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How Do You Properly Store and Secure a Strapping Machine for Transport?

Jul 22, 2008
Any type of heavy duty machinery needs to be properly stored and secured during transport. That avoids the machinery from becoming damaged and keeps individuals from getting injured if people are in the vicinity of the equipment during transport. In this case, we're referring to strapping machines.

Strapping machines are used in strapping together objects for transport. Many times this includes boxes of merchandise stacked upon a pallet that need to be transported in that stack. The strapping keeps them from falling over and becoming damaged or causing injury. Sometimes, strapping machines need to be transported as well for strapping reasons. Sometimes it is good to have one on hand in the truck in case any strapping does come loose and the items need re-strapped. But how do you properly store and secure a strapping machine for transport? It would be terrible to hit a bump and such an expensive piece of equipment meet an untimely demise. Then again, what if a person were in the vicinity at that time? That could get a bit ugly.

Storing and securing

There are several ways that some businesses choose to secure their strapping machines during transport. Those methods include a bolted down box large enough to house the strapping machine or a wall mounted unit that keeps it secure.

Below is an explanation of how each method can keep your strapping machine secure:

- The bolted down box method can be successful for a number of reasons. First of all, the box should be metal or a hard plastic that is very durable. It should have a lid to keep the strapping machine inside. However, you want to make sure that it cannot move around inside the box. That means using materials such as Styrofoam or another sturdy packing material to ensure there is no movement inside the box whatsoever. What this does is keeps the strapping machine perfectly stable and keeps it out of the way of anyone who needs to work around in that area.

- Some choose to use a wall mount method. This includes using brackets and straps to secure it to the wall. This keeps it out of the floor, allowing for more floor space in the cargo area. This is opposed from using a box bolted to the floor, which can take up some floor space. However, the wall mount method needs to be done carefully. If it is not secure, then the strapping machine can become airborne if it is necessary for the driver to slam on their brakes. This can damage the strapping machine, which can cause a bad situation in the case that the strapping machine is needed during transport.

Other creative means

Of course, strapping machine owners have come up with their own ways to store and secure their strapping machines that they have found to be successful, but doing so can be a bit dangerous if it has never been done before. The above methods are frequently used methods that are effective in keeping both you and your equipment safe. What happens is you're protecting your investment and also protecting those who have to work around the strapping machine.

The most important thing is to be sure everyone involved is using their head. Anytime anyone thinks, "I'll just lay it in the floor because I'm sure nothing will happen" is the individual who gets into trouble because the strapping machine is damaged, merchandise that was in the way of the flying strapping machine was damaged, or someone was injured. So be sure to properly store and secure your strapping machine prior to transport.
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ZR Tool is a manufacturer of high-end and high-quality strapping tools and machines.
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