The latest introduction of really adjustable ties to the market has received great acceptance from users in both consumer and commercial segments. Although both fixed and adjustable strips are made of synthetic rubber and generally contain metal hooks at each end, they are truly different in their functionality as well as in true cost. This article provides a comparative overview of the common available fixed, sometimes called "bungee" cables and adjustable straps.
Solid rubber straps, also known as bungee straps, have to be made in many different lengths to cover the great demands of their users. Strips can be found in lengths as short as six inches and as long as 48 inches. On the contrary, you find strips in incremental lengths of about two inches. There is a need for so many lengths of this type of cord, simply because the length of a fixed bungee cord band determines the usage restrictions. As an example, a strap with an initial length of six inches is suitable for use in binding down an object that is somewhere greater than six inches, so that there is some degree of tension on the strap and only less than about nine inches, which is the strap manufacturer's maximum safe stretch length (ie 150% of the original length of the belt). As a result, a consumer must generally buy or hold fixed bands of different lengths to ensure that he or she has the right string strap for a plethora of intended purposes. Regardless of why, one does not always have the fixed band appropriately, and one must therefore make a wasted trip to the store before a project can be completed. From a retail perspective, many solid bands needed to meet consumer needs require that many SKUs be stored, which completely takes up a considerable amount of shelf space.
The marketing director of the newly introduced, innovative adjustable tapes Precision Link has found that the manufacture of its adjustable strips in the 24 inch and 34 inch lengths covers virtually every user's needs. Since these strips are molded with a series of closely spaced slots running along their entire length, these adjustable pull-downs can be shortened or even extended (i.e., by daisy chaining multiple strips) to fit virtually any suitable application. As a further advantage, the slit design of the adjustable belts allows them to "be embedded" in weave or mesh-like configurations, broadening their functionality. These versatile features of the adjustable straps make it possible to cover a wide range of applications with only one of two sizes of strips. For a dealer, valuable shelf space can be released by dramatically reducing the container requirements from so many 23 to just two SKU bands.
Apparently, in terms of functionality, it is clear that the adjustable rubber bands exceed traditional bungee cords.
Initially, some consumers are deceived because adjustable strips appear to be more expensive than their solid counterparts. On the contrary, adjustable bands prove to be significantly more economical – and thus outweigh the benefits of these innovative bands more than any associated costs. The reason for this is clear; you never seem to have the right length of straps to do the job, but buy only two adjustable straps and you will have the right length of the cord each time. Take, for example, a project where two 26-inch straps are needed to hold an object down. You enter your garage and find that you have three bands that are 36 inches long, as well as three bands that are six inches long.
You quickly discover that the three 36-inch straps do not benefit because you cannot twist, tie or tie them together to reach the desired length of 26 inches. When you clamp the three six-inch straps together, end to the end, you expect that you can stretch them to the desired 26-inch length, but think that such a set-up does not seem safe. Also, you worry that the hooks from the six inch straps will scrape the car's color. Then you jump in the car and go up to your local hardware store, which is eight miles away. You get two 24-inch adjustable bands and return home to finish the job. Never again must you take the 8-mile trip to the hardware store to buy a length of strap that you do not have; Your adjustable 24-inch strips will serve any purpose you encounter. This simple example shows that the total cost of owning only two adjustable bands is much less than anything for a number of fixed bands.
Admittedly, when functionality and true cost are considered, the clear choice for consumers and commercial users is both the finished Precision Link band made in the US.