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How Does An Electric Water-Activated Tape Dispenser Improve Productivity?

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 15, 2015 2:30:00 PM / by Better Packages

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If you are currently using handheld tape guns with plastic pressure-sensitive tape (PST) to seal your cartons, you are missing out on the productivity and safety benefits of an electric tape dispenser and water-activated tape. Electric water-activated tape dispensers, such as the Better Pack 555eS Series dispenser, can help improve productivity and employee safety at your packaging workstations.

Operating an Electric Packaging Tape Dispenser

Using electric tape machines are extremely user-friendly. After loading the tape and powering up the dispenser, the machine operator pushes a numbered button that corresponds to the desired length of tape. The machine wets and automatically cuts the tape to the length on the selected button. The operator then transfers the tape to the open carton, positions it, places the tape on the open flaps and presses down. The tape then bonds to the carton, providing security and strength.

Water-activated tape is made from paper, with a starch adhesive and often incorporates fiberglass reinforced strands for added strength. In order for the tape to stick to the carton, it must be "activated" with water. Electric tape machines usually incorporate a water heater. The heated water aids tape adhesion.

To determine the length of tape required for sealing a carton, take the length of the carton and add 6 inches to provide overhang on either side of the carton for a strong seal. (For example, if your carton is 12 inches long, you would want to choose a tape length of 18 inches.)

How Operating an Electric Tape Dispenser Improves Productivity and Reduces Employee Risk

Tabletop electric tape dispensers help workers wet and cut water-activated tape to a predetermined length. Typically, electric tape dispensers are used in facilities to help boost productivity by reducing the number of movements a packer must make to seal a carton. An independent research study demonstrated that carton sealing productivity is 21% higher using a WAT dispenser and WAT versus a hand-held tape gun and PST.* The reduction in required movement enhances packer speed (and reduces fatigue) and also minimizes the medical risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a real risk when employees are using hand-held tape guns in high volume packing environments. In fact, some of the largest e-commerce companies have switched from hand-held tape guns to WAT to eliminate the high costs of medical, hiring and training expenses associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Watch the video below to see how our Better Pack 555eS Series dispenser works.

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Are you interested in deciding what type of WAT dispenser is right for your company’s application? To help you in your decision-making, click here to take a quick quiz and we’ll provide you with dispenser recommendations based upon your situation. Speaking generally, electric dispenser will be easier to use, faster (more productive), and will provide more consistent performance. Electric dispensers do require 115 volt (220 volt for Europe) electric power while manual dispensers do not.

Better Packages' WAT tape dispensing machines are sold internationally through a global certified Distributor network. Dispensers can also be purchased through a variety of industrial catalogs. Contact Us to find a variety of Authorized Sources.

* See SGS Independent Research Study

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Topics: Water Activated Tape

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Written by Better Packages

Founded in 1917, Better Packages is a leading manufacturer of tabletop water-activated tape (WAT) dispensers used in carton sealing. Better Packages’ product line includes auto-dispensing electric machines that are used in high volume fulfillment centers, as well as manual dispensers. In the U.S., Better Packages sells through multiple channels that include industrial and packaging distributors and catalog wholesalers, as well as direct to end-user customers. Its distribution network consists of over 160 authorized distributors including Tier 1 shipping and packaging. Better Packages also has another 50 international distributors that service over 70 countries. Better Packages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), an acknowledged leader in the packaging industry. IPG sells a full line of Central® water-activated tape, as well as many other premier packaging products.