Zip Tie Uses by Industry

Zip ties are used across a whole host of different industries because of their versatility, strength, reliability and low cost. 

Here are some of the industries that zip ties are used in on a daily basis. 

Zip ties for events

Zip ties are used in all types of events, from music concerts to huge festivals, conferences, big sports tournaments and more. You’ll often see them used to attach signs, to hold together metal barriers and to erect stands or other props needed to run the event smoothly. They’re also used to bundle wires or secure trailing cables. It’s clear why zip ties are an essential part of the toolkit for event companies because they can be used in so many practical ways. 

Zip ties for warehouses and distribution

Warehouses are busy places that demand high levels of efficiency, organization and speed. Zip ties are used to secure items in place, so they don’t shift around when moved by forklift trucks. Colored zip ties are also used for labelling containers and for signage.

In distribution, zip ties are used to help secure cargo crates within lorries. They are also commonly tied to the doors of lorry trailers to seal the contents and prevent people tampering with the cargo.

Zip ties for manufacturing

Zip ties can be found across copious areas of manufacturing. They are used for cable management in plant machines, to protect components against vibration, within heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) units, to keep parts organized on assembly lines and for packing. 

Zip ties for aerospace and transportation

A high standard of cable management is vital in aeroplanes as they usually contain hundreds of miles of tightly bundled cables. Heavy duty zip ties are used for aeroplanes because of their high tensile strength and wide range of working temperatures - from -40°F to 185°F. Zip ties that are resistant to high temperatures and harsh environments are also used in other types of transport such as lorries, vans, cars, trains and overhead cables on railways.

Zip ties for the emergency services 

Zip ties are a multipurpose tool which help in the many challenging situations faced by the emergency services. Their low cost is also appealing to public sector organizations including the police, the NHS, and fire and rescue services.

Printed and Colored zip ties are frequently used by paramedics for identification and labelling, while fire services use zip ties for storing and organizing fire fighting equipment. 

Police forces use self-locking nylon cable tie handcuffs in circumstances where they may need to make lots of arrests, for example mass demonstrations or riots. 

Zip ties for food and pharmaceutical production

Quality assurance and hygiene are extremely important in the food and pharmaceutical industries, to reduce the risk of contamination. The HACCP procedures mention contamination from foreign objects as one of the hazards in the food production process. 

Specialist identifiable zip ties are often used in the machines at food manufacturing plants, so they are detectable if they inadvertently make their way into food products. These metal detectable zip ties contain metal which is evenly dispersed throughout. This means that they will be picked up by X-ray and metal detecting equipment. 

Zip ties for construction, mining and oil rigs

One of the most prevalent uses for zip ties in the construction industry is for scaffolding, to hold debris netting and brick guards to the scaffold tubes and handrails.

The extreme environments and operating conditions of mining and offshore oil rigs require heavy duty zip ties, such as our stainless steel zip ties. These ties can withstand temperatures ranging between -112°F to +1004°F and have a tensile strength of up to 352lbs. They also have a strong resistance to weathering, ageing, fire and chemicals. 

Zip ties for TV and film production

Lots of cameras, lights and electrical equipment on TV and film sets naturally means there are masses of cables that need managing. Zip ties, duct tape, hazard warning tapes and other cable management accessories are used to tidy trailing cables and reduce the risk of trips and falls.

  • Duct tape

  • Hazard tape 

Zip ties for healthcare

Colored and printed zip ties are used in hospitals and other healthcare environments to date items for inspection, identify clinical waste and keep medical equipment organized. 

As in the TV and film industry, it’s crucial to keep stray cables at bay in healthcare settings to avoid accidents and for hygiene purposes. 


Zip ties for the automotive industry

Heat-resistant and stainless steel zip ties are regularly used in the manufacturing of cars and other vehicles to organize cables and pipework in the engine and underneath the chassis. 


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