Nylon strap has the greatest specific strength of the three plastics, the cost outweighs the strength benefits. In the past nylon strap used to be very popular, but over time polyester has replaced almost all of its use. One application that still uses this type of strap is cold room applications, because it does not creep as much as the other types of plastic.

Corded and woven strapping is available in several constructions, generally in polyester and rayon. Because this system uses a buckle for a joint, corded and woven strapping can have larger system strength than steel banding.   Corded polyester strapping also has higher elongation and memory than other strapping systems, which makes it ideal for sea and rail shipments. Because corded and woven polyester is light and soft, it is also a safer alternative to steel banding and is more environmentally friendly as it is generally reusable.

There are specialized types available for specific applications. For instance, in cold climates a strap bonded in hot melt glue can be used because it is weather-proof.

Composite strapping has filaments embedded in it and is often referred to as “synthetic steel”.  It has the highest joint efficiency when used with a buckle is very abrasion resistant.

For cargo securement that offers maximum impact resistance, high joint strength and maintains tension over time, contact Redback Industries. We will help determine which strapping solution is right for you – contact Redback Industries at 1.866.455.1345 or visit our site at www.redbackindustries.com

Steel strapping is available in a variety of widths and thicknesses as well as variations in the grade of steel. Steel is used where minimal stretch is desired. Surface finishes for steel strap include: paint, paint and wax, bluing or zinc and wax. The wax is used to better transmit the tension around the bundle and for use with certain types of tensioners. Common applications include steel coils, bundles of metal, baling wire, bricks and pavers, and roll end-binding.

Unfortunately, there have been numerous accidents over the last few years and with the cost of steel strapping continuing to rise, it is time to replace steel banding with a superior and safer alternative.

Polypropylene strap (oriented or tensilized), also known as poly strapping,  is an economical material designed for light to medium duty unitizing, palletizing and bundling. It is available in various widths, thicknesses, and polymer variations (e.g., copolymers). Some polypropylene is embossed or printed.

This product offers high elongation at break but tends to have irrecoverable dead stretch with constant stress. What is not generally known to end users is that polypropylene strapping will lose about 50% of the applied tension within one hour, and that this tension loss is accelerated with increases in ambient temperature, consequently although suitable for packs with a degree of stored energy that will take up any relaxation that occurs in the strap, unacceptable strap slackness may occur after time if used on product that is ‘Solid’ such as bricks or concrete. Furthermore, polypropylene strapping is susceptible to UV degradation and can quickly degrade if left outside exposed to the elements.

Oriented or tensilized polyester and nylon strapping are stronger than polypropylene and are used as an alternative to steel strapping in the some industries.  Polyester provides excellent retained tension on rigid loads.  Its excellent recovery properties can help a load absorb impact without strap breakage, however polyester strapping can rupture easily on the corner of a load due to its low cross directional strength, especially under high tension.

Ensuring that you adequately secure cargo without damaging the export cargo container or goods’ being shipped is of the utmost importance. Redback strapping stays tight during transit and is ideal for securing heavy or irregular shaped loads inside of containers and rail cars, as well as onto vessels, barges and flat rack containers.

For more information please visit our site at www.redbackindustries.com

Friday, 01 May 2015 10:40

Why Use Woven Cord Strapping

Redback Industries specializes in Woven Cord Strapping, a safe and superior alternative to steel banding. Woven polyester strapping outperforms steel banding and provides optimum protection against serious injury to employees and customers. It absorbs impacts and load shifting that would normally break steel banding, and it will not lash-back dangerously when cut.

Woven cord strapping is widely used by lumber, military, industrial and mining industries. Steel strapping is hazardous and is being replaced by this easy to use and safe alternative. Steel strapping is a serious source of personnel accidents. Unlike steel strapping, woven cord strapping does not rust or damage goods and has minimal lash-back when cut.

Strapping undergoes many stresses during transit. Shock is a common source of strap failure and Redback’s cord strapping stays tight on loads and can absorb impacts and load shifting that would normally break steel banding or damage valuable product. In addition, Redback Industries woven cord straps are environmentally friendly and can be reused.

