Security seals are in use in almost every industry where valuables have to be protected against contamination and theft, whether accidental or deliberate. With such high demand comes an ever increasing supply of security seals from all corners of the globe. Unfortunately, quality at the manufacturing and customer service level may vary greatly from one supplier to the next, which makes choosing the best supplier for your security seals somewhat of a challenge.
TruSeal adheres to the highest international standards and is committed to delivering only the best quality seals at the cutting-edge of current seal technology. We’ve made a list of the most important things to take into consideration when going through the process of selecting a supplier of security seals. Not incidentally, these are also the main points that drive us to deliver the best products and service on the market.
Good security seals adhere to strict standards and are made of the most robust materials available. Guidelines have been established for a reason and proper classification should carry great weight when choosing a seal. Many of our plastic and barrier seals, for instance, are ISO17712 compliant which means that they have passed the requisite stringent physical strength and quality tests.
Your business is unique. We understand that. TruSeal offers a wide variety of security seals to cater to each industry, from casinos to banking, from sea & air freight to land transportation, and for each of those industries we offer an array of high-security seals to suit your exact needs and budget. We do not believe that you should have to compromise or make concessions when planning the security of your business. Many of our seals can also be barcoded and laser branded with your company’s logo. It’s important to find the right seal for your particular application. TruSeal has exactly what you need to make the most of your security solution.
Sub-par service and slow turnaround times can be disastrous for both small and larger businesses alike. Seals need to be replaced when gaining access and a supplier that cannot keep up with demand is simply not good enough. TruSeal believes that you come first. Our customers drive us to innovation and continued efforts at improving our service. We have established a network of couriers running to and from our warehouse in Johannesburg to ensure turnaround times that impress. We also offer excellent customer service and are always a phone call away to assist with any questions that you may have.
The right supplier
Your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us. We are committed to combining the three major principles of quality, bespoke solutions, and service to bring you the very best that you can find. Security seals are a major part of an effective security solution. TruSeal is committed to meeting your requirements at every level.
Security Seal company TruSeal is evolving rapidly and felt it time to evolve our brand identity to reflect this.
The world is changing quickly through advancements in digital technology, be it sales, marketing or manufacturing.
TruSeal have spent the last few years investing in our digital strategy to make sure we are geared to take advantage of these and stay connected to our customers and give them further value.
Our sales, marketing and manufacturing departments make use of todays most advanced digital tools to make sure you are given a different level of service, value and convenience.
Recent overseas visits to our Security Seal partners will see new products made with the worlds most advanced technologies added to our Security Seal offering to the Sub-Saharan Africa markets.
We wanted our evolved logo to be bold, distinctive and instantly recognised. It has been simplified and also updated with the latest digital friendly fonts that work across all platforms.
New digital advancements will give you more information at your fingertips to help you quickly make decisions on which tamper-evident products to use and which digital printing options would best suite your needs.
If it’s the latest technology you require, you can rely on TruSeal to deliver.
Security Seals can play a very important role in helping you get your families to school and work each day. Each time you fill your car with fuel, Security Seals have been used to make sure there is fuel at your local fuel station and that it’s of the highest quality and free of contamination.There are five main parts to the fuel supply chain. Domestic production or importing of crude oil. Refining of crude oil into fuel. Storage of the fuel at bulk terminals. Fuel tanker truck transportation from bulk storage to your local fuel station. Fuel Station retailers.It is often thought that South Africa is not an oil producing country, however South Africa now produces about half its petroleum needs. PetroSA is the national oil company of South Africa.
The main activities of PetroSA is the extraction of natural gas from offshore fields about 89 Km’s from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, South Africa. The refinery converts natural, methane-rich gas into ultra-clean, low-sulphur, low-aromatic synthetic fuels. The production of synthetic fuels from this gas is through the GTL process, gas to liquids. The refinery is located in Mossel Bay and produces about 45 000 barrels per day. Security Seals are used to make sure that the manufacturing environment is secure. This is critical to maintain the integrity of these products.
