PET Over Steel: Why Use Plastic Strapping Over Steel Strapping

Published 9th April 2018

PET Over Steel: Why Use Plastic Strapping Over Steel Strapping

Logistics packers are looking for better packaging solutions that reflect versatile characteristics such as safety, firmness, sustainability and cost-effectiveness. When plastic strapping was introduced, it was natural that it was looked upon as a substitute for steel strapping, especially in applications where steel is the only strapping product available.

Adding plastic straps as an option to secure products before shipment offers several advantages that are not present with steel strapping. But, to take advantage of those opportunities, make sure to know how it differs from steel.

Should You Use Steel Straps?

Steel straps are commonly used to secure commodities before being shipped to various locations. However, these straps have disadvantages such as corrosion and damage to goods. Due to their abrasive texture, goods that are wrapped with steel straps can sustain scratches or chips. This can lead to unnecessary wastage when the goods are quality checked before being sold. When exposed to moisture, steel strapping can rust, which can mark or damage your goods.

What about Plastic Straps?

As an alternative, plastic straps, also known as polyester (PET) strapping, does not have such issues. PET straps are made from two materials: polypropylene and polyethylene. These components do not corrode and can be used multiple times as a sustainable packaging solution, unlike steel straps. They also offer better resistance to shock and vibrations and offer heat sealable properties.

PET straps offer safe and effective packaging solutions. They weigh less than steel straps, which helps in transporting goods.  Products strapped using PET can be unpacked with minimal effort.

Versatile Strapping

PET straps are used to secure various goods such as textile, steel, glass, paper, leather and more. The straps are used in many industries. The food and beverage industry uses the straps in distributing mineral water bottles, canned goods, poultry products and many various items.

Based on an article from CMFE News, there has been an increasing demand for metal rods, timber, cables and textile products. These materials are widely used in the manufacturing sector and in end-user applications. The products need to be transported without compromising their quality. This is where polyester straps are suitable to use.

Purchase Your PET Straps from X-Pak

If you are looking to use PET straps, contact X-Pak on 1300 551 281 today. Our premium PET straps are manufactured according to our industry-leading quality standards, guaranteeing quality with every coil. They have an embossed finish that enables stronger grip using automatic tooling. PET is excellent for handling high tension and attaining great elongation, recovery and high break strengths. PET straps have similar strength to steel strapping and is safer to use. They will recoil when cut but will not cause injury like the recoil from steel straps. Reducing workplace risks drives users to switch from steel to PET straps.

Another feature of our PET straps is that they are made with recycled material, which helps your company fulfill your cost and environmental objectives. Our PET straps are sourced from industry-leading manufacturers and matched with expert advice and on-site product demonstrations.

Call 1300 551 281 to inquire about our PET straps.