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

The cost of steel banding is up 40% this year and up more than 50% since November.  Now is the time to switch from Steel to Polyester Cord Strapping.  Woven Polyester Cord and Composite Cord Strapping are safe and superior alternatives to steel banding.  They can absorb impacts that would normally break steel and they will not lash back dangerously when cut.  In addition, Polyester Cord Strapping maintains tension over time and will not rust or damage loads.  Now, with your first order of 12 coils, get a FREE ¾” windlass strapping tensioner.  Offer valid through the end of May.  Redback offers demonstrations and training, corporate pricing programs, free tool and tool repair programs, as well as local inventory and delivery.  Call Redback today for details 1.866.455.1345.

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.

POWERWEB is woven polyester strapping that outperforms steel banding and provides optimum protection against serious injury to employees and customers. This polyester cord strapping absorbs impacts and load shifting that would normally break steel banding, and it will not lash-back dangerously when cut. Polyester cord strapping is the strongest non-metallic strapping product and is used as a viable alternative to steel strapping in many industries. Polyester cord strapping provides excellent retained tension on rigid loads and it has excellent recovery properties that help a load absorb impact without strap breakage. Because this system uses a buckle for a joint, woven cord strapping can have high system strength compared to steel banding. Corded polyester strapping also has a higher elongation and memory than other strapping systems, which makes it ideal for sea and rail shipments. POWERWEB can be fastened with a wire buckle or hand tied. Use Phosphated Buckles for optimal holding power in wet conditions. Do not use standard Galvanized buckles with Woven Strapping. POWERWEB provides high linear and system strengths up to 5500 LBS.

POWERFLEX is a composite strapping that draws on innovative co-extrusion technologies to combine strength, shock absorbency, abrasion resistance and high joint efficiency into a single user friendly product. Composite strapping stays tight on loads and can absorb impacts and load shifting that would normally break steel banding or damage valuable product. Composite strapping has filaments embedded in it and in the load securing industry it is often referred to as “synthetic steel”. It is very abrasion resistant and has the highest joint efficiency when used with a buckle. POWERFLEX is light, flexible and contains no sharp edges, so it is easy to handle and dispose. Fastening is accomplished utilizing a simple, economical tool and a high joint efficiency wire buckle. POWERFLEX provides high linear and system strengths up to 5280 LBS.

POWERLASH is a cargo lashing designed specifically for project and one-way cargos, POWERLASH is an economical alternative to steel banding, chains, wire rope and other blocking and bracing materials. Unlike traditional ratchet strap assemblies, it is a modular system comprised of high tenacity polyester webbing, high joint efficiency no-sew fasteners and a removable tensioning mechanism. Using various combinations of webbing, buckles and hooks, POWERLASH can quickly accommodate many different strapping methods. POWERLASH cargo lashing 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. POWERLASH provides system strengths up to 25,630 LBS.

To discuss the strength and tension of a particular product and determine which strapping solution is right for you  or discuss  converting from steel to cord strapping, contact Redback Industries or 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

Redback Industries carries a complete range of strapping tools and strapping tensioners for securing cargo as well as Compression Covers and Drum Clips exclusively from Redback Industries.

Redback Industries also offers PROGRIP Heavy Duty Buckles, which provide maximum joint efficiency and high system strength. Available in standard Galvanized or Phosphated coatings, as well as NEW Black Galvanized finish for superior holding power in all weather conditions.

PROGRIP Buckles allow high tension and provide maximum joint strength when paired with POWERWEB, POWERFLEX or POWERLASH. The geometry of PROGRIP Buckles is optimized for use with Redback Strapping.

PROGRIP Buckles are available in a wide range of sizes and types. Use Galvanized Buckles for ease of use and Black Galvanized or Phosphated Buckles for optimal holding power.

Redback’s line of PROSERIES strapping tools is noted for their precision manufacturing, durability, and safety.  PROSERIES Tools last longer and tension straps tighter.  Industrial strength strapping tools and accessories are economical and require minimal maintenance. Trust the protection of your cargo to poly strapping and strapping tools from Redback Industries. For more information please visit our site at www.redback.com

Anything which improves the transport time of freight gets Redback Industries’ stamp of approval. One of our own goals is to save time and money for truckers with our composite strapping. At a quarter of the weight of steel banding, using Redback composite strapping saves money on the extra petrol needed for that extra weight.

