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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
- Evaluated and tested in accordance to oxo-biodegradable standards, including ASTM D 6954-04, British Standard 8472 and UAE Standard 2009: 5009;
- Will degrade within 24 to 36 months when disposed of in a landfill or soil in the presence of oxygen, heat and stress;
- Doesn't start the biodegradation process while on the shelf;
- Photo-degradation tested in accordance with ASTM D5208;
- Not formulated with heavy metals including lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, selenium, barium, chromium, nickel, antimony and silver, and are in compliance with CONEG regulations;
- Complies with Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDA) and the European Union Regulation EU No10/2011 on food contact plastic materials.
- 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:
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 email@example.com
3) Fill out our simple CONTACT US form
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
[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?
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.
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.
- Click HERE to fill in our Contact Form
- Send us an email at email@example.com
- 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.
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:
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Call us at 1300 920 778