How to properly secure your load ?

After packaging, securing your cargo properly may be necessary when shipping over a long distance. This operation consists of securely fixing the merchandise in order to avoid a fall or dispersion. If you want to secure your load as best as possible, you must carry out this operation. To help you get there, discover the essential steps for good securing through this short guide.

Calculate the number of tie-downs required

Before thinking about adopting straps to secure your cargo, you must first calculate the number of tie-downs required. This number depends on the weight of your cargo, the coefficient of friction and the dynamic driving forces.

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To quickly find this number, you can use the SpanSet application. Once you know the number of tie-downs to be planned, you can go to ici to purchase the equipment necessary to secure your merchandise. Beyond the straps, these may include, among other things:

ratchet tensioners;

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steel tie-downs;

rings

of the sliding bar;

non-slip mat;

Etc…

Choice of lashing method

Choosing the securing method is important to ensure the safety of your belongings. It may depend on the type of goods, its weight, its shape, as well as the mode of transport used.

The most popular tie-down methods are:

Direct lashing;

Loop docking;

Diagonal lashing;

Anti-rebound lashing;

Strapping lashing.

If the transport vehicle has tie-down points, you can opt for direct or loop tie-down. Everything will depend on the form of the property. If there is no tie-down point, you can opt for anti-rebound tie-down. It is also sometimes more judicious to opt for a good combination of methods.

Installation of tie-down systems

Now that you have all the necessary equipment and have decided on the tie-down method, you now need to set up your tie-down system.

Start by placing the band on the load and the hooks on the various anchor points of the transport vehicle. Both parts of the tape should all be in place. Finally start the long part and make sure that the course is uniform and does not twist.

Then place the protections (corners and sheaths) to protect the edges of your cargo and avoid blockages on the edges.

Apply tension and lock the tensioner

Now that the cargo and tie-down system are in place, it's time to apply tension and lock the turnbuckle.

To do this, first open the tensioner handle, place the grooved shaft and insert the band. The free part of the strap will have to fit there later. When this is done, pull the strap so that it adjusts to the load. If the desired pretension is achieved, you will finally be able to block and close the handle. Your goods will then be safer during transport.