Machines & Automation
Plastic Strap Combo Tool
The FROMM P404 & 403 Plastic Strap Combination Tools are robust, reliable, simple & cost…
Heavy Duty Plastic Strap Tensioner
The FROMM PET strap tensioner is a robust & reliable tool designed for 12 -…
Heavy Duty Plastic Strap Sealer
The FROMM PET strap sealer is to be used after PET strap has been tensioned.…
PP Strap Tensioner
The FROMM PP strap tensioner is a robust & reliable tool designed for 12, 15…
PP Strap Sealer
The FROMM PP strap sealer is to be used after PP strap has been tensioned.…
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.
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.
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