Security Seals are not only used to protect product quality but also to ensure that access to restricted or sensitive areas within the fuel manufacturing environment is adhered to. Once converted the fuel is then sent to depots for storage until it is needed at fuel retail outlets.
Security Seals & Fuel Transportation
Freight operators transport fuel from storage depots to your local fuel retailers with fuel tanker trucks. Fuel because of its high value and widespread use is a desirable commodity for thieves. Freight operators and the fuel industry lose hundreds of millions of Rands a year through fuel theft. Various types of Security Seals are used to seal loading points on fuel tankers such as TruSeal’s STS029 Cable Seal, Ultimate Seal and STS035 Strap Seal.
These seals which are serially numbered and easy to apply are designed for ultimate tamper-evidence. Security Seal serial numbers are recorded on dispatch of the tanker from the depot. Once the fuel tanker arrives at the fuel retailer, the Security Seals are inspected and serial numbers verified.
The fuel is then unloaded into underground storage tanks at your local fuel retailer ready to fill your car and get your family to school and work.
Security Seals are a small yet important detail in ensuring traceability and integrity when getting fuel into your vehicles.
South African Security Seal Solutions manufacturer & distributor TruSeal, is in the business of world-class tamper-evident security seals and security bags for the protection of assets as well as bespoke solutions for companies and individuals with very specific requirements. The majority of TruSeal’s customers are involved in the protection and control of cash, keys, documents and valuables.
“We know what’s important to our customers, in particular having the confidence in any one of our security seal solutions that will stand up to the most stringent of standards and requirements,” says director, Brent Cramer.” “Key areas for us are the retail, banking, cash-in-transit, transport, logistics and mining sectors.”
The entire range of security bags, pouches and security envelopes are fitted with our tried and trusted TruSeal locking chamber or can be fitted with the new TruSeal padlock chamber that can accommodate a padlock.
“We have incorporated a state-of-the-art CAD design system into our processes. All this geared to increasing efficiency and our capacity to meet our customers growing demand for our products.”
Strong International Partnerships
Strong partnerships with industry leading international manufacturers means that TruSeal has the capacity to supply products that meet current US and UK Customs requirements. These can be delivered to anywhere on the African continent, including those products which are able to accommodate barcode printing of 12 or 14 digits.
“Above all, we believe that it is a deep understanding of our customers’ needs that truly sets us apart. Whether it’s through our levels of existing stock, the adaptability of our manufacturing process to accommodate specific requirements with fast turnaround times or our uncompromising attitude towards the quality of our products. It’s about the right product at the right price, on time,” assures Mr. Cramer.
Rapid delivery of Security Seal Solutions
“TruSeal’s factory producing security seal solutions is based in Johannesburg and through a streamlined network of couriers, they are able to dispatch orders rapidly and have them delivered to a customer’s door anywhere in South Africa. A customer’s consignment can be tracked online from time of dispatch to time of delivery.
TruSeal is committed to increasing local production of security seal solutions and security bags, our staff compliment continues to grow with the increased demand for a high quality, locally produced and affordable security seal solution.” Concludes Mr. Cramer.
At any one time millions of shipping containers sealed with security seals are moving around the world either by sea, air or road. With the invention of the shipping container goods are able to be shipped to every corner of the globe. Shipping containers can however be used for illegal purposes like drug smuggling, human trafficking of terrorism. No matter the type of container, its destination or origin, shipping containers are a target for smugglers or terrorists.
Each container entering a port needs to be sealed with a Security Seal. By sealing shipping containers with Security Seals border agents are able to detect suspect shipments and guard against smuggling & terrorism. Various different types of Seals can be used to seal shipping containers with varied levels of Security.
Fixed length Security Seals such as BullTip Security Seals or ACME T Security Seals can be applied to the shipping container which will give border security agents and indication of tampering. A Plastic Strap Security Seal like the STS035 can also be used to detect tampering of a shipping container.
