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Innovative bridge at the BSA Jamboree Center

A walk the scouts will enjoy for the next 100 years story on page 8

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Contents Features Innovative bridge will serve as both the centerpiece and conduit in recreation center . ............................................8

The new Wing Tip Bridge at the Bechtel Summit Boy Scout Jamboree Center will both serve an important function and as something aesthetically pleasing within its environment. By Peter Hildebrandt.

Wire Rope manufacturer expands to fulfill the needs of the energy-rich Western U.S. . ........12

Delta Rigging is balancing the fine line of expanding as opposed to spreading out too thin. By Peter Hildebrandt.

N.A.C.M. - Eight decades of consensus chain specification .......................18

The National Association of Chain Manufacturers is celebrating its 80th anniversary. By Don Sayenga.

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Disaster Recovery - When bad things happen to a good business ...........................30

Recent disasters caused tremendous human suffering as well as devastation to businesses large and small. By Phillip M. Perry.

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The CONSOL Energy Wing Tip Bridge, towering over the valley at the new Bechtel Summit Boy Scout Jamboree Center in West Virginia. Photos by Gary Hartley. See article, page 8.

Departments Advertiser’s Index . .............................................75 Steel Industry News ...........................................36 The Inventor’s Corner . .......................................54 New Products .....................................................66 People in the News ............................................72 Classified ............................................................76 Wire Rope News & Sling Technology June 2013


Innovative bridge will serve as both the centerpiece and conduit in recreation center By Peter Hildebrandt

Sometimes a wire rope bridge can both serve an important function and as something aesthetically pleasing within its environment. The Brooklyn Bridge may have been one of the earliest examples; who can imagine Brooklyn or Manhattan without a Brooklyn Bridge? The new Wing Tip Bridge at the Bechtel Summit Boy Scout Jamboree Center will soon be such a structure for the tens of thousands of Scouts who will be enjoying their new permanent Jamboree and summer camp home for the next 100 years or so.


fficially called The CONSOL Energy Wing Tip Bridge, this structure came into existence as a result of a design competition. This design competition was held to see which firm had the best plans for the iconic bridge at the new Bechtel Summit Boy Scout Jamboree Center in West Virginia. Hatch Mott MacDonald, headquartered in New Jersey was the firm that won; teamed with Schaich Bergermann & Partner, a German company with North American headquarters in New York. The entire project was made possible by a huge donation by CONSOL Energy. The geography and geology

around the Summit includes a setting amid mountains some 480 million years old, some of the earth’s oldest, the Appalachians. The Boy Scouts were looking for an unusual, unique suspension bridge. The valley the bridge needed to span is actually rather sizeable, thus a long main span of some 500 feet was required. The suspension bridge is only comprised of the main cable which swings over the entire length of the bridge, reminiscent of such other suspension bridges as the Golden Gate Bridge. The main cable runs over the mast, under the deck and then back onto the masts again.

Bridge crossers will feel like they are walking on top of the trees in this beautiful West Virginia valley.


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The difference with this bridge and most other suspension bridges is that the cable does not always stay on top of the deck; at one point it actually goes underneath the deck. The bridge is much shallower than most suspension bridges. This is not a completely new design, but it is an unusual suspension bridge in this respect, according to Michael Stein, Managing Director of Schaich Bergermann & Partner. “At the end of the day you can not only walk on the deck to this bridge but you can also walk on the bridge’s cables,” explains Stein. “On these cables there is a walkway on which visitors can walk up and down on the bridge. This is a very nice thing which you can do, but cannot do on most other bridges. This type of bridge setup allowing people to do these things as they are crossing the bridge hardly exists anywhere else.” There will be two levels on this bridge. But those going across the bridge crossing are always able to at first walk on top of the bridge because the cables are on top of the bridge. At the beginning of your walk across you are on top of the bridge because the cables are on top of the bridge. But then you walk down, cross the deck and you are underneath the bridge deck. Bridge crossers are also always just above the tops of the trees just beneath the bridge. On top of the mast is a platform where people are able to convene, look around

The Wing Tip Bridge spans 500 feet across a ravine, nine stories or approximately 90 feet above the valley floor Photos by Gary Hartley

– including looking at scouts down below in the valley underneath the bridge. Underneath the bridge is also a platform where the scouts are able to convene. The masts for the bridge were originally going to be closer to the end of the of the bridge. By changing the design, moving those masts down below the main entrance onto the bridge, to some degree increased the efficiency of the design. The area all around the bridge was left as undisturbed as possible in an effort to keep this area as naturally pristine as it started out. The new bridge is essentially nine stories high above the valley floor. Its design echoes to some degree the design of the nearby New River Gorge Bridge – a bridge carrying I-77 motor traffic across the New River, 90 stories below. Hatch Mott MacDonald was design manager for the overall project and carried out design of the foundations. Schaich Bergermann & Partner was responsible for the above grade design of the bridge, with HMM conducting a Peer Review of the design. “It was challenging finding a shape for the bridge, getting an idea for that,” adds

Stein. “We wanted to make it not only structurally feasible but also aesthetically pleasing to look at. I feel that aesthetics is important. The bridge should not just be an ugly piece of infrastructure but should be a nice thing too. Adventure needed to be part of this development too; it was a nice feature of this bridge. At the start we had to adjust the design of the bridge because of the steep angle of the landscape in the area.” The cables on the bridge are fully locked cables. This is a relatively unusual type of cable. Fully locked cables means that the outer layers of wires are comprised into a “Z” shape. It also results in the cables being interlocked and with the cables closed completely on the inside of the cable. With the corrosion protection and the durability of a cable such as this means it is a much more superior cable compared to a standard cable with round wire. “This has just recently been adopted in the U.S. American Code though it has been used for a fairly long time in Europe already, for a couple of years now,” adds Stein. “But now it has come over to this country. I think they are manufactured in Italy in this case before being

shipped over to this country. They have a diameter of 110 millimeters, some four and a one third of an inch in diameter – quite a massive cable.” The span is made up of four such cable configurations. There are two on the left and two on the right. The overall bridge length is 786 feet with a continuous cable from one end to the other. The span between the two masts is 586 feet. Planking on the bridge is constructed from local wood sources, locust wood to be specific. The majority of the bridge is made out of steel but the deck and handrails are made of local wood. Locust is a durable, tough wood so it was a natural fit for use in this project. The bridge stands roughly 100 feet above the floor of the valley it spans. The project is about to be finished on time, within its budget and this will be a desirable addition to other bridges in the United States, according to Stein. “This was a great, fun project. This carries on the tradition of graceful memorable bridges in the area, such as the nearby New River Gorge Bridge. It is good to extend this custom of bridge building in this region. continued on next page

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continued from previous page “We thought a lot about safety when constructing this bridge. That is why we used the fully-locked cable with this Z-shaped cable setup. The cables themselves are round of course but the outside shape is of a Z.” Spiral wire ropes typically are round strands since they have an assemblies of layers of wires laid helically over a middle strand with at least one layer of wires being laid in the opposite direction to that of the outer layer. Spiral ropes can be constructed to make them non-rotating meaning that under tension the rope torque is almost zero. Open spiral wire rope consists solely of round wires. The half-locked coil rope and the fulllocked coil rope always have a middle crafted of round wires. The locked coil ropes have one or more outer layers of profile wires. They have the distinct advantage – especially here in the construction of the Wing Tip Bridge - that their construction forestalls the onslaught of dirt and water to a greater extent and it also insures there will be no loss of lubricant. In addition, they have one additional very crucial advantage, the ends of a broken outer wire cannot leave the rope if it has the proper dimensions. In the early days of wire rope first being used, wear on the ropes was a major issue. It was suggested that the cross section be altered in such a way that flattened surfaces would come to lie at the patches of wear. Also, cross sections of the wire should be chosen in a way which would anchor the wire within the rope. That was a tough proposition. At that time, in the mid-1800s nobody had even considered drawing wires other than with round cross sections. At that time, a die was nothing but a metal sheet with a round hole in it. However, Arthur Latch managed to persuade the son of James Horsfall, the inventor of the “patented wire”, to carry out costly experiments. Eventually the production of shaped wires was achieved and Batchelor’s idea materialized. Finally, in 1884 Latch & Batchelor applied for a patent for the so-called “locked coil” ropes. George Elliot & Co. constructed a rope closer without backtwist, and in 1885 the first rope samples could be shown at an inventors’ exhibition. Latch & Batchelor tried for something more in the lineup of wire rope configurations. The firm experimented with other configurations and their efforts led to another invention, the flattened strand rope. They manufactured 10

the first rope of this design in 1887 and their patent document is dated 1888. In 1894 a further improvement followed, a core rope made from triangular strands. Though eventually ropes crafted from high-tensile fibers may replace traditional wire ropes in many areas of use - they are much lighter, not susceptible to corrosion and (at least some of them) amazingly fatigue-resistant – in the main areas of use, however, steel wire ropes will maintain their position for the immediate future: after all, wire ropes have a higher modulus of elasticity and are less sensitive to abrasion and mechanical damage than their light-weight competitors. Moreover, in contrast to many ropes of high-tensile fibers steel wire ropes are resistant to ultraviolet radiation and they indicate their state of discard with considerable reliability. Of course the scouts, busy creating

memories as they cross the new bridge heading to area canopy tour ziplines and other activities, won’t be wondering about the history of the wire ropes in their midst. The Wing Tip Bridge will remain an important attractive centerpiece at the center. Interestingly the movement that scouts crossing the new bridge will most feel will be vertical movement as opposed to lateral movement. During the course of construction, splayed stays were used to a large degree to attempt to stabilize that lateral motion. The past mild winter has assisted greatly in keeping the construction work on schedule. This allowed the anchoring of the 130-foot-deep rock anchors holding the bridge and all its wire rope in place at both ends to reach those depths into the ancient soil and rock of the Mountain State with no problem. WRN

Construction stays on schedule for the upcoming BSA Jamboree.

