Without a doubt, when it comes to shipping cargo, steel banding offers some distinct disadvantages over composite strapping, woven polyester strapping, and cargo lashing.  Some of these disadvantages include:

Potential Damage to Cargo:

Steel banding has the potential to rust and in turn, stain any cargo that this banding touches.  Further, as the steel banding can also tear and/or scratch cargo, this type of banding is inappropriate to use on certain surfaces.

Potential for Serious Injuries:

If a steel band is cut from a bundle in a careless manner, the steel band most likely will lash and cause deep bounds.  In addition, since steel banding coil weigh so much when compared to other banding materials, many people also get injured from loading these coils into a dispenser.

High Cost:

Without a doubt, steel banding is definitely a costly choice.  Further, as the price of steel tends to change according to the markets, budgeting for this type of banding is next to impossible.

Other Problems:

Since steel banding does not stretch after it has been attached to bundles, there is a potential for significant load securement problems.  If the cargo settles for instance and becomes smaller, the steel banding will remain the same size, and in turn, will no longer hold the cargo in a secure manner.  This situation can cause potential problems as the cargo now has the shift and cause accidents in turn.

The Alternative

Fortunately, Redback Industries can provide alternatives to steel banding for a competitive price.  Specifically, Redback Industries offers non metal strapping, and cargo lashing for cargo securement.  Find out how Redback Industries can help you secure your cargo at www.redbackindustries.com.

According to the 2006 federal Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), there are a number of different factors that contribute to truck accidents. However, while there are a number of different factors involved in these types of accidents, the LTCCS notes that the following factors contribute to the majority of truck accidents:

Truck Cargo Shift – when an improperly secured cargo load on a truck shifts, serious accidents can occur.

Truck Driver Training – while many truckers receive proper training, there are cases where inadequate driver experience and training plays a major role in trucks accidents.

Truck Manufacture– if there is a mechanical fault within a truck, an accident can occur.

Traffic Signalling and/or Highway Conditions – both faulty signalling and inadequate highway infrastructure can contribute to truck accidents.

Weather Conditions – unfavourable conditions that include blizzards, rain storms, freezing rain, fog and other poor environmental conditions can contribute to truck accidents

Secure Your Truck Load Properly

While many factors do contribute to truck accidents, one way to avoid such accidents and/or to minimize damage if involved with an unavoidable accident is to ensure that a truck’s pallet loads are properly secured.  One excellent way to promote safety is to make use of a steel banding alternative that will ensure the cargo securement of these bundles.

For instance, Redback Industries specialises in non-metal straps that are impact resistant and maintain both their strength and tension over time.  Ideal for both irregular and heavy loads, the woven polyester cord strap, the composite cordstrap, and lashing systems all provide excellent support.

To conclude then, in order to minimize the damage caused in truck accidents or to avoid these types of accidents altogether, it is vital that bundles on trucks are properly secured on pallets with the proper straps.  To find out how Redback Industries can help your business with load securement, visit www.redbackindustries.com, or call us at 1.866.455.1345.

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 Redback Industries, we are committed to keeping you up to date on the latest cargo securement news: The Montana Department of Transportation is gearing up for approximately 300 oversized loads bearing oil modules, on interstates 90 and 15. The plan will eliminate the need to use state highway 12, which is generally favored by large oil importers.

Breakbulk.com reports:

The 205 original [Kearl] modules… were reduced in size to meet interstate highway weight and size requirements after Idaho denied use of Highway 12, a route that did not have overpasses…. All shipments are bound for Imperial/Exxon’s Kearl Oil Sands Project in northeastern Alberta.

The loads will enter the state of Montana on Interstate 90 in Mineral County and exit the state of Montana on Interstate 15 at the Port of Sweet Grass in Toole County, according to a MDOT statement. Some of the loads will originate from the river ports in Pasco, Wash., and Lewiston, Idaho, where they were broken down into smaller pieces. Some of these loads –about 30 downsized loads from Lewiston–have already been trucked into Montana.

The smaller, conventional loads are able to move during daylight hours, while the larger loads on hydraulic trailers must move after 8 p.m. The largest of the modules measure 25 feet wide, nearly 12 feet high and 123 feet long.

For irregular sized loads such as these, we recommend cargo strapping like our Powerlash Cargo Restraint Systems.  Powerlash Cargo Restraint is a modular system, using high-tenacity polyester webbing, high joint efficiency no-sew fasteners and a removable tensioning mechanism. Using various combinations of webbing, hooks and strap buckles, Powerlash works well for securing heavy or irregular shaped loads inside of containers and rail cars, as well as onto vessels, barges and flat rack containers.

For irregular-sized loads and cargo securement, contact Redback Industries today for a quote or consultation, or visit our website at www.redback.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

As required in the Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR 176.76, cargo, including hazardous materials, transported in vehicles and freight containers must be secured during transport to prevent shifting of the cargo and damage to the container. This requirement is true for all modes of surface transportation due to the fact that containers are transported by vessel, rail, and highway. Accordingly, the cargo must be adequately secured to withstand the unique forces exerted on the packages during each of these modes of transport. Although there are recommended methods, the ultimate responsibility for properly securing cargo inside a container (by blocking, bracing, and strapping) resides with the packer of the container.

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.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.

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