Uses of Metal Strapping
Metal strapping is a process in which a metal is applied with a flap or ribbon made of metal that is elongated. Stabilization, combination, reinforcement, holding and fastening a metal are the main importance of applying metal strappings. Steel is one of the major metal used in metal strapping since it has a high tensile strength and minimal stretch. There are a variety of metal strappings which come in a variety of thicknesses, widths as well as the various grades of a metal. Metal strappings also require some finish on the surface such as wax, paints, zinc or even bluing. Wax is essential as a surface finish for enhancing transmission of tension around a bundle. Metal strapping are essential for various purposes such as bundling items for easier handling and movement needed. Metal strappings also helps in attaching items, for reinforcement as well as securing unit loads such as of metal parts.
Tensioning of the straps is important in metal strapping which should then 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 and they come in different shapes depending on where they are 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. In the two types of tools, they must have a dispenser which serves a major role in dispensing the straps being worked on. Strapping machine or hand tools are either operated automatically or they can be operated manually.
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. The min important measures is to have worn a protective gear such as safety glasses and thick gloves to protect a person in case the metal strappings happen to lash out once they are cut. When sealing or cutting metal strappings, it is important also to use the right tools and equipment since they reduces the chances of injuries likely to occur. 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. It is also important to ensure that the working environment is at all times clean by removing scraps to prevent injuries.