Cable seals are a security tool used in the transportation of goods in different types of shipping containers. There are all sorts of sizes and types of these devices used in a variety of conditions.
Indoor vs. Outdoor
Depending on what is being shipped, the cargo could be stored in an air-tight shipping container for transport on a large vessel across the ocean. If it is a piece of machinery or durable good, certain situations could also dictate that it might be exposed to the elements in an outdoor setting. Regardless of the situation, there’s a cable seal available.
Cargo Ship vs. Moving Van
Import/Export Distributors will ship vast amounts of “like” items within the same shipping container. This will make fastening and securing the items a symmetrical and repetitive process because the same cable seal will be used repeatedly. This is a good situation if the shipper knows what they are doing and selects the right seals to utilize. It can be a very costly and problematic situation if the seals are insufficient and prove to be unable to handle the torque or weight of the cargo itself. This can cause a ripple effect of damages that would leave the shipper in a fit of anger. If you aren’t sure which seals are right for you, seek the help of a professional. It never hurts to discuss with the shipping company the options they provide and then compare those with a competitor or someone you trust that ships on a more regular basis.
Theft Prevention vs. Movement Barriers
Everyone’s shipping needs are different. If your products are highly valuable, popular on the black market or have any sort of resale value, this could play an outcome in the locking and tracking options for some cable seals. If your main goal is to keep your goods stationary during any type of travel situation, considering a cable seal that can handle torque, gravity and fasten a larger weight class, may be in your future.
Types Of Seals – Metal
Cable seals are manufactured using plastic or metal. The metallic variety of cable seal can also include interesting bolt seals and ball seals. Bolt seals are typically used for securing trailers, trucks and certain-shaped items in shipping containers. In order to be accepted by international customs inspections for ocean freighters, the seal must adhere to a standard guideline. Bolt seals must be easily closed using bare hands and has the ability to be opened with a bolt cutter.
Basic cable seals come in a variety of lengths and can be used to store a wide-range of products from highly valuable to everyday items. These can be used to secure railway cars, as well as trucks or big rigs. Cable seals have an internal mechanism that prevents the cable from detaching.
Ball seals are primarily used for securing different types of trucks. These are metal strips with a hole that is connected to the housing component. A metal strip is bent through the punched hole, keeping the device secure and in place, thanks to the ball.
Types Of Seals – Plastic
Plastic seals (aka. “Pull-Tight Seals”) have proven to be effective for securing different materials, such as bag or sack openings, chemical drums, medical kits and even fire extinguishers. In the same vein as a slip tie, this device has the ability to be adjusted at different levels. This seal is one of the more popular varieties because it leaves a mark if the plastic seal has been forced open. Incorporating barcodes onto the seal, as well as the name of the company that ships the product creates a more personal touch that customers find important. Plastic seal varieties include fixed length, padlock and meter seals.
The fixed-length plastic seal offers a higher level of tamper resistance, compared to the other plastic seals that vary in length. These seals are preferred by commodities brokers. Meter seals contain a transparent (see through) body, which exposes the locking mechanism to total transparency, should it there be any sort of tampering. Padlock seals are very straightforward and do exactly as they sound. You can see these seals on lockers, chains that keep gates closed and more outdoor tasks. These seals have very many similarities to the fixed-length plastic seals.