High Security Tape and Who Should Consider It

When purchasing packaging tape, there is also the option of getting high security tamperproof tape. The way it is designed is when it is delivered, the receiver will remove the seal from the surface of the box to reveal a tamper-evident message. Depending on who the manufacturer of the tape was, it will say slightly different words along the lines of “void/opened”.
This residue which gets left behind is almost impossible to remove. Unlike other regular packaging tape, high security tape is resistant to extreme hot and cold temperatures. Also for the companies that would like customization, it is possible to to do so for an extra cost. Depending on what you are looking for, Spectra Tapes has either blue tape that can be customized or red tape that is numbered sequentially every 6″ and perforated. This will allow it to be also used as a label for full security and be able to be recognized immediately. Think about all the boxes out there in transit that look just like one another. Wouldn’t you want your boxes to stand out from the pack?
Not only does high security tape provide you with that, it is even suitable in a variety of surfaces if they are clean or dry. These surfaces can either be stainless steel, painted metal, polyester, PVC and glass. Be advised that they have to be clean of oil, dirt, grease and other contaminants.
Industries that commonly use this kind of tape are financial institutions, jewellery, lottery, governmental, corporate security, and couriers. The whole idea of having this product is to protect the merchandise found inside. With high security tape, it is fairly obvious if someone tampered with your package. Since even a since piece of tape is not like the others, there is no way to get around it.
High security tapes are a more secure option than using custom printed packaging tape such as polypropylene, PVC, acrylic or gummed tape. These are good options for shipping certain products such as clothing and other goods valued under a certain amount. As you may have noticed, the industries who are more likely to use high security tape tend to sell items that most people would want to get their hands on.
It is recommended to store such tape at an ambient temperature of between 10-20 degrees Celsius (50-68 degrees Fahrenheit) to ensure the product will perform the most optimally.

Why you should consider gummed tape

Gummed tape, also known as water activated or paper tape, has gained a lot of popularity since Amazon, the ecommerce giant, started using it. Gummed tape was on its way out at that point mainly due to the difficulty of application.

There are hand and machine dispensers on the market to make the application process easier. They have to be for gummed tape only since the dispensers for other kinds of tape will not work. Since the adhesive on the tape is not activated yet, these dispensers brush water on them and cut them in the length required to seal the box.

Aside from the fact that it takes more effort to seal packages, there are many advantages to using gummed tape. Between polypropylene, PVC, acrylic and gummed tape, the latter provides the best security for your products. This is due to the fiberglass strands in the tape. They are very strong which makes it very obvious if someone tampered with the package. It is extremely difficult to remove without showing signs of someone previously opening it.

Gummed tape also bonds very quickly to any kind of box no matter how recycled it is. In addition, the other tapes may not all be recyclable friendly but since gummed tape is made out of paper, there is no need to worry about removing the tape first. This is why it is the most environmentally friendly option for packaging.

In addition, it holds securely in all kinds of weather and will stay firm when sealing boxes that are overfilled. Since the tape is wet when applied, be careful closing these packages. Due to the fact that it’s wet, it will shift around and not stick right away. It needs to be first held down until the piece of tape is well bound. After that, it should never unbind. Even if a box is under stuffed, regular tape will start to unbind especially if there are heavier boxes placed on top if it during shipping. But with gummed tape, you will not have that problem.

With the dispenser for gummed tape, it will allow you to choose the exact length you need to seal your boxes. Therefore there is zero waste compared to the other kinds of tape mentioned above because it may take more of these tapes to close certain boxes. But with gummed tape, unless someone applies it wrong, there is no reason to double tape a box with it.

Spectra Tapes on the Lean Journey

There is a popular lyric by Drake, which states “started from the bottom now we’re here”. The lean journey is something everyone in an organization has to understand, ponder over and execute in order for a company to thrive. That is why, even employees considered at the bottom of an organization should be encouraged to contribute ideas on how to, more efficiently, run tasks. That is key to ensuring success in the lean journey.

For those of you who don’t know what the lean process is, it is simply a way to reduce waste. For example, in order for tasks to take less time, thinking of different layouts for production, better organization as well as clearer and constant communication is a great place to start. At Spectra Tapes, employees are encouraged to come up with personal goals for themselves. This way, it is easier for a company to know where they stand and where their employees want it to go.

Going lean is a continuous goal the owner and CEO of the company has adopted. No matter how much progress a company makes, there is always something that can be done to reduce waste. There are businesses that follow the lean process who have even taken it to the point where they would ask themselves “do we really need this?” Some examples of questions they would be asking are no more staplers so why are we printing paper? If we need more than one page, why aren’t we printing on both sides?

There is an article to draw inspiration from when starting to go lean. It is called 2 Second Lean by Paul Akers. Like many business owners out there, Paul wanted to grow his business and that meant understanding and fixing issues that arose. That’s when he hired a manufacturing consultant to come in to help with his inventory problems.

They told him that he basically did not know what he is doing. It was then Paul began his lean journey to cut as much waste possible. If you think about it, the less clutter and waste there is, the more productive employees will be. Albert Einstein is known to have said, “The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity”.

Notice how it’s called a lean journey because it is a continuous process to keep learning and getting rid of waste. A company is never done being lean; there is always something more they can be doing.