When is Green Strap not “Green”?

Organisations have been known to go into competitive wars with each other to ensure they are just better, bigger and stronger than their opponent in all fields of business. This doesn’t just include the general sales and branding and profits; this competitive war is also taken into the more serious areas such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), or becoming a more Greener business overall.

Now we know what you guys must be thinking, “well it’s a good thing that businesses are competing for which organisation is greener or which one is doing more for the local community”. We agree that it’s good to be doing these things. However we are just here to highlight the fact that though organisations are doing a good thing by becoming greener they are forgetting to become greener in all departments of the organisation.

What we mean by this is that though organisations are cutting down on the use of paper and are investing technology into becoming more environmentally friendly with more waste being recycled and less use of natural resources; they forget this kind of innovation can be implemented across all processes.

One aspect which is always a touchy topic for organisations is the transportation and the materials used for delivering goods. This is where Fortris Load Secure would like to introduce a new product which all organisations transporting goods will use, no matter what product or services they provide.

Furthermore we can guarantee that more than half of the readers will not have thought of this product when they consider becoming green. Fortris Load Secure would like to introduce the Green Performance Strapping; (for those of you unsure about what we mean, strapping is used to secure goods during transit to ensure the goods are supplied safely).

Fortris Load Secure are now able to supply strapping made of recycled raw materials making the strap itself 100% recyclable. This Green Strapping is manufactured using the new HSS Process coupled with a cutting-edge surface finishing method, significantly reduces the weight of the strapping while leaving its dimensions and maximum tensile strength unchanged.

Extruded Ployester Strapping
Extruded Ployester Strap

Extruded Polyester Strap

PET Extruded Polyester Strapping is the safe and economical alternative to steel strapping or banding systems. Extruded Polyester Strapping, abbreviated to PET strapping (polyethylene terephthalate) is used in heavy duty applications demanding high tensile strength and fast application by the installer. Twice as strong as polypropylene strapping and as strong as steel banding, PET Strap is capable of withstanding and retaining a much higher tension on rigid loads. Typical PET extruded polyester strapping applications include bricks, timber, and textiles.

Fortris Green Performance Strap has been known to generate substantially less waste per meter of strapping:
• It has lower weight of strapping, and therefore lower coil weight, as compared to commercially available standard products.
• It has lighter sleeves
• Less packaging material
• Made of recycled material – making it 100% recyclable
• Greater transport efficiency – (Less CO2), as it is possible to put more metres on coils and pallets.
• Environmentally friendly energy recovery – in the in-house biomass power plant.

Cost Effective Strapping

Fortris Green Strap is very cost effective and easy handling:

• Attractive price per metres of strapping
• Less waste and thus lower disposal charges
• Better utilisation of cargo and storage space due to optimised strap length per coil
• Lower coil weight (about 20kg) and 1-2 strap technology; makes strap changes safe and easy

Fortris Green Strap Sets New Standards for Green Performance:
• An innovation production technology (HSS Process) helps reduce the weight of strapping by 10-15% without altering its dimensions and maximum tensile strength.
• Significant reduction of packaging waste, and enhanced transport efficiency.

Furthermore a study carried out by an independent researcher shows that an innovative production technology, in combination with an innovative surface finishing method, result in an environmentally benign strapping product which in terms of CO2, water and air emissions. But also in terms of generated waste, brings benefits for the environment, compared to other straps. Throughout its entire lifecycle Fortris Green Performance helps save 4.5kg of CO2 per coil compared to conventional strapping.

In essence for companies to become greener they don’t need to invest millions into research and development, just smaller changes like this can have a big impact as organisations like ourselves do the research for you. It’s a no brainer.

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Scaffolding Solutions

Safely Transport your Scaffold Equipment

Scaffolding industry has seen a major growth in the recent years with the government and large organisations throwing millions of pounds into the construction industry with scaffolding playing a big role in most construction sites. Most organisations spend thousands of pounds in building these temporary structures to ensure solid structures are developed may it be offices, warehouses, retail parks, shopping malls or as simple as houses. Scaffolding equipment is probably one of the very few types of equipment to be transported from one site to the next without seeing its home base for a while. Due to the high demand in scaffolds for the construction industry most of the times the scaffolding equipment will be leased to one organisation. Then as the lease finishes it will go directly from one site to another. Making scaffold equipment one of the most transported equipment within the construction industry.

