Redback Industries high quality cord strapping is quickly replacing steel banding throughout the country. Our cargo restraint systems are an economical alternative to expensive and dangerous steel strapping. Steel banding has the potential to rust and damage any cargo the banding touches and the potential for serious injuries is high. We recommend either POWERWEB Woven Cord Strapping or POWERFLEX Composite Strapping which both stay tight, and retain tension better than other methods of load securement. These two products will absorb the shocks of shifting cargo, so that your cargo stays secure, and suffers less damage than it would using steel chain or steel banding. Not only that, but POWERFLEX and POWERWEB are both easy-to-use, and safe since they don’t snap back like steel banding. Do away with dangerous steel strapping. Visit for more information on safe and superior 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

Polyester cord strapping, otherwise known as safety strapping, outperforms steel banding and provides optimum protection against product damage and serious personal injury. 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.

Benefits of Cord Strapping Compared to Steel Strapping

  • No sharp edges
  • Can be cut while under tension without the possibility of recoil injury
  • withstand additional shock loading (18% more elasticity than steel) without failure
  • Ease of disposal
  • Safer work environment
  • Ability to re-tension and reuse strap
  • Polyester strap shrinks or expands with loads
  • High retention memory – stays strong and tight on product
  • Will not rust or damage product
  • The plastic strapping system is lighter than the metal strapping system.

Redback Industries has built a strong reputation in the load containment industry for providing quality strapping solutions and services at competitive prices.  For more information please visit our site at

Redback Industries offers a complete line of strapping and strap buckles for the lumber industry. Our strapping equipment is designed to withstand the harsh environment of the lumber industry while providing a safe, cost efficient alternative to steel strapping.

Composite strapping and woven cord strapping are ideal for the lumber industry. The combination of high tensile, elongation and excellent recovery makes for a superior replacement product for steel strapping. While steel strapping has been used for securing lumber loads for nearly a hundred years, technological advancement has paved the way for strapping with high strength polyester cord strapping. High-tenacity woven polyester strapping coupled with a maximum joint-efficiency strapping buckle, is specifically designed for load securement. This system is tested and proven to dramatically reduce the potential for employee injury and product damage.  Woven polyester strapping is quickly replacing steel banding as an industry standard.

In the lumber industry where loads are commonly dumped off of trucks, Redback Industries cord strapping eliminates the shock break, keeping products contained and providing a clean, safer working environment. From the forest to the construction site lumber must be transported and shipped multiple times. It is imperative that you keep your lumber safe, secure and damage free from traveling on trucks and rail cars. Redback Industries offers a full line of strapping and strapping tools ideal for lumber yards.

For more information please visit our site at

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

Ending nearly three years of deadlock and delay since the last comprehensive funding law expired, the House and Senate, on the 29th of June, approved a two-year highway bill that will fund construction and safety programs though September 2014. Redback Industries fully supports any initiatives which focus on safety while transporting goods, and we consider Redback composite strapping and galvanised buckles to be the safest way of securing heavy loads, bundled loads and irregular shaped objects.

Provisions in the bill of interest to American Trucking Associations  and the trucking industry include:

  • Creation of a clearinghouse to track drug and alcohol test results;
  • A study of crash-worthiness standards for large trucks;
  • Establishment of standards for systems to provide employers with timely notifications of drivers’ moving violations; and
  • Mandatory testing of new carriers entering the industry to verify their knowledge of safety requirements.

House members voted 373-52 for the bill and the Senate followed with a 74-19 tally before a Congressional recess. The measure now goes to President Obama for his signature.

The bill also requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a field study on the effectiveness of the 34-hour restart provision in its hours-of-service rule.

This restart law allows drivers to reset their weekly work cycles by resting for 34 hours, including two periods between 1am and 5am, in order to reduce driver fatigue.

The legislation “makes tremendous strides in the safety arena and puts down a marker for future improvements to our nation’s freight infrastructure,”  ATA President Bill Graves said in a statement.

Ask Redback Industries about increased safety and security in the trucking industry, and find out more about our composite poly cord strapping which maintains tension over time, and will not rust or damage goods.

Published in Federal Regulations

When using products such as Redback Industries’ POWERFLEX composite strapping and POWERWEB woven cord strapping it’s important to use the appropriate tools to secure the load, for safety and security reasons.

Our Proseries tools and accessories ensure your cordstrap is at the correct and safest tension. The TM395 Tensioning Tool is our heavy-duty tensioning tool which provides ultra-high tension. This is a part of our POWERLASH Cargo Restrain Systems, and used in conjunction with our PROGRIP heavy-duty strap buckles, you’ve got one heavy-duty system! PROGRIP heavy duty strap buckles provide maximum joint efficiency and high system strength. You have the choice between galvanized buckles or phosphated coverings. We recently added a black galvanised buckle coating which has superior holding power in all weather conditions. The geometry of PROGRIP Buckles is optimised for use with Redback strapping.

For an example of how to use these tools to ensure that your cargo is the safest and most secure that it can be, watch this video on Buckle Threading which demonstrates the correct way to thread a buckle.

Redback Industries offers a wide range of galvanised buckle types, for all uses. For more information about uses and pricing, please contact us.

Published in Cord Strapping
Friday, 01 May 2015 12:43

How to Apply Composite Cord Strapping

Applying composite cord strapping is fast and easy when using the correct technique. A common mistake is to pull both ends of strap to cinch down strapping.  Pulling both tails creates far too much friction at the strap buckle. Likewise, pulling all the slack through the tight s-curve of the buckle can also create too much drag.

A simple solution is to pretension by pulling the loop towards yourself in the same motion as you thread it over the front leg of the buckle –and prior to pulling the tail. this reduces resistance in the s-curve of the buckle.

Redback composite cord strapping is thicker and consequently more durable than competing composite cord strap products, so reducing drag during pretension is very helpful. This video demonstrates the correct methodology to apply Redback composite cord strapping.

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As experts in load securement and cargo securement, Redback Industries consistently reviews cargo securement rules to make sure we’ve got the right products for the job.

The rules for cargo securement state that that all devices and systems used to secure cargo on or in a vehicle must be capable of meeting the performance criteria. All vehicle structures, systems, parts and components used to secure cargo should be in excellent shape, with no damaged or weakened components that might fail during transport.

For this reason, we recommend either POWERWEB Woven Cord Strapping or POWERFLEX Composite Strapping which both stay tight, and retain tension better than other methods of load securement.  These two products will absorb the shocks of shifting cargo, so that your cargo stays secure, and suffers less damage than it would using steel chain or steel banding.  Not only that, but POWERFLEX and POWERWEB are both easy-to-use, and safe since they don’t snap back like steel banding.

To find out more, check out this demo of our POWERFLEX Composite Strapping.  To read more about the Federal Cargo Securement Rules, visit  And to find out how Redback Industries can help you secure your load, visit

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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.

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