Whenever a business needs to get any kind of rolled up paper or materials out to a location, mailing tubes are the common solution. Whether cardboard, plastic or of other designs, mailing tubes help keep maps, blueprints, posters and much more from being damaged in transit. Businesses looking for good buys on these shipping tools can get ideas from checking out some of the basic key terms for types of mailing tubes and their uses.
Kraft tubes (named for the brown Kraft paper they are made from) are a specific kind of spiral bound cardboard tubing that business leaders often buy for shipping fragile documents or rolled up materials. Their simple "plain brown wrapper" style is efficient and economical.
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a plastic material often used for mailing tubes. PVC is very sturdy and will not bend under moderate pressure in transit. It's also used for a lot of heavier projects, including plumbing.
Triangle mailing tubes
Triangle mailing tubes represent an alternative to a cylindrical tube. The triangle tube has three flat surfaces to prevent rolling. Rolled materials can often be packed and unpacked from triangle tubes more easily than from cylindrical mailing tubes.
U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
U.S. Postal Service establishes specific postal rates for some mailing tubes, while others can be shipped at the same rate as standard packages. Because USPS rates change often, it's important to check the U.S. Postal Service website for the latest pricing.
Open ended and snap seal mailing tubes
Open ended and snap seal mailing tubes are two different solutions for shipping rolled materials. Open ended mailing tubes rely on caps, sized to match the diameter of the tube, for closing. In snap seal mailing tubes, the ends fold inward to seal the tube.
Clear mailing tubes
Clear mailing tubes are tubes made of transparent plastic. Although clear tubes reveal the contents, which isn't always desirable, some shippers choose to use these as a marketing device. Clear tubes can be imprinted with designs or logos and will carry adhesive mailing labels.