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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the lead time for a printed tape order?

Lead time is dependent upon approval by you of the finished artwork. Once the artwork is approved we generally will print and ship the order within 2 to 3 weeks. Rush orders are available for an additional cost.

How am I sure the order will be printed correctly?

After we receive your artwork, we will design a “Proof” and email it to you. You would then print the proof and carefully check for accuracy, placement of text, spelling, tape width, ink color etc. Once all is approved we will proceed.

What are the standard tape colors?

Clear, White and Tan. Other tape colors are available upon request.

What are the standard ink colors?

We can print using any PMS color at NO CHARGE (unheard of in our industry) that is not a Fluorescent or a Metallic.

Can you print multiple colors? If so what are the minimums?

Yes, we print up to 3 colors – but our creative art team can make 3 colors look like more.
2 color prints require 2 case minimums
3 color prints require 3 case minimums

What is repeat length?

Repeat length is the distance from the beginning of the impression (text, logo, etc.) to the beginning of the same impression. If the text you wanted to print measured 4” long and it was printed with a 6” repeat there would be 2” of space before the text printed again.

What tape widths are available?

The most common width size is 2” wide tape and 3” wide tape, but we specialize in other width sizes to accommodate you needs.

What is the difference between Polypropylene and PVC tape?

Our 2.0 mil polypropylene tape is a standard duty tape recommended for sealing boxes under 45lbs. It has a glossy finish in appearance. This economical packing tape has a quick tack adhesive and is commonly recognized by its crackling noise when pulled from the roll.

Our 2.2mil PVC tape is a heavy duty tape recommended for sealing boxes over 45lbs. PVC has a flatter finish in appearance compared with polypropylene. It has a strong adhesive component and also known as the quiet tape for its smooth release from the roll.

What is the difference between Pressure Sensitive and Water Activated tape?
Each type of tape has certain advantages over the other, depending on the application:

Pressure Sensitive Tape Plain or Printed, commonly known as poly tape, provides a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to seal corrugated cartons. It can be applied without a dispenser, and is ideal for sealing light weight package goods that do not put stress on the box during shipping. The transparent nature of most pressure sensitive tapes allows it to be applied over pre-printed cartons and shipping labels without obscuring any important information. And because pressure sensitive tape does not form a permanent bond with the carton, it is preferred for storage applications where the contents of the carton will need to be accessed and re-taped.

Water Activated Tape/Gummed Tape Plain or Printed, creates a strong, permanent bond when applied to a corrugated carton. Because it cannot be removed without visibly marking the box, it also creates a very secure, tamper- evident package. By bonding to the carton, water activated tape actually strengthens the container, making it ideal for heavier items that may stress the carton during shipment. This bonding also means only one layer of tape is needed to seal the carton, resulting in less tape being used. Any carton that will experience extremes in temperature, humidity, or UV exposure will benefit from the seal durability of water activated tape. Dispensers for water activated tape can quickly output individual sections of tape at preset sizes, making it an ideal choice for industrial or high-volume applications. This consistency results in a uniform, attractive carton, suitable for display in a retail setting.

What are the Artwork Requirement for Printed Tape?
Customer artwork requirements:

Camera-Ready Artwork Requirements: Camera-ready artwork refers to a computer generated (digital) file originally created within one of the software programs listed below. Scans and images taken from the Web are not usable for high-quality printing. Your camera-ready artwork should be the exact size you wish to have printed.