Packaging Tape

We carry a wide range of packaging and speciality tapes to guarantee we have the right tape for your application. From all-purpose packaging tapes to special use tapes, our products and equipment aim to improve consistency and reduce per pack costs.

Crawford Packaging’s Tape Solutions

We work with industry-leading suppliers to deliver the most efficient and cost-effective packaging tape solutions on the market.

Tape It Right

The Tape It Right program audits existing tape processes, materials and equipment. The program will identify areas of inefficiency and offer improvements to increase productivity and reduce per pack costs. The Tape It Right program will deliver cost savings of up to 30% on your shrink wrap packaging.

How Tape It Right Works

One of the most consistent tape issues is the wrong tape being used. This often results in sealing inconsistency due to environmental issues, low product security or excessive tape use. Tape It Right asses the complete tape solution and identifies opportunities to reduce tape failure, increase product security and reduce tape consumption.

Developing a successful tape solution requires a balance of reliability and cost. When the tape is not strong enough it creates a weak seal and results in sealing failures and damaged products.

Types of Packaging Tape

From the products you pack to the cartons you use; every aspect of your packaging process will impact the effectiveness of your packaging tape solution. Our Packaging Specialists will analyze every aspect of your packaging and shipping process to create the right packaging tape solution for your operation.

Carton Sealing Tape

Carton sealing tape is available in multiple material and glue compositions. It is the primary method of sealing cartons in preparation for palletization or direct to consumer shipping. Packaging tape uses strong adhesives that penetrate the material of a carton and forms a strong bond with the carton fibres.

Hand Applied Packaging Tape

Manually applied packaging tapes are applied with a hand applicator. Commonly seen in low volume packaging environments, these tape rolls come in shorter lengths to reduce strain and allow for longer work periods without tiring.

Machine Applied Packaging Tape

Machine applied packaging tapes are designed to optimize machine efficiency and increase productivity. Commonly used in medium to high packaging applications, machine tapes come in longer rolls that extended run times and increase case erector/case sealer efficiency.


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Types of Tape Adhesives

How to Find the Right Tape Adhesive

Packaging tape, or carton sealing tape, is made up of two key components. The glue, and the material backing which is commonly made of bi-oriented polypropylene. Whether you are packing in a hot humid environment, or the deep chill of the freezer, there is a tape for you.

When choosing a packaging tape for your solution the key consideration is the glue. There are four common types of glue used in the creation of packaging tape.

Acrylic Packaging Tape

Acrylic based tapes use water or solvent-based adhesives on a BOPP backing. Acrylic tapes are suited for hot and cold application and storage environments.

Features of Acrylic Tape

  • Excellent Clarity
  • High Shear Strength to Prevent Flagging
  • Water or Solvent-Based Adhesive
  • BOPP Backing
  • Resistant to Ageing
  • Resistant to Weathering
  • Resistant to UV and Yellowing

Applications for Acrylic Tape

  • All-purpose Applications
  • Extreme Temperature Environments
  • Outdoor Shipping/Storage
Hot Melt Tape

Hot melt tapes are made from three components. A BOPP plastic film layer, a release coating for easy unwinding and an aggressive rubber/synthetic adhesive. This produces a tape with incredible bonding power that can penetrate the hardest to adhere materials. This makes hot melt tapes ideal for packaging operations that use high recycled content cartons.

Features of Hot-Melt Tape

  • Aggressive Adhesive
  • BOPP Backing
  • Strong Bond

Applications for Hot-Melt Tape

  • High Recycled Content Cartons
  • Heavy Cartons
  • High Strength
  • Humid Environments
Water-Activated Tape

Water-activated tape breaks from the normal formula of traditional packaging tape. Water-activated tape, or WAT, is made from four separate layers. The layers consist of a two kraft paper laminate layers reinforced with fibreglass material and the water-based adhesive. WAT’s starch-based adhesive is activated when water is applied. This formula creates a destructive bond that penetrates deep into the cartons fibres. The increased strength of WAT tape makes it optimal cartons with high recycled content or that require increased security.

Features of Water-Activated Tape

  • Water-Activated Adhesive
  • Strong and Destructive Bond
  • Leaves Clear Signs of Tampering/Opening
  • Automation: Pre-cut Lengths, Dispenser Fed
  • Increased Branding Options

Applications for Water-Activated Tape

  • Heavy Objects or Cartons Not Filled to Capacity
  • High Recycled Content Cartons
  • Valuable Products That Need Increased Security
Rubber Adhesive Tapes

Rubber adhesive tapes offer the most aggressive adhesive available in standard packaging tapes. Made from natural or synthetic rubber, these tapes have increased tack and bond quickly with their container. The strength of rubber adhesive packaging tape makes it ideal for use with cartons made from high recycled content, very rough or smooth surfaces or printed with heavy ink coverage. The increased tack of the tape helps it adhere in dusty, dirty environments as well as humid and high-temperature conditions.

Features of Rubber Adhesive Tapes

  • Very Aggressive Adhesive
  • BOPP Backing
  • Adheres in Dusty and Dirty Environments

Applications for Rubber Adhesive Tapes

  • “Problem” Packs
  • High Recycled Content Cartons
  • Strong Holding Force
  • Humid Environments
Types of Protective Packaging and Their Perfect Application
Product Type Application
Foam Sheeting
  • Easily scratched and marked products
Paper Void Fill Packaging
  • Products resistant to scratching
  • Voids in pack that require bracing and protection
Bubble Packaging
  • Little void or empty space
  • Fragile products that need protection from impact
Air Pillows
  • Packs with larger voids in their containers
Foam in Place Packaging
  • Very heavy or fragile products
  • Products that need to be held tightly in place
  • High level of protection from damage and scratching

Specialty Tapes