What is Strapping Tape?

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What is Strapping Tape?

While top-selling packaging tapes like polypropylene, PVC, and kraft paper tape often get all the glory, other lesser-known varieties have unique and noteworthy advantages that are worth a second look. One such variety is strapping tape, also known as filament tape. In this article, we’ll reveal the most frequent questions our customers ask about strapping tape to help you learn more about this utility-grade packaging solution.

After reading this article, you’ll discover the answers to the following:

What is strapping tape?

What is strapping tape made of?

How does strapping tape work?

How is strapping tape used?

What are the customization options?

If you’re ready to explore the ins and outs of heavy-duty strapping tape, let’s get started.

What is strapping tape?

First patented in 1956 by a scientist working for Johnson & Johnson, strapping tape is the same as filament tape, a utility-grade tape named after its embedded fiberglass filaments that lend exceptional strength and integrity. High tensile strength is the central feature that distinguishes strapping tape from most other types of packing tape. In addition to being stronger than alternative tapes, strapping tape’s rubber adhesive forms a long-lasting bond that makes this tape well-suited for many heavy-duty applications.

What is strapping tape made of?

Strapping tape is made of tensilized polypropylene, polyester yarn, or glass yarn filaments for reinforcement. It has a synthetic rubber adhesive, a beneficial feature when you need your tape to form a long-lasting bond.

boxes sealed with branded packing tape

How does strapping tape work?

Like polypropylene and PVC tape, strapping tape is a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape with a sticky backing that adheres to surfaces when you apply light pressure. In this way, you get the same convenience and ease of use of traditional tape, with the added benefit of powerful strength for heavy-duty utility applications. A split- and crack-resistant backing, as well as moisture- and solvent-resistant properties, round out the many durability-focused benefits of choosing strapping tape.

How is strapping tape used?

Strapping tape is much stronger than traditional adhesive tapes, making it the best choice for heavy-duty packaging applications, such as:

– Bundling packages

– Closing cartons

– Reinforcing packages

– Unitizing loads

– Securing loads during transit

However, you can apply the exquisite strength of filament tape to many other heavy-duty packaging applications that call for a smart and sturdy solution.

What are the customization options?

Our strapping tape, or filament tape, is clear and available in 60-yard lengths. There are many ways to customize this packaging tape to meet your application and branding requirements, such as:

tape rolls being printed with branded logos

Width – Choose either a 2” or 3” width, depending on which dimension works best with your packaging application.

Number of ink colors – Select one, two, or three ink colors to design your filament tape to reflect your company’s brand and message. Whether you’re going for a bright and bold look or something more minimalist, check out the tips in our recent article on designing the look of your box with custom packing tape.

PMS inks – Choose from 11 standard Pantone Matching System (PMS) ink colors, including black, white, reflex blue, process blue, red, green, orange, yellow, burgundy, gray, or brown. Or, use our PMS color-matching capabilities to select an ink that best aligns with your desired color scheme.

Reverse print – If you’re looking to create a design that displays the opposite background and foreground colors, go for the reverse print customization option. Because it’s a specialty process, extra surcharges may apply.

Flood coat – Finally, select flood coat to achieve a look where the ink coats a larger surface area of the tape. Just like a reverse print, extra surcharges may apply when you choose this filament tape customization option.

As we explored in this article, strapping tape, or filament tape, is an easy-to-use custom packaging tape designed to stand up to your most demanding strapping jobs. If you’re interested in learning more about filament tape or its customization, please contact us!

What is Unique About Freezer Tape?

Hi-Tack Freezer Tape

Even though it might look like traditional packing tape at first glance, freezer tape has a rare superpower. What gives it such a distinct edge? The answer lies in its unique ability to stick – and stay stuck – even when it’s freezing cold.

This article will explain more about this uniqueness by distinguishing between traditional and freezer tape in cold temperatures, discussing ideal freezer tape conditions and benefits, and finishing with customization options to make this tape even more unique.

Traditional tape vs. freezer tape in freezing temperatures

To demonstrate the uniqueness of freezer tape, let’s compare what happens to traditional packaging tape and freezer tape when conditions dip below the freezing mark. 

Taping Boxes in Warehouse

In cold temperatures, traditional packaging tape:

  • Hardens
  • Loses tackiness
  • Falls off surfaces
  • Becomes dry and brittle 

In cold temperatures, freezer tape

  • Forms a strong bond 
  • Maintains tackiness
  • Remains adhered to surfaces

The clear differences in how these two tapes perform in cold temperatures are central to the uniqueness of freezer tape. It is the only reliable solution for cold-chain and other low-temperature applications.

