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This specification covers filament-reinforced, pressure-sensitive adhesive tape for packaging and includes the following types: Type I, Type II, Type III, and Type IV. The tapes covered by this specification are intended for use in closing and reinforcing fiberboard boxes and for bundling items for shipment. The materials used in the construction of the tapes shall be such that they ensure performance of the tape over the prescribed temperature range. The material and manufacture requirements for backing, adhesive, reinforcements, and rolls are specified. The tape shall comply with the physical property requirements such as (1) adhesion before and after aging, (1) adhesion at low temperature, (3) elongation, (4) shear adhesion, (5) break strength, and (6) thickness. Additional physical requirements are specified for Type IV tape. The tape shall meet the prescribed dimension (including the roll width, roll length, and splice overlap), color, and transparency requirements. The sampling method for end-item examination and end-item testing are given. Accelerated aging (heat and humidity), adhesion, break strength and elongation, thickness, and weathering (for Type IV only) tests shall be performed. Environmental considerations such as toxic content are also specified.
This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.
Significance and Use
The pressure-sensitive, filament-reinforced tapes covered by this specification are intended for use in closing and reinforcing fiberboard boxes and for bundling items for shipment.
Type I is an impact and cut-resistant low-tensile strength tape, usually with polyester fiber reinforcement. It is intended for bundling and similar applications and used where a greater amount of stretch before break provides an improvement in impact resistance over glass filament reinforcement.
Types II and III are intended for reinforcement of RSC's and similar fiberboard boxes, and for bundling where a snug bundle must be maintained and other similar applications.
Type IV is intended for applications in which weather-resistance high-tensile strength tape is required.
See Practice D1947 for details on applications.
1.1 This specification covers filament-reinforced, pressure-sensitive adhesive tape.
1.2 The values stated in either inch-pound or SI units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore each system must be used independently of the other, without combining values in any way.
1.3 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 14, of this specification: This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D996 Terminology of Packaging and Distribution Environments
D3330/D3330M Test Method for Peel Adhesion of Pressure-Sensitive Tape
D3611 Practice for Accelerated Aging of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes
D3652/D3652M Test Method for Thickness of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes
D3654/D3654M Test Methods for Shear Adhesion of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes
D3715/D3715M Practice for Quality Assurance of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes
D3759/D3759M Test Method for Breaking Strength and Elongation of Pressure-Sensitive Tape
D3815/D3815M Practice for Accelerated Weathering of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes by Open-Flame Carbon-Arc Exposure Apparatus
D3889/D3889M Test Method for Adherence to Linerboard of Pressure-Sensitive Tape at Low Temperature
D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging
D4332 Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing
D4727/D4727M Specification for Corrugated and Solid Fiberboard Sheet Stock (Container Grade) and Cut Shapes
Federal SpecificationsPPP-T-680 Tape, Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive: Packaging and Packing of
ISO StandardISO 9004:2000 Quality Management Systems-Guidelines for Performance Improvements
ICS Number Code 55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories)
ASTM D5330 / D5330M-06(2012), Standard Specification for Pressure-Sensitive Tape for Packaging, Filament-Reinforced, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.orgBack to Top