Standard Security Tape, Acrylic Adhesive

Product Overview

The tamper evident tapes featured on this page are our standard formula, which we have been marketing for the last 10 years. These tapes are proven-in-use in thousands of applications. They are designed to show tamper evidence within 10 minutes on many surfaces.

Compared to our premium tapes, the standard formula tapes leave less adhesive residue when removed. Therefore, these tapes are better suited for reusable containers where having less adhesive to clean up is a benefit.

These standard tapes perform best on non-porous surfaces (metal, glass, most smooth plastic, virgin cardboard, etc) but are also acceptable for many shipping cartons.

However, when used with cartons made with high recycled content, this tape may tear (or scalp) the carton surface without showing the hidden tamper evident message. Pallet films are also susceptible to tearing without tampering the tape. For these types of applications we recommend our Full Adhesive Transfer Tapes (either EFT/PFT or EVT/PVT).

Choosing Your Security Tape

Sealing Disposable Packaging or Reusable Container

When removed, these security tapes transfer SOME of the adhesive to the surface. For disposable packaging (such as shipping cartons, pallet film, etc) the amount of adhesive residue left on the surface is usually not an issue. However, if the container or surface will be re-used, cleaning up the adhesive residue will be less difficult and time consuming using the tapes features on this page. See the "Ease of Clean Up" recommendations (see below).

If the container is NOT being reused, also consider our full adhesive transfer tapes (EFT/PFT and EVT/PVT series), which leave more adhesive residue on the surface.

Multiple Security Features

In addition to the tamper evident feature, you can choose tapes with addtional security features. Choose the features that are important to your application:

  • Printed Serial Numbers: A unique number improves security. Record the number as needed for added security.
  • Plain Tape: No obvious signs that the tape is tamper evident minimizes attention to a package during shipping.
  • Printed Instructions on the Tape: Additional printing can serve as a deterrent to tampering.
  • Custom Printed Tape: Customizations improve security.
  • Tape Width: Using 1 inch and 3 inch wide tapes make it easier to detect tampered cartons that are resealed with conventional 2 inch wide tape.

Maximum Compatibility and Versatility

Our PST and EST series tapes are suitable for many applications. However, we recommend testing tape samples in actual conditions before product is ordered. We offer free samples so you can test and verify the selected tape will meet your specific needs.

  • Surface Compatibility: Based on our lab tests and customer feedback, our tape performs on a wide range of material surfaces including non porous surfaces (metal, glass, most smooth plastic, virgin cardboard, etc).
  • Refrigeration and Freezer Applications: Our PST and EST tapes require a minimum application temperature of +40F.
  • Service Temperature: After application, our PST and EST tapes are suitable for service temperatures ranging from -40F to +180F.
  • Perforated Tape: Some tapes are perforated and can be used as individual seals. If you prefer individual security seals, also see our security labels for more options.
  • Standard Sizes: We have a large selection of 2 in wide tape, the most common size used on shipping cartons. We also have 1 inch wide and 3 inch wide tapes.

Roll Length

Stock tapes are offered in lengths of 164, 180 and 250 feet, which will fit a standard tape dispenser. Longer roll lengths save time because of fewer roll changes.

We also offer larger rolls for machine application -- up to a maximum of 3000 feet in length for EST and PST tapes. For custom tape, we can make any roll length. Please call if you have a special roll length requirement.

Rolls over 250 feet in length have splices; the splice includes the tamper evident feature.

Application Rates - Manual and Automated

A typical application rate for tamper evident tape is 12 inches per second, which is usually slower than security packing tape or other standard tapes. Dispensing the tape at faster speeds may cause the hidden message to show before it is affixed onto the surface.

The PST and EST tapes are the most compatible for machine applications. However, if you are applying tape using an automated tape machine, we recommend testing a sample roll (minimum 180 LF) of EST/PST tape before placing an order. Since our tapes are designed to easily show tamper evidence, the rollers on your tape machine may need to be modified to prevent the rollers from triggering the hidden security message (also it is possible that adhesive will accumulate on the rollers which contact the tape adhesive). Please contact us if your machine rolls have these issues and we will provide details on modifying the machine rollers.

If your machine rollers cannot be modified, we recommend our partial transfer tapes (PST and EST series tapes) for machine application.

