How To Know What Packaging Tape Is Right For You

When you think about tape you may think it’s simple, but you’d be surprised to know that there’s hundreds of different options when it comes to tape. From box-sealing tape, filament tape, masking tape, reinforced tape, and everything few and far between—the options are nearly endless.

As far as box sealing tape goes, how do you know what the right kind of box sealing tape to choose? Below is a list of some commonly used box-sealing tapes:

1. Cold Temp Box Sealing Tape

  • Special cold temperature formulation for reliable performance in room temperatures, as well as cool and damp food packaging & processing and moving & storage applications.
  • Recommended in the dairy, meat and frozen food industries, where superior adhesion properties are required for long term storage.
  • Might be able to get away with using a cheaper acrylic tape if the cold environment is not below 32 degree F

2. Recycled Corrugate Tape

  • Same advantages as Hot melt carton tape
  • Specially designed adhesive for a deep penetrating-strong hold
  • Up to 10x higher tack level (stick) than scrylic or hot melt carbon sealing tapes.

3. Water Activated Paper Tape

  • Provides tamper evidence as opposed to plastic based pressure sensitive tapes that can be easily tampered with leaving no trace of entry
  • Performs well under cold, heat, light, humidity, and dust
  • Often more expensive than pressure sensitive tapes on a per foot basis but you only need 1-strip of water activated tape as opposed to 2-3 strips of tape that you may be using currently
  • Can easily be directly printed on for  branding purposes

4. Acrylic Carton Sealing Tape 

  • Sticks to a wide range of surfaces
  • Better than hot-melt in dusty and humid environments
  • Best for boxes that will be kept in storage for long periods of time
  • 32 to 120 degrees F

5. Hot Melt Carton Sealing Tape

  • Most common carton sealing tape
  • Won't peel, crack or dry out
  • Stronger bond, adheres more quickly, and takes less time to apply compared to acrylic
  • Typically works better than acrylic on machine tape applicators
  • Tends to discolor over time
  • 45 to 120 degrees F