When a clean and professional appearance for your packages is of utmost importance, you should use acrylic clear packing tape to seal them. Acrylic is the clearest material of which you can make clear packing tape, as it has a transparency rate of about ninety three percent. You can rest assured that your shipping labels, company logos, and other important package details will be visible when you use acrylic tape. Furthermore, acrylic tape is highly elastic and very light weight. Yet, it should be strong and durable enough to handle the majority of your shipping and warehousing needs. Lastly, it generally has the lowest cost per roll compared to other types of tape, so it should provide you with the most economical solution to packaging your products and inventory.
Acrylic tape performs best in dry conditions and at room temperature. However, it can perform well in extreme heat (356 degrees Fahrenheit / 180 degrees Celsius for the best models) albeit dry conditions, and has a high resistance to UV rays. It does not yield the same performance under extreme cold (5 degrees Fahrenheit / -15 degrees Celsius for the best models) or damp conditions. Also, if you are using highly recycled or ultra smooth cartons, acrylic tape generally will not adhere well to them, in which case hot melt or natural rubber clear packing tape may be a more suitable solution.
Prices for acrylic clear packing tape vary, and depend on size, thickness, the number of rolls you are purchasing per order, and the specific merchant from which you are shopping.
Scotch has available a case of twenty four 3 inch x 110 yard rolls of 1.6 millimeter economy grade acrylic tape (model T905302), which sells for as low as $53, so that is about $2.21 per roll. Scotch says that this model is best for long term storage in temperatures ranging from 32 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, however it does meet UPS and USPS regulations.
3M, on the other hand will have available a 1.88 inch x 54.6 yard roll of acrylic tape (model 3650BULK) for about $5.83 each. This model is great for a wide variety of uses, including long term storage, label protection, and light duty shipping. It provides a firm seal over a wide range of temperatures and has great UV resistance.
OfficeMax sells its own brand of 1.9 millimeter economy grade acrylic tape (model 21241041). A pack of six 1.88 inch x 110 yard rolls would cost you about $17.00, which is about $2.83 per roll. This standard everyday use model should provide great support for the packages that you ship and store.
If you are looking for a more heavy duty solution, Scotch also has available 2.55 millimeter thick tape (model #313) with a tensile strength of thirty five pounds per square inch. This is one of the very few acrylic models that will adhere well to highly recycled or ultra smooth cartons, and will provide a firm seal in fluctuating environments. One case of twenty four 3 inch x 110 yard rolls will cost anywhere between $190 and $230.
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Hot melt clear packing tape is ideal for customers that are looking for a more efficient, stronger, and more durable solution to packaging than standard acrylic tape. One of the most common complaints about acrylic tape is that it often splits while dispensing it. If you are moving a high volume of packages per day, tape splitting, which can and does happen, slows the entire process down, which can negatively affect your efficiency and ultimately your bottom line, because it takes time to fix tape splits and also results in wasted dollars. Furthermore, acrylic tape needs to be smoothed over a couple times in order for it to create a secure seal. This also can prove inefficient if you are moving hundreds if not thousands of packages per day. The few seconds or minutes that it takes to rub down acrylic tape can add up to several hours if not checked. Hot melt clear packing tape effectively addresses these two issues by allowing for a clean edge tear every single time and by providing a secure seal in just one pass.
Hot melt tape generally has a higher tensile strength than standard acrylic tape, and also is highly resistant to moisture, chemicals, and tears, so it is a better option if you often are packing industrial grade materials, hazardous materials, liquids, and heavy objects. Furthermore, with a longer shelf life than acrylic tapes, you can buy hot melt clear packing tape in bulk without worrying about it degrading and your assets being rendered useless.
Prices for hot melt clear packing tape vary, and depend on size, thickness, the number of rolls you are purchasing per order, and the specific merchant from which you are shopping.
Universal Products produces a 3/4 inch x 60 yard premium grade roll (model UNV31618). With a film backing that is reinforced with fiberglass filament, it has a 300 pound per inch tensile strength. It meets USPS regulations and can be used to ship extremely heavy loads. The price per roll is $7.22. Alternatively, you can get a 1 inch x 60 yard roll for $9.57 (model UNV31624).
Intertape Polymer Group produces a 2.5 millimeter general grade hot melt tape (model F4195). A case of six 2 inch x 1000 yard rolls sells for $165, which is about $27.50 per roll. This model is especially good at providing safe and secure support to corrugated and liner board boxes, as it is a premium grade biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) tape. Alternatively, you can buy a case of six 2.83 inch x 1000 yard rolls for about $145 (model F4208), or a case of thirty six 2 inch x 60 yard rolls for about $55 (model F4185).
The popular Scotch brand also has its own heavy duty model available, which is also 2.5 millimeters thick (model T9055373). This model has dimensions of 3 inches by 110 yards. With more single strip closures, you will not use any more tape than what is needed, and you can maximize your investment. You can buy a case of twenty four rolls for about $400, which averages out to $16.67 per roll.
