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.

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 www.redbackindustries.com

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 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.

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.

Union Pacific is pulling railcars from storage for the first time in four years to haul lumber for home builders, a welcome source of strength for an industry that’s bucking the effects of a slowing economy.

With more buildings going up, and more lumber being hauled than in previous years, Redback Industries recommends companies take the necessary precautions when strapping their lumber down. Our composite strapping and galvanised buckles are designed for bulky and and irregular shaped objects, such as lumber, and provides maximum tension, with minimal lash-back – a real danger – when cut.

The Association of American Railroads is reporting mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending August 11, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 289,172 carloads, down 1.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 243,030 trailers and containers, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Lumber haulage is up across the board compared with the same week last year, reporting increases of 19.8 percent. Union Pacific, Canadian National Railway and CSX are among companies benefiting from new-home construction, which climbed in June to the highest in almost four years.

“The expectation is for continued growth in construction-related activity, whether it’s lumber or aggregates, to help support rail volumes in 2013 and beyond,’’ said Ben Hartford, an analyst, at Robert W. Baird & Co.

Redback Industries looks forward to this continued growth in construction related activity, and hopes that the railway and haulage companies put some time into researching the safest, most economical way of strapping down cargo.

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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 heavy duty woven polyester strapping used in the North American lumber industries. Corded polyester strapping is a safe and economical alternative to steel strapping.

When looking for an affordable strapping solution that safeguards employees against serious injuries and protects lumber from costly product damage consider woven strapping.  Woven polyester strapping maintains tension over time and can absorb impacts and load shifting that would normally break steel banding or damage valuable product. It is light, flexible and contains no sharp edges, so it is easy to handle and dispose. Fastening is accomplished using a simple, economical tool and a high joint efficiency phosphated buckle.

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

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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.

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