affordable and resistant to dirt.

Plastic tapes either use a pressure sensitive or heat activated adhesive, which though strong, do not offer the amount of adhesive support that a paper tape offers. This is a commonly used tape as compared to that of the paper tape. Plastic tape is also lightweight in nature, which is another reason why many business owners prefer to use it. The only drawback it has, as already mentioned, is its adhesive strength as compared to that of the paper tape. However, it does not mean that it is weak, rather a plastic tape can be easily removed in order to unseal the box.

It is versatile in nature as well and is compatible with high speed case sealing services. As already mentioned, plastic tapes are of two types, that is, poly pro tapes and PVC tapes. PVC tapes are stronger than polypro tapes. But you need to use them as per your requirements. For instance, if your packaging weighs between 0 to 25 pounds, you should use polypro tapes, and if your packaging weighs more than 25 pounds, then use PVC tapes.

Paper packaging tape

Another type of packing that is used by business owners all across the world is a paper packaging tape. It is also known as water activated tape or gummed tape. As the name suggests, this tape is made up of paper. It is an eco-friendly and sustainable packaging material. It used water activated adhesive. As already mentioned, this tape is stronger as compared to that of the plastic packaging tape.

This type of tape helps in making the packaging tamper-proof. While removing the tape, there are chances that the packaging boxes, such as the double wall cardboard boxes and so on may get damaged. Just like the plastic tapes, paper tapes are also of two types, and they are, reinforced packing tapes and non-reinforced packing tapes. Non-reinforced packaging tapes are used for sealing the packages that weigh within 40 pounds. Reinforced packaging tapes are used for sealing packages that weigh between 40 to 60 pounds.

Summing up

These are some of the interesting facts about packaging tapes. You can use these tapes as per the type of the packages you are shipping and as per your requirements. These tapes are easily available in the market and hence you will not face any issue in searching them. Also they are customisable in nature, which means you can print your brand’s name on these tapes to enhance your brand’s identity. Another type of tape, known as vibac tape is also available in the market which is used for packing items

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