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Packaging Tape is an important part of any packaging operation. Companies using boxes, envelopes, or any other containers for packaging normally use a tape for sealing. Tapes specifically made for packaging come in a variety of lengths, colors, and widths. They also vary in materials and adhesives they are made from. Below is a brief explanation of the types of tapes we offer and what they are recommended to be used for.

*Scotch 3M 371- One of the best selling, most versatile tapes in the world. Scotch 3M 371 packing tape comes in 2 inch (48mm) and 3 inch (72mm) widths. both rolls offered online are 110 yards in length. The Scotch 371 tape uses a rubber resin for an adhesive material. Tensile strength is 22 pounds.

Scotch 371 tape is great for a variety of uses. It offers strength and durability for sealing and wrapping packaging containers. Scotch 371 tape also offers great tear and abrasion resistance. Many consider it a premium packing tape chosen for the toughest taping situations.

*Scotch 3M 372- Offering the same qualities as the  Scotch 371 line, Scotch 372 tape is a stronger and thicker tape designed for heavier applications. The Scotch 372 is a 2.2 mil packing tape that offers a 26 pound tensile strength. It is offered in both 2 inch (48mm) and 3 inch (72mm) widths.

*Scotch 3M 375- One of the strongest packing tapes we offer, Scotch 375 tape is 3.1 mils thick and offers a 35 pound tensile strength. It is offered in both 2 inch (48mm) and 3 inch (72mm) widths, but only comes in a 60 yard (50m) length.

*Tartan 302 & Tartan 305- Tartan is a 3M brand tape, designed to offer an economical option to the Scotch brand. Tartan packing tape is generally not as strong as the Scotch brand of tape. The Tartan 302 offers a 1.6 mil thickness and a 23 pound tensile strength. The Tartan 305 comes in a 1.8 mil thickness and a 26 pound tensile strength. Both of these tapes are great economical options for a variety of packaging situations.

We also offer a variety of machine tapes designed for high speed machines, duct tapes, and manual tape dispensers.For large quantity orders we offer discounts on all tape. Feel free to call us at 1-800-441-5090, or click on the contact us page if you have any questions. We have a large variety of tape we offer, that is not sold online. If you have a specific tape you need, call us and we can find it.

Packing Tape Terms

Pressure sensitive tape – The most common form of tape used for box and carton closure. Consists of a flexible backer on a continuous roll coated on one or both sides with an adhesive. The adhesive will adhere to most surfaces with light pressure.

Gummed Tape – A water activated tape often with a paper backing that becomes tacky after being moistened.

Packing Tape – Often referring to a pressure sensitive tape that is applied by hand or machine for carton closure.

Duct Tape – A cloth backed waterproof adhesive tape used for a variety of industrial and home uses.

Adhesive Transfer Tape – The transmission of an adhesive from tape on a roll to the attached surface.

Abrasion Resistance – The ability of a tape to withstand scuffing, scrapping, and rubbing against other surfaces.

Machine Packing Tape – Larger Tape rolls for taping machines commonly in 2-3 inch widths. Many machine tape rolls come on 3 inch cores and are 914 meters long.

Elongation – The distance a tape can stretch lengthways without breaking.

Tensile Strength – The force often measured in pounds to break a piece of tape by pulling each side in opposite directions.

High-Speed Unwind – The practice of dispensing tape at speeds in excess of 15 meters per minute.

Hot Melt Adhesive – A pressure sensitive adhesive applied in liquid form.

Shock Resistance – The ability of a tape to resist sudden shocks throughout transport. Shocks can be falls, crushing, pulls, and more.

Peel Adhesion – The force required to remove a tape from the surface it has been applied.

Backing Material – The backing material is the material the chosen adhesive is applied to. A variety of backing materials are used in tape manufacturing including: films, paper, and foam.

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