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2021 Strapping Guide

2021 Strapping Guide

Selecting The Best Strapping For Your Business

2021 Strapping Guide

What is strapping?

Strapping is the process whereby items are tied together or secured to a pallet/skid. 
Key attributed are:
- Safety of the load
- Time spent in strapping
- The length or breaking strain of the strap or strapping seals
- The safety of the person using strapping
- Cost of materials

What are the major types?

What are their advantages and disadvantages?

  • Polypropylene Strapping
    • Advantages:
      • Great for light loads
      • 12mm and 15mm can be used with plastic buckles - no tools required
      • Inexpensive
      • 12mm strapping used in conjunction with a semi-automatic machine is a fast way to bundle or strap boxes
      • 19mm has a 400kg breaking strain and when used with the right seals and tooling is a secure and inexpensive solution for medium loads
    • Disadvantages:
      • Not suitable for heavy loads
      • Can be time-consuming
  • Polyester Strapping
    • Advantages:
      • In many applications a much cheaper, and just as strong substitute for steel strapping
      • Can be used with manual tooling
      • Amazing time efficiency when used with appropriate battery-operated hand strapping tools. Battery tools don't need seals.
      • Rust resistant
      • Inexpensive
    • Disadvantages:
      • Not appropriate with very heavy loads
      • Care is needed when tensioning - often strap protectors are needed
      • Full productivity benefits require battery operated hand strapping tools
  • Composite Strapping
    • Advantages:
      • Soft and pliable - Great for medium weight 'sensitive products'
      • Cheap in comparison to steel strapping but much dearer than polyester
      • Good shock resistance
    • Disadvantages:
      • Can't automate - requires manual tooling
  • Polywoven Strapping
    • Advantages:
      • Soft, pliable and strong
      • Very safe - no sharp edges
      • Can be re-used and re-tensioned
      • No rust
      • Relatively inexpensive
    • Disadvantages:
      • Can't automate - requires manual tooling
      • Must be correctly buckled 
  • Steel Strapping
    • Key Info:
      • Standard steel strapping is painted
      • Zinc or galvanised strapping is needed for underground or rust-prone external use
      • 'Ribbon' steel strapping is most common - Coils are like a ribbon style and weigh 10-16kg. Often they are fitted to an 'A Frame' dispenser
      • 'Rope' or 'Oscillated' steel strapping coils weigh 43-50kg and require a large wheeled dispenser
      • Safety is key - Always wear riggers gloves and eye protection!
    • Advantages:
      • Great for heavy, awkward items
      • No flex means safety for heavier loads strapped to pallets
      • 32mm metal strapping has a breaking strain of 2200kg!
      • Many sizes are Australian made
      • Wide variety of seals, tools and dispensers available
    • Disadvantages:
      • Needs care when using
      • Expensive in comparison to other technologies

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