Knowing which industrial strapping to choose for your specific job can sometimes be an overwhelming and frustrating task. With so many options to choose from, you may get lost in the vast array of strapping possibilities.
But doesn’t all strapping do an equal job of securing bundles of product together to prepare it for shipping and storage?
In a simple word…no.
Steel, polypropylene, polyester, zinc coated, or even poly cord all have different strengths and weaknesses that are best suited for different purposes.
For example, while steel strapping may offer the highest tensile strength and minimal stretch, it is quite expensive and dangerous to work with due to its sharp edges. On the other hand, polypropylene strapping may be cost effective and light weight but it does have the potential to split and may fail under adverse environmental conditions.
Before you choose your strapping, here are a few simple questions you should ask yourself to determine which strapping is best suited for your application…
Is the Load Heavy and Stable?
If the answer is yes then steel strapping may be your strapping of choice. Designed to secure extreme pallet weights of at least 1800 kilograms, steel strapping offers the strongest protection against snapping and breakage. Designed for demanding, heavy-duty tasks, its high break resistance strength and minimal elasticity ensures that your load stays safe and secure.
Is the Load Compressible and Fragile?
You are best to look at other alternatives than steel. Due to its rigid nature, steel strapping runs the risk of seriously damaging your goods, especially if they are softer and more fragile than other robust products. Can you imagine cases of pallets being crushed and deformed because the wrong strapping was used? Instead, polypropylene or polyester strapping may be a better choice for securing your fragile goods as they allow a little bit of room for movement and play. Poly strapping tends to have higher elongation and recovery characteristics than steel which makes them ideal for these loads.
How Far Does It Have to Travel?
This is a tricky one as environmental factors play a big part in choosing the right strapping. If you have a heavy, solid load that needs to travel across the country then steel strapping may be the best choice. However, if these loads will be in adverse weather conditions while in transit then there is the possible risk of erosion. Plastic-based strapping tends to work better for outdoor weather protection and also offers a higher degree of stretch allowing for some movement that is normal during longer shipments. Ultimately, strapping that has great elastic memory, tensile strength, and UV resistance is ideal.
What is Your Budget?
This really comes down to understanding your product and how best to maintain its integrity during storage and shipment.
Obviously steel strapping is the most expensive but it is best for those heavy and demanding loads that require a high break strength.
Although there is a higher cost initially, there is a much higher cost of damaged goods that were compromised during shipping due to strapping that was inferior in strength and snapped during transit.
The most economical choice, however, is polypropylene strapping that is low in break strength but offers a high degree of elongation and impact resistance which makes it a great choice for applications that require this stretch.
Evaluate your budget and business needs and then make the best choice that will get your product safely and securely from one place to another.