BOPP Tape vs. Other Adhesive Options: Comparing Strengths and Suitability
Tape is a very simple tool that has changed the way we work. It is hard to believe that the first tape was invented in 1845 which was a kind of surgical tape. Then after 76 years in 1921, band-aids were invented. Then we get duct tape around in 1942 around the first world war.
We can safely say that tapes have made a significant improvement in our life. Not only in one field but also in many different fields, we can find different types of tapes being used in different industries.
There are many fields where tapes are used every second. One of those industries is the packaging industry. It is marvellous to see how in such a short time, we have done so much progress when it comes to packaging.
One of the tape that is widely used by the packaging industry and many other industries is BOPP tape.
In this article, we will talk about the BOPP tape and we will compare this tape with other equally popular tapes. Then we will talk about the benefits of using tape.
What is Bopp tape?
BOPP stands for Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene which is a plastic compound known for its various properties. Due to its versatile nature, it is used in many industries.
Why should we choose BOPP tape?
In this section, we will talk about the reasons why BOPP tape is so popular in many industries. As we know this tape is made from Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene which makes it a kind of Acrylic tape.
These kinds of tape have high-end features and benefits which we are going to talk about down below.
- High tensile strength
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, tensile strength refers to the maximum load that a material can support without fracture when it is being stretched in the cross-section area of the material.
BOPP tape is a tape with very high tensile strength as compared to its other counterparts.
- Wide temperature range
BOPP tape is the first choice for packing the shipments or packages which will be shipped globally or to a far distance. Usually, if you have to ship packages to hot or cold climates then they would have to pick two tapes.
But BOPP tapes can handle a wide range of temperatures. The range lies from 0 degrees to 90 degrees Celsius.
When we talk about anti-ageing, the first thing that comes to our mind is skincare routine but this term is also used for tapes. So what does that mean? It refers to the fading of the tape’s colour and clarity. The adhesion properties are also considered in the ageing factors of tapes.
BOPP tapes have excellent resistance to these ageing factors of tape.
- Easy to print on
As we know custom printed tape plays an important role in product packaging as well as marketing. So it is important to have tape that will keep the boxes and the packages safe. Along with that, it should have easy to print surface as well as it should be compatible with the printing machine.
- Resistant to chemical solvent
BOPP tape is resistant to chemical solvents like rubbing alcohol, oil, and grease. All this is possible due to the layer of silicons and acrylic which are coated onto the surface of BOPP Tape.
How is BOPP tape different from other tapes?
Now that we know what is a BOPP tape and its benefits. We can talk about the different types of tape and compare them with the BOPP tape.
Down below, we have a list of different types for comparison.
1. Double-sided tape
Double-sided tape is a versatile tape that is used in many industries. This tape is made from different kinds of materials like foam, paper, tissue etc. As the name says it has adhesive on both sides of its backing material. To prevent the stripes from sticking to themselves butter paper is used as a barrier.
When we compare it to BOPP tape, we will see that double-sided tape cannot withstand high or very low temperatures. It can not be used to pack boxes either.
2. Hot melt tape
Hot melt tape is made of thermoplastic polymers which provide higher adhesion as compared to acrylic tape. But the hot melt tape does not have any resistance against moisture, sunlight, chemical solvents etc.
3. Kraft paper tape
Kraft paper tape is the best option if you are looking for eco-friendly tape which has strong adhesive then this is your best option as compared to BOPP tape which can be recycled easily.
When we talk about the surface and tearing ability then kraft tape’s surface is writable as well as it is easy to tear with hands. Compared to BOPP tape can have a clear, glossy or matte finish. We need scissors or a sharp tool to cut it.
4. Masking tape
Masking tape is a totally different kind of tape when we look at the other tapes in the market. Masking tape is also called painter’s tape due to its unique kind of adhesive which is made from synthetic rubber.
This tape is usually used to cover the surfaces while painting where we do not want to get stains or paint bleeding onto each other. There are many other uses of masking tape in various industries but it is not a great option for packing boxes.
BOPP tape is different as it has a strong adhesive which is perfect for a stronghold. We can not use BOPP tape on canvas or paper but we can use masking tape without damaging thin and weak surfaces as stated above.
5. Duct tape
Duct tape is a very famous tape that was invented around the time of the first world war. Duct tape is a versatile tape that has been used for a wide range of work. It is used for repairing holes, sealing cracks, holding a car’s windshield taking out splinters, removing lint, etc
Compared to BOPP tape which is mainly used in the packing industry.
In this article about the BOPP tape. We got to know a lot about the strengths and suitability of BOPP tape as well as other tapes. We have talked about the reasons why you should pick BOPP tape as well as the difference of different types of tapes.
Suman Mandal has been in the packaging industry for a long time. She is passionate about the innovative ways this industry comes up with. Currently, she is writing for To The Packaging about various packaging solutions.