STEEL STRAP VS POLYESTER STRAP
If you’re a commercial or industrial manufacturer, supplier or vendor, you know you need strong strapping to secure the load during transportation.
Especially when you’re shipping your product around the globe, with or without pallet.
Commercially you can find a wide variety of strapping and banding materials from steel, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, and rubber.
You can use straps with automatic machines or with manual strapping tools.
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But what’s the main difference between all these?
Experienced logistics professionals know steel and polyester strapping are the most popular solutions
Which is actually better? which is the best option for your business?
We would like to explain the ins-and-outs of both steel strapping and polyester strapping so you can choose which strapping is right for your Company.
Let’s keep going defying what Steel Strapping is.
Steel strapping is constructed from a mix of different steel leagues.
What makes steel strapping strong is that it has the highest break strength compared to other strapping materials.
This means it holds the heaviest loads without the possibility of materials breaking.
Steel strapping works well for holding materials that contain hard corners and sharp edges, for hot steel applications like coils, rods, wire etc.
It also makes sense using steel when a load is very heavy and non-compressible.
Its rigid construction makes it best to hold loads that can settle.
This occurs because steel doesn’t lose its shape due to its firmness but if for example you’re storing some heavy steel products on wooden logs, the logs can lose volume due to the weight of the steel and the drying process.
This sometimes makes the steel strap around the product loosen.
Steel strap resistance to wearing and corrosion might vary from its type, grade and use, for example the standard blued steel can corrode in outdoor (moisture oxidation), otherwise the painted steel strap can resist.
Steel strap is advantaged over polyester strap because of its resistance to UV rays exposure.
However, be careful when strapping steel product with steel strap for outdoor storage, if you do not use the correct steel strap it might oxidate and the rust can pass from the strap to the product.
What about Polyester strapping?
Polyester straps is by its own nature an elastic and resilient material.
This allow the strap to be permanently in tension around the goods.
Polyester, as a polymer, resists erosion to many chemical compounds. This makes the straps withstand moisture and precipitation excellently.
When loads are inclined to long term indoor storage and therefore subject to contraction or expansion the use of polyester strap is preferable.
Even in case of loss of volume by the product the strap contracts itself and maintains the stability of the load.
Finally, it’s a good idea to use polyester when the strapping is being handled by staff with less experience.
Steel causes more injuries, so only your most experienced employees should handle it.
On the other hand prolonged sun exposure can make polyester weaker, directly proportional to quality of the strap itself.
For each need we developed solution that can helps you.
As example, we take personally about ambient environment.
That’s why we use only 100% recycled material for our polyester strap. Take a look —> HERE
So, what’s the best way?
Well, there is no precise answer. It depends on your business and all transport variables.
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