Correct Box Tape Application

31 January 2022

While often overlooked in the moment (and in budget meetings), packaging tape and a bit of training on its proper use can save a shipper or shipping company untold headaches and expenses. Whether it’s applied manually or by machine, packaging tapes need to be matched to the use case in question. Shipping refrigerated or otherwise temperature-sensitive parcels, for example, often requires tape specified for such use. That said, clear, acrylic, pressure-sensitive tapes are most common in shipping applications.

Cohere™ Acrylic Carton Sealing Tape—available in 2” and 3” widths—is a premier option. Rolls are cut to 110-yard lengths and packaged by the case, making it easily scalable to different sized operations. The sealing tapes are equally effective when applied by machine or by hand, since their strong adhesive and acrylic backing do most of the heavy lifting (no pun intended, we promise). The 2” rolls are especially versatile, since they’ll typically work in machines and handheld taping tools with 3” feed ports.

Regardless of application method, cartons that will be shipped should be H-taped. Flaps should be sealed together where they meet one another and the sidewalls of the carton; for most square or rectangular boxes, the resulting application should look like a capital “H” (or serif capital “I”, depending on viewing angle and typographic preferences). Cartons not sealed in this manner are far less likely to stay closed during shipping, potentially damaging goods. H-taping keeps contents secure without making parcels overly frustrating to open.

PaperPack, Inc. has been supplying shippers for more than 20 years. Contact us today to find out how we can help you better pack and ship goods to distant customers.