How cold can freezer tape handle?

Now we know that freezer tape performs better than traditional packaging tapes in cold conditions. But how cold is cold? In a nutshell, freezer tape can withstand extremely low temperatures. However, there are different minimum temperature thresholds for applying the tape versus storing tape-wrapped goods. 

These minimum temperatures are as follows:

  • Application temperature – You can apply freezer tape in any environment with an ambient temperature of as low as 20°F without concern over whether it will hold up.
  • Storage or service temperature – After freezer tape has been applied to a package, you can store any tape-wrapped goods with confidence in temperatures as low as -15°F.

If you’re planning to apply tape or store tape-wrapped goods in freezing temperatures, choose freezer tape instead of traditional packaging tape for the best results.

Benefits of choosing freezer tape

Freezer tape has a unique formulation that allows it to adhere to surfaces and maintain its stickiness, or tackiness, when exposed to frigid temperatures. These properties are beneficial for many cold-chain and other low-temperature applications because:

  • Frozen goods stay fresh
  • Packages remain secure and protected
  • Storage and handling instructions stay put 
  • Inventory steers clear of damage and loss
Hi-Tack Freezer Tape

There are many benefits to using freezer tape in low-temperature environments instead of traditional packaging tape, all delivering peace of mind that it will hold up to the conditions and keep your goods secure.

Custom printed freezer tape can increase the uniqueness quotient even more. Whether imprinted with your logo, essential storage and handling instructions – or both – you can put your brand and the integrity of your goods front and center. 

Every roll of our custom printed freezer tape comes in a standard 1.9 mil thickness with the following customization options:

  • Width: 2 or 3 inch
  • Length: 55, 110, or 1,000 yards
  • Color: white or clear
  • Ink colors: print up to 3 inks

In this article, we’ve covered several ways that freezer tape is unique. From its distinct ability to stick and remain stuck in below-freezing temperatures to the flexible customization options for added uniqueness, our hi-tack freezer tape opens a world of opportunities for cold-chain and other low-temperature applications. 

Beyond freezer tape, we also offer custom printed polypropylenePVCpaperflat back, and filament tapes to affordably meet your packaging needs without having to invest in expensive printed boxes. To learn more about freezer tape and our other offerings, contact our sales and design professionals to design a unique and affordable packaging solution for your brand and budget.

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Custom Packaging Tape: Top Sellers

Custom Packaging Tape

Custom packaging tape isn’t one-size-fits-all. It comes with the freedom to choose the type that suits your unique application, budget, and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a custom packaging tape that’s economical, environmentally friendly, ultra-secure, or suitable for a particular application, discover our top sellers below to help guide your decision.

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Product Roundup: 6 Most Popular Types of Custom Printed Packing Tapes

Custom Packing Tapes

If you’re shopping for custom printed tape, you’ve no doubt encountered a dizzying array of choices. How will you know which one is best for you? We suggest looking closely at those that have performed well for companies just like yours.

In this post, we’ve rounded up six popular types of custom packing tapes to help you determine the best solution for your application, preferences, and budget.

  1. Polypropylene
  2. PVC
  3. Paper
  4. Filament
  5. Hi-tack freezer
  6. Flatback

Continue reading to learn more details of these popular types of custom packing tapes, including why companies love them and ideal applications.

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Made In America – Custom Packing Tapes with a Quick Turnaround

Custom Packing Tape with quick turnaround

There’s no doubt about it: COVID-19 has changed the way we do business. From remote workforces to shifts in operational priorities, no company will remain unchanged from this altering experience. And as most companies slowly push forward in the face of adversity, the current climate has many people thinking about efficiencies and strategies to keep moving in the right direction. One such strategy might include an inspection of company purchasing habits. Do your goods typically come from domestic or international sources? Could you be putting them to work faster? If you use custom packing tapes, where does it come from?

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What to Consider When Designing Your Custom Tape Rolls

Tape being printed

You need tape to seal your packaging before you ship your project, but you’ve decided that you don’t want just any tape.

You’re interested in custom tape rolls designed with your messaging.  But how do you figure out what to put on the tape and the type of tape to use?

In this blog post, we’ll look at the best way to choose your tape and what to print so that your custom tape rolls make an impact and represent your business the way you want it represented.

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