Steel Strapping: Uses and Processes

strappingSteel strapping is the process of binding a metal strap to a box, structure, or other item to ensure that the particular object does not move.

Steel
Stainless steel is the most common material for a strap, and can be manufactured in sizes ranging from three-eights of an inch times 0.015 to three-fourths of an inch times 0.30.

The oldest form of strap, it’s also the most tensile. Steel can be used to hold extremely tough objects and will not stretch. The only downfall with using a steel strap is that when it does break — which requires a significant amount of pressure — rather than bending and still functioning, the steel strap will just become ineffective.

Usage
Some of the most common usages for steel strapping include bundling together other metals, roll end binding, pavers and bricks, bailing wire, and strong steel coils.

Other common applications for straps include:

  • Securing packaged glass and making sure that it stays locked in place so no breaks, scratches, or damage occurs.
  • Securing wide loads within large containers like boxcars, trailers, and semi-trailers.
  • Securely closing metal shipping containers and corrugated boxes.
  • Locking items into place atop crates and pallets.
  • Securing smaller items, like newspapers, small packages, books, paper, tools, etc., for shipping and handling.

Joining Process
Once you’ve decided what you’re securing and what type of strap you’re planning on using, the strap is then tensioned as much as possible and then sealed to itself. Depending on how thin the strap that you’re using is — for larger, heavier, and tougher equipment and jobs, a thinner steel strap would be best — you can use a hammer to seal the strap to itself. If it’s a little thicker of a strap, however, the sealing process can be done using a seal and crimp, joint notch, or by welding.

Another joining process is galvanization, which involves coating the layer of steel or iron with a protective layer of zinc. This process is used to secure the strap and protect against corrosion.

If you want to learn more about this process, or wish to speak to an independent steel strapping manufacturer, contact Independent Metal Strap today!