A Guide to Polypropylene Strapping
Polypropylene Strapping, also known as PP, is a versatile and effective solution for bundling and securing light to medium loads. Polypropylene has gained much more attention over the last few years for being cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Let us tell you why PP might be the right fit for you and your application…
Lightweight. Being the lightest of the Plastic Strapping family, Polypropylene Strapping is very easy to move around warehouses from application to application without causing strain to the user. This does mean, however, that the breaking strains do tend to be smaller, to match the features and strength of the strap in general. Don’t be fooled though, the breaking strain can still hold packages of up to 300kg and is available in up to 2000m long, so it can still secure your pallets, whether they will be stored for long periods or if they are going to be moved over long distances, it will stay intact.
Safety. Safety is a key feature when working with Polypropylene Plastic Strapping. Being a lightweight option, a variety of different hand or battery-operated tools can be used to tension or cut this Polypropylene Strap, and ensure that it is released from the application correctly without harming the user. When released, the strap will not pingback in your face, unlike other options, making it safer to work with and causing fewer injuries in the long run. No gloves are required, keeping your fingers safe and it will not cut into or damage the package you are securing. A key feature of Polypropylene Strapping is how soft it is. It is very flexible meaning that it can adapt to various shaped loads, even those awkward ones. It can be easily carried around the warehouse and is recyclable, which is great for the environment.
Being so lightweight and safe to use, it is no surprise that Polypropylene is the strapping of choice across a number of industries. Specifically in packaging and palletising industries. You have more than likely seen Polypropylene round packages you receive from various online retailers as it is a cheaper alternative to other forms of Polyester and Steel Strapping. Polypropylene is also popularly used for bundling up newspapers or magazines, securing boxes, cartons and for just general purpose flat packaging, making it ideal for light to medium duty applications.
If you do choose to use Polypropylene Strapping to secure pallets you will be glad to know that it is weather resistant. This means that if you are leaving pallets outdoors overnight or over the weekend, the strap will stay secure throughout all weathers and will not be damaged or damage your goods.
Polypropylene works best with a buckle. When applying, it is essential to know what kind of buckle works best with it. Here at Reid Brothers UK, we have a few SureFast options available which are compatible with Polypropylene Strapping. Galvanised (shiny) buckles and Phosphated (dull) buckles are both options, as well as our full range of seals. Each of these plastic strapping buckles will ensure your load will stay fully secure, but it is dependent on your application which one you should use. Contact our experts today for further advice and information.
Overall, Polypropylene Strapping is a great choice when working with light to medium loads. It has many features which help it to stand out against other alternatives; it can adjust to awkward shapes, it will not corrode, it is resistant to abrasion and ageing and is portable. For the best deals and offers visit our Polypropylene section on our website where we have a wide selection of strapping to fit any small application. Our experts are always on hand to give you advice with any questions or queries you may have. Give us a call on 0141 425 1060 or fill out a Contact Form and our experts will get back to you straight away.