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. Various metal straps are usually in a variety of thicknesses, widths as well as various grades of a metal. A surface finish is important once a metal strapping has been applied and can be made up of either wax, use of zinc, bluing or even paint. Wax is essential as a surface finish for enhancing transmission of tension around a bundle. Metal strappings are used for as bundling items for easier handling and movement needed. Other purposes of metal strapping include attaching items, reinforcement as well as securing unit loads such as of metal parts.
Metal strapping requires that once the strap has been tensioned, it be sealed to itself. Joints used for sealing are quite a number which enables sealing of metal straps including seal and notch joint, seal less joint, use of a seal and crimp as well as welding to seal them. These seals are in various shapes which depends on where they are to be used. The seals can be used before tensioning of the straps while other have to be put on once the strap has been tensioned. Metal strappings use two types of tools which include the 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.
When handling the metal strapping, there are precautions one has to take in order to prevent occurrence of accidents or injuries. Wearing protective gear when working with metal strappings such as safety glasses and thick gloves is very key in protecting a person from getting injuries in case the metal strappings happen to lash out. Use of proper tools is also important to promise for ones safety when cutting and sealing the metal strappings and never at any time should one use tolls nort meant for working with metal strapping. One should also maintain a safe distance as well as cut the metal strappings in square reducing the sharp pointed edges that are likely to injure and individual. 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.