However it is essential to ensure all the equipment is transported safely as a mishap in transportation of scaffolding equipment can cause devastating damage to the transporter and other road users. It is essential to secure the equipment with the best Load securing solutions to ensure these mishaps don’t occur.

At Fortris Load secure we have been working with scaffolding organisations for many years and understand their needs and have been providing them with the best solutions to ensure load safety.

Below are the most popular equipment used by scaffolding companies to transport the equipment:

Hot Melt Strap: Hot Melt Strapping provides high strength to hold the equipment in place allowing for safe transport of goods. The material is weather resistant and hardly absorbs moisture, providing protection to delicate surfaces from damage. It is also re-tensionable in volume losses in the packaged goods, and has a high linear and system breaking strength. Hot melt is known to be as strong and due to its material it will not rust providing a longer life of the strapping. Hot Melt Strapping is available in various colours.

Polyester Composite Strap: The core of our composite strapping is made of untwisted polyester yarn. This type of strapping achieves higher strength and lower elongation. Composite is known to be as strong as seal and due to its material it’s weather resistant. Composite strapping is known to be best suited for rough surfaced making an ideal choice for scaffolding equipment.

30Kg Fitting Bag – these bags are used to place equipment in to ensure they are protected through transportation. These bags can also be used to store scaffolding buckles or joints to ensure they are kept together and safe.

Woven sacks – The white one use sacks are used widely in the scaffolding industry to hold metal fittings for scaffolding, clips for the banding strapping, any ppe required for the job or essentially any sundry items required for the scaffolding job.

Fortris Load Secure have years of experience in Load Securing equipment for all industries, ask one of our expert team members for the right solution for you.

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Slipsheet Handling

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Slipsheet Handling

Slipsheets provide packagers an innovative solution. Slipsheets offer palletless handling of unitized goods, using push/pulls is more economical and can reduce damage to goods. Slipsheet push/pull handling systems are more advantageous and cheaper than the use of traditional pallets.

Push/Pull Handling Systems

Slipsheets are a key component to Push/Pull Handling Systems. A slipsheet is a thin, corrugated, solid fiber or a plastic sheet that replaces wooden pallets. The second component to a push/pull handling system is uses a special attachment that is mounted on the front of fork lift trucks.

Slipsheet Applications

While the Applications for slipsheets are growing at a steady rate, the majority of shipping firms still see wooden pallets as being synonymous with unitized shipping and handling. There is little information available about the use of slipsheets, which brings no surprise to the new generations of shippers and logistics managers coming into the industry with little awareness of what a slipsheet is, and where slipsheets are used an alternative unitized shipping method.

Slipsheets grow in popularity

As new applications continue to appear worldwide, paper slipsheet manufacturers are reporting steady growth in annual sales of 10% or more. Over 150 million paper slipsheets are produced annually.

Slipsheet Advantages

Slipsheets have advantages and disadvantages as do wooden pallets. However when slipsheets were used in applications, the advantages more than outweighed the disadvantages. The main advantages are:

Paper slipsheets are made of a light-weight paperboard, which on average One British Pound Sterling or less per unit-load meaning paperboard slipsheets are for single use. With a slipsheet the costs of tacking, recovering and repairs incurred for a wooden pallet are not required for slipsheets. Slipsheets are also environmentally friendly as they can be easily assimilated into the wastepaper markets for recycling into new products.

Slipsheets are Space Savers

Slipsheets occupy lesser space than pallets, even when under a unit-load a slipsheet takes up 10% less space than a typical pallet. Infact the space occupied by slipsheets allows for an increase in the unitized payload of product by 10. In other words, where a freight load requires 100 containers for shipments on pallets, can be shipped in 90 containers when using slipsheets.

Slipsheets can save you money!

Slipsheets can be used economically to provide a unitized loading and unloading method for lightweight products that cannot be economically shipped on pallets due to lightweight transportation penalties.

Where can a slipsheet be used?

