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Tamper Evident VS Tamper Proof - Which is correct?

Tamper Evident VS Tamper Proof - Which is correct?
I have often heard customers referring to Security Seals as ‘Tamper-Proof’ Seals. When someone uses the word ‘proof’, it gives the assumption that ...

I have often heard customers referring to Security Seals as ‘Tamper-Proof’ Seals. When someone uses the word ‘proof’, it gives the assumption that it is impermeable to something. Some examples include: 

  • A safe advertised as fire-proof guarantees that the safe will not fail when on fire.
  • A petrol car with a fuel tank inlet that is designed smaller than a diesel nozzle is considered as fool-proof.
  • A rain jacket is made to be water-proof to ensure that the wearer does not get wet 

However, to term Security Seals as tamper-proof seals gives the false illusion that the security seal is not susceptible to tampering and will provide adequate security to prevent tampering. Instead, the accurate term for Security Seals will be Tamper Evident Seals.

TAMPER EVIDENT SEAL

Well designed Tamper Evident security seals are designed to show clear evidence in case of tampering. It is not completely wrong that security seals are used to physically prevent tampering as well. Firstly, using a security seal is the first deterrent to tampering. Depending on which security seal you are using, the security seal also offers different levels of barrier resistance.

However, the main purpose of a security seal is to show evidence when a seal has been used or tampered. For example, let’s have a look at Seals HQ’s Cable Seal 2.5:

Seals HQ Cable Seals

The Cable Seal 2.5 (and all of our other Cable Seals, by the way) is made from non-preformed galvanised wire. The wire frays at the point of cutting which renders the seal useless when it is cut. There is no way for the seal to be reused after the cable is cut. Here is a video of how the wire frays:

Seals HQ Cable Seals

Hence, the Cable Seal 2.5 presents evidence that the seal has been tampered when the wire is frayed.

To combat pre-tampering, our new Fixed Length Barcode plastic seal has security ribs at the entry to the locking chamber to prevent any attempts to pre-tamper the seal. The security ribs serve as a visual evidence to indicate whether an attempt was made to compromise the locking chamber.

Seals HQ Pre-tampering Rib

As illustrated in the 2 examples above, security seals can be designed using a wide variety of methods to increase tamper evidence. Gone are the days of a single piece moulded plastic seal which its only tamper evidence is that the seal is broken. As criminals devise more and more methods to defeat a security seal, the design of security seals is also constantly evolving to stay one step ahead.

In conclusion, Seals HQ decided to use the term Tamper Evident Security Seal across our platforms to avoid confusing customers and to standardise our content that we supply our customers. However, if we hear a customer asking for a tamper proof seal, rest assured that we won’t turn you away but will still gladly assist you… That is our Seals HQ guarantee.

Seals HQ launches Australia's First Biodegradable Security Bags

Seals HQ launches Australia's First Biodegradable Security Bags
Seals HQ's Security Tamper Evident bags are not just recyclable but are 100% Biodegradable.

Seals HQ Biodegradable Security Bag

While all Seals HQ's Security Tamper Evident Bags are already 100% recyclable, we have gone one step further in our goal to provide the widest range of sustainable security tamper evident solutions to Australia. 

Seals HQ's Biodegradable Security Tamper Evident Bags combines our innovative and secure Security Tamper Evident Bags with Biodegradability. 

Top 7 Environmentally Friendly Features of Biodegradable Security Tamper Evident Bags

Some of the environmentally friendly features of our Biodegradable Security Tamper Evident Bags are:

  1. Evaluated and tested in accordance to oxo-biodegradable standards, including ASTM D 6954-04, British Standard 8472 and UAE Standard 2009: 5009;
  2. Will degrade within 24 to 36 months when disposed of in a landfill or soil in the presence of oxygen, heat and stress;
  3. Doesn't start the biodegradation process while on the shelf;
  4. Photo-degradation tested in accordance with ASTM D5208;
  5. Not formulated with heavy metals including lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, selenium, barium, chromium, nickel, antimony and silver, and are in compliance with CONEG regulations;
  6. Complies with Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDA) and the European Union Regulation EU No10/2011 on food contact plastic materials.
  7. Ecotoxicity testing verifies that there are no residuals left such as metabolites, un-degraded components and inorganic components which exert a negative influence on plant growth, earthworms or freshwater organisms. 

