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A Strapping tool is a method used to apply plastic or steel strap to a range of products, items or pallet to combine and stabilize the load.
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.
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.
FROMM is a global manufacturer of Plastic Strapping with four plants around the world. FROMM Plastic Strapping is manufactured in our production centres using up to 98% recycled polyester bottle material on state-of-the-art extrusion lines. The majority of this recycled raw material is produced, amongst others, in FROMM‘s own plastic recycling plant Texplast GmbH in Wolfen. FROMM Plastic Strap is a sustainable packaging solution.
Used PET strapping can be recycled. Recyclers will usually ask for clean uncontaminated material chopped and placed into a sack. FROMM offers a strap recycling machine which can turn used PET strapping into a recyclable asset, reducing customer waste costs and assisting in meeting social and environmental obligations. These strap choppers can be rented or purchased. Click here for more information.
FROMM has PET manufacturing capabilities around the world in 4 strategic locations.
In each facility, we manufacture using 100% recycled and 100% recyclable PET flakes (RPET)
In Europe we even collect our own raw material and process it in our own facility, reducing landfill and created a closed-loop market.
Fundamentally you have a manual, semi manual or automated process.
Manual involves using hand tools such as tensioning devices and sealing devices ( sold separately) and a buckle or a clip to create the seal. Really only useful if you strap occasionally.
The rise of battery operated strapping tools has simplified the application of strapping with the material tensioned and sealed within the tool. Modern batteries mean up to 400 plus cycles per charge and these light weight ergonomic devices are very popular.
Automated processes are found in manufacturing and processing facilities such as timber mills, steel and aluminium smelters where cargo are not or do not fit onto a pallet. Growing in popularity is the rise of logistics and distribution where the application of strapping adds to the stability and also security of the cargo.
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.
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