Last year, weigh station innovations saved commercial vehicles almost $12.1 million, say Washington state officials. The Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) allowed more than 1.1 million vehicles to bypass weigh stations in Washington State, decreasing travel times for truckers by 98,000 hours. These are some big numbers, you’ve got to admit! So, just how does this work?

The system uses weigh-in-motion scales, transponders and automatic license plate recognition to screen trucks as they approach weigh stations. This means that instead of taking the whole five minutes to get weighed, time which costs around $10.28 in waiting and fuel, commercial vehicles can be weighed-in-motion, saving that time and money. And then some, if you consider the delays which have been encountered at weigh stations.

WSDOT estimates that 39% of all commercial vehicles driven in the state last year used CVISN transponders, an increase of 9.4% since 2008 and 3.7% since 2010.

“CVISN is extremely efficient and aimed specifically at keeping freight moving along our state’s highways,” said Anne Ford, WSDOT commercial vehicle services administrator. “It also improves safety by reducing the number of trucks pulling in and out of the weigh stations.”

We hope that trucking will continue in this energy saving vein, and look for an increase in the sales of our composite strapping. It’s economical, with a low tool cost and low tool maintenance, easy to dispose of, and doesn’t rust or damage goods. Being lighter than steel, it saves on petrol costs and with less damaged goods, there’s more sellable stock at the delivery end. Save on time and money and get your composite strapping today.

Published in Composite Strapping

Thanks to an improving national economy and rising housing starts, the difficult times for the lumber industry may have passed, in Washington State. Lumber is one of many cargos which are freighted across the country, and which necessitate safe and secure strapping, such as Redback Industry’s composite strapping with galvanised buckles.

According to the Western Wood Products Association, U.S. lumber production totalled 11.9 billion board feet in the first five months of the year, up 8 percent from the same time period in 2011. Nationwide, housing starts were on pace in July to hit 746,000 for the entire year, up 20 percent from the seasonally adjusted rate 12 months earlier.

The city of Longview is seeing an uptick this year in building-permit applications for new decks, garages and other remodeling improvements, said John Brickey, the city’s community development director. Applications to build new homes remain slow, he added.

Our composite strapping features maximum impact resistance and high joint strength, making it the only option when it comes to shipping lumber across county or country.

Published in Industry News

Good stuff. Trucks bring it. And if they want it to stay good, they use Redback Industries composite strapping and galvanised buckles, which is ideal for securing heavy loads, bundled loads and irregular shaped objects.

“Good stuff. Trucks Bring It” is an industry-wide campaign aimed at improving the image of trucking. By emphasizing the relevance of trucking to all aspects of American society, the image campaign presents the public with a positive, modern image of the professional driver and industry. Everything we use comes by truck. “Trucks Bring It” is how the industry informs the public of its importance.

The American Trucking Association is currently seeking nominations for the sixth annual Mike Russell “Good stuff” Trucking Image Award. The award honors those that creatively generate positive awareness of the trucking industry.

“It is important to highlight trucking’s role as the backbone of the American economy,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Our industry is not only essential, but safe and sustainable. We are looking forward to this year’s nominations and recognizing those that promote our image year round.”

A part of what makes trucking such a safe and sustainable industry is surely Redback’s composite cord strapping, which is a much safer and less hazardous alternative to steel banding.

We look forward to seeing the shortlist for this Trucking Image Award, and good luck to all nominees!

Published in Industry News

Good luck to Lisa Bry, who will represent Washington state in the National Truck Driving Championship. The National Truck Driving Championships are an excellent way to encourage safety when driving trucks, and Redback Industries supports safe trucking – which is why we created our composite strapping – one of the safest materials with which to secure freight.

Lisa Bry has been driving for over 28 years and has a record of over 2 million miles (the equivalent of 40 times around the world!) without ever receiving any parking tickets, speeding tickets or violations. She says that she always loved trucks, and driving, even when she was a little girl.

This incredible record qualified her to compete for a prestigious trucking title, the state championship, where she won grand champion. She beat 135 others for this honour and is now cruising towards the national competition.

Lisa says that winning the national championship is a dream of hers, and one she’s been training for, for the last 20 years.

We at Redback Industries wish her all the best, and we encourage all drivers to remember: safety first! Some trucking companies hold their own truck driving championships as a way to promote safe driving among their staff – so why not organise one among your workmates?

Published in Industry News

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

Published in Cargo Securement
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