Water Activated Tape (WAT) vs. Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tapes (PSA)
The type of packaging tape is an issue most people hardly consider. They simply pick out any shipping tape that can do the job. However, it is not straightforward a choice as it seems. Picking the right tape for the task at hand can make a huge difference in terms of cost, the security of the package, and even your image. At some point, you may have to choose between water-activated tape and pressure-sensitive tape. Knowing their differences and their performance across key metrics will help you make the right choice and satisfy your customers’ needs.
For the first time custom printed tape buyer, there is a lot to consider. What type of custom tape is available and what is the minimum order?
For most buyers, here are two options with regards to tape type. There is reinforced paper tape, which is an extremely strong tape that sticks to any box. To activate the adhesive, the tape must go through a dispenser that wets and activates the adhesive. The cost of the dispenser is $395.00. Custom printed Paper tape comes in three different lengths. The standard size is 3 inches x 450 feet; this size is packed ten rolls per case. The other 2 lengths are 3×375 feet (8 rolls per case) and 3×500 feet (6 rolls per case.) Three colors is the maximum that we can print on paper tape. If you purchase a one or two color print the minimum order would be five cases. If you purchase a three color print, there would be a ten case minimum order.
Whether shipping a retail product to your many customers, bundling your creative work off Etsy, or simply sending a loving gift to family — you need to pack well and pack securely or your items won’t arrive as promised.
It’s holiday package season and postal deadlines are ready to sneak up on you before you know it. In 2021, the postal and delivery systems are seeing added stress of supply chain shortages and missing workers, so its more important to get your packages ready in advance than ever before.
Whether shipping a retail product to your many customers, bundling your creative work off Etsy, or simply sending a loving gift to family — you need to pack well and pack securely or your items won’t arrive as promised. To ensure the right packaging, it helps to start with the right tape.
Packaging tape is a fundamental component in the shipping industry. Using the right packaging tape for shipping is crucial to preventing damage, loss, and pilferage of goods. When choosing the perfect shipping tape, some primary aspects that you should consider include the tape’s grade, quality, material, application substrate, and environmental considerations. Other key factors you should take into account are elongation percent at break, tensile strength, thickness, and adhesion. Tape is available in a wide variety of materials and can be applied manually or using a machine.
Just as there’s no one from Scotland involved in the creation of Scotch Tape – it was invented in Minnesota – there’s no one named Kraft behind the creation of kraft tape.
It’s a tape made from paper that is itself made from what’s known as the “kraft process,” the chief method for producing paper. (Kraft in this case comes from the German word for “strength,” meant to denote the superior strength of the paper.)