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This specification covers pressure-sensitive tapes of film, paper, and cloth types, with applications in packaging, box closure, and sealing. Covered in this specification are five types of tape: waterproof, weather-resistant, polyester-backed tape (Type I), water-resistant polyester-backed tape (Type II), water-resistant polypropylene-backed tape (Type III), water-resistant woven-cloth-backed tape (Type IV), and weather-resistant paper-backed tape. The tape shall be manufactured with film, paper, or cloth backing, coated with a smooth and uniformly distributed layer of pressure-sensitive water-insoluble adhesive. The tape shall be in wound into rolls on cores of paper fiber or plastic and shall be free from defects, with the edges clean, straight, and unbroken. Tests for adhesion, break strength, tear resistance, thickness, water-penetration rate, water solubility, water-vapor transmission rate, and weathering shall be performed and shall conform to the requirements 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.
1.1 This specification covers film, paper, and cloth pressure-sensitive tapes used for box closure and sealing.
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, without combining values in any way.
1.3 The following safety hazards 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
D1974 Practice for Methods of Closing, Sealing, and Reinforcing Fiberboard Boxes
D2860/D2860M Test Method for Adhesion of Pressure-Sensitive Tape to Fiberboard at 90 Angle and Constant Stress
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
D3811/D3811M Test Method for Unwind Force of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes
D3815/D3815M Practice for Accelerated Weathering of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes by Open-Flame Carbon-Arc Exposure Apparatus
D3816/D3816M Test Method for Water Penetration Rate of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes
D3833/D3833M Test Method for Water Vapor Transmission of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes
D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging
D4727/D4727M Specification for Corrugated and Solid Fiberboard Sheet Stock (Container Grade) and Cut Shapes
D5570 Test Method for Water Resistance of Tape and Adhesives Used as Box Closure
TAPPI StandardT414 Internal Tear Resistance of Paper (Elmendorf-Type Method) Available from Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), 15 Technology Parkway South, Norcross, GA 30092, http://www.tappi.org.
Federal SpecificationsFED-STD-595 Colors
ISO StandardISO9004:2000 Quality Management Systems-Guidelines for Performance Improvements
ICS Number Code 55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories)