The Easy to Use Better Pack® 500 Automatic Water-Activated Tape Dispenser from Better Packages, Inc. Improves Efficiency in Medium- to High-Volume Packing Environments

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Better Packages, Inc., the number-one trusted name in water-activated tape dispensers and carton sealers for nearly 90 years, introduces the Better Pack 500. This rugged tape dispensing machine offers straightforward operation and one-touch dispensing of reinforced and non-reinforced water-activated tape, significantly improving efficiency and speed of packaging technicians in medium- to high-volume packaging environments.

The new Better Pack 500 automatic water-activated tape dispenser from Better Packages, Inc., is engineered for durability, ease of use and reliability. With steel side-frame construction covered in durable ABS plastic, it is a tabletop workhorse that stands up to rough handling and rugged conditions in most work settings, while maintaining the consistent performance expected from the Better Pack brand. Its smooth-touch tactile keypad is preprogrammed with 14 preset lengths from 6 to 45 inches. A simple press of the 2X key doubles any preset length, and custom lengths up to 120 inches can be dispensed by pressing and holding the random length key. When fast tape output is important, the Better Pack 500 dispenses tape at 45 inches per second, greatly reducing the amount of time needed to process and seal cartons in medium- to high-volume packaging settings.

Design features of the Better Pack 500 tape dispenser maximize the performance of the water-activated tape used to seal the cartons. For example, a smooth-dispense tape guide and unique urethane feed wheel eliminate damage to the tape caused by metal feed wheels commonly found in other dispensers. The unit’s adjustable top heater warms the water that activates the tape’s adhesive, thereby optimizing the tape’s integrity and bonding properties. The top heater, which is a standard feature of the Better Pack 500, is especially useful in work environments where cold temperatures can adversely affect the performance of any tape. When reinforced water-activated tape, such as BetterSeal Secure® Tape from Better Packages, is applied with the Better Pack 500, the end result is a seal that is consistently secure, tamper-evident and professional looking.

Optional accessories further improve both the machine’s and tape’s functionality and enable the packaging technician to work most efficiently. The optional tape aerial accessory holds tape in an upright position when dispensed, allowing easy access to the tape and freeing up bench top workspace. The CodeTaper® 6 imprinting device allows printing directly on the tape as it is dispensed for added security, tracking or branding with printed codes, date stamps and logos.

The Better Pack 500 tape dispenser is built for optimal operator and electrical safety and meets or exceeds UL, CE and CSA standards. Standard safety features include a safety interlock switch, which disables the cutting mechanism when the cover is open. In addition, a thermal cutoff switch and low voltage requirements protect the motor from overheating.

The Better Pack 500 is available in 115v and 230v models. To learn more, contact Better Packages at 800-237-9151 or visit to locate the Authorized Better Packages Distributor near you.

About Water-Activated Tape

Water-activated tape, or gummed tape, offers security and strength benefits that other sealing methods do not. For example, unlike plastic pressure-sensitive tape, which can be easily removed and replaced leaving little or no trace of tampering, Water-activated tape bonds with the carton and produces a tamper-evident, secure seal. Manufacturers, food and drug companies and government agencies, including the US Postal Service and the FBI, recognize the benefits of using water-activated tape as a simple, cost-effective means to help protect the contents of their packages from tampering and thievery. Water-activated tape also reinforces the strength of cartons containing heavy or bulky items.

About Better Packages

Better Packages, founded in 1917 and headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, since 1924, is the world’s leading manufacturer of water-activated tape dispensers used for carton sealing. The company also offers case sealers, pressure-sensitive tape dispensers, and a full line of dispenser accessories. Its products are sold and serviced in the United States and in 20 countries worldwide. Its systems are used whenever security, strength, efficiency, productivity and a professional image are needed. For more information, please visit

© 2006 Better Packages, Inc. Better Packages, Better Pack, BetterSeal Secure and CodeTaper are registered trademarks of Better Packages, Inc.


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