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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

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.

Stay Out Of My Food!!

Stay Out Of My Food!!
With the recent directive by the Australian Government to all restaurants to only allow takeaway or home delivery services, the urgency surroundin...

Food Safety Banner

With the recent directive by the Australian Government to all restaurants to only allow takeaway or home delivery services, the urgency surrounding food safety is becoming apparent. 

Food Safety - Delivery Drivers Tamper With Food

The above are just 2 examples of delivery partners being caught eating / tampering with the food they have been entrusted to deliver. Are you certain that the food you have just received has not had intrusive fingers in them? What guarantees do we have that a delivery partner having a bad day has not just spit into your food? 

A simple yet very effective solution would be the implementation of Tamper Evident Security Labels / Tapes on all food packaging. A restaurant packing a bag of food can easily apply a label on the bag (as shown below). Any attempt to reach the contents will result in the tape being tampered and leaving a very clear VOID message on the bag:

Food Safety Tamper Evident

The solution is cost effective yet provides maximum security in ensuring that your food that you're going to consume has not been tasted or tampered with during transit. 

The implementation of tamper evident security in food delivery forces accountability in the time unaccounted for during transit. This is a simple yet effective method to ensure that your food is delivered to you exactly as how the restaurant intended the food to be - fresh and ready to be enjoyed. 

Contact Seals HQ today to discuss how we can help you increase accountability and security in your food delivery chain. You can contact us using any of the below:

i) Email our Product Specialists at sales@sealshq.com.au
ii) Talk to our Product Specialists at 1300 920 778
iii) Leave a message on our contact form and our Product Specialist will respond