Cord strap has established itself as an effective alternative to steel strapping materials. Whether it is the rigidity of composite strapping or the durability of heavy duty woven strapping, cord strap eliminates many of the hazards of steel strapping. The soft and flexible texture of the cord strapping protects the most sensitive products. It is safe on virtually all surfaces, does not corrode, rust, or stain products, and will not damage forklift tires.
Polyester cord strap has smooth edges and is nonabrasive so it makes it ideal for hand applications. This strapping can be hand tied or applied using inexpensive strapping tools, thus eliminating expensive tool repairs. Polyester cord strap is also five times lighter than steel strapping allowing for ease and flexibility of use.
Due to the memory and elongation and elongation recovery, cord strapping can absorb shocks much better than steel strapping, and it will not lose its tension if the load contracts or expands. Each of these factors boosts its popularity as companies consider the bundled advantages of strength, safety, disposability, and cost.
Polyester cord offers a heavy duty strapping solution with excellent resistance to moisture. It is frequently used in outdoor applications, lumber applications, and other agricultural and boating industries.
General Cord Strapping Advantages:
- Less expensive than steel strapping
- Safer to use, handle and dispose
- Up to four time lighter, making it easier to carry
- Clean, will not stain or rust
- Elastic memory keeps loads tight
- Non-abrasive, non-marring
- Requires one tool to tension
- Can be hand tied in some cases
- Edge guards may not be needed
- AAR approved sizes available
Cord Strapping Definitions:
- Bonded Cord Strapping - Also known as "Non-Woven Cord Strapping" is widely used in bundling and securing products. Applications include: landscaping, printing, baling, and the automotive industries.
- Woven Cord Strapping - Woven Cord Strapping adds bi-directional strength and split resistance needed in heavier applications. Cost-effective and ideal for bundling medium to heavy loads. Also available in heavy duty cord strapping for heavy loads often found within the metal and plastics industries as well as rail car load securing.
- Composite Cord Strapping - Composite cord strapping is made from polyester fibers coated with clear polypropylene. The plastic coating adds water resistance protection and improved longevity when used with loads that require the strapping to be threaded under the pallets and through metal buckles.
Bonded Cord Strapping
Regular Duty Woven Cord Strapping
Heavy Duty Woven Cord Strapping
Composite Cord Strapping
Types of Buckles Used with Cord Strapping:
- Phosphate Buckles - Phosphate coated buckles are used with bonded and all woven cord. The phosphate coating helps to improve the friction properties of sliding components, thereby increasing the joint strength and overall strength of the load.
- Galvanized Buckles - This silver-gray coating adds a protective layer of zinc which does not rust and prevents steel from rusting. Galvanized finished buckles are generally used with composite cord strap.
How to Thread Plastic Buckles
- Fold strap over and away from you creating a 3" loop. Pass the loop up through the middle of the buckle and bend the tine into the loop. Pull down on both strapping lengths to secure the tine.
- With the strap around the carton, take the strap coming from the coil and form another loop.
- Insert the new loop into the middle of the buckle. Bend the second tine into this loop. Pull on the strap coming from the coil to remove the slack.
- Use finger pressure to hold the strap in place around the carton. Pull the strap to obtain the desired tension
How to Thread Metal Buckles for Cord Strapping:
- Form a 3" loop by folding the strap away from you. With the buckle tines facing right pass the loop up through the center of the buckle.
- Slip the loop over the front tine (furthest from you)
- Pull the strap down and away.
- Place the strap around the package and form a new loop by folding the strap toward you.
- Slip the new loop over the other tine.
- Tension the strap by pulling on the strap coming from the coil.