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Pouch Tear Notch

How to Pick the Tear Notch for Your Custom Printed Pouch

A Tear Notch Pouch allows your customer to easily open the pouch when they are ready to consume your product. Find out what kind of Tear Notch is best for your product.

Pack Product in a Tear Notch Pouch

A pouch tear notch allows for the end user to easily open the bag after you seal it and ensures customers know the bag was has not been tampered with. The tear notch sits directly below your heat seal area. A tamper evident pouch places the tear notch directly below the area that was pre-sealed at the factory. A tear notch usually sits directly above a zip closure (if applicable).

Pouch tear notches are an optional feature and can be omitted if required. However, a tear notch is helpful for your customer, as they can tear open the packaging without trouble. Tear notches can be placed at almost any distance below the top of the pouch, but below are some best places to place the tear notch.

Tear Notch Placement with Zippers 

Optimally tear notches should be placed .25″ from the zipper. and .5″ inches from the hang hole giving you a nice .5″ inch seal zone.

Tear Notch Placement without Zippers

.375″ inch from top if no hang hole.

Get Your Tear Notch in the Right Place For Your Packaging Needs

Hang holes are used in conjunction with Zippers and Tear Notches. See our chart below to determine the best placement of your hang hole. And don't worry, when you place your order, our packaging specialists will make sure your project gets done right!

Zipper Location

Hang Hole

Tear Notch Location

1.5" down from top

Yes, Center Punch

1" down from top

1.25" down from top

Yes, Center Punch

.75" down from top

1" down from top

Yes, Center Punch

Not advised

1.5" down from top

Yes, OSHA or Delta

1" down from top

1.25" down from top

Yes, OSHA or Delta

Not advised

No Zipper

No Hang hole

.5" minimum

1" from top

No Hang hole

.5" down from top

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