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Wire Rope manufacturer expands to fulfill the needs of the energy-rich Western U.S. By Peter Hildebrandt

Often in business it is best to fill as many niches as possible while at the same time avoiding spreading yourself too thin. Delta Rigging, a wire rope firm whose name links the company to a definite region of the country, is balancing the fine line of expanding as opposed to over-extending. This it is doing in the midst of a western energy boom, one that for some areas of the region is being compared to a modern day gold rush.


company named D & M Wire Rope in Grand Junction, Colorado was acquired by Delta Rigging in January, 2009. That was in a period of booming sales but the day the sale went through, things started to go down financially, according to Todd Smith, Vice President of Rocky Mountain operations. Delta Rigging in Grand Junction has been slowly recovering and been able to sustain itself – though not to 2008 levels. Coal mining operations are depended upon for business, first and foremost while the oil field industry is the second-most important part of sustaining their operations. “The coal mines really kept us going through the tough times,” says Smith. “In recent years we have expanded with our Williston operations and the rest of North Dakota has also taken off along with the Front Range here in Colorado. Front Range oil field operations

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erations and many other things involving our business. “We felt it a little bit later than some, 2009 instead of 2008 when many others felt the effects,” says Smith. “About halfway through 2010 things started picking up for us. The year 2011 was really good and then last year was really solid. Overall it hasn’t been great, but it hasn’t been bad for Delta Rigging either.” Grizzly Wire Rope in Williston, North Dakota was also bought at this time by Delta Rigging. It has since expanded to be a pretty good-sized store for the area. The Grand Junction operation has 29 employees and the Williston location has 11 workers total. The Grand Junction operation manufactures the wire rope slings, the eyes, hooks or whatever the customer wants. They also make chains for tire, a substantial part of their business in the wintertime. Wire rope is obtained from a manufacturer. They take it, cut it, and make eyes and assemblies as well as a variety of different configurations. Williston does their own fabrication at their location in North Dakota. “We here in Grand Junction also decontinued on page 14


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continued from page 12 pend a lot on tire chain sales in the wintertime,” adds Smith. “It’s a big part of our business actually; we like snow. We are the only branch in the Delta Rigging organization that sells them. I’ve been here for 20 years and we’ve sold tire chains that whole time. “Those are sold for anything from big loaders to passenger cars – and anything in between. We will place tire chains on anything that has tires on it. We get a lot of those shipped in all assembled and ready. But we can custom build tire chains for vehicles as well. Unlike some of our other branches, we don’t do anything with offshore equipment supplies.” Over the last few years things have changed a lot, according to Smith. They’ve got more competition, people getting into things they’ve never gotten into in the past because of the tougher times as they come up with ways to find other revenue sources. “But I suppose we’re doing some of that too; we’ve gotten into different things to try to recap that revenue we’ve lost. We’re now into a lot of different things. We try to stay up with all the latest technology and new products coming out, trying to be the com-

pany that introducing something new, rather than wait until it comes out somewhere else and try to steal it with cheap prices.” Recently, Delta Rigging has formed a relationship with nearby Bonsai Design, Inc. another Grand Junction company. This has only been within the latter part of 2012 until now. Bonsai Design contacted Delta Rigging concerning something they needed for their work on the new BSA Jamboree Center in West Virginia. “One thing led to another; they asked us about certain items, we told them we had them and then they realized they didn’t have to order them from out of state. “Our prices were good, we’re local and they in turn were able to visit us and see how we test things. It works out good for both of us. We are on top of the deadline that they have for the BSA Jamboree Center completion. I think parts of that have been pushed back because other parts of the job aren’t going as planned. It sounds like we’re going to make our deadline.” Delta Rigging also supplies the area mining industry with a large amount of synthetic rope. This is used because in coal mining operations it tends to be a lot safer, lighter and a lot easier

to handle. They have synthetic ropes that are basically made to replace wire rope so that size for size they are the same strength. The firm is able to put eyes and hooks as well as make different configurations just as they can with wire rope. “Synthetic rope also does not store any energy so that when it breaks there is nothing flying, snapping back with the possibility of hurting people,” adds Smith. “We’ve always been involved with synthetics; but since this new line of synthetics have come out, in the past five or so years we’ve really seen an increase in all of the mines we serve. They’re all using it in some regard. “We make a lot of things nobody else makes and try to push the envelope. One of our two test beds is able to be taken out to job sites and the other stays in house onsite. The test beds from D & M were already in place. Almost everything stayed the same when Delta Rigging took over, the same people and we do the same things we’ve always done. The change increased our purchasing power somewhat because we’re a part of a larger company now. But we were also a pretty good-sized company when continued on page 16

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continued from page 14 Delta Rigging bought us.” They have seen some advantages with the change in name too. The D&M owner wanted to retire; it wasn’t difficult to find another owner. “If I were going to pick one thing that sets us apart from other branches that would be how diversified we are compared to most of our other branches. We sell and get involved in a lot more products and industries because we have to in order to sustain ourselves. Our area doesn’t have any big industry such as something that might be found in the Gulf; we don’t have any ports or large manufacturing.” The largest wire rope spools, containing such things as a drill line for a rig, are brought to them on flatbed trucks. That typically weighs some 30,000 pounds. Delta Rigging does not have the capabilities to handle that onsite; it takes a crane to handle those. Instead, the wire rope will go from the manufacturer to the pad site or location where they will take it off with a crane and set it in place on the stand. Most drill line come out of Caspar, Wyoming or Houston, Texas and then they simply ship it to the location of the rig on a flatbed, typically Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, Utah or wherever it is needed. “On standard rope we get them shipped in here on 5,000 footers. We’ll run it off if a customer wants a 20-footer, running off an adequate amount, make the eyes, swage the sleeves with our swagers and then send it to the customer with that or whatever they want. This type of activity forms fifty

percent or more of our business.” Delta Rigging is the supplier to the people that move the oil rigs, work on the oil rigs themselves, including cleaning them up as well as supplies to those working in the gas industry, according to Bob Reed, Branch Manager for Delta Rigging’s Williston, North Dakota branch operations. Williston is a town of some 5,000 people that has grown recently to 45,000 due to the nearby oil boom going on. “Lots of people are sleeping in their cars due to there not being enough housing in the area,” explains Reed. “We are limited in what we do which involves that situation. For the apartment construction going on we sell safety harnesses for those doing the work and as with the Grand Junction operation we also sell a lot of tire chains. “We have a lot of snow and then in the springtime when it melts the ground gets extremely muddy in this country. That’s when the permafrost starts thawing and it gets pretty deep and pretty muddy; that’s when they tear up tire chains.” Wire rope sales make up some 30% of their business. They also sell lifting chain which is another 35% of their sales. The rest is from tire chains and nylon slings. Delta Rigging is trying to reach into the coal mining business in the area but that hasn’t yet happened. Nylon slings are sold to many different crane companies. The cranes are needed to load the trucks when they move the rigs around; chain slings and nylon slings are used for that work of lifting.

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Though coal mining operations in the area are all done on the surface, they must maintain those draglines used and when that is done a 50-ton crane will be mounted on that dragline. Wire rope slings, nylon slings and chain slings are used to move the parts around on the drag line. Typically the wire rope utilized in such operations is three and a half inches in diameter. The company that was the prior business they purchased from in the middle of 2011 was Grizzly Wire Rope. At times it feels like they may have grown too fast, according to Reed. “Delta Rigging approached that business which had three owners who felt that wire rope was not really their forte; they had a number of different businesses in town,” says Reed. “Delta Rigging explained to Grizzly Wire Rope that they needed to have more of a presence if they wanted to see that business grow; now that the business is officially Delta Rigging we’ve been growing nicely, with up to an 18% increase in sales each month.” Reed also feels that money does need to be placed into improvement of the area highway infrastructure. When they originally constructed the roads in the region they were built for farmers. There was no oil rush going on at that time. A mound of earth was formed with pavement placed on the top and then tractors, trucks and other farm equipment traveled those roads. But when 130,000 pound cranes began traveling those roads the roads have been devastated in some areas from the extra weight and use. Until this issue is addressed roads will continue to deteriorate. The Williston operation has two outside sales people, four in the office including Reed and five workers in the shop for a total of eleven employees. A pull test machine brings in some 10% of their business; wire rope can be certified. Despite their tremendous success, the Williston operations could still possibly use some additional PR. “Perhaps our biggest challenge is the fact that at this point we don’t have the recognition as yet that some other places might have,” adds Reed. “We’re getting it every day. But we purchased a small rigging house up here and we moved across the street. It’s basically just getting the recognition and building up your customer base and in turn your business. We could have been here a year or two sooner - but we weren’t. The thing to do now is just build on what we’ve done.” WRN

N.A.C.M. - Eight decades of consensus chain specifications By Don Sayenga

In 2013, the National Association of Chain Manufacturers is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The organization was formally incorporated during the summer of 1933 at the instigation of the federal government. The primary work of NACM has been creation of model chain specifications during the last eight decades.


n the 1930s, a hastily-passed stimulus law titled the National Industrial Recovery Act was introduced in the early days of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first term of office. In theory, the law’s purpose was to encourage private companies to form industry coalitions. President Roosevelt referred to these new industrial alliances as “modern guilds ...intended to sink self interest and present a solid front against a common peril”. The new law was a spin-out from the severe American economic decline known as the Great Depression which began in October 1929. At the time, the U.S. economy had been falling apart for three straight years.