Some of the early applications for slipsheets were used for reducing long term storage of unit loads on pallets of tinned products in the food industry and also soft drinks from the beverages industry, to avoid large investment costs in pallets during the seasons. Slipsheets are now a popular choice throughout the food industry and are widely used in large manufacturers for long haul shipping operations to avoid costly pallet exchange programs.

The problems of pallet repair and the sanitation of reused pallets gave further impetus to the manufacturers’ changeover to slipsheets. Since the use of slipsheets it was found that the higher density payloads in many shipments was possible, which also resulted in reduced transportation costs.

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Slip Sheets Information

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Slip Sheets

Slip Sheets are very useful products within the Transport and Logistics industry. Slip Sheets are thin plastic sheets used to replace pallets, they can be supplied in a range of sizes to suit your pallet dimensions. The slip sheet is used as a unit load support device in vehicle delivery and transportation of products.

The plastic slip sheet is made from recycled high density polyethylene or polypropylene materials. This type of material allows for greater non-tear strength and an increased number of uses in cold and humid environments. Its advantages include longer sheet life, durable lips, ability to be stored in cold or humid environments, and that it can be handled by a roller conveyor, slip sheet lift truck, AGV, or powered unit load transportation devices.

The Fortris Plastic Slipsheet will not absorb moisture and maintains its strength and integrity even when wet. Most solvents and chemicals have no effect on the sheet. The non-porous plastic material will support neither bacteria growth nor insect larve. In freezer applications, surface sticking is eliminated. All Fortris Plastic Slip sheets meet FDA standards.
Slip sheets can save space and weight so that the bulk of your shipping weight is pure product. When you use reusable plastic slip sheets, not only will help you reduce labour, shipping expense and waste disposal costs, but you will make a positive impact on the environment by consuming fewer resources.

Slip Sheet Advantages

Using slip sheets instead of wooden pallets allows for 12–15% more products in material handling containers.
Slip sheets do not require maintenance, but can easily be replaced.
Significant reduction in material handling costs.
Decreases loading/unloading time by up to 60%
Weighs 1/20 as much as wooden pallets, reducing shipping costs.
Can be customized to fit any size load.
Eliminates the need for pallet exchange.
Reusable and reliable.
Most are recyclable.

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Ratchet Straps

Ratchet Straps

Ratchet straps are used to secure loads for transit on flatbed Trailers, in Vans and Lorries, etc. Fortris ratchet strap are suitable for a variety of tie down applications. Our heavy duty ratchet straps have strength ratings of between 1000kgs to 5000kgs and come in lengths between 6m and 10m. In addition to the full ratchet strap sets we also supply just the webbing part with a hook and the ratchet handles only.

Ratchet Straps are used to hold down cargo or equipment during transport. Tie down straps are basically webbing that has tie down hardware sewn to it. The hardware allows the tie down strap to attach to the area surrounding the cargo or equipment, loop over the cargo or equipment, and/or attach to the cargo or equipment. It usually also provides a method of introducing tension to hold the item in place. There are a variety of choices for hardware; ratchets, cambuckles, snap hooks, flat hooks, wire hooks, s-hooks, and much more.

Fortris Ratchet strap allow for one handed tensioning and an easy release buckle for effortless tightening and, releasing of your load once at the destination. The ranges of heavy duty ratchet straps are made from soft, yet hard wearing polyester webbing.

Ratchet straps are manufactured to secure cargo in place on trucks, trailers, boats, and other freight carriers. Most ratchet strap are made with polyester webbing to minimize weathering and damage. There is a wide variety of hardware for ratchet straps, such as; flat hooks, snap hooks, wire hooks, grab hooks, s-hooks, chain, e fittings, and more.

You should inspect your ratchet strap before each use and replace any tie down strap assembly that is not in excellent working condition. You should never use a ratchet strap if there is abrasive wear, broken or worn stitching, holes, tears, cuts, or any tie down hardware that shows a defect.

The following are some of the features the Ratchet Strap offer:

Manufactured to EN 12195-2:2001
Hard wearing Webbing
Batch tested for quality control
Strength ratings are “minimum break strength”. Unless otherwise specified
The strength rating is based upon a straight tensile pull; Load direction other than straight can result in a significant reduction in strength.

