Electric Banding Tools

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Electric Banding Tools
Electric banding can help you secure packages to pallets. (bunch of pallets image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Shipping out products as part of a business requires tools that allow you to ship economically and efficiently. One of the tools that can help in this process is the electric banding tool. This tool binds stacks of packages to pallets, or to one another, so they can be moved quickly with a forklift. Electric banding tools also add additional support and strength to the box or crate when shipping extra-heavy items. Fortunately, there is more than one electric banding tool that can suit your company's needs.

Poly Banding

Poly refers to polypropylene. This a ubiquitous material used for banding. The material is inexpensive and easy to recycle. However, this type of banding material is not meant for heavy-duty bundling or strapping to pallets. The machines that use poly banding can be smaller, hand-held units, or large free-standing or tabletop automatic electric banding tools. The larger machines are capable of banding 2.5 seconds per strap, while the smaller machines are slower but no less effective.

Steel Banding

Steel banding or strapping is stronger than poly strapping and can comes in three forms: heavy-duty steel bands, steel or zinc-coat steel bands for regular duty, and mini coil steel for lighter duty. The electric banding machines for these materials include electric pneumatic banding machines that can be used with the heavy and regular banding materials; and smaller, hand-held tools that can be used with regular and light-duty steel banding. For the larger steel banding machines, it is possible to order an attachment that can seal the steel bands together, making them one continuous piece.

Polyester Banding

Polyester banding is among the most economical materials for banding and has a surprising versatility. For example, 7/16-inch polyester banding is capable of banding 215 Kilogram together, while 3/4-inch wide polyester banding is capable of banding together 1134 Kilogram. The electric banding tools used with this banding material are pneumatic and capable of applying 567 Kilogram of tension. They can also seal the polyester strapping together, making it one continuous piece.

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