Metal strapping is a process in which a metal is applied with a flap or ribbon made of metal that is elongated. the main importance of metal strapping is to stabilize, combine, reinforce, hold together or fasten a metal. Metal strappings are used since they have a high tensile strength as well as they experience minimal stretch majorly for the steel metal which is commonly used for metal strapping. Metal strapping usually come in a variety of thicknesses, widths as well as the various grades of a metal. When metal strappings are applied on a metal, they require surface finishing which can be made of either wax, paint, use of zinc or even bluing. Wax is essential as a surface finish for enhancing transmission of tension around a bundle. Purposes such as bundling items together as well as easier handling and shipping is greatly enhanced by the use of metal strapping. Metal strappings also helps in attaching items, for reinforcement as well as securing unit loads such as of metal parts.
Metal strapping requires tensioning of the strap and then it should be sealed to itself. There are various joints that can be used to seal metal strappings such as seal and notch joint, seal less joint, use of a seal and crimp as well as through welding to seal them. These seals are in various shapes which depends on where they are to be used. Use of seals on metal strappings can be done once tension has been applied or before tension has been applied. There are two types of tools necessary for metal strapping which include use of strapping machine or use of hand tools. For both the strapping machine and hand tools, a dispenser is a must have which enables the dispensing of the straps used. Strapping machine or hand tools are either operated automatically or they can be operated manually.
There are various precautionary measures that need to be put in place when handling metal strappings to guarantee for safety and prevent accidents and injuries. One should have proper protective gear such as safety glasses and thick gloves which protects a person in case the metal strappings happen to lash out once they are cut. It is also important to ensure that one uses appropriate tools and equipment for sealing as well as cutting metal strapping to ensure their safety at all times even when being shipped. A person working with metal strapping should also at all times maintain a safe distance in case the strapping lashes out as well as when cutting them, it should be done in square shapes as this prevents coming up with edge that are sharp and pointed hence minimizing the chances of an injury. Finally, cleanliness of the working environment should be maintained by ensuring that all scarps present a removed regularly and this prevents the occurrence of injuries.