Since you've clicked on this blog post, I'm going to go ahead and assume that you'realready a tape guru. And that's OK. But choosing the correct packaging tape for your application is essential to the presentation, protection, and security of your product. So, because you aren't a tape guru, read on to understand the major differences between hot melt tape and acrylic tape and what to expect with both. Hopefully, the information contained in this article will help you to make the right decision for your specific needs.
Hot melt packaging tape has a higher adhesive character, making it ideal boxes with high amounts of recycled content.
Hot melt tapes exhibit significantly betteradhesive properties when compared to anacrylic packaging tape. They possess superior holding power and tensile strength with a quick tack. A hot melt tape is ideal for applications involving machine applied tapes, overstuffed boxes, or thosewith a high degree of recycled content. They perform well in temperatures ranging from 45*F to 120*F.
Acrylic packaging tape is ideal for long-term storage because it resists yellowing because of oxidation.
Acrylic packaging tapes, on the other hand, offer a wider temperature range than that of the hot melt tapes, ranging from 32*F to 140*F. An acrylic tape is ideal for applications that involve low and/or high humidity conditions, as well as long term storage. Acrylic tapes also have a stronger resistance to oxidation, allowing it to to be uninfluenced by exposure to sunlight, meaning it won't yellow like hot melt packaging tape does.