Plastic strapping stands out for its extensive range of properties. This is the reason it has become a popular option for strapping applications in a wide range of industries. There are different types of plastic strapping, each offering its unique set of advantages. However, there are many properties which are common to all of them.
Types of Plastic Strapping
There are 3 main types of plastic strapping. They differ in terms of how they are manufactured. The main properties and benefits of each one are as following:
This type of plastic strapping is used for applications having light to mid-duty strapping needs. It is recommended for use in light-duty unitizing, palletizing, bundling and other applications. It is available in different widths, thicknesses, and alterations in polymer composition. It is usually used with semi-automatic strapping tools.
PP strapping is usually printed or embossed. It is lightweight and can be easily applied. Some of the other features and properties of this type of plastic strapping are as following:
- Higher elongation capacity and elastic memory
- Recommended for use with non-rigid load for extended durations
- Recommended for use with UV treatment for outdoor applications
Polypropylene strapping is available in machine and manual grade, so that you can use the right type with strapping tools. It can be sealed with different types of systems including:
2. Polyester Strapping
This type of plastic strapping is valued for its high strength. It is so strong that it can also be used as an alternative for steel strapping for many applications. There are two main types of polyester strapping. This includes:
- Non-woven: These traps are also called composite straps and have straight polyester filaments in polymer encasing.
- Woven: This type of plastic strapping is stronger than non-woven straps, as the filaments are woven together. These straps are usually applied using buckles with high joint efficiency.
3. Nylon Strapping
Comparable to steel or stainless steel strapping, nylon straps feature the highest specific-strength among all the plastic straps. Despite its extremely high strength, nylon is expensive. This is the reason polyester is often used in place of nylon. It is close to cord strapping in terms of strength.
These are the different types of plastic strapping, each one suitable for a specific type of function. It is recommended to choose the right option based on what your requirements are. The right type of plastic strap an also offer most of the benefits of steel.