26 March 2020

Filament tape VS Duct tape: which one is the right one?

Mmm, decisions decisions. So many options and so little time to get things done. Don’t worry, PPM is here to help you clear out all doubts and show you which tape is the right one for you.

First of all: not all tapes are the same. Filament tape and duct tape are very different from one another and are used in completely different settings. Depending on the job you need to get done, one is more appropriate than the other. Let’s take a look at both of them.

Filament tape VS Duct tape: components and applications

Filament tape is a hot melt adhesive tape used for medium and heavy-duty bundling, packaging and fastening operations and it’s usually made of 3 different components:

  • A BOPP backing (biaxially oriented polypropylene)
  • Fiberglass inserts, embedded into the backing
  • Hot melt adhesive

The nature of its components makes filament tape extremely strong and resistant, with great holding power and tensile strength.

For this reason, filament tape is specifically used to wrap heavy cardboard boxes, bundle heavy items together, difficult pallet fastening and general reinforcement applications in both the industrial and consumer field.

Depending on the weight and size of the objects to bundle, a different filament tape is required. For particularly heavy applications, PPM has developed a special filament tape, with a cross weave filament structure that provides even stronger holding properties.

PPM’s filament tape

PPM Industries manufactures a complete range of filament tapes, for all applications:

Duct tape, on the other hand, is an extremely versatile, multi-purpose tool that provides simple, strong, reliable solutions for any job, both professional and DIY, where a waterproof, robust tape is required.

Duct tape is composed of:

  • Backing in PE (polyethylene) laminated synthetic cloth
  • Hot melt adhesive

Duct tape is designed to hold well at both low and high temperatures, which makes it extremely suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. Ultimately, duct tape is a multipurpose high-performance tape for daily repairs and activities with different materials and surfaces. You can use it for packaging, bundling, holding, splicing, tabbing and banding.

PPM’s duct tape

PPM Industries, as a globally known duct tape manufacturer, has a wide variety of duct tapes, for both professional and utility use. Depending on the kind of application and the holding power you need, you can choose among:

As you can see, PPM really has everything you need. Whether you have to seal really heavy boxes, repair pipes or fasten pallets, PPM can help you with the tape perfect for you. So, to answer the initial question: which one is the right one? Well, technically the answer would be: both, depending on the application.

If you’re still unsure and wondering about filament tape VS duct tape, contact us! We will be happy to show you which tape best suits your needs.

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