Tape Conformity to Complex Shapes

Our standard tape is designed for flat surfaces and to be applied around one corner, as typically used on a box, crate, envelope, etc. Also, the 1 mil thick polyester film used with our PST and EST tapes is sometimes suitable if the tape must conform to surfaces with multiple contours. Narrower tape widths conform better to contoured shapes. However, if the tape does not conform sufficiently to seal your container, please give us a call to discuss our selection of security labels, which we can design for more complex shapes.

Quantity Discounts

We offer pricing discounts for higher quantity orders. For the best value,we recommend purchasing at least 1 year's supply. When stored properly, our tapes have a minimum 2 year shelf life.

Low Minimum Order Quantities for Custom Printed Tape

Custom printed tape offers more security. We offer custom printed tape in low order quantities (minimum 84 rolls, 2 inch x 180 feet with a 15% quantity tolerance). For smaller custom orders of tamper evident tape (less than 84 rolls), please see our Security Tape on a Liner

Fast and Friendly Customer Service

If you are unsure which tape best fits your needs, please send us an email or give us a call (see the contact info at the bottom of this page).

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Features & Benefits

Features

Hidden Message: OPENED (May vary from graphic shown)

Printed Instructions on tape reminds receiver of security features:

  • "IF WORD 'OPENED' APPEARS, CHECK CONTENTS"
  • Unique Serial Number
  • If resealed, printed text and/or diagonal lines may be misaligned

Pre-assigned Serial Number -- improves security; for added security record the serial number on the bill of lading.

Diagonal Alignment Lines (in or around the words SECURITY TAPE) are designed to show mis-alignment if the carton seal is slit and resealed.

Adhesive residue: Typically 50% or more of the adhesive remains on the surface. Those tapes marked "HIGH RESIDUE" will leave about 90% adhesive residue.

Security Tape Premium, Before Tampering Before Tampering

Security Tape Premium, After Tampering After Tampering

After application, when removed the security tape will self destruct, leaving words or symbols on the package and in the security tape itself.

Benefits

  • Protects your products and equipment
  • Controls access to shipping cartons, pallets, and other containers
  • Indicates tampering or pilfering

Troubleshooting Guide

If the tamper evident feature is not working to your satisfaction, please review the Troubleshooting Guide for suggestions, or give us a call.

Product Configuration

Security Tape - 1 mil Film
Roll Width Roll Length Case Qty Case Size (in) Case Weight
1 in 180 ft 36 Rolls 13 x 13 x 4 11 lbs
1 in 250 ft 36 Rolls 14 x 14 x 4 15 lbs
2 in 180 ft 36 Rolls 13 x 13 x 8 21 lbs
2 in 250 ft 36 Rolls 14 x 14 x 8 16 lbs
2 in 3,000 ft 4 Rolls 12 x 12 x 8 24 lbs
Security Tape - 1.5 mil Film
Roll Width Roll Length Case Qty Case Size (in) Case Weight
3 in 250 ft 20 Rolls 12.5 x 12.5 x 12 26 lbs
Security Tape - 2 mil Film
Roll Width Roll Length Case Qty Case Size (in) Case Weight
2 in 180 ft 36 Rolls 14 x 14 x 8 29 lbs
3 in 180 ft 36 Rolls 14 x 14 x 12 43 lbs

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Specifications and Intended Use

Please see the Specifications and Intended Use for more details.

Installation Instructions

For installation instructions, see the Installation Guide.

Product Returns and Claims

See Ordering Info for more details.

Tamper Evident Security Tape with Serial Numbers

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 2 in Wide, Serial Numbered, PST2R-17A

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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2 inch x 180 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $41.95
6 $35.95
36 $32.95

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Code: PST2R-17A-180

2 inch x 250 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $58.25
6 $49.95
36 $45.75

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Code: PST2R-17A-250

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 2 in x 180 ft, Serial Numbered, High Residue, PST2R-19A-180

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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Reduced Pricing

2 inch x 180 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $27.95
6 $26.95
36 $24.75

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Code: PST2R-19A-180
Transitioning to PVT2R-217A-180

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Blue, 2 in Wide, Serial Numbered, PST2B-18

Tamper Evident Security Tape

While Supplies Last

Reduced Pricing

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2 inch x 180 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $27.95
6 $26.95
36 $24.75

Add to Cart
Code: PST2B-18A-180 Transitioning to PVT2B-217A-180

2 inch x 250 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $38.75
6 $37.40
36 $34.35

