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Security Tapes and Labels 101

Security Tapes and Labels 101
Learn more about different Security Tapes and Labels. What is the difference between Non Transfer and Total Transfer? What options do you have for colours, printing, sizes and shapes?

You've just been tasked to buy some Security Labels or Security Tapes for the business and you came to Seals HQ's website (not surprising as we are the leading Security Labels and Security Tapes provider in Australia).

However you are unsure about which Security Labels or Security Tapes to use. You have questions about what is the difference between Non Transfer or Total Transfer Labels and Tapes, what options are available to you when it comes to sizes, shapes and custom design printing.

Well, this blog post is for you. We'll try to cover most of the common topics regarding Security Labels and Security Tapes:

1) What are the differences between Non Transfer and Total Transfer? Does one have more advantage over the other?

2) What are the options available? Can I do a specific colour, or size, or shape?

3) Are the Security Labels and Security Tape customisable? 

NON TRANSFER SECURITY LABELS AND TAPES

Non Transfer simply means that when the Security Label or Security Tape is peeled off, there will be no residue on the application surface. The VOID message appears entirely on the Security Label or Security Tape itself. 

Seals HQ NT Label

There are a few important observations from the picture above:

1) Seals HQ Non Transfer Security Label securely adheres to the application surface and VOIDs without needing any extra adhesion time. 

2) When the Non Transfer Security Label is peeled back, the VOID message appears clearly on the label but there is no residue on the application surface. 

Seals HQ Non Transfer Security Labels and Tapes

Non Transfer Security Labels and Security Tapes are ideal for applications requiring the application surface to remain clean after peeling the label off while still being able to show clear tamper evidence. Examples might be First Aid Kits, Safety Deposit Boxes, Asset Labels etc. 

TOTAL TRANSFER SECURITY LABELS AND TAPES

Total Transfer Security Labels or Security Tapes leaves a layer of residue on the application surface after the Security Label or Security Tape is peeled off. The residue is almost impossible to remove without using special chemicals. 

Seals HQ Total Transfer Security Label

Again, there are a few important observations from the picture above:

1) Seals HQ Total Transfer Security Label securely adheres to the application surface and VOIDs without needing any extra adhesion time. 

2) When the Total Transfer Security Label is peeled back, the VOID message appears clearly on the application surface to indicate tamper evidence. 

Seals HQ Total Transfer Security Label

Total Transfer Security Labels and Security Tapes are ideal for applications requiring clear tamper evidence on the application surface if the label has been peeled off. Examples might be Warranty Labels, Food Packaging, Manufacturing Labels etc. 

IS ONE BETTER OVER THE OTHER?

No. Seals HQ recommends either Non Transfer or Total Transfer Security Labels or Security Tapes depending on your application. Both Non Transfer and Total Transfer has its own purpose and is deployed according to your requirements.

CAN WE CUSTOM DESIGN OUR SECURITY LABELS OR SECURITY TAPES?

All Seals HQ Security Labels and Security Tapes are fully customisable. We are able to print your Company Logo, Text, Image and even include barcodes on the labels. 

Seals HQ Security Labels

Visit these pages below to see our options for Custom Printing:

Click HERE if you need to print 5,000pcs and below
Click HERE if you need to print above 5,000pcs

NEW TECHNOLOGY - DUAL COLOUR SECURITY LABELS

A Dual Colour Security Label reveals a 2nd hidden colour after the Security Label is peeled off. This allows for very clear tamper evidence. Furthermore, a Dual Colour Security Label is not easily replicated and thus provides the highest tamper evidence. 

Seals HQ Dual Colour Security Label

CONTACT US

Our Product Specialists are ready to answer any other questions you might have regarding Security Labels and Security Tapes. Contact us using one of the methods below:

1) Call us at 1300 920 778

2) Email sales@sealshq.com.au

3) Complete an easy online Enquiry 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.

What is a Level 4 Tamper Evident Bag?

What is a Level 4 Tamper Evident Bag?
Single Trip Security Tamper Evident Bags (STEB) are designed to secure contents in the bag and provide indisputable evidence when the STEB has been...

Single Trip Security Tamper Evident Bags (STEB) are designed to secure contents in the bag and provide indisputable evidence when the STEB has been tampered. Common commodities secured in STEB are high value items such as cash and valuables and in recent years have expanded to examination papers, biological specimens and many more.

You will often hear STEB providers referring to the security level of the STEB between Level 1 - Level 4. Generally as the levels increased, so does the security features of the STEB especially the type of tamper evident tape is used on the bag. Level 1 tape is just a hot melt glue usually found on courier satchels. Level 4 tape (highest level) offers improved features including detection of tampering using liquids and solvents, heat and freon.

A well designed STEB must have some important features that will prevent any attempt of tampering, or will show clearly when a tampering has taken place. Some common methods of tampering a STEB might be:

  • Usage of solvents to dilute the adhesive on the security tape
  • Usage of heat to soften the adhesive and allow opening the STEB without triggering the tape
  • Usage of freon to freeze the adhesive and allow opening the STEB without triggering the tape
  • Cutting the edges of the STEB to access the contents and re-welding the bag
  • Tearing the security tape off the STEB and replacing with an identical security tape

A well-designed STEB should possess some of the features below:

Seals HQ Level 4 Security Bag

Custom designs are also very useful when increasing the security features of your STEB. An example would be that we have had clients printing serial numbers on both sides of the STEB. Writing panels can also be printed with a white background to make writing on the bags easier and improve legibility.

