In the world of logistics and transport, it is essential to carry freight safely and efficiently. A crucial step in this process is securing the load. Strapping and wrapping are two common methods for this. But when should you opt to strap and when to wrap your freight? In this blog we will discuss in more detail the factors that affect this choice, so that you can make the decision for your specific transport needs.
Strapping: strength and security
Strapping is a method that consists of wrapping a strong, woven band of plastic, steel or composite material around your load and attaching it. This technique offers a number of advantages:
- Strong: Strapping creates a sturdy, tight binding around your load which prevents the goods from moving during transport. This is above all handy for heavy and irregularly shaped loads.
- Secure: Since strapping occurs with the aid of bands, it is easy to inspect and check the load for damage. This helps maintain a high level of security during transport.
- Environmentally friendly: Compared to some other methods, such as the use of stretch film, strapping is a more environmentally friendly choice since it produces less waste.
When to opt for strapping:
- Heavy and irregularly shaped loads.
- Goods that require additional protection and stability.
- If you want an environmentally friendly choice.
Wrapping: efficiency and protection
Wrapping, in other words the use of stretch film, means that you wrap an elastic film around your load. This method also has various advantages:
- Efficient: Wrapping freight with stretch film is quick and easy, especially with uniformly shaped loads. It saves time and work compared to strapping.
- Protective: Stretch film protects the goods against dust, dirt and damp. This is above all convenient for delicate loads, such as food products.
- Economical: Stretch film is often cheaper than strapping bands and requires less investment in equipment.
When to opt for wrapping:
- Uniformly shaped loads.
- Goods that need protecting against dust, dirt and damp.
- If you want an efficient method and to reduce costs.
The choice of strapping or wrapping depends on various factors, including the type of load, the amount of security required, efficiency and cost considerations. It is essential to analyse the specific needs of your freight and select the right method.
In some cases, a combination of the two methods can be the best solution. Combining wrapping and strapping can offer you the best possible balance between strength, protection and efficiency, depending on your load.
Regardless of the method you opt for, it is important to ensure that your workers are well trained and that you use the right equipment and materials to ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safe and sound. Our account managers can offer you the right advice on this.