**Updated 12-7-17**

Strapping is one of the most commonly used means of unitization and bundling in the packaging industry.

There are multiple types of products available, as well as many application types, but it is especially used in environments such as:

  • Lumber strapped and ready to goBundling together for handling and shipping: newspapers, pipe, lumber, concrete block, etc.
  • Attaching items to pallets, skids, and crates
  • Reinforcing wooden boxes, crates, and corrugated boxes, such as gaylords
  • Attaching items to flatcars, flatbed tractor trailers, etc.
  • Securing a unit load of bricks, packaged glass, metal parts, etc.
  • Closing corrugated boxes and shipping containers
  • Securing coils of steel or paper
  • Holding bales of agricultural products or textiles
  • Load securing items within intermodal containers, boxcars, and tractor trailers

Strapping is most often used in complete horizontal or vertical bands.

Typically, edge protectors are used to help spread the strap’s tension on the load at corners and reduce damage caused by that tension.  Strapping can also be used in loops attached to holding locations such as rail cars, tractor trailers, or skids.

For more information, check out our Definitive Poly and Steel Strapping Guide.

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