85 years of packaging solutions - since 1937
85 years of packaging solutions - since 1937

How to Fix Your Strapping Machine – Common Problems

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Broken machinery can be costly for your business. Here are some of the most common problems with strapping machines – and how to fix them.

The longer your strapping machine is down, the more it costs you – so it’s essential to get it back up and running as soon as possible. 

Strapping machines are a core component of many production lines, so when they break, it can delay orders going out the door. 

Here are some of the most common problems with strapping machines and how to fix them. 

Your strapping machine won’t start

If your strapping machinery won’t start, there are a couple of things to look at. Check the fuse in the power supply cable, and the fuse in the machine itself. Often, this is located next to the motor run timer. 

It sounds simple, but it’s always worth double-checking that the machine is turned on – both on the machine and at the wall. 

Interested in learning more about fault finding and executing full preventative maintenance service on strapping machinery? Book a customer engineer training course today!

The strap keeps breaking

If the strap keeps breaking, splitting or bending, your machine might be applying too much tension. Reducing the tension on your machine will solve this problem. 

It makes a loud noise

If your machine is making an unusual, loud noise, it’s a sign something’s wrong. Check that your strapping is running in the right direction. If the machine fails to strap, the tensioning sensor might be faulty. 

For semi-automatic machines, ensure the strap is threaded through the roller of the brake lever. You should also check if the strap is tapped between the coil and the retaining disc. 

Smoke is coming from the machine

Smoke coming from your machine is an obvious sign of fault. You should check your machine’s ventilation – ensure it is free from debris to allow air to pass through. 

If the ventilation system on your machine has failed, you may need to install a replacement part. 

The strap can’t be threaded to the tabletop

The strap chute can become blocked, preventing you from threading the strap through to the tabletop of your machine. With the machine off, inspect the chute to ensure there are no blockages and adjust the quadrant strap width to ensure the strapping is aligned correctly. 

If you feel like you don’t have enough knowledge of strapping machinery, feel free to check out our blog article, ‘Protective Packaging Solutions: What is a Strapping Machine?’

Call in the experts

If you’re unable to fix your broken machine yourself, it’s time to call in the experts. At Gordian Strapping, our team of professional engineers aim to repair the fault on their first visit to your site to reduce downtime.  

Our network of service engineers spans the UK, so wherever you are, our team can take care of your machinery. 

Contact us today to request a repair. 

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