All Seals HQ Biodegradable Security Bags still maintain its security features and are suitable for protecting high value assets. The Biodegradable Security Bags are highly customisable and features our standard security features as shown below:

Seals HQ Biodegradable Security Bag

 

To know more about Biodegradable Security Tamper Evident Tape, contact us using one of the methods below:

1) Call us at 1300 920 778
2) Email us at sales@sealshq.com.au
3) Fill out our simple CONTACT US form

MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag - Now Available

MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag - Now Available
Read how Seals HQ's MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag can assist your organisation protect the Chain of Custody in your operations.

Our Product Feature for today is Seals HQ's MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bags.

Seals HQ's MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag is designed for securely storing valuable contents while allowing for multiple access to the contents. There are many applications where our MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag can be deployed i.e. storage of police evidence and storage of medical specimens.

Seals HQ MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag

Conventional Security Bags that has just one seal only allows one single access to the contents. The user will need to transfer the contents into another Security Bag for storage. Furthermore, all records will need to be updated to reflect the serial number of the new Security Bag. The Chain of Custody is compromised as errors might happen if multiple serial numbers need to be recorded, or the user forgets to update the serial number on the record. 

Advantages of MultiTape Security Tamper Evident

Our MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag does not break the Chain of Custody by removing the need to transfer the contents to another Security Tamper Evident Bag. The MultiTape Security Bag can be opened to access the contents, and resealed using the next security tape on the Security Bag. 

Seals HQ MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag

The main purpose of the MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag is to protect the Chain of Custody. The MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag:

  • Eliminates the need to transfer the contents to another Security Bag after opening;
  • Eliminates the probability of errors caused by updating the serial number of the new Security Bag;
  • Eliminates the possibility of losing items when transferring contents from one security bag to another.

 

ALSO READ: What is a Level 4 Tamper Evident Bag?

How to Use MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag

Using the MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag is no different from any normal Security Bags. The same method of sealing the bag still applies:

Seals HQ MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bag

If you need to find an effective method of preserving the Chain of Custody in your operations, talk to Seals HQ today on how our MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Bags can help you.

To know more about MultiTape Security Tamper Evident Tape, contact us using one of the methods below:

1) Call us at 1300 920 778
2) Email us at sales@sealshq.com.au
3) Fill out our simple CONTACT US form

Laser Marking vs Everything Else

Laser Marking vs Everything Else
There are many methods that can be used to brand your Security Seals. There are benefits and disadvantages to certain methods, which we will cover in our article today.

[Part 2 of a 4-part Series on Custom Branding Security Seals]

There are many methods that can be used to brand your Security Seals. There are benefits and disadvantages to certain methods, which we will cover in our article today.

HOT STAMPING - In the old days, the most common method to brand a security seal was a process called hot stamping. A copper block is heated to between 135°C - 150°C and is used to stamp a coloured foil onto the security seal. The heat will transfer the colour from the foil onto the security seal according to the engravings on the copper block.

INKJET PRINTING - Imagine using an inkjet printer and printing dot matrix style markings on the security seal. This is what Inkjet Printing is.

THERMAL TRANSFER - Thermal Transfer printing is an advanced methodology that follows the hot stamping method described earlier. The only difference is that a copper block is no longer needed. The custom design is drawn on a computer and fed to the machine, which will then print the design onto a foil which is then transferred to the security seal using heat.

LASER MARKING - The crème de la crème of methodologies used in branding a security seal. The design is drawn using a computer and fed to the laser marking machine, which then uses mirrors to guide a laser beam to etch a permanent marking on the security seal.

Briefly, here are the benefits and advantages to the various methods listed above:

SealsHQ_MarkingComparison

With more YESSES that Simon Cowell gives out in a typical episode of American Idol, it is obvious that Laser Marking is the best method to brand your security seals.

Seals HQ is committed to bringing the latest and best technology to Australia. We have invested in a Fibre Laser marking machine that is due to be commissioned in the next few months. As far as we know, Seals HQ is the FIRST and ONLY security seal provider in Australia to have our own laser marking machine.

