Transporting goods is an important part of business operations in many industries. It may be raw materials to a manufacturer or finished goods to distributor and retailers. In any case, you need to secure the cargo properly for transport. This typically requires the use of some type of strapping to keep the cargo in place.
A metal strapping tool can do the job in many instances because the material is not likely to break easily. However, metal is not the only option available for securing cargo. Polyester is also popular among many business owners. Below is a quick comparison between polyester and metal strapping.
Metal or steel is one of the most common types of materials in metal strapping. Steel strapping can hold a huge amount of load without breaking or losing its shape, even with multiple loading and unloading and over long distances. It is also a good option for anything that has hard and sharp edges and corners, such as steel plates. These would cut softer strapping materials quite easily.
However, metal strapping may not be a good idea if the cargo tends to expand or settle during transport. A good example is wood, which can expand when there is moisture. A steel strap is rigid, so it can damage the wood. On the other hand, if the cargo settles, the metal strap will not move with it. This can cause the cargo to get loose and maybe shift during transport. It can also cause injury to inexperienced handlers, especially when cutting it off. Finally, unless the metal is stainless steel, the strapping might rust when it rains and eventually break.
Many shippers prefer polyester strapping because it is more cost-effective and strong enough to handle most loads. It is likewise easier to put on and take off, and not likely to cause injury to inexperienced users. Polyester is a softer, more pliable material than metal. It will shrink or expand with the load, which makes it a good option for wood cargo.
Polyester straps are more forgiving to the load, which means less damage. It will likewise never rust, so it is ideal for wet conditions. However, polyester breaks down with regular exposure to direct sunlight. Because it is softer than metal, it is more likely to break with heavy loads. Cargo with sharp and hard edges can also cut through polyester straps when the load shifts during transport.
Metal and polyester strappings are both excellent options for securing cargo. Your choice will depend on the type of cargo, the shipping conditions, and the length of travel. For heavy cargo with no sharp edges travelling in short distances, polyester strapping is definitely a good option. For heavy, stable cargo with sharp or hard edges travelling long distances, a metal strapping tool is what you need.