High-quality baling wire will meet strict metallurgical standards. Baling wire manufacturers must put their products through comprehensive pre-production materials testing to ensure the product will function optimally in its intended application environment.
At Coastal Wire, we test all rods in our plant before undergoing the annealing process, which elongates the raw material into baling wire without sacrificing tensile strength. This practice is done by heating each coil in small annealing furnaces and cooling it to room temperature using a slow-cooling process.
We’ve produced and sold thousands of tons of baling wire and our consistent performance has earned us partnerships with multiple baler manufacturers. All rod purchases must be approved by our Chairman, who has more than 25 years of experience in the steel industry and a PhD in metallurgical engineering.
This blog post will explore baling wire and its uses across a myriad of applications.
What is Baling Wire?
Baling wire is typically made from iron or steel and sold in reels or rolls. Baling wire comes in a variety of options and most baler machinery is only compatible with specific types. Some of these options include:
- Galvanized baling wire
- Black annealed baling wire
- Single loop baling wire
- Double loop baling wire
While initially used as a method to hold bales of hay together, its continued use in multiple industries is a testament to the versatility and strength of baling wire as a tool. While the agricultural industry still uses baling wire, other industries have found uses for it as well.
Baling Wire Applications
Baling wire has been found useful in a variety of industries, such as:
- Agricultural. The agricultural sector has used baling wire for well over a century as a means to hold together bales of hay, straw, cotton, and other crops for more convenient usage, storage, and transport. While farmers and ranchers once created the bales by hand and manually tied them together with baling wire, this process has now been automated by most larger operations using mechanical balers.
- Recycling. The recycling industry uses balers to bind compress recycled material, such as cardboard, textiles, aluminum, paper, and plastic. Baling wire is used to hold these bales together for storage and transportation.
- Construction. The construction sector relies on baling wire to keep materials organized. Baling wire is often used to bundle lumber or other building materials for safe transport and convenient on-site storage.
- Waste management. Adding a waste baler to a trash compactor creates bales of compacted waste held together using baling wire. These compacted bales take up about a third of the landfill space required by un-compacted waste.
- DIY projects. Home vehicle mechanics often turn to baling wire to tie up loose mufflers. Farmers and ranchers use baling wire to mend fences and cages.
Baling Wire From Coastal Wire
At Coastal Wire, we are experts in the development and production of baling wire. Our products feature some of the lowest wire breakage in the industry. We also offer end-to-end support with every order, including free post-sale technical help for customers with wire tying challenges or problems. For more information about our baling wire options or any of our other products, please contact us or request a quote today.
Baling wire is made by stretching or drawing metal until it reaches a specified diameter. There are different types of baling wire made from a variety of materials, including steel, iron, and aluminum. The type of wire used depends on the purpose, location, and expected stress level. This blog covers steel baling wire and the advantages it offers to various industries compared to other metal baling wires.
Steel Baling Wire Advantages
Baling wire is used in baling machines to bundle everything from agricultural materials to cardboard. Steel baling wire offers many advantages over those made from other metals, including:
- Consistency. Purchasing high quality steel baling wire eliminates the risk of inconsistency taken when facilities buy low quality baling wire. Investing in an inferior wire can lead to quality issues, production delays, and damage to machinery. Steel baling wire provides consistent count per bundle, tensile strength, and elongation.
- Durability. Steel baling wire can handle high pressures and weights without breaking apart or causing deformity, enabling you to trust that it will hold up to your application. Quality steel baling wire is available in multiple grades from 550 MPa to 1300 MPa, meaning that it is remarkably strong and long-lasting.
- Corrosion Resistance. When your baling wire is subject to the elements or harsh environmental conditions, you need to know it will continue to hold. Higher alloy, annealed steel wire has superior corrosion resistance, allowing for storage in high humidity and stability against acids, alkaline, and chlorine.
- Workability. Stainless steel baling wire is easily formed to suit any application and tolerance. Stainless steel wire can be drawn to the thickness of a strand of hair or into ropes as large as 32mm.
- Savings. Using high quality steel baling wires decreases the risk of breakage and damage to equipment, which saves you money on machine repairs and purchase frequency. When compared to more expensive materials such as tungsten, stainless steel offers low maintenance, more availability, longevity, and ease of use and installation, making it the ideal wire in many applications.
Steel Wires In Industrial Applications
Straight steel wire is used in a variety of industries, including:
- Agriculture. Baling wire was introduced in the late 1800s and was used in the agricultural industry for baling hay. However, baling wire was prone to breakage back then, causing injuries to the animals. Baling wire has become stronger and more durable with time.
- Bailing wire is commonly used to galvanize other metals to provide extended life and corrosion resistance. Steel baling wire is strong enough to endure the plunge into molten materials involved in the galvanizing process.
- Construction. Steel stockholders rely on baling wire to transport large amounts of steel from one place to another. In the form of a coiled steel rope, it is strong enough to hold the load and pliable enough to conform to different sized materials.
- Recycling. Baling wire is regularly used in the recycling industry to keep baled recycled materials from falling apart. Using baling wire ensures that recycling facilities run smoothly.
Can’t Decide Which Wire Is Best? Get Help from the Experts at Coastal
Steel baling wire offers numerous benefits over other lower-quality metals. It is corrosion-resistant, reliable, durable, long lasting, cost-effective, and can be fabricated for many applications in a variety of diameters. The experts at Coastal Wire offer straight steel wire, coil wire, and box wire. Contact us today to learn more about our products or request a quote.