The cost of steel banding continues to rise and has seriously outpaced increases in plastic and cord strapping.  Since the beginning of the year, the cost of steel strapping is up approximately 38%, compared to 8% for cord strapping. Cord strapping is a safe, superior and economical alternative to the danger and high cost associated with steel banding.  For more information about converting from steel to cord strapping, please visit our site at www.redbackindustries.com

At the end of September 2011, The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) network will finish an extremely important pilot project.  Established in November 2010 by container operators that include Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line and other companies, the CINS embarked on a project that aimed to reduce accidents caused by improper cargo securement, incorrect weight declaration, and improper packaging.

What did the CINS pilot project involve?

The operators worked in tandem and shared information regarding company cargo accidents, incidents and near accidents.  This information was then compiled in a pilot CINS database.  Using this information, trends were identified concerning high risk load securement and other areas; in turn, this data provided guidance on how to minimize such risks in the future.  Advice how to ensure that cargo will arrive at its destination intact – and general information regarding how to ensure safer container shipping was also given.

How will this pilot project affect the future of the industry?

In the future, the CINS network believes that this database will also show just how widespread certain unsafe practices are in the cargo securement and shipping industry.  In turn, this important information will lead to the proper load securement and shipping legislation changes.  In addition, this information will also result in better load containment and cargo packing training in containers.

Moreover, besides these improvements, the founders of this initiative also hope to improve the quality of cargo delivery and of how individuals in the maritime industry communicate and fulfil obligations.


Redback Industries is committed to bringing you the most up-to-date information on cargo securement regulations.  We have built a strong reputation in the cargo securement industry for providing quality strapping solutions and services at competitive prices.  Redback Industries provides composite cord strappingwoven polyester strapping, and cargo lashing for load securement.  In addition, check out our strap buckles as well as strapping tools and accessories for maximum efficiency and durability.  Find out how we can help you with load restraint at www.redback.com

Friday, 01 May 2015 11:29

Cargo Securement Standards

In order to be compliant with regulations, drivers and motor carriers must ensure that their cargo securement devices and systems meet the required performance standards. All devices and systems used to secure cargo must be capable of meeting the requirements of §393.102 which addresses protection against shifting and falling cargo.  Steel strapping, cord strapping and other cargo tie downs used to secure cargo must be installed and maintained to ensure that maximum forces acting on the devices do not exceed the manufacturers breaking strength.

Cargo tie downs and securing devices must not contain knots. If a tie down is repaired, it must be repaired in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Each tie down must be attached and secured in a manner that prevents it from becoming loose, unfastening, opening or releasing while the vehicle is in transit. Edge protection must be used whenever a cargo tie down would be subject to abrasion or cutting at the point where it touches an article of cargo. The edge protection must resist abrasion, cutting and crushing.

There are exceptions to the above guidelines. These requirements do not apply to vehicles transporting one or more articles of cargo such as, but not limited to, machinery or fabricated structural items such as steel or concrete beams, cranes, booms, girders, and trusses, which because of their design, size, shape, or weight, must be fastened by special methods.

For cargo securement that offers maximum impact resistance, high joint strength and maintains tension over time contact Redback Industries. To discuss the strength and tension of a particular product and determine which strapping solution is right for you, contact Redback Industries at 1.866.455.1345 or visit our site at www.redback.com

POWERLASH Cargo Restraint Systems are designed specifically for project cargo. Comprised of high tenacity polyester webbing, it is kinder on the cargo and is well suited to many types of lashing applications. Polyester straps or cargo tie downs, are more elastic than chains and therefore retain more tension than a chain assembly if the load moves during transport. Using various combinations of webbing, strap buckles and hooks, POWERLASH can quickly accommodate many different strapping methods. This hardware allows the cargo strap to attach to anchor points surrounding the cargo. It also provides a method of introducing tension to hold the item in place and stays tight during transit.

Cargo tie downs are used by thousands of shipping and trucking companies every day. The transportation industry is perhaps the largest user of high strength webbing in the world.

Tougher cargo securement regulations are being adopted throughout North America and laws are moving towards certified cargo restraint systems with indicated working load limit. Redback Industries maintains the highest cargo securement standards in all of our products. For an economical and reliable strapping system, make sure you check out Redback Load Restraint Systems.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published in the Federal Register a Notice of request for comments on methods for securing cargo in transport vehicles and freight containers, in order to determine whether a standardized approval or certification process or improvised performance criteria for flexible strapping securing systems is needed. 75 Fed. Reg. 1070-71.

