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Biodegradable / Compostable / Oxo-Degradable... What's the difference?

Biodegradable / Compostable / Oxo-Degradable... What's the difference?
Confused about the difference between Biodegradability, Compostability and Oxo-Degradability? What are the benefits of implementing Seals HQ's Biodegradable Security Seals? This blog post answers most common questions we get from customers considering our biodegradable security seals.

As Australia's largest provider of Biodegradable Security Seals, we want to provide our customers with the assurance and peace of mind that our biodegradable security seals are indeed what is claims - BIODEGRADABLE. 

There has been a lot of confusion between biodegradability, compostability and oxo-degradability. In this blog post, Seals HQ will explain the difference between these three processes, and why you should trust Seals HQ's biodegradable security seals. 

1) WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS: Biodegradable plastics are a relatively small subset of bioplastics which can be converted into water, carbon dioxide and bio-mass over time with the help of micro-organisms. This process is called biodegradation. 

COMPOSTABLE PLASTICS: Compostable plastics are those plastics which have been tested and certified by a third party to adhere to international standards such as ASTM D6400 (in the US) or EN13432 (in Europe) for biodegradation in an industrial composting facility environment.

OXO-DEGRADABLE PLASTICS: They are neither a bioplastic or a biodegradable plastic, but rather a conventional plastic mixed with an additive in order to imitate biodegradation. Oxo-degradable plastics quickly fragment into smaller and smaller pieces, called microplastics, but don’t break down at a molecular or polymer level. The resulting microplastics are left in the environment indefinitely until they eventually fully break down.

Seals HQ Biodegradable Security Seals are 100% biodegradable. This means that once our security seals are disposed in landfills, microbes digest it and the plastic disappears (that’s why we get the byproducts of biogas and water).

Oxo-degradable (or now marketed as oxo-biodegradable) are not biodegradable. The claims made by these oxo manufacturers is that the plastic will break and break and break again, eventually breaking into nothing. However, we know that this is not true as we have already seen reports that microplastics have been found in human lungs.

2) WHAT'S THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND SEAL HQ'S BIODEGRADABLE SECURITY SEALS?

Seals HQ's Biodegradable Security Seals uses a very special additive called BioSphere to encourage natural biodegradation in our security seals. Watch this video below to find out more about BioSphere:

Now that you understand how BioSphere works, you might be interested to know that Seals HQ Biodegradable Security Seals contain 1% of BioSphere additive. In some cases, the concentration can be increased upon request by the customer. This is usually done to encourage a faster rate of biodegradation. 

3) WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR BIODEGRADATION? 

The only requirement for biodegradation to occur is the presence of microbes. In the video above, you learnt that the BioSphere additive attracts over 600 different types of microbes. 

Seals HQ's Biodegradable Security Seals are designed to biodegrade in both aerobic (oxygen rich i.e. compost) and anaerobic (oxygen starved i.e. landfill) environments. Temperature also plays an important role in encouraging biodegradation. 

4) WHAT ARE THE BY-PRODUCTS OF BIODEGRADATION?

Another question we usually get is the by-product of biodegradation. When biodegradation occurs, the by-products are a combination of biogas (Carbon Dioxide and Methane) and water.

Methane gas is harmful to the environment at high concentrations. However, Landfills across Australia are required to capture the biogas in order to avoid paying the Carbon Emission Tax. The Australian Government also offers an Emissions Reduction Fund to encourage landfill operators to install equipment to capture biogas. Around 130 landfills in Australia are capturing methane and using it to generate electricity.

5) DO SEAL HQ'S BIODEGRADABLE SECURITY SEALS MEET AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS5810:2010 OR AS4736:2006?

One of the main requirements is minimum 90% biodegradation within 180 days in compost (AS4736:2006) or 12 months in home compost (AS5810:2010). Seals HQ's Biodegradable Security Seals are compostable, but not at the rate required to fulfil either standards.

6) SHOULD YOU STILL CONSIDER BIODEGRADABLE SECURITY SEALS?

The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES!! Although the Seals HQ Biodegradable Security Seals can't meet the rate of biodegradation required in AS4736:2006 and AS5810:2010, evidence of biodegradation still enforces the fact that this is an environmentally friendly security seal. Comparing with conventional security seals which do not degrade at all, Seals HQ Biodegradable Security Seals will completely degrade in years.

7) ISO14021:2018 ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS AND DECLARATIONS - SELF DECLARED

It is also noted that according to Australian Standard ISO14021:2018, Environmental Labels and Declarations – Self Declared, it is stated in the appendix that ASTM D5511 (which is the test standard we use to determine biodegradability) is an acceptable standard for self-declaration.

If you have any other questions regarding Seals HQ's Biodegradable Security Seals, please contact us using one of the methods below:

PHONE: 1300 920 778

EMAIL: sales@sealshq.com.au

WEB: https://www.sealshq.com.au

A straightforward explanation of biodegradable vs. oxo-degradable plastics

A straightforward explanation of biodegradable vs. oxo-degradable plastics

Oxo-degradable vs. Biodegradable - Do you know the difference?

