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Five Reasons To Use The TydenBrooks SnapTracker Bolt Seal

The SnapTracker Bolt Seal is one of our best-selling security seals globally. Last year in North America the SnapTracker was the most purchased seal with over 6 million bolt seals supplied across the United States. The SnapTracker is an ISO 17712 compliant high security bolt seal, that exceeds international customs requirements and can only be removed by bolt cutters or similar.

High Quality Bolt Seals manufactured in High Quality Manufacturing Plants

  TydenBrooks has production cells strategically located around the world. We have done this to ensure we can supply all existing and new customers with bolt seals no matter the circumstances. We take great pride in our manufacturing capabilities to produce high quality security seals using ISO 9001 certified processes. All our high-quality manufacturing plants are ISO 9001 certified.

Why does the SnapTracker bolt seal have two extended flags?

The SnapTracker is designed to provide you with extra security benefits for sealing containers. Both parts of the SnapTracker can be laser marked so that if someone tries to remove the locking bolt and replace with another one on – the sequential numbering won’t match up. The steel bolt is coated in ABS high-impact plastic material allowing for custom colour choices and uniqueness for your supply chain.

SnapTracker is ISO 17712:2013 ‘H’ Certified

TydenBrooks understands how poor security-related practices can undercut the effectiveness of a high-quality security seal. That’s why we have a large selection of high security seals that are certified to the ISO 17712’s Annex A. This defines over two dozen required practices to classify a security seal, such as facility risk assessments and access controls to production and storage areas. ISO STANDARDS FOR SECURITY SEALS ISO 17712 is the standardised document that establishes “uniform procedures for the classification, acceptance, and withdrawal of mechanical freight container seals. It provides a single source of information on mechanical seals which are acceptable for securing freight containers in international commerce.” ISO 17712 defines three types of classes of security seal strength, or barrier capacity: “I” for Indicative; “S” for Security; and “H” for High Security. C-TPAT requires the use of “H” class seals. Suppliers must use independent third-party test laboratories to validate a security seal’s classification. The test laboratory must also be accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories) to perform testing specific to ISO 17712. The ISO 17712 standard requires independent testing against three main categories:
  1. Mechanical Testing to determine a security seals physical strength (Clause 5).
“H” Class Security Seals or High Security Seals are manufactured to the highest standards and are marked with a “H” on the seals’ body. The most popular high security seals are bolt seals and cable seals. In May 2014, new requirements were published for ISO 17712:2013, for all security seals to be compliant, they must be categorized and marked “H” as High Security Seals. When undergoing mechanical testing by an independent ISO 17025 accredited laboratory (Clause 5) and the manufacturer must be certified to both ISO9001 and ISO17712: Annex A.
  1. Seals be designed and constructed with tamper indicative features that generate tell-tale evidence of tampering (Clause 6).
The new requirement for High Security Seals also states that the security seal must also be compliant with Clause 6: Evidence of Tampering. Clause 6 requires the manufacturer to have a documented and audited process and test specification in place in its quality manual for all High Security Seals in its product range. Clause 6 is a valuable addition to the seal standard emphasizing the importance of continuous improvement of tamper resistance and tamper indicating features on security seals.

If a High Security Seal is only presented to you with a clause 5 certificate or just a clause 6 certificate then it does not have the “H” classification, which means it is not a High Security Seal.

High Quality Seal accepted by Global Customs authorities.

With the ‘H’ ISO certification, the SnapTracker complies with C-TPAT’s regulations, requiring ALL US-bound containers to be locked by seals categorized as ‘high security.’  This is important because if you import a container without a high security seal fitted, the container will be impounded, and you could receive a $2,000 impoundment charge and face delays in US customs releasing your container.

The SnapTracker has been pushed to even limits in Europe and the UK, with its Group 1 HMRC Customs Acceptance certificate. The main factor for achieving Group 1 status is due to the SnapTracker can withstand a pulling force of 1,000kg.

Once the bolt is secure, The SnapTracker can only be removed using a set of bolt cutters. The locking insert has been specifically designed to not ‘spin off’ as some other bolt seals in the marketplace are prone to this type of attack. This is known as a ‘spin attack’.

SnapTrackers Variety of marking options

The SnapTracker offers several laser marking options specific to business requirements. Each SnapTracker has a flag for laser markings of company logos & names, as well as the standard sequential numbering. However, our high-tech laser machines that are supplied from our sister company Telesis provide more advanced laser marking capabilities.

These include:

Traditional 1-D UPC Bar Code

    • Linear, 1-D machine-readable code able
    • to store 20-45 characters (some variations up to 100)
    • Typically used on consumer goods
    • and/or packaging for point-of-sale applications, or for raw material labelling, inventory management, and package tracking.

2-D Quick Response (“QR”) Code

  • 2-D, machine-readable code able to store up to 7,000 characters.
  • Typically used for consumer- facing applications, for marketing and entertainment, as well as for asset tracking in some industrial applications (e.g. automotive manufacturing)

2-D Data Matrix

    • 2-D, machine-readable code able to store up to 2,000 characters.
    • Typically used for asset tracking and identification, as well as for small items, including for the Department of Defence (mandates use of data matrix codes for UID purposes), aerospace, and electronics applications.

Our security seals are now widely used in the multimodal shipping industry, securing air-side transport in airports and throughout the distribution and logistics industry. Some of our other security seals with global industry recognition are from our original security seal range:

Try The SnapTracker For Yourself!”

If you are interested in learning more about how our SnapTracker container seals or Intermodal Bolt Seals, can improve your supply chain management, please get in touch for a free sleeve of samples and a no-obligation consultation.

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