Used for mailing parcels or varying size and shape, packing tape is designed to meet postal regulations for sealing packages when mailing them. Entirely transparent, packing tape is an adhesive that will last in all temperatures. Boxes sealed with packing tape will be secure for long periods of time, so it's perfect for storage uses. Packing tape forms an instantaneous and durable bond with all manner of fiberboard. There are different types of packing tape, not always backed with strong adhesive.
Packing Tape Types
Polypropylene film tape is the type of packing tape used to seal packages and other deliverable cartons to ensure they stay closed during transit. It is durable, abrasion-resistent and is not tearable by hand. UPVC or unplasticized polyvinyl chloride film is stronger than polypropylene and is noiseless when unwound. Cellophane or pure cellulose film is both tearable by hand and biodegradable. This static-free tape is often used to seal electronics. Other types of packing type include Kraft paper, a high-tack adhesive, water-activated gummed paper, polyester tape and high-tensile filament strapping tape.
BOPP stands for bioxially oriented polypropylene and is the standard tape used for sealing cartons and packages. It is available in a variety of thicknesses, colors and temperature ratings. Different varieties feature higher or lower tensile strengths, elongation values and ability to adhere to metal.