If you are a STEB user and unsure of whether the STEB is secure or suitable for your application, contact Seals HQ today and we can assist to assess your current STEB. Contact us via one of the following methods:

Email: sales@sealshq.com.au      Call: 1300 920 778      Web: www.sealshq.com.au

Battle of the Wire Seals: Cable Seal vs Combi Seal

Battle of the Wire Seals: Cable Seal vs Combi Seal
Today we are going to look at a head on battle between our 2 most popular wire seals - The Cable Seal 2.5 vs Combi Seal 1.8L. Depending on your re...

SealsHQBlogPost_CableCombiComparison

Today we are going to look at a head on battle between our 2 most popular wire seals - The Cable Seal 2.5 vs Combi Seal 1.8L. Depending on your requirement, each seal has specific features that will suit your application. 

Firstly, let's compare the specifications:

SealsHQ_CableComparison

Both the Cable Seal 2.5 and Combi Seal 1.8L can be customised according to your specific design. Wire length can also be customised based on your requirement. 

Click on the links below to visit the Product Page for each seal:

Cable Seal 2.5 - Click HERE                          Combi Seal 1.8L - Click HERE

Contact Seals HQ today and speak with one of our Product Specialists regarding your Cable seal requirement. 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

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

Seals HQ launches new range of Biodegradable Seals

Seals HQ launches new range of Biodegradable Seals
  A report by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW stated that 2,223,856 tonnes of C&I waste was sent to Sydney landfil...

Seals HQ Biodegradable Seals

 

A report by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW stated that 2,223,856 tonnes of C&I waste was sent to Sydney landfills. The 2,223,856 tonnes of C&I waste disposed to landfill in Sydney, would fill more than 7,000 Sydney olympic swimming pools or weigh as much as 1.8 million cars.

As part of Seals HQ’s Corporate Responsibility and Environment Protection Initiative, we have launched our new range of Biodegradable Security Seals.

Extensive testing has been performed to ensure that the performance of the seal has not been compromised. The special additive used not only naturally attracts over 600 different kinds of microbes, it also makes it easier for the microbes to digest and eventually consume the Security Seal! 

 

Seals HQ Biodegradable Seals

The testing which was conducted by ISO testing methods and the ASTM D5511, 5526 and 7475 testing methods for Anaerobic biodegradation show biodegradation at a baseline minimum of 60% in a year.

In the majority of testing which has been conducted over half a decade on plastic, no organisation has seen anything close to the results which are produced using the biodegradable additive technology incorporated in Seals HQ Biodegradable Security Seals.

Download the datasheet HERE.

Contact Seals HQ today to find out how we can play a role in creating a sustainable legacy for our future generations.

SEALS Hope Quest 2019

SEALS Hope Quest 2019
As we look back at 2019, the team at Seals HQ would like to thank all our clients for your support throughout the year. Thanks to faithful custome...

As we look back at 2019, the team at Seals HQ would like to thank all our clients for your support throughout the year. Thanks to faithful customers, the year 2019 has been one of record growth. We understand that our clients have many options in the marketplace, and are pleased that they have made Seals HQ their partner for tamper evident security products. 

As a business, we strive to effect change in our community and make an impact in whatever way we can. Seals HQ initiated our Seals Hope Quest this year which aims to return a small portion of our profits to the community in hopes that our contribution will create a butterfly effect that will signify the beginning of greater change in the future. 

In the year 2019, Seals HQ supported Response for Life and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services by providing free security seals. Seals HQ also supported one80tc, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre by sponsoring a rider in their annual Sydney to Hunter charity fundraiser. Lastly, Seals HQ supported a missionary initiative in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Through your support, we managed to donate 200kgs of rice, boxes of instant noodles and basic medical supplies that went to directly help families in poor rural villages in Cambodia.

Our quest for HOPE would not have happened without all our clients, and we thank all our clients for empowering the team at Seals HQ to support initiatives close to our hearts.

If you are a registered charity in Australia and have a need for security seals, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to support you in 2020. Please send an email to sales@sealshq.com.au for more information. 

Security Seals for Irrigation and Water Conservation

Security Seals for Irrigation and Water Conservation
Australia is experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record, resulting in desperate water shortages across large parts of New South Wales ...

Australia Drought Map

Australia is experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record, resulting in desperate water shortages across large parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland. The latest report by the Bureau of Meteorology issued on 5 September 2019 focused on these key points:

  • Rainfall in the past 17 months has been below average over much of New South Wales, southern Queensland, northern and eastern Victoria, South Australia and northern Tasmania
  • Rainfall deficiencies generally persist with little change in affected areas
  • Long-term rainfall deficiencies, record-low for some periods, continue to severely limit water resources across the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Root-zone soil moisture was below average for August for most of Australia
  • Water storages in the Northern Murray-Darling Basin is extremely low, with no meaningful inflows during August
  • Below average winter filling season for water storages in the Southern Basin for the third year in a row

As water is the main necessity of life, it has become imperative that all measures are taken to secure this precious resource. However, there are cases of unscrupulous behaviour where offenders have been caught in acts of water theft. Water theft comes in many forms, mainly taking water without an access license or tampering with water meters. This is where Seals HQ’s expertise can help you.

SHQ_MeterSeals

Our range of Meter Seals are designed to be easy to apply, resistant to UV and water exposure. Our Rotor Seals, Cable Seals and Combi Seals can be applied without any tools and can only be removed with a wire cutter. Optional features include:

  • Stainless Steel wire or plastic-coated wire ensures that the wire does not rust.
  • Customisable wire length to suit any meters.
  • Custom design available to include your company logo, text and a unique serial number.
  • Contractor ID numbers can be marked on the seal to identify which contractor installed that meter and security seal.

Contact us via one of the following methods to discuss your options with our Product Specialists:

          Phone          1300 920 778
          Email           sales@sealshq.com.au
          Web             https://www.sealshq.com.au

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