Taping is applying an adhesive tape to, for example, a box or other surface. In the packaging industry, tape is often used to close something. In most cases a box or packaging. In addition, tape is also used to bundle products, mark them, communicate a message or prevent theft. The goal of taping is to store and / or send your products damage-free, so that they arrive at your customer in perfect condition. To apply tape you need a handtool, table dispenser, semi-automatic tape machine or a (fully) automatic tape machine.
Adhesive tape is available in various qualities, designs and in most cases consists of two parts: the carrier and the adhesive layer
There are different types of adhesive layer:
Solvent glue: solvent glue is a strong type of glue and offers long-term adhesive strength. This type of glue is therefore recommended for longer storage periods or for sealing that must resist moisture, dust and temperature fluctuations.
Acrylic glue: this glue is water-based and therefore recyclable. It is a transparent adhesive and suitable for closing colored and / or printed boxes. With acrylic glue, the immediate tack (first tack) is less strong.
Hotmelt: this glue is made from a synthetic rubber. Hotmelt has a good initial adhesion, is environmentally friendly and resistant to moisture. It is particularly suitable for short-term use.
Gum layer: activated by moistening and gives a very good adhesion. It ensures that the two parts are “fused” together, creating a permanent bond.
The most common types of tape are PP tape, PVC tape and paper tape.
PP tape is a high-quality tape and has a very high tensile strength. In addition, it is an inexpensive tape. Characteristic of PP (polypropylene) tape is the high resistance in the length and width direction. PP tape is easy to unroll and suitable for closing light to heavy boxes, depending on the glue type. The adhesives acrylic and hotmelt are mainly combined with the PP carrier.
PVC tape can be torn by hand, is moisture resistant and easy to print. Because PVC tape is not stretchable in the length direction, the material is ideal for closing boxes with a high valve tension. Click here for more information about PP and PVC tape.
Paper tape is the environmentally friendly solution for closing your boxes. The packaging box can be recycled in its entirety after use, including the tape. Due to the direct and strong adhesion, paper tape is particularly suitable for closing heavy and / or valuable packaging. Paper tape can be divided into two types: self-adhesive and gummed. Click here for more information about paper adhesive tape.
Important factors that play a role in choosing which packaging tape is most suitable include:
You can determine the best packaging tape for you, together with our experienced specialists. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Packaging tape or adhesive tape can be applied manually, with a table dispenser or by machine with a carton sealer.
Manual: often in combination with a hand dispenser. Easy, mobile and cheap. For larger numbers, with repetitive dimensions or at a fixed workplace, it is recommended to work with a dispenser or machine.
Table dispenser: With a table dispenser, the cut length of the adhesive tape can be set in advance, so that the correct length is always dispensed and automatically cut. This saves tape and time.
Machine: with a case sealer it is possible to easily seal thousands of packages a day. Click here for the semi-automatic case sealers. Click here for all (fully) automatic case sealers.
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