Baling wire is commonly used in the recycling, waste disposal, and agricultural industries. This process ensures materials are easier to store and transport, which minimizes the costs involved and helps businesses save some money. The material is processed through the baling machine and the resultant bales are tied with baling wires. These baling wires help keep the bales intact during storage and transport so they need to be of good quality and have enough tensile strength.
You need to understand what’s involved in the baling process to understand why tensile strength of wires is so important.
What’s Involved in the Baling Process?
During the baling process, the baling machine compresses the materials and eliminates as much of air and space possible, that’s present between the materials. The machine applies pressure to squeeze the material and form tightly packed bales. Some machines automatically tie these bales while others require operators to tie the bales manually. The baling wire is used to wire the bales and keep it secure.
If the baling wire isn’t tied securely around the bales, the bales will eventually come apart eventually as the material tries to get back into its original shape. Compressed material has a natural tendency to expand and that’s why the tensile strength of wires matter.
What is Tensile Strength and how does it Affect Bales?
The tensile strength is the ability of the baling wire to withstand pulling force or tensile force. For example, when you pull a rubber band and keep applying tensile pressure, it will eventually snap. The amount of pressure it can endure is dictated by the band’s tensile strength. When the baling wire is tired around the bale, it has to bear immense amount of pressure from the inside. As mentioned before, the compressed bales have a natural tendency to expand or stretch, especially if they’re exposed to air, moisture, or heat.
If the baling wire doesn’t have enough tensile strength, it will snap under pressure and the bale will come apart. If the baling wire has enough tensile strength, it will resist the pressure from the expanding bale and keep it intact. It won’t snap during transport so you won’t have to deal with extensive losses or cleanup due to breakage.