In response to the federal call for a coalition, forty chain-making firms were invited to attend a series of meetings in 1933. The list of invitees included every company then producing about 90% of the welded and weldless link chains in the USA. After much debate, the attendees agreed on a plan for cooperative action, combined with enforceable performance, as the only practicable solution to protect themselves from the effects of destructive commercial competition brought about by lack of business opportunities during the Depression. Roosevelt got Congress to approve major modifications in the various laws

controlling how business was conducted in the USA. The new federal laws and the national codes of business practices that emerged from those laws were controversial because one of the main aims was to create a bureaucracy of politicians (better known today as NRA) intended to permanently govern the nation’s commerce from Washington, DC. Most American firms at that time were small and privately-owned. The change was viewed as a giant step toward a more socialistic system of government. The stimulus thus created more problems than it offered solutions. Although the establishment of the continued on page 20


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continued from page 18 NRA was intended to expire anyway in 1935, the Supreme Court immediately agreed to hear a challenge presented by the kosher poultry industry. The justices decided quickly and unanimously that the President had exceeded his powers by forming the central bureaucracy. With several key parts of the law struck down by the Court, progress of Roosevelt’s “New Deal” was temporarily halted. The President turned his attention toward seizing control of the Supreme Court. He also kept a campaign promise to institute a socialistic work program called WPA. Forming a new association in 1933 Some of the companies invited to the 1933 meetings already had been working together with the government during the 1920s as a specifications institute for chains. Prior to World War One, many small companies had begun making chains along with hundreds of other useful metal items. Dozens of varieties of weldless chain closures were invented prior to the advent of electric welding. The biggest market, for tire chains used by automobiles on unpaved American roads, was not standardized until 1917 when another specifications group, the Tire

and Rim Association, was formed. The Chain Institute concentrated on writing descriptions of chains made of connected links produced with automatic machinery. Sprocket-style power transmission chains for cars, trucks and bicycles, and other chains made from castings, were not included in the link-chain specifications because both of those categories were considered to be products of separate industries. In 1929, after several years of debates as to variety, the Chain Institute initiated a new Federal Simplified Practice Recommendation to be promulgated by the government. The simplified practice was followed two years later by the Procurement Specification (RR-C-271) describing eighteen kinds of chain and eleven kinds of attachment fixtures. It was used for government purchases. When the new NRA-related cooperative organization was formed in 1933, it assumed the role and the title of the earlier specifications institute. At first, the new coalition hired a staff to function from a rented office in Washington, DC for ease of communication with the government. All actions of the group were subdivided by creating product-related committees, such as a welded chain committee,


a tire chain committee, and a committee for producers of small chains such as sash chains, register chains, and jack chains. They agreed upon commercial codes establishing limits on prices, wages, and employment. Statistical information covering costs and distribution systems were shared in addition to the earlier joint efforts on manufacturing process specifications. During the brief period of NRA, almost every major metal fabricating industry in the country formed a trade association. Many of these collapsed after the Supreme Court’s ruling. Despite the legal uncertainties of NRA, the chain industry’s vigorous cooperation with Bureau of Standards was carried on into the 1940s, hoping to achieve standardization of all forms of American link chains A few days before the Pearl Harbor attack, Robert Martino of the Bureau described the Chain Institute in very favorable terms: “The Committee on Simplified Specifications of the institute sponsored the movement for the reduction in the number of sizes of chains appearing in the manufacturers catalogs…Through its Committee on Tire Chain Specifications, the institute continued on page 22


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continued from page 20 has prepared, and keeps constantly under revision, specifications for several types of tire chains…The institute’s Committee on Welded and Weldless Chain Specifications is ...cooperating with the Federal Specifications Executive Committee in revising the Federal specification covering standard miscellaneous chains and attachments.” Reorganizing in the 1940s and 1950s Unfortunately, an independent bi-

partisan agency, the Federal Trade Commission, took an entirely different view of agreements between competitors fostered during NRA. The bipartisan commission has been responsible for civil enforcement of antitrust laws since 1915. American antitrust laws try to protect consumers by prohibiting combinations and conspiracies in restraint of trade. The FTC decided to attack over 400 trade associations that were actively conducting meetings and using codes and other anticompetitive

business practices. Cease and desist orders were issued against a large number trade associations including the one formed by the chain industry. Because many of the FTC rulings came at a time when U.S. industries were being controlled by the War Production Board (1942-45) a brief period of confusion existed. The chain industry modified its practices to eliminate all of the activities considered objectionable by the FTC. Thereafter meetings of the group were strictly controlled by limits of the antitrust laws, a practice that has continued ever since. The industry’s cooperative efforts were confined to technical issues, but in addition, several promotional programs of benefit to the general public were launched such as an educational campaign for safe winter driving. In 1956, in recognition of the revised mission, the name of the Chain Institute was changed to The National Association of Chain Manufacturers. The incorporation of the league was modified and relocated to Chicago. The NACM business office has been moved several times, most recently to Tucson, Arizona. Promulgation of model chain specifications has opened the door for numerous technical discussions with many other trade associations. NACM Today As one of the oldest industrial trade associations in the USA, NACM provides specifications to a wide array of other American industries. The NACM member firms are defined as companies that have been manufacturing chain in the United States for a period of at least two years. Most of the members have been in business a lot longer than eight decades; several have been making chains for more than a century. In addition to working with the Tire and Rim Association in Ohio, NACM opened and continuously maintained a dialog with the Association for Testing and Materials (now ASTM International) in Pennsylvania and with the Society of Automobile Engineers (now SAE International) in Michigan. Following the lead of ASTM, a voluntary consensus practice was adopted to review and/or revise all NACM specifications at intervals of five years or sooner. This practice permits recognition of advances in technology which tend to grow outward from sole-source innovations into multi-source products. Although activities of the U.S. DOC Bureau of Standards were changed as a result of American efforts to create ISO standards for international use, continued on page 24


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continued from page 22 the establishment of the American Standards Association (now ANSI) also adhered to the protocols of ASTM with regard to voluntary, non-governmental standards. Today, NACM maintains an interface with several other federal agencies: DOL - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) DOT - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) DLA - U.S. Defense Logistics Agency

In 2012, NACM sponsored a meeting in Virginia with DLA and other interested parties to work on the latest revisions of RR-C-271 The NACM model specification for tire chains is recognized by several state and local governments. Other NACM model specifications for welded chain and weldless chain are mentioned, cited, or adopted by such groups as: American Association of Railroads (AAR) American Iron & Steel Institute


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(AISI) American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Associated Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF) Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Web Sling & Tiedown Association (WSTDA) Following establishment of NACM’s website ten years ago, the association began posting model specifications in the Adobe Portable Data File format. This allows anyone to download and print as many copies as are needed - free of charge - so long as the copyright restraints are respected. Each of the seven member companies of NACM is somewhat unique. Here are capsule summaries of their history, purpose and scope: Acme Manufacturing Company Denver, Colorado Acme adopted its present name in 2006 when it acquired Perfection Chain Products Co., Vinemont, Alabama. For fourteen years prior, Acme had been doing business as SteelWorks Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of metal shapes for do-it-yourselfers via the retail hardware trade. Perfection Chain, founded in 1973, is a manufacturer of weldless chain used in a variety of applications in the electrical, plumbing, store fixtures and swingset industries. Perfection operates out of a manufacturing/distribution facility in Vinemont, Alabama. Since ending its first year of operation in 1974 with four chain formers, Perfection Chain has grown to include over 100 machines in production today, and now proudly stands among the largest manufacturers of weldless chain in America. As a diversified specialty producer, Acme also manufactures perforated angle and struts for the garage door industry; lawn edging, stakes, staples and pins for the landscape industry; and vintage door hardware to the “home restoration” and custom home markets. In June 2010, Acme formed All America Threaded Products by combining one existing operation with 5 acquisitions within the threaded products industry. This new business unit manufactures a wide variety of threaded products including threaded rod, studs, anchor bolts, u-bolts, coupling nuts, and threaded products “specials” used for various applications in numerous industries. Apex Tool Group – Sparks, Maryland In July 2010, Danaher Tool Group and Cooper Industries created ATG, a continued on page 26

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continued from page 24 joint venture with operations in over 30 countries. ATG manufactures and markets more than 30 brand name products including such recognizable names as Armstrong, Lufkin, Wiss, Crescent, and Campbell Chain. Campbell’s rise to prominence has been steady, even though many companies acquired and divested the product line over several decades. Originally founded as Victory Chain in 1919, it was renamed International Chain in 1922 when the Campbell family bought it. They changed to the present name in 1949. In 1977-78 Campbell acquired Merrill Brothers and also Brewer Tichener, expanding the brand into a full array of forged fittings, lifting clamps, and blocks in addition to chain items. Evolving into a full-scale chain and fittings company, today they operate a chain plant in York, PA and a forge facility in Cortland, NY. The ATG parent, which employs 7,600 people, has placed a particular focus on innovation and new products. Columbus McKinnon Corporation - Amherst, New York The same year that NACM began, a very important breakthrough in the history of chain manufacturing


was made at Columbus McKinnon. In 1933 as American industries modernized, the demand grew for a stronger and more durable chain to withstand the increasing rigors of their applications. In response, Frank Stahl, Superintendent at the CM Chain facility in Tonawanda, New York, developed an alloy steel chain. This new HercAlloy 800 and 1000 chain from Columbus McKinnon replaced the standard wrought iron chain, and become the alloy chain benchmark for the industry. Since its humble beginnings in 1875, CM’s founding fathers and the visionaries to follow have strived to produce the highest quality chain and rigging products through innovation and application expertise. In this spirit, CM has become a complete material handling equipment manufacturer, complementing its chain and rigging product portfolio with manual and powered hoists and crane components. Most recently they developed a world class training organization that helps users operate and utilize material handling products in a safe and efficient manner. Columbus McKinnon products are used in thousands of applications for hundreds of industries. Whether the products are used in a long wall mining opera-

