Strapping, also known as banding or bundling, is a common way to unitize, stabilize, and secure products. The strapping process involves applying straps (or bands) to a unit or collection of units to hold those units in place or to further secure boxes or crates in which products are packaged or stored. An example of a strapped pallet of products is shown in Figure 1.

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Figure 1.

Many applications involve strapping individual boxes for further package integrity. An example of such is shown in Figure 2.

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Figure 2

The straps help hold the boxes in place, providing stability and therefore protection for the products inside the boxes. Combining strapping with stretch wrapping and corner board provides for a well-protected pallet of product. An example of such is shown in Figure 3.

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Figure 3

Types of Strap

There are many different types of strap. However, these many types fall under two primary categories: steel and plastic.

Steel Strap

Steel strap is used for medium- and heavy-duty applications. Steel strap is manufactured with many different widths, thicknesses, tensile strengths, etc.- all designed for a particular set of applications. Determining an appropriate type of steel strap is best performed by an R.V. Evans solutions representative. 

Plastic Strap

Plastic strap is used for light- and medium-duty applications. There are three primary types of plastic strap: nylon, polyester, and polypropylene. Additionally, each of these three material categories have been included in many different products designed for various applications. Determining the appropriate plastic strap for your application is best determined by an R.V. Evans solutions representative.

Strapping Equipment

The strap can be applied with manual hand tools, battery-operated hand toolspneumatic tools, or semiautomatic and automatic strapping machines. Each type, size, and model of strapping tools provide a unique set of benefits. Finding the best one for you is, of course, best performed by an R.V. Evans solutions representative.