Every day I get dozens of calls from customers asking what tape is best for their needs. Many of them have no idea that tapes have different adhesives and what each one of them do. Here is a brief explanation of each adhesive to help you with your next tape order:
Hot Melt adhesive tapes offer the widest range of application flexibility available. They offer excellent performance whether applied by hand or by a carton sealer. Their superior adhesion properties, holding force, and tensile strength ensure consistent, reliable seals. Noted for a quiet release and easy unwind, Hot Melt carton sealing tapes are well suited for automatic carton sealers. Our clear packing tape, Intertape carton tape, premiuim packaging tape and industrial box sealing tape all have a Hot Melt Adhesive.
Acrylic adhesive tapes have high temperature resistance, high-grade UV resistance and great permanent bonding strength. They are best suited for applications in temperatures less that 40°F and greater than 120°F. Providing excellent clarity, acrylic tapes age well over extended periods in sunlight and fluorescent lighting. The acrylic adhesive in acrylic carton sealing tapes feature improved quick-stick performance, higher shear strength, reduced haze and improved clarity. We have a variety of packing tape with an acrylic adhesive.
Natural rubber adhesive tapes are the problem solving tapes of the industry. Natural rubber tapes are unique among adhesive backed tapes because of their aggressive adhesion properties, quickly penetration, and grip on corrugated (and other surfaces) saving “rub down” time. They are ideal for cartons with recycled paper content, heavy ink coverage, rough or ultra-smooth surfaces and other problem cartons. Natural rubber carton sealing tapes have fast positive bonding and high shear adhesion. They are moisture resistant and are also ideal for temperature extremes (hot or cold), being moisture resistant and tolerating humid and damp conditions. Exhibiting firm unwind capabilities, these tapes are excellent for hand held tape dispensers and carton sealers.