Role of Metal Strapping
A process through which a metal is applied with an elongated flap or a ribbon made of metal is known as metal strapping. Metal strapping is very important for the purposes of stabilizing, combining, reinforcing, holding or fastening 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. Enhancing the transmission of tension around a bundle is key and one requires to use wax as a surface finish for the purpose. Metal strapping are essential for various purposes such 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 used in various places hence they come in various shapes. Seals can be used on the metal strappings either before tension has been applied or after it has been applied. Strapping machines or hand tools are the two major types of hand tools used in metal strapping. For both the strapping machine and hand tools, a dispenser is a must have which enables the dispensing of the straps used. All in all, both the tools can either be operated manually or they can be automatic.
Accidents and injuries are common in an environment dealing with metal strappings hence precautionary measures should be put in place to prevent occurrence of such. 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. It is also very crucial to maintain a safe distance when working with metal strapping and also ensure all cuts made are square to prevent leaving dangerous pointed and sharp edges that are likely to cause damage. Also, one should ensure that they clean up the working environment regularly to prevent injuries from the scraps that might be present.