Water Activated Vs. Carton Tape: The difference 

In the world of packaging, there are counterparts to chipboard and corrugated fiberboard.  There is foam and bubble wrap, stretch and shrink wrap, and all of these work in the different but similar sort of category. They all are similar, but the purposes of such are different.

The correct choice for this type of tape is confusing, and there are many questions about the correct kind of tape. 

With so many kinds, you’ll feel like you’re going crazy with this.

So, what’s the difference between carton tape and water activated tape? Well, let’s read on to find out. 

Water Activated Tape 

Just like how all Jacuzzis are technically hot tubs, not every hot tub is a jacuzzi, water activated tape is actually a type of carton sealing tape, but carton sealing tape is not water activated.

This is made with a liner that’s kraft in terms of coloring, but it also might be white, printed on, or even colored. 

The adhesive with this is activated via water, hence why it’s named that.

Once this is applied to a container that’s corrugated, the adhesive then bonds the tape and the container together to form a seal. 

This seal is strong, so much that you can’t actually remove this without tearing or ripping apart the packaging.  This is why it’s considered tamper evident, since this shows whether or not someone’s messed with something.

Most of these also come with what’s called fiberglass lattice and this is sandwiched between two different layers of paper, to reinforce this so that it’s even harder to tear this, while also supporting more of the weight that’s there. 

Carton Sealing Tape 

This is the general term for any tape that actually seals a carton. Water activated tape which binds to; boxes when they’re wet, cold temperature tape for different shipments that go to temperature sensitive places, and finally quiet tape used to make less noise when you unroll it are all technically carton sealing tape. They each have their own uses and features though.

Depending on the tape type, you’ve also got a lot of different variables. One of them is the tape liner. It’s either made from PVC, polypropylene, or even paper. This can be printed, clear, tanned, or colored. The thickness of this liner does vary based on the usage. 

For instance, economy tapes are about a millimeter and a half thick, whilst the heavier ones are 3 millimeters. They do vary, and you can use hot melt, acrylic, starch, or a natural rubber. 

The Best Kind 

The best way to determine this, is basically the type of situation that you’re in.

If they’re heavy duty, you’ll want a heavy-duty tape.

If you’re shipping to places that are humid, snowy, or cold, use cold tape.

If you’re using this for packaging that needs to be less noisy, then you’ll want to get tape that has less noise.

If you’re trying to make the options tamper proof, then you want to make sure that you have water activated tape to help with this.

Finally, you can get the customized tape, since this will offer printed and customized tape to help with this 

Here, you learned about both of these the benefits of cush, and their usages. You’ll be able to, with each of these, get the most that you can out of this, and provide the ideal situation for your tape needs. You’ll be amazed at the difference that this makes, and also what this means for you, and also how, with the right tape, you can make a major difference.