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

Manual to Marvel: The Evolution of Hand Strapping Machines

Hand Strapping Machines

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Hand strapping tools have come a long way since the early days when manual tools required significant physical effort. Today, these tools have evolved to be fast and efficient, easy to use and crucial for productivity and success.

Gordian Strapping is proud to be a leader in innovation, and in this blog, we’ll explore how we got to the cutting-edge automated machines of where we are today:

Early Manual Strapping Tools

The origin of hand strapping machines dates back to simpler times when packaging efficiency was more about manual labour than mechanical innovation.

Early hand tools were basic, often requiring significant physical effort and skill to apply and tighten straps around packages. These tools were typically operated using a manual tensioning system and a separate sealing method, often involving a seal and a crimping tool.

Despite their simplicity, these manual tools laid the groundwork for the development of more advanced strapping solutions. They highlighted the need for a method that could secure packages reliably and withstand the demands of transportation and handling.

Battery-powered Tools

Emerging in the mid 1970’s, battery-powered hand strapping tools became a game-changer, as they were portable, convenient, and allowed operators to work from anywhere.

Battery operated tools meant less fatigue, and higher levels of productivity and efficiency.

Tensioning and Sealing Innovations

As industries evolved and the pace of operations accelerated, there was a great need for faster and more reliable strapping methods. This led to the development of combination tools that integrated tensioning, sealing, and cutting functions into a single device. These enhanced tools reduced the time and effort required for strapping, improving operational efficiency, and reducing the physical strain on workers.

Innovations in material science also played a crucial role in this evolution. The introduction of stronger, more flexible strapping materials like polyester and polypropylene allowed for the development of tools that could apply greater tension without compromising strap integrity.


Automation marked a significant milestone in the evolution of hand strapping machines. Semi-automatic and fully automatic strapping machines emerged, revolutionising the packaging industry with their speed and consistency. These machines could strap packages without manual intervention, dramatically increasing productivity and ensuring uniform application across all packages.

There became a new emphasis on more sustainable operations, with a focus on reducing waste and energy consumption. Automated strapping machines can apply consistent tension, and perform sealing and cutting with high precision, minimising material waste and maximising efficiency.

Extensive Range of Hand Strapping Machines

Unlike most strapping suppliers, Gordian Strapping has over 75 years of experience in the manufacture and supply of high quality, reliable strapping machines, so we know precisely which strap will best suit your applications and machines.

We offer an extensive range of manual tools designed for use with steel or plastic strapping, known for their superb build quality and years of trouble-free use. Available with semi-automatic or automatic operation.

Our automatic OMS20 and OMS25 models combine the reliability of manual tools with the convenience of modern technology. They are easy to operate, catering to a variety of packaging needs.

Our friction weld battery tools can be operated with one hand and Gordian Siat battery-powered tools are ideal to heat-seal plastic strapping.

For more information on our latest hand strapping machines, please click here.

For the latest automated hand strapping machines, call our expert team on 01256 394400 or email [email protected]

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