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Seven Excellent Reasons To Use Plastic Security Seals
Plastic security seals are those little things that make a big difference in the everyday lives of businesses and individuals alike, playing an integral role in numerous industries, thousands of medical facilities as well as private homes.
Plastic security seals feature largely as a form of security in a variety of industries and also in the physical process of transporting commodities and merchandise goods and cargo. Plastic security seal can be either ground, sea, air or intermodal. Using security seals as a tamper-proof method of protecting goods goes hand-in-hand with the implementation of proper security systems.
Here are really excellent reasons why industries from banking and logistics to private individuals and other facilities choose plastic security seals for a multitude of applications:
Security is most certainly at the top of the list – with plastic security seals you can enjoy peace of mind as they act as a deterrent to tampering & theft.
Theft & contamination of products can and will also be discovered instantaneously – plastic seals are designed to be tamper-evident. Intrusion attempts & tampering will show signs that are obvious and therefore will be brought to your attention right away.
Plastic security seals can be produced as various length seals or commonly known as pull-tight seals. These plastic security seals can be used in various applications from around the neck of a bag, taught liner truck curtains, first-aid boxes or even fire extinguishers.
Variable-length plastic security seals work in the same way as a cable tie, but have a much higher level of security as the locking mechanism is designed to be tamper-evident and can include in some cases metal inserts.
Plastic security seals are serially numbered which gives the user the ability to implement an audit trail.
Plastic security seals can be printed with various methods including heat foiling, laser marking or thermo transfer.
Plastic security seals have various elements that makes each seal unique, these include seal type, colour, prefix and serial number.
It is important to bear in mind that they are certainly not a fool-proof method of securing goods regardless of which industry they are used in although they do act as a deterrent to theft & tampering.
Even the most sophisticated security seal not applied correctly and used naively won’t fullfil its purpose. Using security seals as a tamper-evident method of protecting goods goes hand-in-hand with the implementation of proper security systems.
Whether plastic security seals are used for trucks, drums, ballot boxes, road tankers, chemical transportation, bags, in hospitals, sea freight containers or to secure items in the airline industry, if it is a plastic security seal you require we will undoubtedly have the right one suited to any application for your individual needs regardless of which industry you need this for.
It is well known that padlock seal is one of the most popular and popular types of security seals worldwide. In this article, we will discuss the process of creating a padlock as well as some of our other products. We are a New York-based, family-run manufacturing company that manufactures high-quality customizable security seals, including padlocks seals , and other electronic security products for a wide range of industries. Our tamper-proof seals manufacturer manufactures high-quality seals for a wide range of applications, such as locks, clamping shells, door locks and key locks.
Plastic padlock seals come in a variety of colors, and the seals are marked for your security monitoring requirements. Metal padlocks are marked with a unique serial number, similar to plastic locks, but the metal construction differs from that of their plastic counterparts.
The first variety of padlock seals is available in a variety of different types and can be perfectly matched to your company’s security needs. Although these safety measures are small – the strength for safety purposes is low, but the plastic body can make them suitable for any color – the wire gasket can be embedded with any of the wide color variants available to meet the needs of any business. There are many other uses where the weight of a seal is deterred by the secured area, such as security cameras, but there is no need to deter the secured area with weight seals for them.
The locking seal has both a plastic body and a wire seal mechanism that combines the best of both worlds into a strong security seal. The plastic padlocks have a whole body of plastic and have a locking mechanism to ensure that their security needs to fit your business.
WHY USE A METAL SEAL?
A metal seal is used when the application conditions are outside the specification limits of a polymer. For example, when:
TEMPERATURE IS TOO HOT OR TOO COLD & PRESSURE IS TOO HIGH OR THERE IS A VACUUM.
Metal Seals are primarily used in static applications for temperatures as high as 1000°C/1832°F and pressures as high as 6825 bar/99000 psi for select applications. At low cryogenic temperatures and low pressures, such as vacuum seal applications, metal inserted seals are far better than polymers since they do not become brittle and lose elasticity. Metal seals also have a low leakage rate down to 1 x 10-12 cc/sec per mm circumference which in comparison to high load O-rings is almost 100x better.
How to Bypass a Wire Cable Seal
Following on from our last post where we bypassed a tamper evident fixed length seal, we thought we would show you an easy bypass for a wire cable seal. You saw this seal briefly in our last video.
We first worked out how to bypass this seal back at BSides 2018. We made a few assumptions on how it worked inside and found out if you used a needle you could slide the cable back over it. Before writing this article and making our bypass video, we did a whole lot of research and couldn’t find anything, or even pictures, on how these seals worked inside. If you look into the channel in the body before you insert the wire you can see a small barbed wheel. We assumed the wheel was fixed in there and it was made so it only turned one way. We decided to cut one open and see how it worked and were we surprised. It was NOTHING like we expected.
So here is an amazing picture for you showing the inside of a wire cable seal!
How a Wire Cable Seal Works
Before we get into how this works, you might want to know what a cable seal actually is.
A wire cable seal isn’t fixed length like the last one we bypassed. It’s what is called a variable-length seal. So it’s just like a zip tie really. You put on end into the locking mechanism and pull it through. You can leave it loose or pull it really tight around an object. It just depends on what you are trying to do with it.
The main thing to realise is once the cable goes into the body, you cant pull it back out. The cable only goes one way. And unlike the fixed length seals that were plastic and you could break off with your hand, if you want to remove this one you need cutters to cut the wire cable.
You will find a few different types of wire cable seal but the main difference between them is they have different thickness cable so they have different breaking strengths.
The cable is usually made of braided aircraft cable. This makes it very strong and if you cut it, it will splay out making it pretty much impossible to rejoin without looking like it’s been tampered with.
So if you were thinking of cutting it and feeding it back into the body, it’s probably not going to work.
If you want an example of how we know it splays out, here’s a funny story for you.
PICKING THE RIGHT SEAL
Deciding on just the right seal for your application can be complicated, as there are many factors that need to be considered. This introduction to those factors will provide insight to assist you in coming up with the perfect seal that gets the job done.
First, what is the seal meant to do? There are as many applications for rubber and plastic seals as there are profiles to choose from.
These seals are specifically designed to lock in a window on a truck or trailer or anywhere a window would be used. It has two sides to it, one to fasten onto the flange and the other to lock in the glass. This is a two-part system with a smaller piece that is inserted into the seal to lock the two openings tight. This is made from a dense rubber compound in order to create a solid seal with the least amount of wiggle room on the flange or glass.
Slide-out seals are specially designed to create a soft seal on a slide-out room against a recreational vehicle (RV) and guard against water finding its way into the vehicle. We offer two main classes of slide-out seals for the RV market. One requires a flange on the RV for insertion, the other is applied with tape. We have several options that use the clip-on flange fastening system: ED-50468-T, ED-50465 and the ED-50474. Each one has slightly different features, but all include a combination of bulbs and flaps.
We also have a slide-out seal system that doesn’t require a flange and is applied with 3-M heat activated tape (HAT). This new patent-pending slide-out seal system is called the Uni-Seal. The Uni-Seal system includes three different types of seals for the outside, bottom and interior of the slide-out unit. The patent pending technology allows for a bulb to be pulled away for applying a mechanical fastener like a staple or screw and then the bulb will snap back to the original position. It is a one-piece slide-out seal design that is effective, can be efficiently installed, is shipped by the coil in a box and works with most RV designs.