The Best Uses for Steel Banding
Steel banding comes in rolls that are about a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch wide and about an eighth of an inch thick. It comes in regular duty and high tensile grades.
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This is a significant advantage in applications where the load is stable (not prone to settling) and will be transferred multiple times before it reaches its destination. High tensile steel banding has the additional advantage of being carbon reinforced. High tensile steel is suggested for situations where the load is subject to a jolt and/or additional break strength is required. Steel banding (even when smoothed and de-burred) is a safety hazard for inexperienced users. Carelessly cutting a tightened steel band will cause it to lash and inflict deep gashes---the face is especially at risk. Because steel banding coils average 100 pounds each, it’s difficult for some users to load them into a dispenser without incurring injuries.
By comparison, the average polyester coil weighs about 50 pounds. Steel banding can also scratch and tear the load---which means it’s not a good idea to use it for loads with exposed paint or other vulnerable surfaces. It can also rust and stain the load.
Although steel banding doesn’t stretch once applied, this can be a downside. If the load settles as a result of transportation or storage, the banding perimeter remains the same while the load perimeter becomes smaller. The result is that the banding is no longer holding the load tightly. It’s not uncommon to see steel-banded pallets sitting in warehouses with the banding hanging loosely from the load.
Steel banding is also more expensive than polyester banding and the cost fluctuates because it’s dependent on the price of the base metal-–making it difficult to budget.
With all these downsides, you might wonder why steel banding is still so popular. The answer is that right now, there is nothing that can hold a heavy load over a long distance quite as well, and no other materials come close.
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