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tion in South Africa or to secure a lighting grid for a Broadway musical, the world’s leading companies depend on Columbus McKinnon Corporation for the most comprehensive line of material handling solutions. Laclede Chain Manufacturing Co., LLC - Fenton, Missouri Laclede started making chain links in 1854 for the pioneer wagons headed west on the Oregon Trail. The company takes its name from Laclede Steel who purchased the company in the 1980s. Today Laclede is an independently owned, non-union domestic manufacturer selling all grades of chain including weldless items and welded chains Grade 30 through Grade 100. Headquarters is in St. Louis, MO with sales offices in both St. Louis and Vancouver, WA. Laclede is a well rounded manufacturer of chains for both the Hardware and Industrial markets with specialty as a Tire Chain manufacturer and distributor of both international and domestic chains. As a key supplier of Transport chain for the trucking industry, they make and import chain up to 1-1/2” size with factories at three locations and shipments from six locations throughout the USA. Many complecontinued on page 28

continued from page 26 mentary products for chains including fittings, loadbinders, and other cargo control products are also provided for use in forestry, agriculture, industrial and construction applications. Laclede’s newest factory was opened at Vicksburg MS in 2012. Peerless Industrial Group - Winona, Minnesota Peerless Chain, established as a manufacturer of tire chains in 1917 was eventually expanded into hardware and industrial chain manufacturing as well as wire forms by the 1960s. Primarily known as a chain supplier to the local hardware and retail chain stores, the face of Peerless began to change with a number of acquisitions between 2004 and 2010. The addition of Weissenfels USA in March of 2004 and American Chain Company (ACCO) in July of 2006 significantly expanded the Peerless Overhead Lifting and Marine product offerings. The Overhead Lifting product offering was bolstered once again in December of 2010 with the acquisition of Letellier Material Handling Equipment (LMHE) a manufacturer of custom lifting devices. The most recent addition to the Peerless Industrial Group took place in Sep-

tember of 2011 with the acquisition of Security Chain Company (SCC). SCC brings cutting edge traction and cargo control products to our ever increasing product offering. SCC is known for research and development of patented products like Super Z, QuikBinder, CargoGuard and many others. Suncor Stainless, Inc. – Plymouth, Massachusetts Suncor is the foremost American manufacturer of stainless steel chain. Since 1985, Suncor’s ever-expanding line has become one of the world’s most complete selections of stainless steel. Their extensive line of stainless steel products is offered to the marine, industrial, architectural, commercial, government and OEM markets. Suncor Stainless features a line of stainless steel rigging products including, wire rope clips, thimbles, swivels, quick links, rings, pins, blocks, sheaves and links. Quick Attach fittings are made from type 316 stainless steel and feature a compression fitting for quick and easy installation with simple hand tools. Suncor Stainless also offers custom stainless steel chain slings. Turner & Seymour – Torrington, Connecticut Turner & Seymour is one of the old-

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When bad things happen to a good business By Phillip M. Perry

An industrial plant explodes in Texas. Bombs shut down the city of Boston. A hurricane floods the east coast with water. All those recent disasters caused tremendous human suffering. All of them, too, brought devastation to businesses large and small.


rom damaged buildings to wrecked inventory to disrupted supply lines, natural and man made disasters can tear a huge hole through profitability. In many cases businesses close their doors for good. Plan for recovery What lessons can we learn from all this? Here’s one: Business owners must design and implement disaster recovery plans designed to mitigate harm when bad things happen. With that in mind, now would be a good time to revisit your own recovery plans with a fresh look. Are you taking the right actions to minimize damage if you are hit with a wind storm, a lightning strike, a flood or a power outage? Your answer might well be “no.” Too often the details of disaster planning get short changed for pressing matters such as issues with personnel or suppliers. That’s a mistake. No matter how successful your operations, everything you do can come to a halt if there’s no Plan B when Plan A gets derailed. “A bad event can take down a company forever,” says Jeffrey Williams, president of Binomial International, a disaster planning consultancy in Ogdensburg, NY. “That’s why it’s so dangerous for businesses to keep disaster planning on the back burner.” In approaching a redesign of your own plan, experts counsel taking a broad view, incorporating as many “what-ifs” as possible. “There are three 30

“with great difficulty,” unless you have taken measures to assure the maintenance of a certain level of customer service and sales. “Businesses can take a number of steps to assist in getting through a crisis before the next disaster strikes,” says Chris Hackett, director of policy development in the research division of Property Casualty Insurers Association of America ( Perhaps one of the most important, he says, is the determination of a temporary relocation site. That temporary site might be a basement in your home, or a rented room in another city. Whatever the location, it must be one where you can access your critical files. That includes your accounts receivable so you know who owes you money. It also includes your customer lists to protect your future revenues. Keep a computer at this location with continually photogaph by Lou Oates, via updated company data. On the topic of alternatypes of disasters,” says Williams. “The tives, make sure you have a fallback first is natural. Think weather. The Internet network into which you can second is technical, when equipment plug your devices. And have a call forfails. The third is a human error, what warding plan prepared that will route people do to other people. That can be incoming calls. Finally, put together an offsite list sabotage or a fire.” Advice from Wilof emergency responders. These are liams: plan for all three. people you’ll need to call to help solve Offsite data Suppose you were forced out of your the problems the disaster has caused. building right now. Maybe you are the Include the following: •  Your attorney, accountant, and invictim of a fire, flood or wind storm. How would you continue your busi- surance agent. ness? The likeliest answer would be continued on page 32

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continued from page 30 •  Any firms which can accomplish recovery tasks such as removing water, cleaning, hauling rubbish, painting, repairing electrical and plumbing systems, replacing locks and getting computer equipment running. •  Real estate agencies that can help you set up a remote operational base while restorations continue. The remote location is one thing: Having people who take the right actions is another. Identify the steps you’ll need to take when disaster strikes, then assign them to key personnel. “Things will go much smoother if everyone knows what they ought to do in a crisis,” says Williams. Assign the following tasks to some key individuals: 1) Calling employees and customers to let them know what has happened. 2) Notifying suppliers and insurance companies. 3) Arranging for repair work by plumbers, electricians, and restoration contractors. Review property insurance Have you sufficient property insurance in place? What may be good one year may no longer be adequate several years later. So revisit your policies with a trusted advisor. “It’s always good to have regular session with your

agent every year or so to review what you have,” says Hackett. The number one insurance category is, of course, property insurance that covers fire. “As it relates to fire, policies should insure your structure for 100 percent of its replacement costs,” says Hackett. Replacement cost is the amount necessary to rebuild your structure using construction materials of like kind and quality. If you are thinking of adding an addition, or making renovations, that will substantially increase the amount necessary to repair or replace your property you should inform your agent. If you have not done so the settlement under the policy will be based on the replacement cost information the carrier had on file at the time of the loss. Consider, too your deductibles. “There are pros and cons to having higher and lower deductibles,” points out Hackett. “Lower deductibles mean less money out of your own pocket after a covered loss but cost more in premiums. Higher deductibles mean lower premiums but more out of pocket costs when disaster strikes. You have to decide for yourself what you prefer. Ask yourself, if a loss happens tomorrow would I be able to come up with

Rainy Day Blues Suppose rain damages your building. Are you covered by your insurance policy? “Rain entering a building may or may not be covered,” says Michael Sapourn, a Satellite Beach, FL-based attorney who has dealt extensively with flood damage insurance and litigation. “If the rain enters through a leaky roof or open window or door, there is no coverage anywhere for that damage (unless vandalism was involved).” “Water damage from rain entering a building after the exterior shell has been damaged by windstorm, hurricane, or tornado is covered under the commercial property policy,” he adds. “Rainwater which runs along the surface of the ground during heavy rains and damages the covered premises is excluded by the property policy, but it is covered under a flood policy.” the deductible or not?” Insurance is great, but be prepared to prove your losses. “It’s important to take inventory of the items in

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your agent. “It’s not as simple as an auto policy,” says Hackett. “The carrier will ask you questions about the nature of your business, your employees, your typical income in a month, and whether your business is seasonal in nature.” You might also consider ‘extra expenses coverage,’ notes Hackett. “This insurance covers the higher expenses you might incur by moving to a new location, such as higher rents, and the costs of relocation.” You can also get coverage for payroll expenses. “Just because your business is shut down, that doesn’t mean people will not expect a paycheck,” says Hackett. “Paying them can be difficult if you are not taking in any income.” You can purchase such insurance just for the highest paid employees or for your entire staff.