Once the machine is commissioned, Seals HQ will be able to offer branded seals from as low as 100 seals. Follow us to be informed on when the machine is commissioned and watch a video of us christening it by breaking a sacrificial bottle of champagne over the machine as it is named aloud and launched (We won't actually do that - the champagne will break the machine, but we'll still officially commission the machine).

If you would like to discuss branding on your security seals, please contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below. One of our team members will contact you to discuss what Seals HQ can do for you.

  1. Click HERE to fill in our Contact Form
  2. Send us an email at sales@sealshq.com.au
  3. Call Seals HQ at 1300 920 778

This is Part 2 of a 4-part series on Custom Branding Security Seals. Follow Seals HQ on LinkedIn to stay updated as we release our articles.

Seals HQ launches 24-hr QuickPrint Service for Security Labels

Seals HQ launches 24-hr QuickPrint Service for Security Labels
If you require a small quantity of Security Tamper Evident Labels printed with your custom artwork, Seals HQ offers a quick 24-hour Printing Service. Printed right here in our NSW factory, we are able to print logos, linear and 2D barcodes, custom text and serial numbers.

In line with our focus on customer satisfaction, Seals HQ has launched our 24-hr QuickPrint service for Security Labels. Based out of our facility in Castle Hill, we are able to turnaround an order for security labels in a mere 24 hours upon artwork approval. 

ZebraPrinter

The Security Labels are printed using a state-of-the-art Zebra printer with genuine Zebra Wax / Resin Thermal ribbons to ensure the labels are robust when exposed to moderate chemical / abrasion. 

Seals HQ Customised Security Labels

The ordering process is simple:

1) Choose between Total Residue or Non Residue
2) Choose a colour and size
3) Place your order

Once you have placed your order, send your logo and a brief explanation of your artwork requirement to sales@sealshq.com.au. Our team will send you an artwork to confirm before proceeding with manufacturing.

If you require a small quantity of Security Labels printed with logos, linear and 2D barcodes, custom text and serial numbers, Seals HQ can quickly print your Security Labels for you. 

Click HERE to place your order!

Why should you brand your Security Seals?

Why should you brand your Security Seals?

[Part 1 of a 4-part Series on Custom Branding Security Seals]

Why should you consider custom branding your Security Seals? 

[Part 1 of a 4-part Series on Custom Branding Security Seals]

One question every team member at Seals HQ is trained to ask our clients is - "Would you like to custom design the printing on your seal?"

Why does Seals HQ encourage our clients to custom design the printing on their security seals? To be honest, custom printing a seal requires a lot of planning on our end. We have to draft the artwork, get customer approval, get the factory to mark an actual sample, send to the customer for final approval, plan production, juggle shipments to ensure continuity of supply... Why don't we take a shortcut and just convince our clients to go for stock standard seals with no branding and just a serial number?

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If you perform a simple search of the term "security seals" on Alibaba, one of the world's largest marketplace, the platform will return 19,475 results. Most of the security seals offered are hard to differentiate, especially to a lay-person who does not handle security seals on a daily basis.

How then can a company that values security confidently say that the seal they are using is genuinely unique, and not a stock standard seal that anyone can obtain a copy of? How sure are you that the security seal that arrived on a container from overseas is genuine and not a copy that has replaced the original seal on the container?

By adding a custom design on the security seal, you are eliminating the opportunity for anyone to break your seal, steal / sabotage the contents and replace the seal with a copy.

Furthermore, security seals nowadays play an important role in a company's brand awareness. As more and more businesses include security seals in their operations and packaging, the custom design featured on the security seals a proof of their commitment to security.

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Custom Designing the printing on your security seal might include Company Logo / Barcode (Linear and 2D) / Custom Text / Serial Number / Custom Colour / Hot Stamped Writing Panels

Seals HQ supplies a large range of security seals, and custom design options varies from one security seal to another. If you have a requirement to custom design the printing on your security seal, or would like to discuss options available to you, please contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below. One of our team members will contact you to discuss what Seals HQ can do for you.

  1. Click HERE to fill in our Contact Form
  2. Send us an email at sales@sealshq.com.au
  3. Call Seals HQ at 1300 920 778

This is Part 1 of a 4-part series on Custom Branding Security Seals. Follow Seals HQ on LinkedIn to stay updated as we release our articles.

Securing Unit Load Devices

Securing Unit Load Devices
Freight forwarders who have registered as a Registered Air Cargo Agent (RACA) have an important responsibility in ensuring safety across the air ca...

