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Water-activated tape, otherwise known as gummed tape dispensers, generates an immediate, strong bond resulting in a superior seal on corrugated cartons. Starch based adhesives are applied to reinforced paper stripping that becomes active when wet. A water-activated tape dispenser provides a simple and fast way to size, wet and cut water-activated tape for closing corrugate cartons.

An automatic water-activated tape dispenser (WAT Dispenser) by Better Packaging that has feed out a small amount of water-activated tape.


Electric water-activated tape dispensers are an ideal choice for medium-to high-volume packaging operations or sealing random sized cartons. These tape machines are fast and efficient tape dispensing options for packaging solutions packing over 50 packages per day. Automatic WAT dispensers are available with a variety of features.

BP555e Series Electric Gummed Tape Dispenser

Automatic Water-Activated Tape Dispenser Features

  • Foot pedals for hands free dispensing

  • Tape aerials to simplify long tape dispensing

  • Automatic advance features to dispense the next piece when the previous piece is removed

An semi-automatic water-activated tape dispenser (WAT Dispenser) by Better Packaging that has feed out a small amount of water-activated tape.


Manual Water-Activated Tape Dispensers can be easily integrated to any packaging station and require little to no operator training. Manual water-activated tape dispensers require no electricity and are portable. These machines are perfect for packaging solutions that do not always have access to power and are packaging under 50 cartons a day.

Better Pack 333 Manual Gummed Tape Dispenser



Tape It Right

The Tape It Right program guarantees an annual cost savings of up to 30%.

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Tape It Right

The Tape It Right program guarantees an annual cost savings of up to 30%.

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The Tape It Right Program works with clients to audit and review their existing case sealing practices and equipment. The will improve sealing efficiency and productivity through the identification and standardization of improved case sealing practices. Through this standardization the Tape It Right Program has helped businesses save up to 30% on their annual carton sealing costs.



Why Switch to Water-Activated Tape?


Why Switch to Water-Activated Tape?


A bull being used to symbolizes the strength of water-activated tape.


Water activated tapes are commonly printed on white or natural coloured paper. With a strong adhesive, it creates a sturdy seal that will hold under a variety of packaging conditions. Reinforced tape options are available for packaging solutions for heavy products that require additional strength in their seals or box reinforcement.

Water-Activated Tape is great for a variety of harsh packaging environments.

  • Dusty
  • Dirty
  • Cold
  • Hot
A lock being used to symbolize the security provided by gummed tape.


Water-activated tape forms a tight seal on your boxes that shows clear tamper evidence if the case is opened. Commonly referred to as a destructive seal, water-activated tape will permanently bond with corrugate material. Any attempt to remove the tape or open the box will leave direct evidence of tampering.

A colour swatch to show the customization of gummed tape.


Gummed tape is an excellent option for product branding during shipping. With paper based backing water-activated tape is customizable. Add a splash of company colour or even full logo prints to your boxes.

Blue Controls Icon to show how you can set custom lengths on gummed tape machines.


Water-activated tape packaging machines will measure out, cut and wet the exact amount of tape you need for your cartons consistently. With handy tape length settings, a water-activated tape dispenser makes sure you use the right amount of tape for each box sealed.

Blue Shield Icon with Check Mark to Symbolize Health and Safety benefits of WAT dispensers.


A water-activated tape dispenser will measure, wet and cut each piece of tape you apply. This eliminates the strain of repetitively using a hand-held tape dispenser. Hand held tape dispenser can be a common source for repetitive motion injury to the wrist or forearm.



What Is Water-Activated Tape?


What Is Water-Activated Tape?


Gummed tape is also known as water activated tape, gummed brown paper tape, reinforced paper tape, gummed tape, corrugator tape, paper packaging tape, box tape and Kraft tape.

Gummed tape provides a stronger bond than pressure sensitive tape on today’s high recycled content shipping cartons.


A closer look at the layers of water-activated tape.

The anatomy of Water-Activated Tape products. Gummed tape has a paper laminate top, fiberglass reinforcement, a paper laminate layer then the water-activated adhesive.


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