Is Special training Required for Operating a Strapping Machine?

By: Amy Nutt

Unfortunately, not just anyone can pick up a strapping machine and know exactly what to do with it. In fact, if someone tried to do that, they would either put it right back down or use their best guess. The only problem with using their best guess is that it could result in severe injury. There are certain steps that need to be taken prior to using a strapping machine. Someone who has never seen one before is not going to know the protocol for operating one or will not know how to do it safely.

Someone who does not know how to operate a strapping machine can pose harm to the product being shipped and to those who must work around the product after it has been strapped. Improper strapping can cause the product to turn over and, if there are people around, can severely injure anyone who is around the product at that time. That is why it is important that anyone operating a strapping machine be trained before using it.

First of all, there are certain steps involved with learning how to use a strapping machine. The individual must learn the different parts of the machine and what it is they do. They must know about things such as the oil reservoir and how to fill it in case it becomes low. These tools are usually fitted with an oil reservoir that is easy to fill, which makes it easy to service. If an employee is operating a machine with a low oil reservoir, this can do serious damage to the machine.

Second of all, the employee must also know how to load the different types of strapping and how to program the machine for each type of strapping. It is important to know how to program the machine for the different types of strapping because programming for the wrong one could be dangerous on so many levels. Products that are not strapped with the right strapping can pose a risk to the product and those working around it. The strapping could break if it is not of the right width and thickness and the product is too heavy for it to sustain.

It is also very important that the employee know how to adjust the strap tension. There is a simple way to adjust that through what is called a strap tension regulator. The strapping must be tight in order for the product to be secure. Product that moves around easily while strapped can actually break the strapping which, again, can cause damage to the product and injure anyone working around the product at that time.

The employee must also know what to do in case of faulty operation of the tool. That is why there is a releasing of the feed wheel. It is not out of the question that the strap can become jammed within the tool. What the feed wheel does is release the air motor in order to clear the jam. If the employee doesn't know how to do this, then valuable time can be wasted as well as a plethora of other problems if the employee tries to improperly cure the jam.

So this makes it quite easy to see that special training is indeed needed to learn how to use a strapping machine. Without it, the operator, the tool, the product, and any other persons working around the product are in danger. It isn't as easy as walking up to it, looking at it, and then knowing exactly how it works. Each person should be properly trained in order to successfully strap goods for shipment.

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