Add to Cart
Code: PST2B-18-250 Transitioning to PVT2B-217A-250

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 1 in x 250 ft, Serial Numbered, High Residue, PST1R-48A-250

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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1 inch x 250 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $23.95
6 $22.95
36 $21.95

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Code: PST1R-48A-250

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 1 in x 180 ft, EST1R-39A-180

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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1 inch x 180 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $17.95
6 $16.75
36 $16.25

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Code: EST1R-39A-180

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 1 in x 250 ft, EST1R-48A-250

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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1 inch x 250 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $22.95
6 $21.95
36 $20.95

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Code: EST1R-48A-250

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Blue, 2 in Wide, EST2B-17A

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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2 inch x 180 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $27.95
6 $26.95
36 $24.75

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Code: EST2B-17A-180

2 inch x 250 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $38.75
6 $37.40
36 $34.35

Add to Cart
Code: EST2B-17A-250

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Blue, 2 in x 3000 ft, EST2B-17A-3000-X10

Tamper Evident Security Tape

Note: Long rolls intended for machine application

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2 inch x 3000 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $450.00
5 $400.00
10 $385.00
15 Call

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Code: EST2B-17A-3000-X10

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 2 in x 180 ft, EST2R-17A-180

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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2 inch x 180 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $27.95
6 $26.95
36 $24.75

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Code: EST2R-17A-180

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 2 in x 180 ft, Perforated (2 x 6 in), EST2R-33AP-180

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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Reduced Pricing

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2 inch x 180 Feet or 360 seals (2 x 6 in)

Qty $/Roll
1 $24.95
6 $23.95
36 $21.75

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Code: EST2R-33AP-180

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 3 in x 180 ft, EST3R-16A-180

Tamper Evident Security Tape

Film: 0.002 in (2 mil) Thick Polyester

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3 inch x 180 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $41.95
6 $40.95
36 $37.95

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Code: EST3R-16A-180

NOTE: The graphic layouts shown for the hidden pattern OPENED is typical; the actual graphic pattern may vary. If the layout detail is critical, please call.

Recommended Surfaces for the Standard formula:

  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Paperboard Boxes & Envelopes
  • Envelopes-Kraft Paper & Synthetic Film
  • Metal - Bare and Painted
  • Most Smooth Plastics
  • Wood - Painted and/or Sanded
  • Most Shrink Film
  • Most Textured Plastics

Additional Recommended Surfaces for HIGH RESIDUE formula:

  • Stretch Wrap Film
  • Bare Wood
  • High Recycled Content (paper, some paperboard, some corrugated)
  • Corrugated Cartons with Moisture Resistant Coatings (wax, etc)

Ease of Clean Up:

  • Standard Release Formula: Difficult
  • High Release Formula: Very Difficult

Recommended Cleaners:

  • 99% Iso-propyl Alcohol
  • Acetone
  • Citrus Based Household Solvents (Orange-sol, Goo-gone, Etc.)
Specifications
Film Matte Polyester, 0.001 in (1 mil) Thick (unless noted otherwise), Silicone Coated
Adhesive Permanent Water-Based Acrylic, typical .0009 inch thick
Tape Color Red (PMS 186C), Blue (PMS 298)
Text & Serial Number Black ink, repeats every 9 inches (unless noted otherwise)
Perforation 6 inches (Unless noted otherwise)
Hidden Pattern OPENED (May vary from graphics shown)
Adhesive Residue
  • Standard Formula: Minimum 50% transfers to the applied surface
  • High Residue: ~90% transfers to the applied surface
Core 3 inch Diameter (Compatible with most hand-held dispensers)
Minimum Application Temperature +40°F
Service Temperature Range -40°F to +180°F
Compliance
  • ROHS compliant
  • TSA-CCSP compliant
Custom Options

Custom Printed Tape (2 inch wide x 180):

  • Minimum Order: 80 rolls (order quantity tolerance within 15%)
  • Ready to ship: Allow 2 to 3 weeks
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Brian Cramer Brian Cramer
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(800) 336-6636 ext 4211
email: bcramer@novavisioninc.com
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email: mshaffer@novavisioninc.com
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Brian Cramer
Brian Cramer
Sales & Customer Service
(800) 336-6636 ext 4211
Mike Shaffer
Mike Shaffer
Sales & Customer Service
(800) 336-6636 ext 4207