How to properly apply and tension plastic strap to your products


When it comes to securing products for storage or shipment, plastic strapping can be an excellent option. It's durable, cost-effective, and can be customised to fit a wide range of products. However, to ensure that your products are properly secured, it's essential to know how to apply and tension plastic strapping correctly.

Here at FROMM we like to educate our customers on the best ways to  strap their goods. We have compiled a list of the best strapping tips for you.

Step 1: Choose the right type of plastic strap

There are different types of plastic strap available in the market, such as polyester and polypropylene strapping. It's essential to select the type of plastic strap that's suitable for the weight, size, and shape of your products. Additionally, using stretch film can help provide an extra layer of protection to your products and prevent them from getting scratched or damaged.

Step 2: Use proper strapping tools

To apply and tension plastic strap correctly, you'll need the right strapping tools. These can include a strapping tensioner, sealer, and cutter, which are all essential for creating a secure and tight seal. If you're using stretch wrap, you'll also need a stretch wrap dispenser to help you apply it evenly.

Step 3: Apply plastic strap in the right position

Plastic strapping should be applied in the correct position to ensure that it's evenly distributed across your product. Generally, the best position to apply plastic strap is around the middle of your product. However, if you're dealing with irregularly shaped items, you may need to adjust the position accordingly.

Step 4: Tension the plastic strap correctly

Tensioning plastic strap correctly is crucial to ensure that it's secure enough to keep your products in place. To achieve the right tension, you'll need to use a strapping tensioner, which will help you apply the right amount of pressure. The tension should be tight enough to prevent your products from moving but not too tight that it causes damage.

Step 5: Seal the plastic strap securely

Once you've tensioned the plastic strap, you'll need to seal it securely using a strapping sealer. It's essential to ensure that the seal is tight and secure to prevent the plastic strap from coming loose during transit.

Step 6: Cut the plastic strap cleanly

Finally, the strap is held under tension, the seal applied and the strap cut when you release the tensioner. You’ll need to cut the strap cleanly using a strapping cutter. This will help you create a smooth edge that won't damage your products.

Plastic strapping is an effective way to secure and protect your products during shipping or storage. For more information, contact FROMM Packaging today!


We are one of Australia's most trusted packaging suppliers. Supplying a wide range of packaging solutions, including stretch wrap machines, pallet wrap, and packaging straps, to name a few. For more information, click here or call 1800 940 356. We can help you choose the right packing solution for your business. 

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