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Cord Strapping

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Cord strapping is another type of strapping available to strap down your product. Some of the benefits of cord strapping include:

  • Less expensive than steel strapping

  • Safer to use, handle, and dispose of

  • Up to 4X lighter, easier to carry

  • Clean, will not stain or rust

  • Elastic memory keeps load tight

  • Production based on ASTM designation D-3950

  • Can be retensioned

  • Non-abrasive, non-marring

  • Requires one tool to tension

  • Can be hand tied in some cases

  • Edge guards may not be needed

  • AAR-53 approved sizes available


There are three types of cord strapping: Bonded, woven, and composite.

Bonded cord strapping is non-woven and is used as a safe, inexpensive product for bundling and securing a wide variety of items across multiple industries. Bonded cord strapping is also available in flame retardant in some sizes. It is available in white, orange, yellow, blue, red, green and white with blue tracers.

Woven cord strapping is woven and provides additional bi-directional strength and split resistance which makes it a good choice for harsher environments. It is available in both general purpose, heavy duty, and extra heavy duty. The heavy and extra heavy duty cords are super tough-high tensile products designed for applications to replace steel strapping. This type of cord has been used in the metal and plastics industry as well as for rail car load securement. Typically the heavy duty cord is yellow,  and the extra heavy duty is orange.

Composite cord strapping is made from polyester fibers coated with clear polypropylene. The coating provides added water resistance and improved handling when threading the strapping under pallets and through metal buckles. Typically composite cord is white with blue tracer.

In addition to the benefits listed above, all three types of cord can be printed on. There is a 48 coil minimum on printed cord but it's the perfect way to distinguish your cord from others. The three types of buckles used with cord are phosphate finished, galvanized finished or ladder buckles. For more information on cord strapping contact our packaging experts at (847) 549-1400.