The Comprehensive Guide to Industrial Taping & Case Sealing

Comprehensive Guide to Industrial Taping & Case Sealing

You know how it feels when you're elbow deep in case sealing and taping and your production line is moving at a breakneck pace. Things are humming along until - bam! - a box comes unglued and spills its guts right there on the floor. If you're nodding your head, then this comprehensive guide to industrial taping and case sealing is for you. In a matter of minutes, we'll cover table top dispensers, semi-automatic and fully-automatic machines, carton erectors, and everything in between. By the end, you'll be a taping and sealing savant. So grab a coffee, put your feet up, and let's dive into the wonderful world of box fastening that keeps your production line moving efficiently.

Why Taping and Case Sealing Is Critical in Manufacturing

In any manufacturing or processing facility, ensuring product quality and safety is top priority. That's why taping and case sealing play such a crucial role. When done properly, these packaging processes help:

Protect products during shipping and handling.

The jostling and impacts products experience during transport can easily damage them without sturdy packaging. Taping seals cartons securely closed while case sealing creates an impenetrable barrier around the entire case. This shields your goods from exposure to outside elements that could compromise quality.

Prevent tampering and theft.

Once a product leaves your facility, you lose control over who handles it and how. Tamper-evident tape and case sealing provide visual evidence if someone has accessed your packages during transit. They also act as a deterrent, making it more difficult for thieves to steal your valuable products.

Maintain freshness and extend shelf life.

For food products and perishable goods, proper sealing is essential for maintaining freshness and preventing spoilage. Tape and case sealing create an airtight and watertight enclosure that locks in flavors and prevents exposure to oxygen, moisture, and contaminants.

Improve productivity and reduce costs.

Manual carton sealing and case sealing are time-consuming and labor-intensive processes. Automated packaging solutions like tape dispensers, carton sealers and case sealers streamline these tasks, speeding up your production line and lowering costs. They minimize human error and require minimal training, allowing you to reassign staff to more important jobs.

Investing in high-quality taping and case sealing equipment is well worth the upfront costs. The long-term benefits to your products, customers, and bottom line are huge. For manufacturing and processing, automated packaging is critical.

An Overview of Industrial Taping Methods

Industrial taping is a critical part of any manufacturing or packaging process. The right taping method depends on your product and production needs. The three main types are tabletop dispensers, semi-automatic taping machines, and fully automatic case sealers.

Tabletop Dispensers

For low-volume needs, a tabletop dispenser allows an operator to manually apply tape strips. These are very affordable and versatile but can be time-consuming for high volumes. Popular options like the Cyklop HS 1550 tabletop dispenser can apply a variety of tapes up to 50mm wide.

Semi-Automatic Taping Machines

If you want to speed up the process, a semi-automatic taping machine automatically feeds and cuts the tape to your desired length when the operator presses a pedal or button. These are ideal for medium production volumes. Models such as the Cyklop HS 1560 semi-automatic dispenser can apply up to 60 meters of tape per minute.

Fully Automatic Case Sealers

For high-volume packaging lines, a fully automatic case sealer applies tape at rapid speeds without the need for an operator. These industrial machines detect the size of each carton and apply precisely sized tape strips on the fly. High-end models like the Cyklop HS 1570 fully automatic case sealer can seal up to 12 cartons per minute.

The type of adhesive tape you choose depends on factors like surface type, temperature range, and required bond strength. When selecting a taping method and tape for your needs, consider volume, line speed, carton types, and budgets. With the right equipment and materials, you can achieve secure, high-quality case sealing for your products.

Types of Industrial Tape Dispensers

Semi-Automatic Tape Dispensers

For medium-volume operations, a semi-automatic tape dispenser is ideal. These floor-standing units hold large rolls of tape and are manually operated but dispense tape quickly and efficiently. An operator simply presses a foot pedal or lever to dispense tape, then uses their hands to guide the tape onto cases. Models are available for both case sealing tape and strapping tape.

Fully Automatic Tape Dispensers

For high-volume fulfillment centers and distribution operations dealing with thousands of cases per day, a fully automatic tape dispenser is the best option. These automated machines can apply case sealing or strapping tape to boxes as they move through the system at up to 30 boxes per minute. An infeed conveyor brings boxes into the machine, taping heads apply tape to the appropriate sides of the box, and an outfeed conveyor moves the sealed boxes out of the machine. These industrial dispensers require minimal operator involvement and help maximize productivity.

Specialty Tape Dispensers

Certain applications require specialized tape dispensers. For example, a print-and-apply labeler can print information like barcodes, shipping labels or product descriptions directly onto tape before applying it to cases. Hot melt glue tape dispensers use heated glue rather than adhesive tape to seal and reinforce cases. Taping carton erecting machines form blank cardboard sheets into boxes and seal the bottoms with tape in a single automated process.

Whether you need a simple tabletop unit or a fully automated production line system, there’s an industrial tape dispenser to suit your needs. By choosing the right dispenser for your application, you can achieve secure case sealing while maximizing efficiency. The result is faster processing, reduced costs and a better experience for your customers.

