Today, steel strapping is mostly replaced by PET strapping due to cheaper cost, easier and safer handling, and lower weight. Steel strapping can be commonly seen in application where the load is made up of steel, metal, and glass industry.
Load with sharp edges at the corner, you can consider using steel strapping to avoid the needs for a corner protector or guard. As steel strapping is generally strong enough to easily withstand being cut by sharp edges.
Oversized heavy duty construction or steel load, this includes construction beams, steel coils, large cables, large glass object.
Rounded bundle loads, such as steel rods or steel piping can be difficult to bundle using other strapping system, where a minimum diameter is required. Steel strapping tensioner that utilises a “pushing” action can have virtually no minimum diameter, except limited to only the stiffness of the steel strapping.
Steel strapping should be avoided when the load may shrink in size or settle over time. This is because steel strapping has limited elastic range and is not adaptable to changes is sizes. This can cause the strap to come loose, unbundling the loads. A popular example would timber or woods, it shrinks and expands based on the humidity. Yes, this includes wooden pallets.