Nylon vs. Polyester: Which is strongest for strapping pallets?

Published 21st June 2017

Nylon vs. Polyester: Which is strongest for strapping pallets?

Strapping Lance imageNylon is a popular material in the United States because of its versatility and strength. In the UK, on the other hand, polyester is more preferred as a fibre for applications such as clothing and tent construction.

Both materials are commonly used in Australia’s transport and industrial sector, and they are invaluable components of many cord strapping systems. They ensure that loads can be safely moved around without being damaged.

Between the two fibres, however, which one has more advantages?

The Comparison

1. Weather-Resistance

Polyester has a slight advantage over nylon in this category. While both materials are resistant to a certain amount of heat, polyester has better UV-resistant properties. Nylon also has the tendency to sag when wet, while polyester reacts better to moisture, resisting wrinkles and retaining its structure.

2. Flexibility

Nylon is definitely more flexible than polyester. Since polyester has low shrinkage qualities, it easily maintains its structure. Although nylon’s elasticity is suitable for clothing and domestic purposes, industrial strapping requires a sturdier material for a composite strap to ensure that high tension is achieved.

3. Sensitivity to Abrasion

Abrasion-resistance is an important indicator of strap quality since abrasions can lead to strap breakage. Because nylon is a more flexible material than polyester, it is more likely to develop small snags and wear thin at stress points. Polyester, on the other hand, can withstand abrasion better than nylon especially on pallets with sharp edges.

4. Environmental Impact

Most nylon materials are produced as by-products of oil refining, releasing greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, during the manufacturing process. According to Green Choices, nitrous oxide may be 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. On the other hand, although polyester is non-biodegradable, it is completely recyclable.

5. Price and Supply

Both materials are cost-efficient and accessible. Despite the fact that nylon has been around for a longer time, businesses are increasingly starting to manufacture polyester. It now comprises 58% of worldwide synthetic fibre production compared to nylon’s 11%.

The Verdict

Although it may not be as versatile as nylon, polyester composite strapping has the upper hand in performing load strapping jobs more efficiently and safely. Its sturdiness and ability to withstand the harshest of Australian climates make it ideal for industrial operations and warehouses.

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