Seals HQ is the leading provider of biodegradable tamper evident security products in Australia and we discuss the differences between these 2 plastics in this blog post.

Consumer demand for sustainable solutions are growing. Manufacturing of bioplastics (and products made from bioplastics) are expected to grow by as much as 20% in 2022. As consumers gradually switch their preference to more environmentally friendly products, consumers must also grow their understanding of bioplastics and their effects on the environment.

There are 3 common terms that businesses use to promote their sustainable products - Biodegradability, compostability and oxo-degradability. Although these three terms are sometimes accidentally or deliberately used interchangeably, they are not synonymous. When consumers are confused over these, especially when it comes to the disposal of products made with these materials, the consequences can be dire. Responsible companies should market their products accurately and honestly, and consumers need to understand these terms in order to make educated buying decisions and properly dispose of these materials at the end of their use.

Biodegradable vs. Oxo-degradable plastics

Most consumers who are not familiar with plastics might be confused between these two types of plastics. Of late, we are seeing an increase in oxo-degradable products marketed as environmentally friendly when it actually is not so 'friendly' to the environment.

Microplastic

Oxo-degradable plastics are a conventional plastic mixed with an additive in order to imitate biodegradation. When exposed to landfill conditions, oxo-degradable plastics break down into smaller and smaller pieces (called micro plastics) but don't break down at the molecular or polymer level like biodegradable plastics. The resulting micro plastics are just tiny shards of normal plastics that will take centuries to degrade.

It is encouraging to see that more and more countries and businesses around the world are starting to ban oxo-degradable from being sold or used. However, more awareness is still needed to ensure that consumers are not confusing oxo-degradable plastics as environmentally friendly plastics.

Biodegradable

Biodegradable plastics are a conventional plastic mixed with an additive that allows microbes to consume the plastic both on the surface and the interior of the plastic. The additive used by Seals HQ in our biodegradable products are designed to allow microbes to consume the C-C bonds within the plastic structures at macromolecular levels which results in the consumption of the bonds. The process converts our biodegradable products into CH4 (methane gas), CO2 (carbon dioxide) and H2O (water). There is no harmful residue left behind after the biodegradation process! Now that's what we call environmentally friendly.

Seals HQ Biodegradable Tamper Evident Security Solutions

Seals HQ is at the forefront of researching and offering biodegradable tamper evident security solutions to our customers. We have successfully introduced biodegradable security seals and biodegradable security bags, and very soon we will be launching our biodegradable security tapes and labels!

Biodegradability does not affect the physical properties of our products so you can be assured that the security seal or security bag that you are using will still perform as designed. Shelf life is also preserved so don't worry - you won't see security seals or bags disintegrating before your eyes!

Click on the links below and you will be directed to our biodegradable tamper evident security product pages on our website:

Biodegradable Security Seals - CLICK HERE

Biodegradable Security Bags - CLICK HERE

Alternatively, please send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au or call +61 1300 920 778 (local charges may apply if calling from outside of Australia).

Seals HQ launches Gamma / ETO / Steam Compatible Sterilisation Pouches

Seals HQ launches Gamma / ETO / Steam Compatible Sterilisation Pouches
Seals HQ has recently launched 2 new Sterilisation Pouches under our Special Packaging category.  We provide 2 types of Sterilisation Pouches: 1) ...

Seals HQ has recently launched 2 new Sterilisation Pouches under our Special Packaging category. 

Seals HQ Sterilisation Pouches

We provide 2 types of Sterilisation Pouches:

1) PP / PET Film with Medical Grade Paper - Suitable for Steam and Ethylene Oxide sterilisation method

2) PE / PET Film with Medical Grade Paper - Suitable for Ethylene Oxide and Gamma sterilisation method

Both types of sterilisation pouches can be supplied either with self-sealing or heat sealing formats. We also offer clients the option to customise the Sterilisation Pouch with their own artwork to include logos, TGA registration numbers, CE certification numbers etc, usage instructions etc. 

Our Sterilisation Pouches are manufactured in an ISO13485 certified facility in clean room conditions. Our Sterilisation Pouches are also CE-certified. 

Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to discuss how we can assist you with your Sterilisation Pouches! 

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

Seals HQ launches Holographic Tamper Evident Security Labels

Seals HQ launches Holographic Tamper Evident Security Labels
Seals HQ recently launched our Holographic Tamper Evident Security Labels. The addition of a hologram onto our Tamper Evident Security Labels has i...

Seals HQ recently launched our Holographic Tamper Evident Security Labels. The addition of a hologram onto our Tamper Evident Security Labels has increased the security offered by the security label. 