Currently, no certification or qualification standard exists under Federal law for blocking, bracing, or for the use of strapping systems for securing cargo. Under current federal regulation, cargo, including hazardous materials, transported above-ground (either in vehicles, rail, or on vessels) must be secured to prevent shifting of the cargo or damage to the container during transport. 49 CFR Part 176.76. However, the specific method by which the cargo is secured is unregulated. Oftentimes, flexible strapping is used even though it may not always properly secure cargo in transit. The USCG solicits comments while considering whether to implement a standardized certification or approval process for cargo securing systems.

Redback Industries specializes in Woven Polyester cord straps and Composite Cord Strapping Systems which are superior to and safer than steel banding.  Redback strapping is ideal for securing heavy loads, bundled loads and irregular shaped objects. With the cost of steel banding continuing to rise there is no better time to convert to textile banding.

For more information please visit our site at www.redback.com

Published in Federal Regulations

Nylon strap has the greatest specific strength of the three plastics, the cost outweighs the strength benefits. In the past nylon strap used to be very popular, but over time polyester has replaced almost all of its use. One application that still uses this type of strap is cold room applications, because it does not creep as much as the other types of plastic.

Corded and woven strapping is available in several constructions, generally in polyester and rayon. Because this system uses a buckle for a joint, corded and woven strapping can have larger system strength than steel banding.   Corded polyester strapping also has higher elongation and memory than other strapping systems, which makes it ideal for sea and rail shipments. Because corded and woven polyester is light and soft, it is also a safer alternative to steel banding and is more environmentally friendly as it is generally reusable.

There are specialized types available for specific applications. For instance, in cold climates a strap bonded in hot melt glue can be used because it is weather-proof.

Composite strapping has filaments embedded in it and is often referred to as “synthetic steel”.  It has the highest joint efficiency when used with a buckle is very abrasion resistant.

For cargo securement that offers maximum impact resistance, high joint strength and maintains tension over time, contact Redback Industries. We will help determine which strapping solution is right for you – contact Redback Industries at 1.866.455.1345 or visit our site at www.redbackindustries.com

Published in Cargo Securement

Nylon strap has the greatest specific strength of the three plastics, the cost outweighs the strength benefits. In the past nylon strap used to be very popular, but over time polyester has replaced almost all of its use. One application that still uses this type of strap is cold room applications, because it does not creep as much as the other types of plastic.

Corded and woven strapping is available in several constructions, generally in polyester and rayon. Because this system uses a buckle for a joint, corded and woven strapping can have larger system strength than steel banding.   Corded polyester strapping also has higher elongation and memory than other strapping systems, which makes it ideal for sea and rail shipments. Because corded and woven polyester is light and soft, it is also a safer alternative to steel banding and is more environmentally friendly as it is generally reusable.

There are specialized types available for specific applications. For instance, in cold climates a strap bonded in hot melt glue can be used because it is weather-proof.

Composite strapping has filaments embedded in it and is often referred to as “synthetic steel”.  It has the highest joint efficiency when used with a buckle is very abrasion resistant.

For cargo securement that offers maximum impact resistance, high joint strength and maintains tension over time, contact Redback Industries. We will help determine which strapping solution is right for you – contact Redback Industries at 1.866.455.1345 or visit our site at www.redbackindustries.com

Published in Cord Strapping

Nylon strap has the greatest specific strength of the three plastics, the cost outweighs the strength benefits. In the past nylon strap used to be very popular, but over time polyester has replaced almost all of its use. One application that still uses this type of strap is cold room applications, because it does not creep as much as the other types of plastic.

Corded and woven strapping is available in several constructions, generally in polyester and rayon. Because this system uses a buckle for a joint, corded and woven strapping can have larger system strength than steel banding.   Corded polyester strapping also has higher elongation and memory than other strapping systems, which makes it ideal for sea and rail shipments. Because corded and woven polyester is light and soft, it is also a safer alternative to steel banding and is more environmentally friendly as it is generally reusable.

There are specialized types available for specific applications. For instance, in cold climates a strap bonded in hot melt glue can be used because it is weather-proof.

Composite strapping has filaments embedded in it and is often referred to as “synthetic steel”.  It has the highest joint efficiency when used with a buckle is very abrasion resistant.

For cargo securement that offers maximum impact resistance, high joint strength and maintains tension over time, contact Redback Industries. We will help determine which strapping solution is right for you – contact Redback Industries at 1.866.455.1345 or visit our site at www.redbackindustries.com

Published in Woven Cord Strapping
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