Items either for shipping or storing needs to be secured in a bundle to save space so that pieces would not get lost in the process. This is especially important when you are shipping multiple boxes. This is where strapping comes in. In a nutshell, strapping is used to fasten and secure a bundle of items to each other. This also makes it easier to locate packages.
Depending on the strapping used, it can even hold large shipments together. A machine on its straps can even lift other stronger bands.
Choosing the Right Type of Strapping
When choosing a type of strapping, you need to consider the different factors and ask the following questions:
- What type of product is to be strapped?
- How heavy is the product to be strapped?
- Will the product be moved around while strapped?
- Until when will the bundle be strapped?
Going through and answering the above questions will help you decide which type of strapping is best for your bundle. Let’s also go through the different types of strapping.
This kind of strapping is mostly used for shipments that are really heavy and generally need more protection.
This comes in two tensile strengths, which are Regular Duty and High Tensile.
- Regular Duty: A low carbon strapping made for low to medium applications. Examples: unitising, bundling palletising, package reinforcement, and box closure.
- High Tensile: A high carbon strapping made for heavy duty usages, such as securing steel coils, unitising compressed fibre bales, and open top train cars and trailer loading.
Polyester strapping is made of a stronger plastic than polypropylene. It functions similarly with steel strapping, only it’s used for medium duty applications. If you are looking at long-term storage, this is a good type of strapping for you. However, you need to take note of the weight this type supports as it has a tendency to break when too much pressure is applied.
Polypropylene or poly strapping is used in many different applications. It is much lighter than steel and less expensive too. In fact, it is the most economical type of plastic strap. Although, it cannot hold the same weight as steel can. It also comes in a wide variety of colours, which is important if you need to colour code your shipment.