Cable Security Seals such as the STS029 and STS045 can also be applied to shipping containers to show evidence of tampering and also act as a physical barrier. Cable Security Seals need to be removed by purpose built Cable Cutters such as the Knipex Cable Cutters. These kinds of Security Seals also come in various lengths and if the Cable Security Seal is long enough they can be placed around the locking rods of the shipping container, thereby sealing both doors of the container.
Bolt Seals such as the STS203 & H Bolt Security Seal are the most widely used kinds of seals in the industry for sealing shipping containers. Bolt Seals are predominantly made up of steel and some plastic and are made to be used only once. These kinds of Seals are made up of two parts that are pressed together to lock the shipping container. Removal of Bolt Seals can only be done with purpose built bolt cutters.
Security Seals being removed by border agents or security personnel need to be checked for evidence of tampering. The use of Security Seals on shipping containers will provide the quickest indicator whether a shipment has been compromised or not. If Security Seals have been found to be tampered, the shipping container can be stopped and quarantined for a full investigation.
Security Seals are physical mechanisms constructed by different materials and then marked and serially numbered to make them unique. Security Seals are made and used specifically in the protection of valuables and assets. The following combinations used together of Security Seal type, Security Seal color, prefix and serial number are some of the features that makes each Security Seal unique.
Security Seals can be constructed from various materials to achieve different levels of Security. Barrier Security Seals will be constructed mainly with steel or cable, making it very difficult to remove these seals without purpose built tools for removal. Plastic coating of Barrier Seals such as Bolt Seals and Cable Seals will allow for various printing options, color coding and also will provide evidence of tampering. Indicative Security Seals can be made with various types of materials including tin plate, different plastics, like polypropylene, nylon and styrene.
Marking or printing of Security Seals can be done in various ways like laser marking, heat foiling and thermo transfer or embossing.
Barcoding is available on most TruSeal Plastic Security Seals by laser printing, this includes Ultimate Seals, Plastic Strap Seals, STS035, STS029 Cable Seals, STS045 Cable Seals, Bolt Seals and STS008 Security Bag Seals. Thermo transfer is also available on some Security Seals available from TruSeal, laser and thermo transfer technology produce high quality and consistent barcodes.
The most requested barcode for Security Seals is either the numeric only Interleaved 2 of 5, 12 or 14 digit with check digit or the Alpha Numeric Code 128.
2d and QR barcodes may also be available on some plastic Security Seals and are marked using thermo transfer technology. Barcodes are usually marked onto Plastic Security Seals that are made from pastel colors like pink, green, peach, yellow, blue and white.
Laser marking is the practice of using lasers to engrave or leave a mark on an object. This is achieved by color change due to molecular and or chemical alteration, charring or melting. When laser marking Security Seals, no ink is used in this technology or any tool parts that will have contact with the Security Seals engraving surface. These are the distinct properties that distinguish laser marking from other alternative marking technologies.
Although various print options are available on our Security Seals, the manufacturing lead time can vary and in some cases be longer due factors such as manufacturing schedule, security seal type and printing specification. Most of our Security Seals are available ex stock with a pre-determined printing configuration of prefix and serial numbering.
Contact our sales team to discuss your Security Seal requirements and let us come up with Security Sealing Solution that is best for you.
Security Seals throughout History
Since ancient times, people have been concerned with protecting their valuables against tampering and theft. Seven-thousand-year-old intricate stone carvings have been found that were pressed into clay to seal jars containing documents or valuables. Kings sealed their letters and sensitive documents with wax and the insignia borne exclusively on their personal ring as a means of evidencing tampering or premature opening of the sealed document. The signet also proved who the letter was from, or in modern terms, provided brand authentication.
How Do Today’s Security Seals Compare?