Freight forwarders who have registered as a Registered Air Cargo Agent (RACA) have an important responsibility in ensuring safety across the air cargo supply chain.

If you are a RACA, what steps have you taken to ensure that there will be no tampering or pilferage of the cargo before uplifting international outbound air cargo which has been examined onto an aircraft?

Tamper Evident Security Seals can be used to secure ULDs. Depending on the value of the cargo, you can choose either a simple plastic indicative seal (which can be easily applied and removed by hand) or use a wire cable seal, which is designed to provide greater security as it can only be removed with a wire cutter.

ULDs with loose carton boxes can be secured with tamper evident security tapes and labels.

Seals HQ is a specialist provider of tamper evident products and solutions. With our wide range of cost effective products, RACA Freight Forwarders can now apply best practices to ensure maximum security for your packaging.

Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to discuss how we can help you effectively secure your packaging:

1) Send us an online enquiry - https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact
2) Send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au
3) Call us at 1300 920 778

The Role of Tamper Evident Security in the Pharmaceutical Industry

The Role of Tamper Evident Security in the Pharmaceutical Industry
In 2018, the top 10 Pharmaceutical Manufacturers achieved a combined sales of $412.52 billion dollars [*1]. Obviously the pharmaceutical industry i...

In 2018, the top 10 Pharmaceutical Manufacturers achieved a combined sales of $412.52 billion dollars [*1]. Obviously the pharmaceutical industry is a lucrative yet important industry that contributes to the welfare of the general public. 

Many pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors have implemented methods to secure their:

  • Raw Material
  • Work-in-Progress (WIP) goods
  • Packaging
  • Distribution Network

In this post, Seals HQ will look at what type of Tamper Evident Security Solutions are suitable for each of the stages above. 

RAW MATERIAL

Whether you store your raw materials in IBCs, Storage Tanks, Roll Cages or Crates, securing raw material is the first step in ensuring that the final product is not compromised. 

WORK-IN-PROGRESS MATERIAL

Whether it is goods waiting for packaging or additional production process, it is imperative to ensure that WIP material is not compromised. 

WIP_Pharma_Security

PACKAGING

Finished Goods are equally important to secure. Whether it is to protect against pilferage or attempts of sabotage, securing finished goods is important to maintain product integrity.

Packaging
DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

Whether your goods are distributed locally or exported, ensuring security along the distribution network ensures that product integrity is maintained. Security seals are used to secure pallets, trucks and shipping containers to protect against any attempts of pilferage or sabotage. 

Distribution

We offer customers the ability to custom design your Security Seals, Labels and Tapes. We also offer a Stock Management Program that ensures continuity of supply without requiring customers to hold stock. 

Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to discuss how we can help you effectively secure your packaging:

1) Send us an online enquiry - https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact
2) Send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au
3) Call us at 1300 920 778

Best Practices for Secure Packaging

Best Practices for Secure Packaging
Have you ever wondered how effective is your current method of applying Security Tape? Unfortunately, many companies are not aware of and not imple...

Have you ever wondered how effective is your current method of applying Security Tape? Unfortunately, many companies are not aware of and not implemented best practices when applying Security Tape on their packaging.

Seals HQ has compiled the most effective method to apply Security Tapes on pallets and boxes. We have also estimated how many pallets and boxes you can secure using 1 roll of security tape.

SECURING PALLETS (Pallets measure 1.2 meters x 1.2 meters with a height of 1.4 meters)

SECURING CARTONS (Cartons measure 40cm x 25cm x 20cm)

With our cost-effective security tapes, you can now apply best practices to ensure maximum security for your packaging.

Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to discuss how we can help you effectively secure your packaging:

1) Send us an online enquiry - https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact

2) Send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au

3) Call us at 1300 920 778

How to Custom Design your Security Tapes and Labels

How to Custom Design your Security Tapes and Labels
Do a search for 'Tamper Evident Labels' now on Alibaba and you'll be presented with over 100 pages of suppliers peddling their labels. Perform anot...

Do a search for 'Tamper Evident Labels' now on Alibaba and you'll be presented with over 100 pages of suppliers peddling their labels. Perform another search for 'Tamper Evident Tape' and again you are presented with over 100 pages of suppliers selling generic tamper evident security tapes. 

