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Standard Security Tape: Hot Melt Adhesive

Product Overview

These tapes are similar to our Premium Tapes -- when removed, both full adhesive transfer. However the standard tapes on this page feature a hot melt rubber adhesive compared to the Premium tapes which have a permanent acrylic adhesive. The hot melt adhesive tapes on this page are less expensive; the major drawback is that hot melt adhesive cannot be applied in temperatures less than +40F.

The tamper evidence is designed to function within one (1) minute of application. The tapes perform well on most surfaces, including difficult surfaces such as plastics, recylced cardboard (without tearing the surface), textured finishes, pallets films, boxes with wax coatings, bare wood, and film overwrap on pallets.

All tapes featured on this page are TSA-CCSP compliant.

When tampered, these security tapes transfer all adhesive to the surface. For disposable packaging or containers this is not an issue. However, if the container will be re-used, cleaning up the adhesive residue will be more difficult and time consuming for some tapes. See the "Ease of Clean Up" recommendations if the container is to be re-used.

After removing, since most of adhesive remains on the surface (and little to none on the tape film), the tape film cannot be resued, which is an added security feature against unauthorized reuse of the tape

Choosing Your Security Tape

Sealing Disposable Packaging or Reusable Container

When removed, these security tapes transfer all of the adhesive to the surface. For disposable packaging (such as shipping cartons) 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 more difficult and time consuming for tape with a high residue formula. See the "Ease of Clean Up" recommendations (see below). If the container is to be re-used, also consider our partial transfer tapes (PST and EST series), which leave less 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 PFT and EFT series tapes are suitable for most 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 many difficult surfaces such as recycled cardboard (without tearing the surface), pallet films, plastic surfaces and textured surfaces.
  • Refrigeration and Freezer Applications: Our PFT and EFT tapes require a minimum application temperature of +50F.
  • Service Temperature: After application, our PFT and EFT tapes are suitable for service temperatures ranging from -40F to +170F.
  • 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, 3 inch wide and 4 inch wide tapes.
  • Thicker Film: Our PFT and EFT tapes are constructed of thicker film (2 mil polyester) than many competitive tapes. The thicker film provides additional strength during shipping and handling.
  • Pricing: The Standard Hot Melt Tapes (on this page) are medium priced. Our Premium Tapes (PVT/EVT) are about 5% more expensive. Our Economy Tapes are about 25% less expensive.

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 2000 feet in length for EFT and PFT 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.

If you are applying tape using an automated tape machine, we recommend testing a sample roll (minimum 180 LF) of EVT/PVT 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.

Our PVT and EVT tapes are NOT recommended for machine application. If you have an automated tape application, we recommend our Standard Acrylic Tapes (PST or EST) or our Standard Hot Melt Tapes (PFT or EFT).

Tape Conformity to Complex Shapes

Our PFT and EVT tapes on this page are designed for flat surfaces and to be applied around corners, as typically used on a box, crate, envelope, etc. The thicker film used with our PFT and EFT tapes may not be 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, we recommend a tape made of thinner film (see our PST and EST tapes which are made with 1 mil thick film).

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 80 rolls, 2 inch x 180 feet with a 15% quantity tolerance). For smaller custom orders of tamper evident tape (less than 80 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 - 2 mil Film
Roll Width Roll Length Case Qty Case Size (in) Case Weight
1 in 200 ft 36 Rolls 14 x 14 x 4 16.5 lbs
2 in 164 ft 36 Rolls 14 x 14 x 8 26 lbs
2 in 180 ft 36 Rolls 14 x 14 x 8 29 lbs
2 in 250 ft 36 Rolls 15 x 15 x 8 38 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 (No Perforated Seals)

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 2 in Wide, Serial Numbered, PFT2R-132B

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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2 inch x 180 Feet

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

Add to Cart
Code: PFT2R-132B-180

2 inch x 250 Feet

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

Add to Cart
Code: PFT2R-132B-250

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Blue, 2 in Wide, EFT2B-136B

Tamper Evident Security Tape

2 inch x 180 Feet

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

Add to Cart
Code: EFT2B-136B-180

2 inch x 250 Feet

Qty $/Roll
1 $38.82
6 $37.40
36 $34.35

Add to Cart
Code: EFT2B-136B-250 While Supplies Last

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 3 in x 180 ft, EFT3R-136B-180

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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3 inch x 180 Feet

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

Add to Cart
Code: EFT3R-136B-180

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 2 in x 180 ft, Serial Numbered, PST-RC-2R-V93

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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While Supplies Last

2 inch x 180 Feet

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

Add to Cart
Code: PST-RC-2R-V93

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 1 in x 200 ft, Serial Numbered, PST-RC-1R-V91

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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1 inch x 200 Feet

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

Add to Cart
Code: PST-RC-1R-V91

Tamper Evident Security Tape with Perforated Seals


Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 2 in x 180 ft, Perforated (2 x 9 in), Serial Numbered, PST-RC-2R-V90

Tamper Evident Security Tape

While Supplies Last

2 inch x 180 Feet or 240 seals (2 x 9 in)

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

Add to Cart
Code: PST-RC-2R-V90
Transitioning to PVT2R-242AP-180

Standard Tamper Evident Tape, Red, 2 in x 180 ft, Perforated (2 x 9 in), Serial Numbered, PST-RC-2R

Tamper Evident Security Tape

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2 inch x 180 Feet or 240 seals (2 x 9 in)

Qty $/Roll
1 $31.50
6 $29.95
36 $27.75

Add to Cart
Code: PST-RC-2R

Recommended Surfaces for PFT, EFT, and RC Security Tape:

  • 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
  • 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:

  • RC & High Release Formula:Difficult

Recommended Cleaners:

  • 90% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Acetone
  • Citrus Based Household Solvents (Orange-sol, Goo-gone, Etc.)
Specifications
Film Material
  • PFT & EFT Tapes: Polyester
  • RC Tapes: polypropylene
Film Thickness 2 mils (0.002 in)
Ink Colors
  • Red: PMS 485
  • Blue: PMS 301
  • Blue Security, PMS 295C background and border, with white overprint in center which appears gray (similar to PMS 536C)
  • Red Security, PMS 485C background and border, with white overprint in center which appears pink (similar to PMS 189C)
  • Brown, printed PMS 133U with overprint which appears medium brown (similar to PMS 7503U)
Film Coating Silicone Coated
Adhesive Material Hot Melt Rubber
Adhesive Thickness 1 mil (0.001 inch) thick (typical); Minimum 0.008 in
Adhesive Residue Level 100% -- All the adhesive transfers when removed; Only recommended for disposable packaging.
Core 3 inch Diameter, Compatible with most hand-held dispensers
Minimum Application Temperature +50°F
Service Temperature Range -40°F to +170°F
Compliance
  • ROHS compliant
  • TSA-CCSP compliant
Custom Options

Custom Printed Tape:

  • Minimum Order (typical 2 inch x 180 feet) : 80 rolls (order quantity tolerance within 15%)
  • Ready to Ship: Allow 2 to 3 weeks
  • Please call for pricing
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Brian Cramer Brian Cramer
Sales & Customer Service
(800) 336-6636 ext 4211
email: bcramer@novavisioninc.com
Mike Shaffer Mike Shaffer
Sales & Customer Service
(800) 336-6636 ext 4207
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