Container Lashing

Container Lashing

Container Lashing

Modular lashing systems with ready-made web lashings are available, in particular for general cargo containers in order to secure cargo against movements towards the door. The number of belts is to be calculated depending on the mass of the cargo, the lashing capacity of the belts, the lashing angle and the MSL of the lashing points in the container.
WOVEN LASHING 32MM X 250M

Woven Lashing strap is an economic and easy to handle alternative for Ratchet Straps and/or complex wooden crates for load securing. The use of lashing is steadily increasing as a method for load securing on flatracks and in containers. Lashing helps to replace expensive multi-way straps and to support and replace complex wooden crates. Furthermore lashing straps are utilized to tie bulky goods together and to fix them on suitable carriers.

WOVEN LASHING 38MM X 200M

Woven Lashing provides an easy-to-use and cost-effective alternative to conventional straps and / or elaborate wooden structures for securing cargo. Woven Lashing can be used as a load securing method on flat racks, railway wagons or shipping containers.

Specifications for Woven Lashing:

High tensile strength
Easy handling
Certified by Germanischer Lloyd
Suitable for all carriers
Combinable with other cargo securing systems – e.g. dunnage bags
One-way strapping for securing (Lashing) on flats, rail and in containers
No risk of injury for shippers and consignees in using or opening the strapping
Alternative to the expensive ratchet straps &bulky binding wires are Woven Lashing.

WOVEN LASHING 40MM X 200M

Woven Lashing provides an easy-to-use and cost-effective alternative to conventional straps and / or elaborate wooden structures for securing cargo. Woven Lashing can be used as a load securing method on flat racks, railway wagons or shipping containers.

Polyester woven textile strapping one-way cargo securing strapping has a high tensile strength from 2000 to 7500 daN. For this reason, lash2000 is the alternative to expensive multi-way straps, complex wooden crates bulky binding wires and sharp-edged steel strapping.

Specifications for Woven Lashing:

High tensile strength
Easy handling
Certified by Germanischer Lloyd
Suitable for all carriers
Combinable with other cargo securing systems – e.g. dunnage bags
One-way strapping for securing (Lashing) on flats, rail and in containers
No risk of injury for shippers and consignees in using or opening the strapping
Alternative to expensive ratchet straps and bulky binding wires are Woven Lashing.

The N5 container lashing systems are pre-assembled for immediate use as restraint systems that are easy to handle and fast to secure. The way in which these are anchored are by hooks which are sewn in to the lashing and are perpendicular to these bands, depending on the required application, two to four in height or flexible sewn-mounted horizontal bands, which are connected by means of the Fortris pressed steel buckles. Fortris container lashings are made from high-tenacity polyester fibers that have a high resilience through their special material properties and thus provide excellent protection for your cargo. In addition, the textile material prevents damage to sensitive surfaces.

The N5 Lashing can be used for securing overseas containers along with some of other products which include:
• Anti-slip material in the form of anti-slip mats
• Lashing straps (ratchet pressure or Ergo long handle)
• Edge protector (of solid cardboard with a spot load of 600 daN) edge protection should be used in order to prevent a puncture on the load frame.

N5 container lashings can be re-useable devices with integrated ratchet tensioner or one-way hardware is available with removable tensioning and lockable devices.

Dunnage Bags

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All you need to know about Dunnage Bags

Dunnage bags are air cushions used to fill the gaps between the cargo and extra space within the container or trailer to ensure cargo doesn’t move from its place. Dunnage bags provide appropriate and cost effective cargo stabilization within ISO Railcars, Trailers, Sea Containers, and cargo being transported through ocean going vessels. Dunnage bags increase road safety dramatically as it secures the cargo in place preventing the cargo from moving within the container or trailers. Dunnage bags are a very important load securing equipment and can prevent accidents as well as damage to cargo; 25% of accidents of transportations vehicles occur due to inadequate cargo securing.

Safe transportation of cargo is our first priority. Working alongside parties in the transport chain our main concerns are with the safe movement of containers between shipping lines, freight forwarders, ports and terminal operators. Fortris Load Secure offers guidance and best practices for those who are responsible for the correct packing and weighing of cargoes when they are placed into containers. These factors have a direct impact on the safety of ships and the reduction of the risks to lives of ship’s crews and other personnel in the transport chain.