Why was the above exercise necessary? It's to prove to you that having a generic tamper evident label or tape is just not good enough - anyone can buy labels off online marketplaces and gain the ability to remove and replace your label without ever being noticed. 

This is where Custom Designed Tamper Evident Security Tapes and Labels greatly increases security in your operations. Whether you are securing pallets, boxes, envelopes, satchels, doors and crates, applying custom designed tamper evident labels or tapes deters pilferage or sabotage because it is unique and not readily available. 

custom_labels

So now you've decided to start custom designing your tamper evident security tapes and labels. However, majority of the suppliers require a large order (usually a minimum of 250 rolls of tape or 10,000 labels) before they even consider your order. Furthermore, suppliers will charge a fee to fabricate a printing plate to be able to print your customised artwork. 

This is where Seals HQ can help you. Our Minimum Order Quantity for custom designed tamper evident security tapes starts at 100 rolls and 5,000 labels for custom designed security labels. Furthermore, printing plates are provided free-of-charge

What is the next step? Contact Seals HQ and our Product Specialist will assist you to:

1) Decide the size and shape that is most suitable for your application.
2) Decide the colour of your custom designed tamper evident security tape or label.
3) Design the artwork - logos, text, barcode or serial number.

Here are some templates that might inspire you:

templates

Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to begin the process of custom designing your tamper evident security tapes and labels:

1) Send us an online enquiry - https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact

2) Send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au

3) Call us at 1300 920 778

Are you a Known Consignor? Let us help you.

Are you a Known Consignor? Let us help you.
The Australian Government recently launched an initiative called the Known Consignor scheme. The Known Consignor Scheme is for businesses that manu...

The Australian Government recently launched an initiative called the Known Consignor scheme. The Known Consignor Scheme is for businesses that manufactures and assembles goods to be transported by aircraft as cargo. The Known Consignor scheme has been introduced to streamline the way goods are cleared through Australian borders. Instead of using a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA), the scheme offers businesses an alternative way to meet air cargo security requirements. As a Known Consignor, any international outbound cargo shipped will not require further examination before uplift onto an aircraft.

Known Consignors must be able to meet and maintain a high level of security to ensure cargo is safe to load onto an aircraft. Known Consignors must demonstrate that they have implemented security measures and procedures and can secure their cargo from where it originates until it is handed to another regulated business.

A new initiative has been recently announced whereby beginning 1 March 2019, before outbound international air cargo is uplifted onto an aircraft, it must be examined at piece-level by a RACA under an EACE notice or originate from a Known Consignor.

If you regularly export your products, it would be time consuming and costly to have your consignment checked at piece-level by a RACA. If you have applied and been approved as a Known Consignor, one of the requirements is that you must protect the security of air cargo that originates from your business until the air cargo is provided to another regulated business.

This is where Seals HQ comes in. As a Tamper Evident security specialist, Seals HQ has a wide range of products and solutions that can help you fulfil your Known Consignor obligations.

SECURE PACKING

Seals HQ Secure Packing

Our Security Tapes and Labels are designed to leave clear visual evidence when triggered. The tapes and labels are designed to be robust and eliminate accidental triggering via movement, but sensitive enough to leave a tell-tale sign when the packaging has been tampered with. Our tapes and labels are designed to work on both porous and non-porous surfaces, making it ideal for applications on carton boxes, plastic crates, pallet wrapping and many more. 

Our tapes can be supplied either in a continuous roll of 50 meters, or in a roll of 45 meters with perforated sections of 150mm. 

Large volume users also have the option to customise the tapes and labels to include a custom VOID message, custom size and artwork. 

Click HERE to see our tapes and labels.

SECURE STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION

Seals HQ Secure Storage and Transportation

Seals HQ has a wide range of plastic and metal security seals that is suitable for all aspects of securing storage and transportation. Whether you're securing a crate, storage cage or even the truck delivering your cargo to the airport, we have a seal for that. 

Click HERE to see some of our security seals designed for securing transportation.

Contact us today and one of our friendly specialists will be able to help you. Contact us via any of the following:

1) Leave a message on our website (https://sealshq.com.au/pages/contact)

2) Email sales@sealshq.com.au

3) Call us at 1300 920 778