Different types of webbing can be used for the same application
Many types of webbing are designed for very specific applications. Examples of webbing designed for specific applications can be seen in Sling Webbing which is used to make industrial lifting slings, Tie-down Webbing used to manufacture tie-down straps, and the one familiar to everyone is seatbelt webbing. Though these and other types of webbing were designed for specific applications, they can also be seen in many alternate uses. Webbing substitutions is a viable option for many applications.
Tennessee Webbing Products has literally made a living out of finding alternate uses for or “repurposing” these types of webbing materials. When you are in the business of repurposing webbing or any other material it is important to keep your mind open and think out of the box. Our main objective has always been to save our customers money by providing surplus webbing at a fraction of the price the customer would normally pay for the same or similar material.
Benefits of Flexibility
In order to achieve this goal it is sometimes important for both TN Webbing and the end user to remain flexible on the type webbing being used. Perhaps the best example of different webbing being used for the same application might be the Tree nursery industry. Tree Nurserymen use webbing to tie up root balls and lift trees among other purposes. Seatbelt webbing is a favorite material for these applications among tree nurseries. However, if 6000 lb. or 7000 lb. military spec webbing is available at a lower cost most are willing to use it instead. The difference in performance of these two different types of webbing is barely noticeable or non-existent for their purposes. This is the benefit of webbing substitutions – different webbing, same strength needed and provide the same result or function.
Another example of different types of webbing being used for the same application can be seen in certain types of tactical or paramilitary gear. The most popular type of webbing used to make gear belts aka Riggers Belts is Mil-w-4088 Type 13. However, some manufactures of these belts prefer a commercial equivalent of type 13 made of polyester rather than nylon. Some may prefer other mil spec webbings such as Mil-w-4088 type 7, type 27, or Type 10. Some do not care. They will use which ever one is available in the color they need. This flexibility allows them to avoid paying a higher price without sacrificing the quality of their product. Obviously, if you are doing a government job that calls for certain specs you may not have the luxury of being able to use alternate materials. However, on commercial jobs, keeping your mind open to these alternatives could save you a lot of money.
Finally, the granddaddy of repurposed webbing, seatbelt webbing, is a great example of different types of webbing being used for the same application. In seatbelt webbing there are many different cosmetic styles. Examples of these are 5 panel, 7 panel, no panel, twill, and many more. These different styles are cosmetic only. For this reason if you are say a boat winch manufacturer, tarp manufacturer, tent manufacturer, etc. all of these different styles of seatbelt webbing are acceptable alternatives to each other. Any of these types of seatbelt webbing can also be an acceptable alternative to other types of webbing. Seatbelt webbing is seen used in place of other more expensive materials to manufacture slings, tie-downs, medical devises, soft-luggage, safety harnesses, pet/equestrian equipment, and many others.
Being aware of these and other alternative materials can be important not only to your bottom line but also to keeping your production flowing. If the material you normally use is not immediately available be aware of the alternatives. Keep an open mind about webbing substitutions and think out of the box. Remaining flexible on the type webbing being used can open up new options in material for your products.