Whether you’re transporting items across country or storing products securely, strapping is an absolute must have. However, it is also imperative to ensure you have the right kind of strapping for the relevant job, so how do you know, whether you’re a small business starting out or an established company, what type is relevant for you?
Firstly, what is strapping? In short, strapping is specifically designed to ensure goods are either stored or transported securely. You may have expertly packed your van for the journey ahead, but unless your goods are secured in place, you’ll likely reach your destination with them all thrown around the back of your vehicle. Strapping is there to ensure this doesn’t happen.
There are currently four main types of strapping on the market: cord, polyester, polypropylene, and steel. Here at Packitsafe we sell steel strapping, predominantly because of its durability and versatility, but also for its benefit as decent all-rounder. Steel strapping works for light to medium applications, and its sturdiness ensures little in the way of elongation. Unlike other materials, like cord, it’s probably the best for securing items with sharp edges.
Polypropylene strapping is the one that is most instantly recognised. This strapping is the thin plastic strips that you regularly see securing boxes, or multiple boxes, together. While these are immediately frustrating to anyone that has tried tear them off without the aid of a knife, that is precisely why they are design that way in the first place. What use is it as a form of strapping if it were to tear easily down its width? The durability of polypropylene is really quite remarkable for something that is made purely from plastic.
That’s not to say, however, that other materials don’t have their own benefits. In recent years, polyester has become the strapping of choice for many, mainly due to its cost – it’s quite a bit cheaper than steel – but also due to being a sturdy and light weight alternative. It can also be woven to make the cord variant, that is at once flexible, yet incredibly difficult to break. Cord strapping is typically what it used to secure pallets in the backs of truck or lorries, whereas the likes of steel or polypropylene is preferred for the produce on the pallets themselves.
In recent years, with the increased awareness of climate change and renewable materials, the likes of polyester and polypropylene strapping have come under scrutiny due to being made from plastic. Fortunately, the move to recyclable resources has been quick and seamless. And when said strapping has reached the end of its usefulness, they are now even easier to recycle.
So whether you’ve shifting a handful of pallets or loading and entire lorry, ensure that your goods are secure using the right strapping.