How can you prevent damage to products and avoid work accidents when securing pallets or loads? How do you know if the tension on your strap or band is just right in order to prevent loose loads or crushed containers or products?

Properly securing goods on pallets, trucks, or railroad cars can help prevent damage to products and avoid work accidents. The challenge is getting the right strap or tie-down tension. Too loose, and goods may shift. Too tight, and goods may be damaged.

How do you get the exact tension required? Tensitron has a solution: the Tensitron STX-1 or STXM-1 Strap Tension meter. These tension meters allow you to consistently strap goods within tolerance and objectively measure the tension of your strap or band. The instruments help you to establish consistent standards for securing your products and loads, preventing damage. Plus using the STX-1 or STXM-1 tension meter supports quality standards and traceability.

Strap Meters have flat, prong-like contacts that slide easily onto straps where there’s limited space. This means you can use a Strap Meter to measure banding that’s tightened flat against a product.

Strap Meters work well whether your strap is big or small. Strap Meter contact elements (pins) don’t need to span the entire width of the strap, because usually strap tension is consistent across the width of the strap. So, you can use a Strap Meter for anything from green poly strap to wide, woven ratchet straps.


Strap Meters are also used for other materials like fence wire, baling twine, and saw blades.

STX-1 and STXM-1 meters can measure tension between 1 lb. and 2,000 lb., so they’re ideal for strapping a pallet of crushable cans, a truckload of lumber, or anything in between.

Contact us and discover how to get strap, band, or tie-down tension exactly right, every time, no matter what you’re securing. Safely secure your pallets and cartons or truck and rail loads and prevent loose loads and crushed containers or products.

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