High security Barrier seal
A bolt barrier seal or ‘bottle seal’ given it’s ‘bottle-like’ shape, consists of a 2 part, strengthened metal bolt shaft which fits into its corresponding locking body. This type of seal is commonly used to secure vehicle doors and container doors. This seal needs to be removed by cutting with a bolt cutter, grinder or oxyacetylene torch.
A better understanding of ISO PAS 177712 & C-TPAT
“C-TPAT” (Customs Trade Partnership against terrorism) concerns all incoming containers to the USA. ALL containers must be sealed with a security seal that is classified as a high security seal. In order for a seal to be classified as a high security seal, the product must be tested by an authorised, accredited laboratory. One of the best known ones is DAYTON BROWN in NY. The seal goes through rigorous testing, tensile strength, bending, to name but a few. Without this certificate, the seal is not of the spec to enter the US/ Mexico or Canada. Only ISO PAS 17712 HSS can be used to support the requirements of the C-TPAT programme. (C-TPAT is a anti-terrorist programme, not a standard as such, so no certificate is issued to state this).
Plastic indicative seals
These seals are typically either adjustable, pull through seals or fixed length seals. Depending on the plastic type and strength of the seal, these can commonly be broken by hand. The inherent weakness of a pull through seal (with notched or smooth strap), is that it can be sealed, and if not pulled through all the way, can be cut or broken in the loop, and re-sealed. The user has to ensure that the seals are correctly applied and inspected in detail before authorized removal is attempted. Plastic indicative seals are generally constructed from oil based plastics, PP (polypropylene) / PA (polyamide) which resist attempts at gluing. Many of ICS’ products contain an insert in the locking chamber, of a hardened plastic, thereby increasing tamper resistance. For increased security, a metal insert is available in the locking chamber of certain options. Plastic seals have diverse application: bags, containers, doors, gates, baggage, drums, diesel caps, cages, metering & gaming equipment, emergency equipment, valves etc