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.

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

What Exactly are the FMCSA Regulations?

As you may or may not know, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has adopted specific load securement regulations for a number of different types of commodities.  Some of these commodities include metal coils; paper rolls; intermodal containers; concrete pipe; light trucks automobiles, and vans, heavy vehicles, machinery and equipment; roll-on/roll-off containers; flattened or crushed vehicles; large boulders – and of course dressed lumber and logs.

Through various public meetings, it was discovered that the enforcement agencies and the industries disagreed a great deal about how to properly secure these types of commodities.

However, regulations regarding log transport are applicable to almost all types of log transportation except for the following:

(1)    Logs that are bundled with banding or strapping can be transported according to general US cargo securement regulations.

(2)   Loads that contain one to four processed logs can be transported according to general US load securement regulations.

(3)   Log debris, stumps, firewood,  and other shorter logs are subject to containerization – located in a strong, closed container and/or inside a vehicle.  In addition, longer logs may be transported in a closed container or in a vehicle.

393.118 – Dressed Lumber and Similar Building Products

The rules in this section apply to the transportation of bundles of dressed lumber, packaged lumber, building products such as plywood, gypsum board or other materials of similar shape. Lumber or building products that are not bundled or packaged must be treated as loose items and transported in accordance with the general cargo securement rules. For the purpose of this section, the term ” bundle ” refers to packages of lumber, building materials or similar products which are unitized for securement as a single article of cargo.

Redback Industries specializes in lumber banding and containerization – we can help you in securing heavy or irregular shaped loads inside of containers and rail cars, as well as onto vessels, barges and flat rack containers.  Find out more at www.redback.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

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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.

When packing freight there are four steps to ensure the safety and security of your load. At Redback Industries, we suggest using our high performance, non-metallic strapping system comprising woven cord strapping and galvanized strap buckles to ensure that your freight is packed as safely and securely as possible.

Whether you’re a lumber haulage company or you’re transporting barrels on intermodal transport; the basics are the same.

First – plan it. This may sound basic, but whether this is your first shipment or your thousandth, you’ll need to plan for size, shape, weight and transport route of your freight, and you don’t want to be caught out by irregular shaped objects. Our woven cord strapping and galvanised strap buckles are great when dealing with odd-sized freight.

Second – prepare it. Your freight should be properly organised and stacked, all the better to load and unload it at either end. You might know which order is for whom, but will the people unloading know where each stack goes? Make sure everything is labelled correctly.

Thirdly – secure it. Redback Industries are experts in properly securing freight. You need to protect your load from transit vibrations and, if using intermodal transport, from slipping and sliding during transfer. Use proper cushioning, blocking bracing, banding, stretch wrapping and basic wood or plastic pallets. We would recommend woven cord strapping and galvanised strap buckles. Cord strapping offers maximum impact resistance and minimal lashback when cut, as well as minimal damage to the freight itself.

Fourthly – ship it. Use descriptive labels and describe any special handling needs. Then say goodbye to your well-secured freight and expect a safe journey to its destination.

For more information about Redback strapping and pricing, please contact us.

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Hand grade poly strapping, is a user-friendly packaging solution that is applied using manual poly strapping tools such as feeders, tensioners and sealers. It is ideal for hand strapping and palletizing in smaller to medium volumes.  Hand grade poly strapping is able to stretch for a snug fit during packaging and has low tension retention.  Manual tensioners and crimping systems are available for low volume applications. Automatic hand tools are used for higher volume applications.  Both manual and automatic tools are available as combination tools, which perform the tensioning, sealing and cutting, or as separate tensioners, sealers, and cutters.

Hand grade poly strapping can be manually applied using wire buckles and tightened using manual strapping tools. The ends of the poly strapping can be fused together using a handheld friction weld, a heat sealing strapping tool or a plastic strapping seal.

Redback Industries carries a complete range of strapping tools and strapping tensioners for securing cargo. Redback’s line of PROSERIES strapping tools is noted for their precision manufacturing, durability, and safety. 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 – which can be used on poly strapping. For more information please visit our site at www.redback.com

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Different strapping needs require different tools – at Redback Industries, we want to make sure you have the right strapping product for the job, along with proper strapping tools.

Machine grade poly strapping, or machine grade polypropylene strapping, is specially designed to be applied using a strapping machine or a tabletop banding machine. You can use both semi-automatic and automatic strapping machines with this type of strapping. The machine grade poly strapping’s high elongation and recovery, as well as its low tension retention, make it an excellent choice for secure and speedy machine strapping and palletizing.

Strapping machines, also known as bundlers, are used for high volume applications or special applications. They are available in horizontal and vertical orientations; bottom seal, side seal, and top seal orientations; semi-automatic and automatic varieties. The automatic versions are designed to be used inline with conveyor systems.

Machine grade poly strapping, or machine grade polypropylene strapping, is specially designed to be applied using a strapping machine or a tabletop banding machine. You can use both semi-automatic and automatic strapping machines with this type of strapping. The machine grade poly strapping’s high elongation and recovery, as well as its low tension retention, make it an excellent choice for secure and speedy machine strapping and palletizing.

Compared to hand grade poly strapping, machine grade poly strapping is a more inexpensive packaging solution. It minimizes labor costs because of the quick application.

Trust the protection of your cargo to poly strapping and strapping tools from Redback Industries – which can be used on poly strapping. For more information please visit our site at www.redback.com

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