Shopping Cart
0 item(s) - $0.00

Tapes strength, what thickness/ mil?

The term mil is used to described the unit of thickness equal to one thousandth of an inch. To convert mil to inches take mil & divide by 1000. Thus, 2 mil tape would be .002 inches thick. This terms sometimes confuse or a strange terms to use for some people. Just give the tapes! or It is only a tape! That's what people used to say, however, different tapes are made for different purpose and the thickness of the tapes more often than not dictates the strength of the tapes.

Why should you care about "mil"? Because the greater the "mil" the stronger the tape.

The following guide should help you determine what "mil" tape should be used based upon the weight of your package.

• 1.7 Mil- Recommended for packages under 20 lbs.
• 2.0 Mil- Recommended for packages under 40 lbs.
• 2.5 Mil- Recommended for packages under 50 lbs.
• 3.0 Mil- Recommended for packages under 65 lbs.
• 3.5 Mil- Recommended for packages under 90 lbs.

Note: Carriers such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL recommend using clear tape when packing to ensure the proper scanning of the shipping labels.



Back to top