Steel Strap

Steel Strap Operates in all Brands of Strap Machines and Strap Tools

FROMM Packaging Australia stock an extensive range of regular duty and high tensile steel strap for use in FROMM's extensive range of hand tools & automatic strapping machinery.

Regular Duty Steel Strap
Low carbon steel strapping, medium tensile strength. For standard duty and heavy duty packaging, bundling, unitising, palletising closure, reinforcement, security and case sealing.

High Tensile
High carbon steel strapping, high tensile strength, heat treated. For heavy duty packaging applications which require high strength and high elongation for shock resistance.

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The strapping material starts in a plastic "state". By pulling tension you create an elastic "state" where the material can hold the load intact and withstand shock. Too much tension you lose the ability to absorb the shock and the load is at risk.  As a general rule of thumb, more than 35% of the total breaking strain of the material is needed to create the elastic "state". More than 80% of same hinders the material ability to absorb the shock. Talk to your FROMM on how best to measure and achieve the results you are looking for.

There are three strapping materials, Steel, Polyester (PET) and PP (Polypropylene)

Steel strapping has been the benchmark strapping/unitizing globally for many years.

In the last 10 years PET strapping has taken the market by storm, replacing steel in probably all but the heaviest or hardest applications. It is safer, easier, strong, and meets the acceptable operational standards of all major Australian industry sectors.

Steel is still used in very small products such as pipes and tubes, because the PET strapping tool technologies cannot strap very small bundles. In addition it is still used in hot environments where the strapping is in contact with hot products.

Beyond these critical applications polyester strap, purchased from reputable manufacturers, using quality strapping tools or machines will deliver excellent results.

PP strapping is normally used in light applications such as closing of small boxes, empty cartons, small light mixed pallets. It has a tendency to stretch beyond 22% of its original state, so is not suitable for compressing and holding heavy or large products.

A strapping tool is a battery or pneumatic hand held device which requires an operator to apply the strapping around the product and using the machine tighten strapping, apply tension and seal. 

A strapping machine is bespoke technology which is usually used as part of a process or manufacturing line. Strapping is fed around the product automatically by the machine, and applied with correct tension and sealing for an optimized product.

Automated strapping machines have a lot of "plug in" technologies such as bearer inserters, top and or bottom corners, top, and or side compression to square the load.

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