Steel strapping is the process of securing a load, a group of items, or a pallet with a strap, ensuring that it does not move. It is also the oldest and the strongest form of banding.. Up to these days, metal strapping still has the highest break strength.
This type of pallet banding is used mostly when large and heavy items have to be transported or stored. It will successfully hold these objects without stretching and breaking. In some cases, steel strapping can cut into soft packaging because of the sharp edges. Timber, lumber, concrete blocks, or brick bundles - these are the most common use cases for steel strapping. This type of banding will keep such materials in place during logistics. Also, it is required by some governmental institutions, by the Association of American Railroads, for example, that when the load is not held within a container it has to be secured with steel banding strapping.
Probably one of the strongest sides of steel strapping coil is its sustainability. Steel is 100% recyclable and is one of the world's most recycled materials.
Common Usages of Metal Banding
Those who favor black metal strapping know that when the object is strapped, it is securely restrained and stays safe until delivered and released.
The application of steel banding can be found in the following cases:
- Transferring and storing industrial equipment
- Securing the glass by locking it in place, preventing shifting and damage
- Transporting metal coils and sheets
- Strengthening wooden crates, pallets, and corrugated boxes
- Shipping construction and building materials
- Fastening items to flatbed trucks or semi-trailer trucks
- Bundling metals together
- Locking shipping containers
- Holding agricultural bales of different kinds
- Fastening items to flatcars in the railroad industry
In case of heavy loads with sharp edges, such as glass or cement blocks, usually, edge protectors are used for amortization and damage prevention. Metal banding strap keeps the items together to prevent loss, breakage, or theft. One cannot cut a metal strap with scissors or a knife, so many different businesses use this type of banding because of its reliance.
Who is it For?
Even the thinnest metal strap is very hard to break. You can be sure it secures your loads. When deciding if this type of packaging strapping is applicable to your company you have to ask yourself several questions:
- Is the load heavy, large, and stable?
- Is the item of high temperature or has to be exposed to high temperatures?
- Does it have sharp edges that can possibly cut softer materials?
- Can your load withstand long contact and friction with steel?
- Does it need to be transported long distances?
- Does it need to be loaded and unloaded a few times before arrival?
If your answer is yes to all these questions, then strapping steel is definitely the option for your business.
How to Handle Metal Straps
Some of you probably would like to use this type of banding but are in doubt because of imagining this process as hard and complicated. In fact, once you have all the necessary tools the procedure is very easy.
The first thing you should know is that portable steel strapping is applied manually with a tensioning tool and fastened with a sealer by a seal around the band’s ends. Buy proper size strapping, tensioner, sealer, and seals. We at IDL Packaging are always happy to advise.
After the dispatch and transport across the country, when the load reaches its destination the straps have to be removed. You should always wear a pair of leather gloves to protect your hands from accidental cuts and use strapping cutter. Our steel strapping coils come with rounded, smooth edges for safe application but the gloves are still recommended. Before cutting the strap define the safest zone for you to be if the load is under pressure and if it falls out when you cut the band. The best way is to use scissors with long handles.
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