FAQ Category: Strapping solutions

If my pallets are wrapped, do I need to strap them as well?

Sometimes you do. A tight wrap with a film wrapping machine can go a long way to stabilising a pallet load. To provide extra security strapping is applied to help heavy loads stay firmly on the pallet. Odd shaped bundles and stretch wrapped items by hand need strapping reinforcement too.

Steel strapping is dangerous, can I replace it?

Yes you can. PET (polyester) strapping is considered the steel alternative. It is safer and easier to use and doesn’t damage the edges of pallet loads. PET strapping has high shock absorbance and stretch recovery.

What are the benefits of using steel strapping?

Steel strapping is strong and has little to no tension loss. It is good for pallet loads and bundles that weigh more than two tonnes and for containing pallet loads that are likely to be loaded and unloaded multiple times.

What’s joint efficiency?

The weakest part of the strapping is where it is joined together. Buckle joins are equal to less than half the break strength of the strap. Friction welds done by a power tool produces a joint stronger than 80%. It’s important to know the break strength variations of your joins so you can use the right strapping, buckles and joiners for the load you are shipping.

How do I tension and seal strap?

Steel strap is usually applied with either manual or pneumatic hand tools, either a tensioner and sealer or a combination tool.

Polypropylene strap is applied with either hand manual or powered hand tools and sealed with buckles.

Polyester strap is applied with hand tools, either manual or powered or with an automatic strapping machine.

Woven strapping is sealed with a wire buckle and can be tensioned by hand or by a manual tensioner.


How do I apply strapping?

Strapping Hand Tools – manual tools that include shears, tensioners and crimpers used with seals and buckles.

Strapping Machines – automation of strapping applications with an automatic or semi-automatic machine.

Strapping Power Tools – are a good option for odd-shaped bundles. They can be battery operated or pneumatic and are hand-held, some of which tension, heat seal, crimp and cut the strap.

Which strapping is the best for my application?

Steel strapping is considered the strongest with no stretch so is used on very heavy loads, exceeding two ton.

Strapping is made out either steel, polyester (PET) and polypropylene (PP) and the strapping we sell are variants of these materials. Steel strapping has been around for a long time but now there are safer, lighter and more weatherproof strappings that are as strong as steel. PET strapping is a perfect example.

If you are moving pallets of bricks or heavy building materials, steel strapping is still the go-to product. If you are sealing cartons and lighter loads then PP strapping is adequate enough.

It’s best to speak to a professional regard your strapping needs so you get it right the first time.

Can strapping be recycled?

Yes, most strapping can be recyled. Industrial recyclers prefer you to chop strapping into sacks for easy collection and storage until it is collected for recycling.

What applications are edge protectors used for?

Placing cardboard edge protectors on the edges of a pallet load is essential for preventing surface damage from strapping. Edge protectors also protect cartons from strap tension and can be used to line the inside edges of a carton to stop them collapsing. They can also be used to stabilise stretch wrapped freight. See our edge board protectors and cutter product pages here.