A vinyl tape can come in many forms – packaging tape, barrier tape, chart and map tapes, color-coding tapes, conspicuous reflective tapes, decorative tapes, electrical tapes, and so on.
We look at some of these purposes and tape characteristics in a little more detail below.
Sealing and Packaging Tape: These are used to package cartons and parcels, are usually self-adhesive, and come transparent or in different colors. Vinyl tapes are excellent for printing, and they can be printed with handling instructions or promotional messages.
Barrier Tape: Used to mark off restricted areas such as police investigation scenes, barricade tapes are wider, non-adhesive and come in highly visible colors and patterns.
Chart & Map Tapes: These adhesive vinyl tapes can be used on different surfaces to create charts, graphs, etc.
Color Coding Tapes: Colored plain vinyl tapes can be used for identificatory marking, on glassware and tools, on factory floors, and so on.
Reflective Tapes: Reflective tapes are used to make things conspicuous, such as vehicles parked in dark surroundings, for large trucks and trailers and other areas.
Decorative Tapes: These help add glitter to event venues. There are mirror tapes, glitter tapes, prismatic tapes, holographic tapes and such.
Electrical Tapes: Thicker than usual, these insulation tapes come in different colors, and protect you from electric shocks.
Camouflage Tapes: Where you want to merge into your surroundings, and avoid attracting unwanted attention from hunted animals or wildlife and such, easily-removed camouflage tapes in different patterns can come in handy. While camouflage tapes might not be vinyl tapes, some are coated with that material for special effects.
Flagging Tapes: Flagging tapes can be used for surveying, trail marking, search & rescue operations, forestry and environmental studies, for example.
Gaffer Tape: Made of vinyl impregnated cloth, the thick gaffer tape has high adhesion properties and is used to secure wires, cables and props at conventions, film shoots, etc.
Marking Tapes: Colored and striped marking tapes are used to mark out plant and warehouse floors, and for other applications. These tapes are highly resistant to heat and other degrading agents.
Hazard Tapes: Another kind of tape that has applications in plants and warehouses, these tapes are used to warn of physical hazards and to mark out areas by functions.
Vinyl is used for and in many kinds of tapes for a large number of applications. These tapes come in different colors, widths, patterns, thickness and other properties to meet the differing requirements of the applications. Vinyl tape is easy to print upon and is ideal as packaging tape, barrier tape and other applications where information needs to be printed on the tape itself. The printing facility can also be used for promotional purposes.
Then there are tapes that are highly reflective in the dark, or add glitter to events, serve as camouflage or insulate electrical contacts.
Vinyl tapes are thus a highly versatile item with many uses.