Today Security Seals offer some of the same practical uses, although technology has advanced far beyond wax and ring and the relatively simple means of bypassing them. Today’s security seals still provide brand protection, confirming a product’s originality and integrity, but they also offer higher security and make it more difficult for trained individuals to break or bypass the seals and tamper with or steal sealed goods.
Security Seals used in Transporting Goods in 1800s
In the eighteen hundreds the railroad car security seal was developed thanks to the railway robberies we often see in classic western movies. Around the same time, security seals and locks were utilised for mail delivery by horseback. Early advancements in metal smelting bolstered the industry.
Security Seals in the Industrial Revolution
With the industrial revolution in the 1900s came the necessity for a larger variety of seals and a first time capacity to mass produce seals of an even quality. The concept of name brand and company image grew, and with it the essential need for protecting branded goods from tampering. One example of this is corn farmers sealing the container carrying their produce in order to prevent contamination of the crop, protecting the end user and the good name of the company.
Higher Standards and Better Materials for Security Seals
The invention of plastic and the ability to mould and mass produce plastic items further advanced Security Seals, expanding the range, application, and ease of access to the product. As the travel industry grew, so did border customs rules and regulations, and soon an international body was established to provide standards of quality, namely the International Standards Organisation. Seals that complied with ISO rules and border customs rules became the industry standard.
Recent Advancements in Security Seal Technology
The creation of stronger and more complex locks and mixed metals or advanced materials that are more difficult to break but make minor tampering attempts evident also positively affected the industry. Bar-coding and laser marking of security seals made more advanced security practices possible on a large scale. Today we have a vast range of higher security seals, from cable seals to barrier seals, from locked bags to bar-coded labels.
TruSeal Security Seals
TruSeal stays on top of the latest developments in technology to provide quality security sealing products at the right price with reliable service and delivery. TruSeal offers specific seals for a wide range of common applications and we also pride ourselves on being able to design and supply custom security sealing solutions for any application.
The Cash-in-Transit Industry manages the collection and delivery of cash and other valuables between secure locations. In recent years, South Africa has seen a substantial increase in cash-in-transit heists by organised crime gangs. These heists are usually well-planned operations by professional criminals. Cash-in-transit heists are generally executed with military-style precision and planning. Criminals attack cash at the most vulnerable point, when it is being transported and is far away from the comprehensive protection of the bank and left in the care of a handful of guards.
The Methods of Protecting Against Criminals Using Security Seals
The following methods of protecting against Cash-in-Transit criminals have been tried and proven effective over many years. South Africa has one of the best armoured security vehicle designs in the world. Security companies make use of these vehicles as well as armed and well-trained staff to escort & defend the cash. Cash-in-transit heists are time-sensitive operations. Security companies and banks now work with the South African Police Service to stop thieves by limiting their time of opportunity. Having the correct security seals in place can often give the security guards the few extra seconds they need to get assistance and catch the criminals before they escape.
How Barrier Cable Seals Protect Against Cash-In-Transit Losses
Cash handling remains a serious and important process with a high level of security risk.
Different Security Seals are used in combination to safely transport cash and valuables. One type of security seal a thief will encounter is the Barrier Cable Seal. Cable seals are considered high security. Two good examples of barrier cable seals used in the cash handling environment is the TruSeal STS045 Cable Seal and TruSeal STS029 Cable Seal.
These cable seals can be used on various applications within the cash handling industry. Without the proper tools, it is nearly impossible to break this seal. Common practice is for special purpose cable cutters to be used to remove these Cable Seals.
Use of Security Bags for Cash-In-Transit
Another deterrent used for cash-in-transit security is various types of security bags. This is a secure container that stores and seals cash, keys or valuables. These bags are sturdy and have seals that are tamper-evident. TruSeal Security Bags are used throughout South Africa and Africa for the transport of cash and valuables as an added level of defense.
Correctly used in combination with sound security protocols Security Seals and Security Bags are an effective measure for deterring and preventing Cash-in-Transit losses.
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. This 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.