What factors can impact a packaging tape’s ability to stay adhered to a carton?

by | Sep 22, 2016 | Application, Packaging Tape, Packaging Tapes

In theory, the case sealing process is simple: cartons go in, tape is applied, and sealed cartons are palletized for transport or storage.

But in reality, application of packaging tape isn’t necessarily an exact science. It’s a delicate balance in which the packaging machine, tape applicator and packaging tape must work together in harmony to ensure cartons are closed securely to keep products inside safe.

There are many factors that can impact the tape’s ability to remain adhered to the carton. Environmental conditions such as dust, dirt, humidity and cold temperatures can play a role in the performance of packaging tape, as can characteristics of the surface to which it’s being applied.

Other factors that can impact the reliability of the seal include tension from a misadjusted tape applicator, stress from a high-speed operation or even poor unwind characteristics of the packaging tape. These issues can lead to tape stretch or breakage, negatively impacting the quality and reliability of the seal, as well as the uptime of the line.

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About The Author

As a senior product marketing manager at Shurtape Technologies, LLC, Bradley Dunlap is responsible for leading the product development and marketing support for the Packaging Tape and Equipment category. He is a member of the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) and Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), and has completed PSTC training for Manufacturing and Testing of Pressure Sensitive Tape Adhesives and Tape University™ Advanced. Bradley is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s degree in business management.