Importance of Packing Tape when Preparing Shipments
It is well known that even the strongest and the largest shipping boxes will not hold if they are not properly sealed with packing tape. Moving boxes could be OK with just their designed closing. Traditionally shipping boxes are of the regular slotted container type of cardboard boxes. This means that the free flaps of the box closure are on top and bottom, they are of equal size and once closed, they meet in the middle of the box – this is where packing tape comes in to complete a parcel. Packing tape has unique qualities in a sense that it can be generously applied and allows for corrugated shipping containers to slide freely across conveyors and delivery truck bodies. It can also be used as an advertisement tool and carry along its length commercial messaging, phone numbers and website addresses.
Packing tape used on shipping boxes is typically brown, clear or grayish in color. Custom packing tape could be of any color and pattern. Other types of tape should not be used regardless of how popular or trustworthy they may seem. Duct tape is a perfect example and a repeat offender here. Electrical, masking, frog and office tape are all designed to serve a different purpose – they often lack the strength or resilience needed to get the job done and secure shipments protecting their contents from spills and damages. Filament tape is made with extra strength in mind – it contains small shavings of plastic which reinforce the material and is meant to handle heavier than traditional loads. In cases where tiles, metal etc. or polymer or wooden trunks have to be shipped, plastic straps would be the safest choice. They would almost never break and are made with heavy weight and rough surfaces in mind bound by metal connectors.
When applying packing tape onto the surface of a shipping box, be prepared to have enough to go around all seams and edges of a box. Also apply just enough tape and keep in mind that a box would most likely have to be open at the receiving end so do not make a customer feel like they are opening a thermoform packaging or a clamshell blister pack where power tools become needed. Over-packaging could cause frustration and damages when clients get to bigger and sharper tools in their effort to crack the packaging. Goods and items on the inside of large and small cardboard boxes could sustain damages in the process.
Here is the full listing of all styles of packing tape including less popular names such as filament and j-lar tape.