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Steel Strapping Benefits

Preferred Plastics and Packaging is a nationwide distributor of many different packaging supplies and materials. Among this selection is steel strapping. This material offers its user an array of great benefits. Learn about what steel strapping is, the benefits of using it, and what applications you can use it for.

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What is Steel Strapping

Before we get to the benefits and uses for steel strapping, let's take a quick look at what steel strapping exactly is. In a nutshell, steel strapping is constructed from a range of steel alloys. Compared to other strapping materials, the strength of steel strapping has the highest break point. So it has the ability to hold the heaviest loads without breaking the materials.

When transporting and shipping materials with hard corners and sharp edges, steel strapping is the material to use to hold them down. It will hold the parts firm and avoids them from cutting softer materials on the load transport. Steel has a rigid construction that makes it best to hold loads that settle. Steel doesn’t lose shape since it is so firm, so the strapping that holds it needs to be firm too. However, sometimes the firmness can cause loads to expand or settle over the duration of shipping. So, if you are transporting wooden logs, they can settle if any moisture is present. When this happens, the whole load may loosen, and the log can chafe and crack.

When to Use Steel Strapping

To get the full benefits of steel strapping, it is important to use them in the right circumstances. Here are the most notable times to use this material.

  • Shipping loads long distance.
  • Materials lack sensitivity to abrasion from working with steel.
  • Moving very stable and large heavy loads.
  • Shipments contain sharp edges that may slice softer banding.
  • Loading and unloading materials multiple times during transport.

The steel strapping presents its full array of benefits when you use it under the right circumstances.

Use In All Elements

The ability to resist corrosion often differs depending on the type of steel strapping in use: stainless steel or plain steel. Plain steel can corrode in outdoor weather. Most notably when it rains. On the other hand, the use of stainless-steel strapping resists the effects of the rain. Thus, making it a safe and dependable option for dealing with the elements. However, steel strapping can become discolored if iron molecules transfer onto the steel strap.

Another advantage of steel strapping is that steel straps resist any prolonged exposure to the sun. So again, you get the added benefit of a material that is quite resistant to the elements. Since steel is such a strong material, it is not as susceptible to damage caused by the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. It is easy to forget about the strapping in use during these instances.

All of these uses and advantages enables shipping companies to transport products and materials in all sorts of winter elements. Whether it is in intensely hot weather that deteriorates the strapping or it is left out in the rain and absorbs moisture, the benefits of steel strapping allows for safe and easy use.