How to use stainless steel cable ties

How to use stainless steel cable ties

Offering unparalleled strength and ideal for situations where specific environmental conditions have to be factored in, the stainless-steel cable tie is indispensable to many industries.

How does a stainless steel cable tie work?

With a standard nylon cable tie, one end is pushed through the other end and tightened so that the ridged surface of the cable tie creates a locking barb that secures the tie in place. By comparison, stainless steel cable ties are smooth on both sides and cannot be tightened simply by pulling them tight. To compensate for this, the ties have a roller ball locking system, and it is the roller ball that holds the tie in place once the end has passed through the locking mechanism. It is this locking mechanism that contributes to the strength of the stainless steel cable tie and prevents the tie from corroding or breaking down under extreme weather conditions.

How to use metal cable ties

While it is possible to install stainless steel cable ties manually, their smooth sides make them hard to grip by hand and it can be difficult to fasten them as tight as you want. A cable tie installation tool automatically tensions the tie to a pre-determined point and cuts the tail off leaving no sharp edges.

How strong are metal cable ties?

The strength of all cable ties is known as tensile strength which is measured in kilograms and refers to the weight or pressure a cable tie is able to bear, before it breaks. Cable ties therefore need to have sufficient tensile strength to cope with the demands of the task they are being used for. Our stainless steel cable ties are manufactured from marine grade 316 stainless steel and are offered in two widths (4.6mm and 7.9mm) and 9 lengths. The minimum loop tensile strength of the narrower tie is 89kg while the wider tie has a tensile strength of 160kg.

What are metal cable ties for?

The combination of tensile strength and a broad working temperature range of -80°C to +538°C makes metal cable ties the perfect solution for a wide variety of conditions in several industries.  The off-shore industry, for example, takes advantage of their resistance to corrosion while their ability to resist acid, salt water, chemical, heat and fuel makes them indispensable to the mining, petrochemical, aviation and automotive industries. Stainless steel cable ties are often used in HVAC systems (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) as they do not perish, dry out or emit gases and particles over time.

Types of stainless steel cable ties

At cableties-online, we supply three different types of metal cable tie – stainless steel cable ties, epoxy resin coated stainless steel cable ties and PVC coated stainless steel cable ties. We also stock nylon cable ties with a metal content that are detectable by scanning equipment and that are used within the food and pharmaceutical industries.

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