Table Top Tape Dispensers for Small Runs

If you only need to seal a few cases or cartons at a time, a table top tape dispenser is a simple and affordable solution. These compact dispensers sit right on your worktable or packing station, ready to apply tape strips as needed for your smaller production runs.

Easy to Operate

Table top dispensers are very easy to set up and operate. Simply load a roll of pressure-sensitive tape, thread the end through the dispensing mechanism, and you’re ready to start taping. A weighted tape cutter or serrated edge built into the dispenser makes it easy to cut the tape to your desired length. These dispensers require no power source, so you can place them wherever is most convenient in your packaging area.

Low Cost, High Value

While very affordable, table top dispensers provide good value for smaller operations. They help streamline the taping process, reducing time spent cutting and applying tape by hand. This can improve productivity and also help ensure consistent, high-quality case sealing. Popular brands of table top dispensers like Cyklop offer models to suit any budget.


Don’t let the name fool you—while table top dispensers work great on tabletops and workbenches, they can also be mounted to walls or work stands. Their compact size makes them easy to move and reposition as needed. These dispensers can handle a variety of tape types, including acrylic, polyethylene, hot melt, and water-activated tapes.

For low-volume case sealing and general packaging needs, a table top tape dispenser is an ideal solution. They provide an easy, low-cost way to improve your taping efficiency and productivity. While not as advanced as semi-automatic or fully automatic case sealers, table top dispensers are simple to operate and can handle most basic tape sealing tasks. For smaller operations on a budget, these dispensers offer a lot of versatility and value.

Semi-Automatic Case Sealers for Medium Volume

Once your production needs surpass what a tabletop case sealer can handle, it’s time to consider a semi-automatic case sealer. These mid-range machines are ideal for medium-volume operations that want to scale up their case sealing process without a huge capital investment.

Higher Throughput

Semi-automatic case sealers can seal at a rate of 10 to 30 cases per minute, enabling you to keep up with increased demand. They handle the case erecting and taping automatically after you manually load the case blanks or flat blanks. This frees up your line workers to focus on other tasks while the machine does the legwork.


Semi-automatic sealers provide flexibility to handle different sized cases. They can typically seal a range of case sizes, from small shoebox-sized cartons up to larger cases. The taping heads adjust to properly seal different case heights. Some models also allow you to change the case blank feeder to switch between regular slotted containers (RSCs) and different box styles.

Cost-Effective Solution

While more advanced than a tabletop sealer, semi-automatic case sealers are more budget-friendly than fully automatic models. They provide an affordable solution for ramping up your production and throughput while still keeping some manual processes. The smaller footprint also means less floor space is required in your facility.

Options for Your Needs

There are a few types of semi-automatic case sealers to choose from:

  • Rotary tower sealers: Cases move around a rotating carousel and are sealed at multiple stations. Best for high speeds.
  • Inline sealers: Cases move down a conveyor line and are sealed at one or more fixed taping heads. Compact and easy to operate.
  • Right-angle sealers: Cases change direction on a conveyor line and are sealed at one or more fixed taping heads. Efficient use of floor space.

Whether you need an entry-level model or one with advanced features like hot melt or reinforced tape sealing, there’s a semi-automatic case sealer to suit your production and budget. With the right machine and tape for your application, you’ll be sealing cases efficiently and scaling your operations in no time.

Fully-Automatic Case Sealers for High Volume

When you need to seal cases at a fast pace for high-volume production, a fully-automatic case sealer is the perfect solution. These industrial machines are designed to quickly and efficiently seal cases without the need for constant human operation.

Continuous Motion Saves Time

Fully-automatic case sealers feature a continuous motion conveyor system to keep cases moving at a steady pace. As cases travel down the line, the machine automatically folds the case flaps, applies tape, and firmly seals all four sides. This non-stop process allows fully-automatic sealers to achieve output of up to 30 cases per minute. For companies shipping thousands of cases per day, this time-saving automation is crucial.

Programmable for Different Case Sizes

Despite their speed, fully-automatic case sealers remain highly versatile. Most models offer programmable settings for different case sizes, tape types, and flap folding methods. Operators can input specifications for the cases they wish to seal and the machine will automatically adjust to properly process each case. This flexibility allows one machine to handle sealing for a range of product sizes and styles.

Advanced Safety Features

Fully-automatic case sealers incorporate advanced safety mechanisms to protect operators. These include emergency stop buttons, light curtains, door interlocks, and more. If the machine senses a person or object in its path during operation, it will immediately shut down to avoid injury or damage. Once the path is clear, the machine can quickly resume sealing cases at full speed. Proper safety precautions, combined with high-volume output and programmable versatility, make fully-automatic case sealers an ideal solution for companies focused on fast, efficient case sealing. By automating this repetitive task, you can increase productivity and reduce costs, all while ensuring a safe work environment for your staff. For high-volume case sealing, fully-automatic is the way to go.

Integrating Case Erectors Into the Packaging Line

Selecting the Right Case Erector

The first step is choosing a case erector that can handle the sizes and styles of cases you routinely use. Consider things like case dimensions, flap style, and closure method. For many operations, a semi-automatic or fully automatic case erector is ideal since they can handle a range of case sizes and keep up with high-volume production demands. They erect cases, seal the bottom, and present them for manual or automated product loading and case sealing.

