Advantages of WAT #2 – Tamper Evidence

Advantages of WAT #2 – Tamper Evidence

In our previous blog (Advantages of WAT #1 – An Integral Closure, 14 January 2019) we mentioned the tamper-resistant advantages of water activated tapes.

Tamperage and pilfering cost businesses millions of pounds every year. This could be avoided with the use of water activated tape for carton sealing. It is shockingly easy to soften the adhesive of standard pressure-sensitive plastic packing tapes, so that the tape can be temporarily removed without trace and new tape applied.

The legal and commercial ramifications of tamperage and pilfering are severe; contamination of foodstuffs or pharmaceuticals can put lives at risk. Companies are forced to carry out expensive and image-damaging rectification measures. These include replacement of pilfered goods  that add to manufacturing and shipping costs alongside the inconvenience of short supply that can put a strain on commercial relationships.

Conversion to water activated tapes for carton sealing is easy to implement and will radically reduce these risks.

The properties of WAT being semi liquid when sealing means that when setting it soaks into the carton fibres. As a result, when it dries it bonds and becomes an integral part of the cardboard. To remove this tape by hand would leave an evident mark on the packaging and if someone attempted to soak the tape, and break the seal, the amount of water needed would destroy the carton.

This is one of seven advantages of water-activated tape that we are highlighting in a series of blogs, which alone and in combination present a strong argument for changing from pressure-sensitive to water activated tape. Be sure to look out for them all and revisit previously-published blogs at

Tegrabond® water activated tapes and dispensers are supplied by Southgate through their network of approved suppliers throughout the UK and across Europe.

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