Strapping machines are available in different models with each model having its own strengths and limitations; so choosing a suitable strapping machine for a business may not be as easy as one thinks. There are several parameters that determine the suitability of a particular strapping machine for an operation.
Extent of Automation
There are manual, semi-automatic and fully-automatic strapping machines. Both manual and semi- automatic machines require an operator to continuously supervise the operation and place the packages to be strapped. On the other hand, a fully-automatic strapping machine does not require an operator at all. Besides this, each one of these machines has a varying degree of customization options that can be chosen from depending on how fast one wants the operation to be done and how many steps assistance is required with, while performing this task. For instance, strapping tension may be different for each version of a strapping machine, and one can decide how secure they want their product to be while shipping.
Volume of Operation
This is one of the most important factors while making a purchase for a strapping operation. Small businesses with requirement of fewer than 15 strapping boxes per day may not need to consider buying a strapping machine, as hand tools may be sufficient to carry out this operation. However, for bigger volumes, it is advisable to use a strapping machine. A fully-automated machine may be able to strap as many as 60 boxes per minute, which is suitable for a high-volume operation. For a middle-sized business, a manual strapping or semi-automatic machine with a strapping speed of 30 straps per minute is sufficient.
Each strapping machine has its limitations when it comes to the type of strap it used. While some are suitable for wide straps, others may not offer this function. Additionally, not all strapping machines can be used for a steel strap, so if a business requires the use of a steel strap, it is important to consider such specifications beforehand. Strapping table height, strapping speed, strapping force, et cetera are some other specifications that vary with the model. There are also features such as automatic loop ejection system that make an operation smoother. It is important to consider all these parameters before purchasing a strapping machine.
Some strapping machines have an in-built arch through the load pass for the operation. This arch also limits the dimension of the box that can be strapped using such machines. Other machines may also have their limitations, when it comes to the weight and dimension of the boxes. Moreover, some loads are oddly-shaped and unmanageable for strapping, which restricts some types of machines to strap them. So, it is wise to ask the manufacturer if one deals with varying sizes of loads on a regular basis.
Besides this, the investment involved in the purchase requires significant consideration. It goes without saying that a machine with more features and flexibility of operation would cost more. Thus, it almost becomes imperative to consider if such an investment balances the initial investment or not.