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Hot Melt vs. Acrylic Carton Sealing Tape

Posted by Brad Murdock on

Hot Melt Packaging Tape Vs Acrylic Packaging Tape: What's The actual Difference?


Since you've clicked on this blog post, I'm going to go ahead and assume that you're already 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 Packing Tape

hot melt packaging tape
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.

  • Can be purchased in both hand-grade rolls andmachine-grade rolls
  • Provides easy unwind, as well as consistent and reliable seals
  • Higher level of flexibility allows for better performanceunder constant strain or stress
  • Available in clear, tan, and colored rolls; sold in "by the case" quantities
  • Ideal examples of usage: shipping, short-term storage, box/carton sealing, boxes/cartons with high recycled content


Acrylic Packaging Tape

acrylic packaging tape
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.

  • Can be purchased in hand-grade and machine-grade rolls
  • Often considered more of an "economy grade" packaging tape
  • Available inclear, tan, and colored rolls; sold in "by the case" quantities
  • Examples of usage: Long-term storage in varying temperatures, lightweight carton sealing/carton closing


Comparison Summary

  • Hot melt tapes offer exceptional adhesion strength, flexibility, and performs well in varying applications.
  • Acrylic tapes are ideal for packaging applications involving extreme temperatures, such as refrigeration, and for sealing boxes that will be warehoused over a long period of time.
  • Hot melt tapes can yellow with age, whereas an acrylic tape is less likely to yellow over time.
  • Machine grade hot melt tapes generally perform more reliably than machine grade acrylic tapes.
  • Both acrylic packaging tape and hot melt carton sealing tapes are comparable in price, offering both premium and economical grades.
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