Fortris Load Secure understands that when cargo is stowed into a container and free space is unavoidable, the cargo must be loaded in such a way that there is a gap in the middle. The gap must be filled with wood or lashed with rope or lashing. If the cargo is fragile, dunnage bags must be used.

As a UK Manufacturer of Dunnage Bags we are able to supply both Paper and Woven dunnage bags to our customers.
Paper Dunnage bags are made from two layers of skin, the outside skin is made from semi-extensible and form-stable kraft paper of high tensile strength. The inner skin, called inliner, is manufactured from coextruded polyethylene (PE) and holds the air within the bag. The inner component provides optimum pressure and the outer component provides optimum strength.

Woven dunnage bags with an outer skin from robust and environmentally-resistant polypropylene are best suited for heavy load and unfavourable climatic conditions. Our woven dunnage bags are available in standard sizes (60 x 90 cm to 120 x 225 cm) and two versions with differing strengths of the outer skin as well as with two different valves. Our especially designed ultra-flat valve facilitates the use of our bags in tight gaps and those which are difficult to access, while our standard valve ideally serves most conditions.

Why should you use High Quality Securing Equipment?

Why should you use High Quality Securing Equipment?

With the economy where it is today most businesses feel the need to save money wherever they possibly can. However this can be tricky as sometimes while trying to save money they may actually end up losing a lot more than the original amount you were trying to save. Few businesses nowadays pay sufficient attention to the security of the cargo they are trying to transport from one place to another. This may be anything from a brand new car to simpler things which are transported on a pallet. However what they forget is the importance of securing the cargo with the RIGHT securing equipment which is HIGH in QUALITY.

The words HIGH QUALITY are written in capital because most businesses tend to choose their supplier of securing equipment based upon the price they quote them without looking closely at the quality of the product. This is acceptable if you’re transporting goods which you don’t mind turning up in bad shape i.e. just a few scratches and a bump on the side of the brand new car which your customers have not yet driven. Is this really the kind of image you want to show your customers? If No than read on and find out how we can help you prevent your cargo from being damaged.

Let’s get one thing straight, everyone’s cargo is different, their transportation method is different and the way they transport their goods is different. This means everyone will need different equipment for their cargo. Below are just insights into some of the ways in which your cargo can be damaged. Coming soon, we will be publishing blogs about all of our securing products to provide you with details of our products, their capabilities and their use.

Now some of the most common ways that cargo gets damaged are as follows:
· Sliding
· Turning and Tilting
· Condition of Transportation Vehicle

Sliding is the most common way cargo can get damaged and in some cases it can go to the extent of damaging the transportation vehicle itself. The friction of the vehicle and the cargo cannot be relied upon to make sure the cargo doesn’t move. Most people think that a cargo which is heavy is very unlikely to move due to the friction of the vehicle and the cargo weight. You may logically think it makes sense, however when you add speed to the equation it’s a whole different matter. This is because when the vehicle is travelling at speed and requires to brake sharply the vehicle decreases it’s speed, however the cargo within will still be travelling at the original speed of the vehicle prior to breaking. This will cause the cargo to hit against the headboard of the vehicle, and this could be fatal if the cargo is heavy.

Turning & Tilting can be dangerous as it can cause the vehicle to overturn if the cargo isn’t secured properly. If the right equipment isn’t used to ensure the cargo doesn’t tilt or turn during the journey. It can cause the trailer or the container to overturn causing damage to the cargo as well as the vehicle or the transport vessel. Moreover it can cause the transporting crew’s lives to be put in danger. In order to avoid this type of incident you should use the right equipment in the first place and importantly you should use equipment of high quality.

Condition of the transport vehicle also plays a role in the safety of the cargo; this means if the vehicle of transportation is in a bad condition it can damage the cargo within. For example if the surface of the trailer or container is uneven every time the vehicle moves about the cargo within is unlikely to remain static.

For more information on securing cargo visit our website (Fortris Load Secure) where one of our dedicated team members will be more than happy to help and discuss the best type of equipment for your cargo.