Tape is almost essential as packaging with cardboard boxes. In the market, we find an adhesive tape classification depending on the materials used. There are a large number of adhesive tapes: different lengths, widths, thicknesses, colours, adhesives and more. So, how to choose the best adhesive tape for your packaging type? It’s often a difficult task. Today we explain the main differences and characteristics.
Adhesive tape is composed of 3 parts: tape, adhesive or glue, and mandrel. We will comment on the most important part of the tape, the adhesive and the characteristics that differentiate each one of these.
Adhesive Tape Classification: what are the most used types of tape?
The adhesive tape to close boxes comes from these three materials: Polypropylene, PVC or paper tape. Know how to differentiate them and know their characteristics will help us when we want to make a decision.
Paper tape is the most environmentally friendly option. It is 100% natural and recyclable material. It facilitates the task of recycling cartons after use: for proper recycling. Hence, when we want to throw a box with traces of plastic tape (polypropylene or PVC), we must remove the tape before throwing the carton in the bin. The use of paper tape removes this task because it is the same material.
PVC Adhesive Tape
This PVC material is a polyvinyl chloride polymer obtained from petroleum. It is the most versatile plastic derivative.
Additionally, PVC tape is one of the most resistant types because of its elastic properties. This material has much more elasticity than polypropylene, for this reason, it is ideal for closing boxes with heavy loads. Also, it withstands better the pressure exerted by the weight of the load on the closing flaps.
It is cheaper than paper tape but more expensive than polypropylene.
Polypropylene Adhesive Tape
This polypropylene material is also a thermoplastic polymer which is obtained by the polymerization of propylene. Polypropylene adhesive tape is a low-cost material with high chemical resistance to solvents. Compared to PVC it is a more rigid material. Therefore, it is easier to break and break.