Some features of our Holographic Tamper Evident Security Labels are:

Holographic Tamper Evident Security Label Features

By implementing Seals HQ's Holographic Tamper Evident Security Labels in your operations, you are enhancing security by ensuring that the security label you are using is UNIQUE to your business and cannot be copied. 

Seals HQ Holographic Tamper Evident Security Label

The Holographic Tamper Evident Security Labels has a printable area for text, barcodes or serial numbers. The labels can be made in either Total Transfer (leaves a VOID residue on the application surface) or Non Transfer (VOID marks appear on the label but leaves the application surface clean). 

Seals HQ's Holographic Tamper Evident Security Labels are a cost efficient yet effective security label that will enhance the security for your packaging. 

Contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below to discuss how we can assist you in implementing our Holographic Tamper Evident Security Labels in your business! 

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

Biodegradable Security One Time Use Bags now IN STOCK!

Biodegradable Security One Time Use Bags now IN STOCK!
As of 1st January 2021, Seals HQ is able to provide Biodegradable One Time Use Security Bags as a standard product. The Biodegradable One Time Use...

As of 1st January 2021, Seals HQ is able to provide Biodegradable One Time Use Security Bags as a standard product. The Biodegradable One Time Use Security Bags come in 3 sizes:

Click HERE for A3 Size - 320.0mm x 495.0mm (Including Tear Off Receipt)

Click HERE for A4 Size - 230.0mm x 375.0mm (Including Tear Off Receipt)

Click HERE for A5 Size - 170.0mm x 285.0mm (Including Tear Off Receipt)

We have also maintained the same pricing between our Biodegradable and non-Biodegradable One Time Use Security Bags. 

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

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

Custom Branding as a Security Feature

Custom Branding as a Security Feature
What if Seals HQ told you today that we can optimise custom branding on your Security Seals and use it as a security feature? What if by being creative with how we brand your Security Seals, you're staying one step ahead from being pilfered?

[Part 3 of a 4-part Series on Custom Branding Security Seal]

I'm sure all Security Seal users have heard the standard sales pitch when it comes to custom branding your Security Seals - "Custom branding your seals creates brand awareness. Users will know immediately that the seal is yours."

But what if Seals HQ told you today that we can optimise custom branding on your Security Seals and use it as a security feature? What if by being creative with how we brand your Security Seals, you're staying one step ahead from being pilfered?

OPTIMISATION 1: ROTATING THE COLOURS OF YOUR SECURITY SEALS

A criminal who is intending to pilfer your goods is aware that your Security Seals are always Yellow in colour, printed with your logo and the serial number is sequentially numbered. Nothing is stopping him from going on Alibaba, find an identical seal, request it as a sample and suddenly he's in possession of an identical seal with what you're using (Refer to Part 1 of this series if you want to know how easily identical seals can be obtained from Alibaba).

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By rotating the colours of your Security Seals, you are making it difficult for someone who is familiar with your operations to be able to obtain an identical seal.

Seals HQ recommends that Security Seal colours are rotated at least every quarter.

OPTIMISATION 2: ADDING AND ROTATING PREFIXES ON SERIAL NUMBERS

According to ISO17712, a Security Seal needs to be marked with a unique serial number. However, most companies just purchase security seals in sequential order - 0001, 0002, 0003...

Another method of custom branding Security Seals as a security measure is to add a prefix or suffix to your serial number - A0001, A0002, A0003, and rotating the prefixes or suffixes on the Security Seals on a regular basis. For example, if you use approximately 1000 seals per month, then Seals HQ can provide you with A0001 - A1000, B1001 - B2000, C2001 - C3000 etc. Better yet, randomise the prefix and don't follow alphabetical sequence.

By adding and rotating prefixes / suffixes in your serial numbers, you are adding an extra layer of protection against someone getting an identical seal with a serial number that will match a number in your system.

OPTIMISATION 3: ADDING A CHECK DIGIT IN YOUR SERIAL NUMBERS / BARCODES

Check Digits were initially designed to guard against errors caused by the incorrect transcription of an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number). A calculation is applied on a serial number to create a single digit that is added as a last digit on a serial number. For maths lovers out there, click HERE for an example of a Modulus 11 Check Digit calculation. Let's take a look at this sequence of serial numbers:

50000012 - 50000029 - 50000036 - 50000043 - 50000050 - 50000067 - 50000074 - 50000081 - 50000098 - 50000104

What if I were to tell you that these 10 numbers above are actually in sequence? The construction of the serial number is shown in the table below:

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The last digit in the Serial Number is actually the Check Digit. By looking at the serial numbers without knowing that a Check Digit is used, the numbers don't look like they are in sequence when in actual fact, they are.

The 3 methods recommended above are just some of the many ways Seals HQ utilises custom branding Security Seals not just for the single purpose of brand awareness, but actually as one of the tools to increase the effectiveness of your Security Seals.

If you would like to discuss custom 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 3 of a 4-part series on Custom Branding Security Seals. Follow Seals HQ on LinkedIn to stay updated as we release our articles.

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.