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Two more things. “Contingent business interruption insurance” covers the lost income that results when a supplier is unable to deliver. You can also purchase what’s called “extra contingency expenses insurance.” That covers the higher prices you might end up paying to an alternative supplier. Should you get either? “It depends on the nature of your business,” says Hackett. “It’s particularly important for manufacturers which assemble products in one location but utilize parts from elsewhere. Retailers may also need the insurance if they depend upon suppliers in different locations to keep their doors open.” Underwater Standard property insurance policies generally cover water damage that results from pipes bursting. Not covered, however, is flooding from causes such as tidal surges, the overflow of rivers, or water flowing down from a mountain or along the ground. “Damage from flooding can be catastrophic,” says Michael Sapourn, a Satellite Beach, FL-based attorney who has dealt extensively with flood damage insurance and litigation. “Those who own buildings located in areas Take This Disaster Quiz Score 10 points for each “yes” answer to these 10 questions. Then total your points. If you score between 80 and 100 you are in a safe zone. Results between 60 and 80 mean you need to dust off the emergency plan. Score less than 60? Take immediate steps to get your disaster plan up to speed. Have you. . . 1. Backed up your data regularly to an off-site location? 2. Identified a remote site for relocated quarters? 3. Arranged for an alternative Internet network? 4. Assigned key employees specific tasks in event of emergency? 5. Drawn up co-worker and client call lists and assigned to employees? 6. Detailed your list of emergency responders? 7. Selected vendors for emergency repairs? 8. Obtained property insurance for 100 percent of replacement cost? 9. Maintained regular inventory; taken photos as appropriate? 10. Obtained business interruption, flood, and earthquake insurance if appropriate?

Flood insurance premiums Why is flood insurance so expensive? “Typically, the only people who buy flood insurance are those who expect a flood,” says Michael Sapourn, a Satellite Beach, FL-based attorney who has dealt extensively with flood damage insurance and litigation. “So you don’t get the spread of risk necessary to keep premiums from escalating.” As a result of that lack of spread of risk, private carriers generally don’t offer standard flood insurance. The Federal government, through FEMA, is the ultimate underwriter for first dollar flood insurance policies. “Because the federal government has taken major losses in this area in recent years, rates have been rising,” says Sapourn. The federal government has set limits on how much they will write. For commercial property those limits are $500,000 per building and $250,000 on inventory. (Coverage is half those limits for residences). “However, you can get excess flood insurance through the private market, negotiating what limits and premiums you can,” notes Sapourn. Bonus tip: Find a broker experienced in flood insurance. “Any broker can sell the standard flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program,” says Sapourn. “While many brokers have licenses to write flood insurance, many might not write it very often. As a result inexperienced brokers may misquote your flood insurance premium based on an incorrect reading of the FEMA flood insurance rate map. This may cause problems later when FEMA sends an adjusted invoice with a far higher premium. That is especially dangerous if you have planned your budget based on lower, incorrect premiums.”

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Preliminary steel imports increase 4% in April

Import market share 24% in April Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that the U.S. imported a total of 2,680,000 net tons (NT) of steel in April, including 2,087,000 net tons (NT) of finished steel (up 4% and 1%, respectively, vs. March final data). Year-to-date (YTD) total and finished steel imports are 10,375,000 and 8,178,000 net tons (NT), respectively, down 12% and 9% vs. 2012. Annualized total and finished steel imports in 2013 would be 31.1 and 24.5 million NT, down 7% and 5% respectively vs. 2012. Finished steel import market share was an estimated 24% in April and is estimated at 23% YTD. Key finished steel products with a significant import increase in April 2013 compared to March are plates-incoils (up 61%), standard pipe (up 43%), cut lengths plates (up 43%) and wire rods (up 39%). Major products with significant YTD import increases vs. the same period last year are sheets and strip hot dipped galvanized (up 11%). In April, the largest volumes of finished steel imports from offshore were all from Asia and Europe. They were from South Korea (248,000 NT, down 22%), Japan (208,000 NT, up 14%), Germany (115,000 NT, up 57%), China (106,000 NT, down 22%) and Taiwan (81,000 NT, up 20%). For four months of 2013, the largest offshore suppliers were South Korea (1,210,000 NT, down 2%), Japan (657,000 NT, down 1%), China (553,000 NT, up 26%), Turkey (468,000 NT, down 31%) and Germany (362,000 NT, down 8%). Below are charts on estimated steel import market share in recent months and on finished steel imports from offshore by country.

Steel producers group urges Obama to address unfair trade in meeting with Chinese President Friday

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) urged President Obama to address manufacturing and trade concerns with Chinese President Xi Jinping. In an emphatic letter to President Obama, AISI president and CEO Thomas J. Gibson wrote, “China continues to move away from marketbased reforms and relies on a series of market-distorting trade and industrial policies that are having serious conse36

quences for American steel producers, other American manufacturers and the U.S. and global economies. China also continues to provide massive subsidies to its steel industry, allowing it to build export-oriented capacity far in excess of its home market demand. With weakened demand in China and elsewhere in the world, this excess capacity leads to surges of steel imports into the open U.S. market that undercuts domestic steel producers and their workers.” Gibson said that in 2012, China alone had over 200 million tons of excess capacity, which is more than twice the amount of shipments of the domestic steel industry which shipped 96 million tons last year. The letter also stated that China continues to engage in systematic currency manipulation to gain an unfair competitive advantage for its exports while curbing imports, and is able to distort world markets by its heavy reliance on state-ownership and control. “95 percent of the production of the top 20 Chinese steel groups is state-

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owned or controlled,” Gibson wrote to Obama. “The U.S. Government should take all possible steps to encourage China to comply with its WTO commitments regarding state-owned enterprises for steel and other manufacturing industries, and ensure disciplines that require these enterprises to act in a manner consistent with commercial considerations are including in future trade agreements. “We appreciate the myriad of very important issues that you will be discussing with President Xi Jinping. We hope that you will be able to impress upon him the importance of China rebalancing and transitioning its economy to one that is truly based upon market forces,” he concluded.

The North American Steel Industry celebrates the sustainability and superior recycling attributes of steel

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continued from page 36 viduals and organizations around the world to become “part of the solution” when it comes to protecting the planet. With its long-standing commitment to sustainable products and practices, the North American steel industry plays an integral role in making the planet safer, cleaner and greener. “The steel industry has invested billions of dollars in new technologies over the past two decades that have reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions while also increasing recycling,” said Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). “Steel’s recycling rate stands at 92 percent meaning steel almost never goes to waste. Its ability to be continually repurposed and reused goes far beyond the capability of other materials.” “Steel is integral to a modern society that enjoys a high quality of life, as we do in America. From the cars we drive to the bridges we cross, steel plays an essential role,” said Lawrence W. Kavanagh, President of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). “Steel also provides safe packaging for the foods we eat, is a central material in the appliances we use and is the framing structure for the buildings in which we live and work. All of these steels will be recycled and re-appear as even better products, ensuring a safe and secure future.” Steel contributes in many ways to the well-being of people and the planet: Steel construction products are repre-

sented in all major green building standards and rating programs, including the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the National Green Building Standard (ICC-700) for residential buildings, ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for commercial construction, and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program; Lightly colored, more reflective metal roofs save up to 40 percent in cooling energy. Highly emissive metal roofs can lower urban air temperatures, resulting in reduced smog formation; The installation of modular prefabricated short span steel bridges allows for faster construction, smaller crews, lighter equipment and less impact on the environment; Steel utility distribution poles can increase the reliability of a utility’s distribution system while offering lower overall life cycle costs; Highways constructed with steelreinforced concrete pavement provide a rigid surface that reduces rolling resistance, resulting in better fuel economy for motorists; The use of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) can reduce a vehicle’s structural weight by as much as 39 percent and can cut total life cycle CO2 emissions by up to 70 percent more than any other automotive material; AHSS, coupled with anticipated engine and powertrain advances, allows automakers to meet stringent future fuel economy regulations without use of greenhouse gas inten-

sive alternative materials; With its recycling, reusability and package integrity, steel is clearly the preferred material for the packaging industry. Steel cans are the most recycled package and are more energy efficient than their frozen counterparts; and more than 1,500 food items come in steel cans, and more than 28,000 community recycling programs in North America collect steel cans for recycling. “For the North American steel industry, sustainability is more than a goal, it’s an integral part of the way we do business,” Gibson said. “Companies that select steel for their products can be assured that they are making the environmentally responsible choice.”

AISI comments on President’s nominations for USTR and commerce

President Obama nominated Michael Froman to be the next U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Penny Pritzker to be the next Secretary of Commerce. Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute, said that he will work to ensure both nominees become good partners with the steel industry once they are confirmed. Gibson made the following statement: “I am pleased to see that President Obama has nominated candidates for these two critical positions, which oversee trade negotiations and enforcement for the federal government. Enforcement of international trade rules and U.S. trade laws are key to the steel industry’s competitiveness, and efforts to strengthen these rules through initiatives like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations on stateowned enterprises are critical to the industry’s future. Michael Froman has already established himself as a good partner of the industry through his discussions with the AISI Board of Directors on the critical trade issues facing the steel industry. AISI looks forward to working with him should he be confirmed by the Senate.  In addition, AISI looks forward to working with Penny Pritzker, should she be confirmed as Secretary of Commerce, to preserve the effectiveness of America’s trade laws against unfair foreign competition. The Department of Commerce plays a critical role in enforcing U.S. laws against unfair trade practices, and is the key agency representing the interests of U.S. manufacturers within the Executive Branch.  We plan to educate and engage these two nominees further on continued on page 42


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Updated data from corrected Census Bureau numbers preliminary steel imports decrease 1% in March

Import market share 22% in March Based on corrected preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that the U.S. imported a total of 2,476,000 net tons (NT) of steel in March, including 1,967,000 net tons (NT) of finished steel (down 1% and up 4%, respectively, vs. February final data). AISI’s original report for March 2013 was based on prior year data that was mistakenly posted on the Census Bureau website, which has since been corrected. According to the corrected Census Bureau data, yearto-date (YTD) total and finished steel imports are 7,601,000 and 5,996,000 net tons (NT), respectively, down 12% and 8% vs. 2012. Annualized total and finished steel imports in 2013 would be 30.4 and 24.0 million NT, down 9% and 7% respectively vs. 2012. Finished steel import market share was an esti-

mated 22% in March and is estimated at 23% YTD. Key finished steel products with a significant import increase in March 2013 compared to February are reinforcing bar (up 88%), hot rolled bars (up 21%), tin plate (up 20%), sheets and strip galvanized hot dipped (up 20%), oil country goods (up 18%) and sheet and strip all other metallic coatings (up 18%). Major products with significant YTD import increases vs. the same period last year include sheets and strip hot dipped galvanized (up 26%).

