Clips for Stainless Steel Banding
Metal Strap® clips, just like the buckles, are used along with the stainless steel banding strap to secure or bundle various item together.
The strapping process using clips is relatively straight forward. Even if they might look a bit different when compared against the buckles, clips are used in the same manner: strap is fed through the the clip and once the banding strap is tightened with a tool, “ears”, “lugs” or “wings” are used to hold down both ends of the strap.
Banding clips are as simple to use as the banding buckles, but there are still some light differences between these 2 products. Just to make sure our customers select the right product to suit their application needs, below we will compare buckles and the clips side to side.
Clip Sizes Available
Metal Strap® offers most commonly used clip sizes:
Main Differences Between Buckles and Clips
A large number of manufacturers often won’t make any direct comparisons between the stainless steel buckles and the stainless steel clips as they do not want to downplay any of their products. As far as we are concerned, we believe that customers should have access to right information for accurate decision making. hence why we will provide you the core differences between the clips and buckles below:
Clips can hold one round of banding, where buckles can be used to double-strap the items for extra strength
- Clips are ideal for lighter duty applications, where buckles are ideal for heavy duty applications
- Clips are more cost efficient than buckles
- Clips are made out of thinner metal than buckles
- Clips are easier to install than buckles due to the thinner metal construction
- Clips are slightly easier to remove than buckles
Clips Provide Certain Advantages
This section will provide a practical example where clips would be more advantageous over buckles.
Clips are commonly used for cable bundling for the following 2 simple reasons:
- Ease of application
Clips are most cost efficient than buckles, as clips are made out of thinner metal. But in no way this is a downside, but actually an advantage in certain situations due as explained below.
Ease of application
Buckles can sometimes be considered as an ‘overkill’ in certain applications, and in some instances they can only make the application more difficult.
So, we will take Cable Bundling as an example. Some cables can be relatively fragile and a lot of care should be taken when working with them. As mentioned above, clips are made out of thinner metal, which means it will be easier to hammer down the ‘lugs’ after the banding strap has been tensioned. So in this outlined example, clips would be a better choice as there are less chances to damage the cables during the application of the banding strap.
Alternativelly, if one is working within a tight space, or where it is diffucult to use a banding tool or a hammer, clips should be considered to increase the convenience and shorten the time of the banding application.
Strength of Any Application
It is essential to find the right product for your requirements. The sealing process is crucial to achieve the strength required and each step should be taken with care.
The strength of any application will depend on the following factors:
- Grade of stainless steel material
- Width of the banding strap
- Thickness of the banding strap
- if clips or buckles are being used (buckles being stronger)
- Application technique
- Tyoe if banding tools used (single hand or double hand tool)