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When you want the most consistent and reliable seal on your packages, we highly recommend the use of natural rubber tape. What makes it the most consistent? Take a look at these key features.
Of all the pressure sensitive tapes that are available, natural rubber tape has the strongest adhesive.
While other types of tapes fail in extreme heat and cold, or damp environments, the seal provided by a natural rubber tape remains strong in these types of conditions. Like any other tape, it performs the best in room temperature but it can perform well in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the model.
While other types of tapes have trouble adhering to dusty, heavily printed, rough, uneven, highly recycled, or ultra smooth cartons, this is not a problem for natural rubber tape. It can stick to practically any surface.
Natural rubber tape can be used to ship a wide range of products as it is a natural barrier to oil, water, and several chemicals.
It works especially well with corrugated boxes as it has superior shear-adhesion power. This great reduces the time and effort it takes to rub down the tape, making your shipping and storage processes more efficient.
The only small imperfection that natural rubber tape has is that it yellows over time. So, make sure that you are using the freshest tape available if the presentation of your packages are of utmost importance to you.
Prices for natural rubber clear packing tape vary, and depend on size, thickness, the number of rolls that you are purchasing per order, and the particular vendor from which you are shopping.
Staples sells its own in house brand of general grade natural rubber tape that is 2.5 millimeters thick and has a tensile strength of twenty eight pounds per square inch (model 11644). This model is great for everyday use on medium duty shipping and storage. Roll dimensions are 1.89 inches x 110 yards. You can buy a case of thirty six rolls for about $90.00, which averages out to about $2.50 per roll and is perhaps the best value. If you prefer not to purchase so many at once, Staples also has available a pack of six for about $18.00, which averages out to $3.00 per roll.
If you are looking for a heavy duty natural rubber tape, you will be happy to know that Universal Products has available a premium grade model (#16048) that is fiberglass reinforced. This reinforcement allows the tape to have an astounding 333 pounds per inch tensile strength. Aside from being able to hold several hundred pounds without bursting, it is also moisture, abrasion, and curl resistant. So it’s the perfect tape to use when you are moving and storing extremely heavy loads. Dimensions per roll for this model is 2 inches x 60 yards. The manufacturer’s suggest retail price is $27.15 per roll but there are several retailers that sell it for much less, and as low as $14.00 per roll.
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Providing more coverage per strip, wide clear packing tape provides the fastest way to strengthen the structural integrity of any box. They are especially helpful when you need to secure large or over stuffed boxes, or boxes that are at risk of breaching while in route to their destinations. Able to cover a large amount of surface area in just one pass, wide clear packing tape is also ideal for protecting logos, stamps, labels, instructions, and other important details that you may want to put on your boxes.
If you are in need of a wider web of support for your packages, make sure that you are buying tapes that are at least three inches wide.
Prices for wide clear packing tape vary, and depend on type, size, thickness, the number of rolls you are purchasing per order, and the specific merchant from which you are shopping.
Henkel, the company that makes the popular Duck brand of tapes, offers a great model that is suitable for every day use (model DUC0007496). At 2.6 millimeter thick, it is a premium acrylic general grade tape that should provide enough support for the majority of shipping and storage assignments, ranging from light to heavy duty. Its dimensions are 3 inches x 55 yards per roll. A package of six rolls retails at $43.95 but many merchants will sell it for much less, and as low as $22.00.
Bemis produces an exceptional model designed for every day use (model BT13). At 2.4 millimeters thickness, it has a tensile strength of twenty three pounds per square inch and should provide ample support for light, medium, and even some heavy duty packaging assignments. A case of twenty four rolls will cost you $96.48, which averages out to $4.02 per roll. With roll dimensions of 3 inches x 110 yards, you are receiving the most yardage for the least amount of money. Being a value model, it has a moderate temperature tolerance and will provide the best performance in temperatures ranging from 45 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Another wide packing tape that provides great value is Intertape’s 9100-3×60 model. It has a thickness of 2.5 millimeters and a high tensile strength of thirty eight pounds per square inch, making it ideal for heavy duty packaging. It has moderate temperature tolerances and works best in temperatures ranging between 45 degrees and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s roll dimensions are 3 inches x 60 yards. You can buy a case of 24 rolls for about $86.00.
For light to medium duty shipping and storing, Staples has available a standard general grade tape (model 30401-CC). It is 2.2 millimeters thick and has roll dimensions of 3 inches x 55 yards. Its tensile strength is about twenty eight pounds per square inch. This is a very versatile tape as it can function in extreme temperatures ranging from -10 degrees to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus it has a long shelf life so you don’t have to worry about it yellowing over time and keep on hand plenty of rolls. At $12.49 for a pack of six rolls, it’s a steal. So stock up and you will save on your light to medium duty shipping costs.
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