Keystone pipeline bill passes house AISI urges President to approve pipeline

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, by a vote of 241-1751, to expedite the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act introduced by Representative Lee Terry (R-NE), would clear the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline – which has already been delayed for more than four years due to bureaucratic hurdles. “The Keystone XL pipeline will have substantial benefits to the United States, creating valuable jobs and in-

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creasing energy supplies. This legislation illustrates the overwhelming support for this project and should be a sign to President Obama that he must end the gridlock and approve the pipeline,” said Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). Gibson noted that the proposed Keystone XL project has undergone a lengthy review process by the federal government. Most recently, the State Department released its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the revised Keystone XL pipeline route and concluded that the project would create substantial economic benefits while having minimal environmental impact. “An affordable and reliable supply of all energy sources is essential to maintaining and enhancing the international competitiveness of American manufacturing, particularly in energyintensive industries like steel. The production and transmission of energy also provides key markets for steel products which are vital to the national economic recovery. Pipelines are an important method for transporting crude oil as well as other products, and should be continued on page 44


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AISI says Treasury report on currency “doesn’t go far enough”

AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s announcement that it would not label China as a currency manipulator: “Domestic manufacturers and their workers can compete with anyone on a level playing field, but we cannot compete against governments. While the United States plays by the rules and adheres to its WTO obligations, some of our trading partners do not. AISI is disappointed that the U.S. Treasury – in its most recent report - has once again side-stepped its obligation to address China’s currency manipulation. “While we are encouraged that the Administration recognized that China greatly undervalues its currency, the report doesn’t go far enough. By not declaring China a currency manipulator the Administration misses an opportunity to address the massive damage that China’s severely undervalued currency is causing to our nation’s manufacturing sector. Failing to address fundamental currency misalignment will only continue to impede our

economic recovery and impair the ability of American businesses to increase their production, keep their doors open and create jobs,” Gibson said. AISI also expressed concerned that the Administration paved the way for Japan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks this year without addressing the issue of that nation’s currency manipulation.

Rehwinkel elected AISI chairman

The Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has elected Michael T. Rehwinkel, President and CEO of EVRAZ North America, to serve as Chairman of the Institute until May of 2014. “Mike is a strong and articulate voice for the steel industry and we are honored to have him as our chairman for the next year. His advocacy for a comprehensive energy policy – that will boost job creation – has been tremendous for our industry. We look forward to his continued leadership on this and many other issues,” said Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of AISI. The appointment was made by the AISI Board during the Institute’s 121st General Meeting held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his role as Chairman, Rehwinkel will lead AISI’s advocacy efforts as the steel industry seeks to strengthen pro-man-

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ufacturing public policies that will enhance the competitiveness of the North American steel industry. He has also served as Chairman of the Institute’s Policy and Planning Committee. Rehwinkel said, “The nearly 154,000 steel industry workers in the U.S. are the best in the world. I am honored to lead the charge this year as we promote initiatives that continue to strengthen the steel industry, encourage innovation and keep its workforce safe.” AISI also announced new members of the Board of Directors and Board-level committee leadership changes: Michael Rippey, President and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA, was elected Chairman of AISI’s Policy and Planning Committee, replacing Michael T. Rehwinkel, President and CEO of EVRAZ North America. Chuck Schmitt, President of SSAB Americas, was elected Chairman of AISI’s Finance Committee, replacing Michael Rippey, President and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA. Michael Williams, Senior Vice President of North American Flat-rolled Operations for U.S. Steel, replaced John P. Surma, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Steel, as the AISI board member. James Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel Corporation, succeeded John Surma as Chairman of the SMDI CEO Group. Bradley Wolf, Director of Berkley Research Group, was elected Chairman of AISI’s Associate Members Committee, replacing Steve Harker, President of Kvaerner North American Construction, Inc. Wolf will represent AISI’s Associate Members on the Board of Directors. As previously announced, Kevin Kim, President of USS-POSCO Industries, was confirmed to AISI’s Board of Directors, replacing Robert R. Smith, who retired as President of USS-POSCO in 2012. As previously announced, John J. Ferriola, CEO and President of Nucor, replaced Daniel R. DiMicco, Executive Chairman of Nucor, on the AISI Board of Directors following the Nucor leadership change. In addition, AISI and the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) had the following leadership changes to their standing committees: Robert DiCianni, Market Specialist, Automotive Market for ArcelorMittal USA, was elected Chairman of AISI’s Commercial Research Committee, replacing Brian Cowell, Director of Market Analysis and Strategy for U.S. Steel.

Paul McKune, Tech Specialist, Application Technology for ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, was elected Chairman of the Automotive Applications Council Bumper Group, replacing William Bernert, Projects Manager, Advanced Engineering, Automotive Product Applications of ArcelorMittal Global R&D. Ron Radzilowski, Manager, Metallurgical Technology of Severstal North America, was elected chairman of SMDI’s Committee on Manufacturing Technology, replacing Christopher Kristock, Vice President, Advanced Engineering, also of Severstal North America. Daniel R. DiMicco, Executive Chairman of Nucor, who served as an AISI Director for 11 years, received the Steel’s “10 Year Club Award”, commemorating his service to AISI and the North American steel industry. The inscription on the medal reads: “The American Iron and Steel Institute, on behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership, is pleased to award this citation to Daniel R. DiMicco in appreciation of his exceptional service as Chairman 2002, 2010 - 2011 and for more than a decade as Director 2001 – 2012.”

AISI: tax reform for businesses means jobs for individuals

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) provided formal comments to the House Ways and Means Committee recommending improvements to the tax code. In the comments, AISI president and CEO Thomas J. Gibson said the steel industry’s contributions are critical to invigorate economic growth and create jobs: “As Americans file their tax returns today they should be reminded how the steel industry touches their lives – from the essential parts of cars, homes, roads, bridges, food containers and appliances to the purchases of materials, energy, and supplies that stimulate employment. The steel industry accounts for over $101 billion in economic activity, directly employing over 153,000 people in the United States and directly or indirectly supporting more than one million U.S. jobs. Like the rest of our economy, the steel industry is recovering from the depths of the recession but is far from fully recovered,” Gibson said. “If tax reform is to produce real economic growth and job creation to spur economic recovery, it cannot simply be a statutory rate reduction that results in an increase in the effective tax rate on manufacturing. It must preserve deductions and

credits that enhance manufacturing competitiveness and lower the overall taxes that U.S. businesses pay –as other nations have been doing for years.” Gibson noted that the United States’ combined (federal plus state) tax rate is the highest in the world, at almost 40 percent. AISI’s comments to the Committee also focused on preserving certain tax incentives that encourage investment in manufacturing plants and equipment including: the interest expense deduction, accelerated depreciation, the domestic production activities deduction, the last-in, first-out (LIFO) accounting methodology, percentage depletion and the R&D tax credit. AISI’s comments also supported eliminating the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT) and encouraged Congress to ensure that any reform of the Tax Code provides a fair transition to the new system. “Steelmakers across the country continue to make major investments to upgrade and open new state-of-the art facilities which cost hundreds of millions of dollars. These investments often require a company to incur a sizeable amount of debt. The ability to deduct a company’s interest expense is important to the steel industry and contributes significantly to decisions made regarding investments in major plant and equipment investments.” Gibson said. He added, “Accelerated depreciation, or bonus depreciation, also has a direct impact on new capital investments which create good-paying, manufacturing jobs and tax revenue for local governments that are part of the foundation of strong communities.” Gibson also highlighted the Section 199 provision, or the domestic production activities deduction, which was enacted as a result of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the United States’ extraterritorial income exclusion was inconsistent with WTO rules. Congress then repealed the extraterritorial income provision and enacted Section 199 to level the playing field for American manufacturers who are at a competitive disadvantage with producers in countries that utilize VAT export rebates. AISI’s complete comments can be found on the House Ways and Means Committee website or on AISI’s website.