Optimizing Line Layout

The case erector needs to be positioned at the start of your packaging line for maximum efficiency. Place it close to your product loading area so workers or robots can easily transfer products into the erected cases. Consider how the cases will flow through the rest of the packaging and palletizing processes. The line layout should minimize unnecessary movement and backtracking. An experienced packaging equipment expert can help determine the optimal configuration for your specific operation.

Integrating with Other Equipment

Modern case erectors are designed to integrate with other packaging equipment like product loaders, case sealers, conveyors, and palletizers. They can activate and control other equipment or accept start/stop signals to coordinate the entire packaging sequence. This integration helps automate your line, reduces manual labor, and increases throughput and productivity. Some case erectors also have built-in features like hot melt glue case sealing to further streamline the packaging process in one machine.

Optimizing Efficiency

Proper setup, training, and maintenance are key to getting the most out of your case erector and entire packaging line. Train operators on how to adjust the machine for different case sizes and ensure safe operating procedures. Perform routine maintenance like lubricating moving parts and inspecting sensors and control systems. You can also set up your case erector for quick size changes to minimize downtime when switching case types. An efficient, well-integrated packaging line with automated equipment like a case erector will help maximize your productivity and output.

Best Practices for Industrial Taping and Sealing

To get the most out of your industrial taping and case sealing equipment, follow these best practices.

First, choose the right tools for the job. Select tape, tape dispensers, and case sealers designed specifically for industrial use that can handle high volume and frequent use. For taping, consider tabletop dispensers for small runs, semi-automatic dispensers to speed up the process, or fully automatic tape dispensers for high-volume, continuous taping. Case sealers that use pressure-sensitive or water-activated tape will securely seal cartons.

Next, implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) for your taping and sealing processes. Document step-by-step instructions for machine setup, operation, cleaning and maintenance. Train all operators on the SOPs and have them follow the procedures closely to ensure consistency and quality.

Inspect incoming materials before running them through your equipment. Check that tape rolls, tape cores, cartons, and cases are in good condition with no damage or defects. This prevents jams, tears, and inefficient use of materials.

Perform routine maintenance on all equipment. Clean taping and sealing machines regularly and inspect for any wear or damage. Replace parts as needed to keep the equipment in working order. Well-maintained machines have less downtime and higher productivity.

Finally, quality check finished cartons and cases. Do spot checks to confirm the tape or seal is properly applied, securely adhered, and achieving a tight, wrinkle-free bond. Check for any loose edges or tears in the tape or sealing and re-tape or re-seal as needed. Consistent quality control results in secure, durable bonds that protect the carton contents.

Following these best practices will help you get the most productivity, efficiency and quality out of your industrial taping and case sealing operations. Keep materials, equipment and processes in working order and you’ll keep your lines running smoothly.

FAQs About Industrial Taping and Case Sealing

If you’re considering implementing industrial taping and case sealing solutions in your production line, you probably have some questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions about these packaging technologies:

How do industrial taping and case sealing work? These automated solutions apply adhesive tape or sealant to corrugated cases, trays or cartons as they travel down a conveyor belt. Taping equipment dispenses tape to securely seal carton flaps and seams. Case sealers apply hot melt glue, cold glue or tape to fully seal cartons.

Why should we invest in these solutions? Automating your taping and case sealing processes provides many benefits. It improves packaging quality and consistency, increases packaging line speeds, reduces labor costs, and enhances productivity and throughput. It also improves safety by eliminating the need for manual application of adhesives.

What types of equipment are available? There are tabletop dispensers for small operations, semi-automatic and fully automatic solutions for mid- to high-volume lines. Carton erectors can also be integrated to automatically form cartons before sealing. InkJet, Inc. offers all these technologies from leading brands like Cyklop.

How much do these systems cost? Prices range from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the level of automation and features. Exact quotes will depend on your specific production needs and equipment requirements.

How difficult are they to operate? Industrial taping and case sealing equipment is designed to be user-friendly and require minimal operator intervention. Once the settings have been configured for your carton and adhesive requirements, the systems can run automatically with little supervision needed. Some basic training may be provided with installation.

If you have additional questions about implementing packaging solutions on your production line, the experts at InkJet, Inc. would be happy to help determine the best options for your needs. Automating your taping and case sealing can help streamline your operations, reduce costs, and boost productivity.


So there you have it - the comprehensive guide to industrial taping and case sealing. We covered the basics of why it's important, the options for table top dispensers, semi and fully automatic systems, and how carton erecting machines fit in. With the key factors, technologies, and benefits laid out, you're now equipped to evaluate and select the best solutions for your production lines. Taping and sealing may seem simple on the surface, but optimizing it has a big impact on efficiency, quality, and costs. Take the insights here and put them into action - your packaging operations will be all the better for it. When you're ready to take the next steps, get in touch - we're here to help implement an industrial taping and sealing system tailored to your unique needs.