Industrial strapping reduces damage, loss, and cost. Steel, polyester, nylon, polyethylene, and more – strapping secures containers big and small for storage and shipping. It protects inventory, strengthens stacks, and opens space. In doing so, strapping protects worker and container during shelving, loading, and transport. Industrial strapping comes in a variety of materials, sizes, and uses. Each group has advantages and disadvantages for specific applications. So, the typical industrial environment will have a number of strapping options because this is not a one type fits all situation.
Real world operations have demonstrated the values and applications in each system. When the only option has been counting, bagging, labeling, and sealing by hand, any system that can run 24/7 with one or no operator will save money. Depending on the application and materials, auto bagging can reduce labor up to 80%, save up to 50% over paper envelops, and eliminate 100% of labeling and corrugated boxes.
Strapping, wrapping, banding – whatever you choose to call it, those responsible for shipping and handling need secure, cost-efficient solutions for a variety of needs. Once containers are fully packed, they need additional security to strengthen them, stack them, reduce damage, prevent pilferage, and more. Strapping and bundling boxes or materials together improves risk management by preventing falls. It unitizes items for easier forklift maneuvering and more efficient placement on transport vehicles. Strapping comes in a variety of strengths, sizes, and materials. So solutions come in a variety of products from low cost to high durability. Different products solve different problems, so knowing which products serve which need is important to shipping procedure.
Simply stated, quality delivery improves customer loyalty. The buying experience improves with ease of opening and discovery of the product as promised. Easy access to purchase and parts without the hassle of foam peanuts and bubble wrap is a real plus. Easy removal without the hassle of containers within containers is another. And, easily recycled storage materials makes everyone happy. This is exactly what foam-in-place packaging offers. It fills space fully with a customized cushion that molds itself around off and sharp shapes and corners. The product sits nestled in a pocket or pillow of protection from scratches and other damages. Parts and peripherals nest in their own insets, and all pieces remove cleanly and simply.
Consider the following statistics: “In 2001, the United States generated approximately two hundred thirty million (230 million) tons of waste (before recycling) – or approximately 4.4 pounds per person each day. Of this municipal waste, plastics currently account for approximately 11 percent, with plastic containers and packaging being the chief source, accounting for more than 11 million tons in 2001 (or about 5 percent) of the total waste generated that year.” Due to statistics such as mentioned above, packaging researchers are looking for more ways to both develop and promote the use of “bioplastics.” Bioplastics refers to those materials made from “renewable resources.” This environmentally-friendly packaging material type is widely considered to be a key driver in the packaging market in the near future.