ISI says Obama budget proposal “needs actual action”

The President’s Fiscal Year 2014

Budget emphasizes the importance of energy security, infrastructure investment and American manufacturing to the U.S. economy– all of which are top priorities for the steel industry. Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), says the focus on these areas by the Administration “sounds promising, but we need actual action by Congress and the Administration on policies that promote a pro-manufacturing agenda.” “Given the fiscal constraints currently facing our country, it is imperative that the federal budget strike a balance between eliminating unnecessary discretionary spending, reforming our unsustainable mandatory spending programs and continuing a necessary level of investment, all the while ensuring job creators are not stymied by unnecessary tax increases or burdensome regulations,” Gibson said. He added that AISI has concerns that some of the tax provisions included in the President’s budget could ultimately cause a net tax increase on manufacturers. For example, provisions to eliminate fossil fuel tax preferences, like percentage depletion and intangible drilling costs, are important to the steel industry and many of our suppliers and customers. Eliminating them could trigger a negative economic impact. “While we are still assessing how all of the tax proposals in the President’s budget would ultimately impact manufacturers, for any rewrite of the tax code to produce real economic growth and job creation it cannot simply be a statutory rate reduction that results in an increase in the effective tax rate on manufacturing and triggers a redistribution of wealth from manufacturers to other sectors of the economy,” Gibson added. Gibson noted that AISI continues to review the specifics of the budget proposal; however, he said the infrastructure and energy aspects are also crucial to the steel industry. He lauded the proposed $50 billion for upfront infrastructure investments, including $40 billion for “Fix it First” projects, to invest immediately in repairing highways, bridges, transit systems, and airports nationwide. “Implementing a long-term, sustainable transportation plan has the possibility of putting thousands of Americans back to work, while improving the safety of our transportation infrastructure. The Department of Transportation last year reported that every $1 billion of Federal public transportation continued on next page

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continued from previous page funding that is similarly matched supports nearly 37,500 jobs. An efficient infrastructure directly impacts the competiveness of the manufacturing sector, and is critically important to the steel industry as a provider of critical infrastructure materials.” Gibson concluded that AISI is also supportive of the President’s proposed investments “in manufacturing R&D and the production of domestic natural gas.”

AISI announces 2013 institute medal winners

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) awarded its highest technical award, the 2013 Institute Medal, to four industry authors for their winning paper, “Effects of Deformation Behavior and Processing Temperature on the Fatigue Performance of Deep-Rolled Medium Carbon Bar Steels.” Authors Mark Richards, research metallurgist for EVRAZ North America (formerly of the Colorado School of Mines); John Speer, professor at Colorado School of Mines; and, Mike Burnett, technologist at The Timken Company, were presented the Institute Medal by AISI Chairman Michael T. Rehwinkel, who is also President and CEO of EVRAZ North America. David Matlock, professor at the Colorado School of Mines and the fourth award recipient, was not present at the ceremony. “The Institute Medal highlights the important work that is essential to meeting our customer’s needs and to our industry’s future prosperity,” said Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of AISI. “We congratulate the authors on their contributions to the technological advances of our industry and applaud their hard work, dedication and intensive research that won them this distinguished recognition.” Established in 1927, the Institute Medal and two Finalist Medals are awarded for technical papers having special merit and importance in connection with the activities and interests of the iron and steel industry. Papers are judged on the potential value to future prosperity of the industry, technical excellence and originality, effective communication and breadth of interest to AISI members. The inscription on the medal reads: “American Iron and Steel Institute Medal, established by American Iron and Steel Institute, October 28, 1927, to perpetuate the memory of Elbert H. Gary, founder and first president, and to stimulate improvement in the iron 46

and steel and allied industries.” The Finalist medals were awarded to: “Austenite Stability Effects on Tensile Behavior of Manganese-EnrichedAustenite Transformation-Induced Plasticity Steel,” authored by Emmanuel De Moor, research assistant professor; David K. Matlock, Armco Foundation Fogarty professor; and John G. Speer, professor, all of the Colorado School of Mines; as well as Bjørn Clausen, technical staff member, SMARTS Instrument Scientist; Paul J. Gibbs, post-doctoral research associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory; and Matthew J. Merwin, research consultant, United States Steel Research and Technology Center. “Development of Technology for the Production of HIC resistant Slabs for Sour Service Applications at ArcelorMittal Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico,” authored by Amar K. De, lead research engineer, plate and energy market products, ArcelorMittal Global R&D; Tomas Elias, director, flat products; Ruben Garcia, inspection manager; Francisco Lopez, process engineer, melt shop; German Lopez, head, melt shop; Jorge Nieto, head of quality, all of ArcelorMittal Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico; and Gustavo Campos, director, marketing, ArcelorMittal Mexico. Recognition of the Institute Medal Winners and Finalists took place on Friday, May 17, 2013, during the AISI’s 121st General Meeting at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

AISI: State Dept. approval of Windsor bridge permit is “great news”

The U.S. State Department issued a permit approving the construction of a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor in Ontario, Canada, representing a bilateral development for which the North American steel industry and its major customer groups have aggressively advocated. Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute, said the State Department announcement approving the New International Trade Crossing (NTIC) is “great news for the steel industry.” “Our North American steel industry, as well as the two governments, auto makers and other industries, have insisted for years that another crossing is required at Detroit-Windsor to eliminate long lineups of trucks leading up to the bridge and causing costly delays. We are particularly pleased that the project will require that all steel be of either U.S. or Canadian origin – a

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provision that will ensure the bridge is constructed from quality materials while supporting high-value jobs in the U.S. and Canada,” Gibson said. “The NITC will greatly enhance industry competitiveness and facilitate intraNAFTA trade. We are pleased that the U.S. State Department today enabled the process to start moving.”

AISI concerned about decision to include Japan in TPP negotiations

In reaction to the announcement by the acting U.S. Trade Representative paving the way for Japan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks this year, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) expressed concern about the potential impact of this move on the steel industry and its auto customers and reiterated its position that the issue of currency manipulation should be addressed in the TPP negotiations. Thomas J. Gibson, AISI president and CEO, said the North American steel industry has urged the U.S. government to work with its NAFTA partners to ensure that any trade agreement reached through the TPP negotiations enhances the international competitiveness of North American steel producers and North American manufacturing supply chains. However, he added, “the addition of Japan to these negotiations raises significant concerns for us given the historically closed nature of the Japanese auto market and Japan’s recent actions to substantially weaken its currency.  For the TPP to advance U.S. interests and stimulate the U.S. economy, it must ensure a level playing field for all U.S. manufacturers.” “Currency manipulation to gain an unfair competitive advantage is among the most destructive trade-distorting practices used today,” said Gibson. “The decision to include Japan in the TPP talks further highlights the need for the United States to include strong currency disciplines in the TPP to ensure that no country is permitted to use this practice to gain an unfair competitive advantage for its exporters.” The inclusion of Japan in the TPP is subject to consensus agreement of the other 10 TPP partners and any final TPP agreement is subject to approval by Congress.

AISI applauds Presidential executive order on infrastructure

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), sent a letter to President

Barack Obama applauding his recent signing of Presidential Memorandum implementing Executive Order 13604 (Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects) to expedite the approval process for infrastructure projects in the United States. AISI president and CEO, Thomas J. Gibson, said in the letter: “Our nation’s infrastructure needs are at an all-time high. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the deteriorating state of surface transportation infrastructure alone will cost the American economy more than 876,000 jobs and suppress the growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product by $897 billion by 2020. As manufacturers, we know that infrastructure modernization in transportation, energy and other sectors is necessary for our nation to remain internationally competitive, yet the biggest challenge facing project delivery is undoubtedly the length of time it takes to review and approve a project. For AISI member companies, delays in project delivery result in inefficiencies, added costs and lost opportunities.” Gibson continued, “The President’s initiative to cut red tape by establishing best practices, increasing transparency and employing efficient and concurrent interagency coordination will go far in ensuring that taxpayer dollars at the federal, state and local levels are given the best return on their investments. We thank the President and look forward to working with him to get our nation’s infrastructure and economy back on track.”

Strong regional growth attracts international participation at wire and Tube Southeast Asia 2013

Over 400 companies will exhibit at wire Southeast ASIA 2013, 10th International Wire & Cable Trade Fair for Southeast Asia and Tube Southeast ASIA 2013, 9th International Tube & Pipe Trade Fair for Southeast Asia, to be held from September 17 - 19, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. As ASEAN prepares for further development with major infrastructure projects, the wire and tube industries remain strong through robust support from the region and around the world. wire and tube Southeast ASIA 2013 are expected to outperform the successful 2011 edition with the participation of higher profile

large international companies, approximately 15% of which are first-time exhibitors. Seven country group exhibits from Austria, China, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S. have already been confirmed. Regional Growth and International Demand The rapidly increasing infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia signal further expansion in the construction industry and sustained demand for related products and new technologies. The Thai government is investing in a US $67 billion infrastructure development to provide a new transportation network, in the Philippines, the government has launched about 30 major public works missions including road, rail, airport and water projects while in Singapore and Indonesia, expansion and construction of underground rail systems and highways will continue. The importance of these key investments in Southeast Asia will be evident at wire and Tube Southeast Asia 2013 with the participation of leading product suppliers, equipment manufacturers and export specialists ready to invest in ASEAN’s infrastructural development. A majority of the international exhibitors will come from Europe, including companies such as August Strecker GmbH & Co KG, Candor Sweden AB, Construcciones Mecanicas Caballe, Eder Engineering, Maschinenfabrik Niehoff GmbH & Co KG and Eurotek S.R.L. as well as FIB Belgium S.A., InnoVites BV, Maillefer Extrusion OY, TMK Russia and Wafios AG. An impressive representation beyond Southeast Asia will also be present, with growing market leaders such as Taymax Wire Rope Industry Corp Co Ltd from Thailand, Techhaus Sdn Bhd and SMACO (M) Sdn Bhd from Malaysia. “wire and Tube Southeast ASIA is the key platform for the region and industry’s decision makers to connect commercially while getting useful insights on the latest technologies to further increase their country’s infrastructural growth,” stated Gernot Ringling, Managing Director of organizer Messe Düsseldorf Asia. Integrating and Maximizing Growth Opportunities With the formation of the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community), ASEAN governments will work towards maximizing market opportunities created through the regional economic integration by enhancing private sector involvement and pulling in continued on next page Wire Rope News & Sling Technology June 2013


continued from previous page larger foreign international investors. With these regional developments as integral market indicators, wire and Tube Southeast ASIA 2013 is well positioned to support the growing market demands for the wire, cable, tube and pipe products and technologies that are needed for these major activities. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at wire or Tube Southeast Asia 2013, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog at http://blog.mdna. com; Follow us on twitter at

