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The Benefits of Each Type of Strapping

When it comes to strapping tools, there is a wide range of strapping materials that are used in this specific industry. Strapping tools are made to be versatile and accessible to all kinds of needs in packaging. This means there is a wide variety of material and sizes they will come in, all depending on the needs of the customer. Strapping materials are used primarily for bundling products together and securing pallet loads during transport and storage.

The Three Types of Strapping to Consider:

To start off strong, one of the sturdiest materials known in the industry is Steel Strapping. This durable metal strap is made from a range of different steel alloys. It is meant to hold the heaviest of loads, and the chances of it being damaged are very low. While in shipment or transit steel strapping will not lose its shape due to the firmness steel is already equipped with, which will not let the items being shipped have any space to move. This will even protect those hard corners and sharp edges. With the quality service steel strapping provides, it also comes with a cost. Steel strapping is the most expensive strapping tool there is. Even though it can be quite pricey when it comes to an end quote, steel will deliver its best service to specific products in the industry, which is why strapping has other options such as polyester and polypropylene.

The Different Types of Steel Strapping:

  1. Stainless Steel Strapping: It is designed for strapping applications involved in extreme outdoor and indoor conditions where there is a need for the best quality strapping.
  2. Regular Steel Strapping: It is suited for heavy shipments where there is a need for additional protection that poly strapping cant provide.
  3. High-Tensile Steel Strapping: It is created for items that require a level of durability while in railroad shipments.
  4. Zinc Coated Steel Strapping: Lastly this type of steel strapping is made for units that will be exposed in shipment or storage for long term.
However, when it comes to Polypropylene Strapping, it's quite the opposite of steel strapping, but it is just as effective. Although this type of strapping is economical and designed to be for lighter workloads. Its often used when storing food products, timber, and lightweight packages. For example, they are mostly used in circumstances when the items being stored or transported arent at high concerns about high initial tension and only require low retained tension. It is known that polypropylene also offers higher elongation, which is better for loads that are fragile or will be transported for shorter periods. Polypropylene also comes in a wide variety of colors, widths, thicknesses, and even polymer variations. When customers order them, sometimes they can make a custom request, which can consist of printing their brand for identification and marketing purposes. On the other hand, polypropylene strapping is made to improve grip during tensioning and elongation before potential breakage. Although, when it comes to polypropylene strapping, this does mean it is a light to medium duty strapping solution.

Ways Polypropylene is Used:

  • Bundling newspapers, timber, and pipes
  • Sealing and securing cartons
  • Attaching loads to pallets
  • Baling agricultural products
  • Baling textiles
  • Sealing coils of steel or rolls of paper
Lastly, we have Polyester Strapping which can often get confused and is quite similar to polypropylene strapping due to both being lightweight and less expensive compared to steel strapping. Polyester strapping is known for the durability and strength it provides. While it all depends on the amount being bought, polyester can be quite cost-friendly when compared to other strapping competitors. Polyester is quite the ideal alternative when it comes to steel, due to it being able to manage heavy loads just like steel does. It is often the best choice for loads that shrink and settle after cooling. The ability to stretch and maintain strength make polyester strap one of the best strapping options there is. Polyester materials are resistant to the elements and ultraviolet degradation to prevent straps from weakening when stored in outdoor areas, therefore it can even resist humid and wet weather. Due to it providing high amounts of retained tension it can endure almost any impact it encounters. Finally, when it comes to applying polyester strapping, it can be quite a different process. Some strapping materials can easily be applied to items by hand, but unfortunately, this does not apply to polyester strapping. This kind of strapping is applied with manual or automatic tools to make the application process easier on pallets, packages, and many other packaging items.

Additional Benefits of Polyester Strapping:

  • Decreases Environmental Impact
  • Increased Performance and Durability
  • Lightweight
  • Recyclable
  • Water & Rust Resistant
  • Reduced Handling Costs
  • Reduced Freight Weight

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