Peerless Industrial Group receives “Outstanding Achievement in Workforce Development” Award

Peerless Industrial Group was presented an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Workforce Development” at an awards luncheon hosted by the Winona Area Chamber of Com-

merce as part of their Business Celebration Week. The “Outstanding Achievement in Workforce Development” award is given to a local Winona business who has worked hard to grow and further develop their company, has taken creative measures to create new jobs and avoid downsizing, provides the training nec-

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essary to stay competitive in the current work environment and maintains a highly skilled, motivated staff. “Peerless is a company who values its employees and in turn wants to provide them with as much opportunity and education as possible.” said Elizabeth Ruff, HR Generalist at Peerless Industrial Group. “Each month, Peerless has a different training topic that employees are trained on. Peerless prides itself on providing its employees with various developmental opportunities.” Peerless Industrial Group, established in 1917, has grown and expanded locally, nationally and even globally, and employs over 420 people, 300 of those who work at their Winona location. The award was one of six award categories that a local Winona business could receive if nominated by another local business. For more information about Peerless Industrial Group, visit their website at

DSM Dyneema congratulates Slingmax on crowning of Freedom Tower

One World Trade Center gets its spire with Slingmax roundslings using Dyneema DSM Dyneema, LLC (DSM Dyneema), the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®, and world leader in life protection materials and high performance fibers, congratulates Slingmax and ASC Industries on their role in the crowning

of One World Trade Center, Freedom partners Slingmax and ASC IndusTower, with the use of Slingmax Twin- tries,” said Christian Widdershoven, Path High Performance Slings. Made Vice President, Marketing & Sales, with Dyneema® fiber, the slings were DSM Dyneema Business Group. “After used last week to cradle the spire, and the terrible events of 9/11, DSM Dyneecarefully lift it into place at the peak of ma supplied fiber and sheet materials the building. The addition of the mag- to its customers for the manufacture of nificent 408-foot silver spire brought ballistic protection products for troops, Freedom Tower to its full height, a homeland security and other emergensymbolic 1,776 feet, making Freedom cy responders. Today, we are immenseTower the tallest building in the West- ly pleased to have played a role in the construction of a symbol of triumph ern Hemisphere. Slingmax’s Twin-Path High Perfor- over those dark events, a historic momance Slings are made of a blend of ment for America and the world.” In addition to the lightweight high performance fibers, a large part Dyneema®, and are the most advanced strength of Dyneema® fiber, unsurslings on the market today. They fuse passed abrasion resistance and low state-of-the-art materials with propri- stretch properties, Slingmax roundetary technology to create a product slings offer the Check-Fast® Inspecof unprecedented safety and perfor- tion System that warns users of overmance. As a supplier to Slingmax and load conditions before damage occurs, their worldwide dealers, DSM Dynee- fiber optic inspection to detect early ma is proud of their partners’ role in warning signs of damage, redundant this historic and patriotic moment for protection delivered by two indethe United States of America. DSM pendently functioning slings in one, Dyneema thanks Slingmax for their unique length tolerances of less than trust in using Dyneema® in these one percent, and unmatched repairability. More than 90 percent of damstate-of-the-art roundslings. “We are honored to have been a part aged TPXC slings can be repaired. All these features, combined with of the construction of One World Trade Center, an iconic symbol of American Slingmax’s role in crowning the Freestrength and resilience, through our dom Tower give new meaning to the

brand promise of Dyneema®: “With you when it matters.” About DSM Dyneema DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE) fiber branded as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. It is up to 15 times stronger than quality steel and up to 40% stronger than aramid fibers, both on weight for weight basis. Dyneema® fiber floats on water and is extremely durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals. The applications are, therefore, more or less unlimited. Dyneema® is an important component in ropes, cables and nets in the fishing, shipping and offshore industries. Dyneema® is also used in safety gloves for the metalworking industry and in fine yarns for applications in sporting goods and the medical sector. In addition, Dyneema® is also used in bullet resistant armor and clothing for police and military personnel. UHMWPE fiber from DSM Dyneema is produced in Heerlen (The Netherlands) and in Greenville, North Carolina (U.S.A.). DSM Dyneema is also a continued on next page

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Bridon launches advanced steel rope development facility

International rope manufacturer Bridon has launched a state-of-the-art facility for the development of the world’s most advanced steel ropes. The Bridon Technology Centre (BTC) houses a range of purpose-built equipment to test rope properties and performance, enabling Bridon to refine com-

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plex rope constructions and optimise their design. The facility is set to develop the largest and most sophisticated rope products ever made available. Bridon has cited demand across a number of key industries as the primary motivation behind the Centre’s development, noting the widespread need for stronger, more sophisticated ropes that can perform at the highest levels in the world’s

most punishing environments. Bridon has invested £5 million in the Centre’s custom-made testing and analysis equipment, which is designed to evaluate advanced rope constructions for their suitability in even the most challenging conditions. The facility has the capacity to test samples from ropes that will weigh hundreds of tonnes, assessing their strength under extreme loads, their endurance against bend fatigue, their rotational characteristics, and their response to repeated layering on smaller, more economical spools. It is also invested with the latest 3D Microscope technology to examine ropes in minute detail, allowing for some of the most rigorous examinations ever conducted. BTC also affords Bridon the opportunity to work with customers on selected technical projects. Over the coming months, the company is expected to enter talks with major operators looking to optimise a rope for their equipment or application. The launch of the Bridon Technology Centre follows the opening of Bridon Neptune Quay – a state of the art manufacturing facility capable of producing the largest and most complex ropes in the world. Bridon Chief Executive Jon Templeman said: “BTC will be a high-tech hub for next generation rope development, where the finest minds in rope technology use sophisticated testing equipment to validate the designs of the largest and most complex ropes ever made. “This state of the art facility will enable us to develop and test ropes that perform at the highest levels in the harshest conditions on earth, and to collaborate with our customers on tailored solutions to the toughest challenges they face. “Following the launch of BTC and Bridon Neptune Quay, Bridon now operates the world’s most advanced rope development, manufacturing and testing facilities – giving us both the brains and the brawn required of a global technology leader”.

load testing needs. Strategically located at the InterMoor facility in Port of Fourchon, Louisiana, Delta Rigging & Tools offers load testing services – up to 3,000,000 lbs – to the oil and gas industry and grants customers access to a test bed within 200 yards of the port bulkhead. The testing facility operated by Delta Rigging & Tools provides quick and easy load test options on a wide variety of products – including rope, rope slings, chains and other rigging/mooring hardware, according to a recent press release. In addition to a logistically efficient location, the 3,000,000 lb test bed is completely computer controlled and monitored to improve the accuracy of the testing as well as reducing errors and maintaining safety. After the pull testing is complete all result certifications are available online 24 hours a day. Including the Port of Fourchon, which offers the highest pull testing capacities within Delta Rigging & Tools, all of Delta Rigging & Tools’ locations across the United States have the ability to satisfy local testing needs ranging from 20,000 to 700,000 lbs both vertical and horizontal. “At Delta Rigging & Tools we are excited about the opportunity to provide

our customers expanded proof testing services and capabilities. To date most of Delta Rigging & Tools destructive and non-destructive testing has been focused on wire rope and lifting slings.  With the addition of the 3,000,000 pound test bed not only can we provide testing on larger capacity wire rope, synthetic rope and lifting slings, but we can also offer testing for large capacity blocks, elevator links, risers and spreader beams,” Said Tom Hudgins, VP of Sales and Marketing at Delta Rigging & Tools.  “The Port of Fourchon test bed is a welcomed fit to our current portfolio of load testing services.”

Houston, we have lift-off Alps Wire Rope expands into Texas!

Alps Wire Rope Corporation is pleased to announce the opening of our newest warehouse location in Houston, TX.   Abe Guerrero will be joining our existing sales team of Rick Coughran and Bill Lee, to manage  the  facility.  Abe  is  a  native  of  Houston and is happy to be returning home! The increase in demand for our wire rope products from this important recontinued on next page

Delta Rigging & Tools to offer 3,000,000 lb load testing in Port of Fourchon, Louisiana

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continued from previous page gion of the country has led to the opening of this new distribution point. The new facility will provide Alps Wire Rope close proximity to  our  customers and business partners in the area.  It  is  always  Alps’  goal  to  provide  the  best  quality,  faster  delivery  on  our  shipments,  and  greater  access to  our diverse line of wire rope products. In addition to our Oilfield Products we will be stocking Elevator  Rope, Stainless Steel Ropes & Strands, Specialty Crane Ropes, and of course General Purpose Rope  Products.   We  also  offer  wire rope  assemblies  from  our  fabrication  facility in the Chicagoland area.  “It’s about time! It’s been 10 years in the making,” says Rick Coughran, Market Development Manager  and  Director  of  Oilfield  Products.   “Alps  Wire  Rope  Corporation and Texas;  as  they  say  here  in  Texas, this is huge!” For more information on our new warehouse facility, call (713)  9412068  or visit our website at

P & R Specialty announces plant expansion and the addition of new products

P & R Specialty, Inc.,, a leading manufacturer of spools and reels serving the wire and cable industry announces the expansion of its production facility and the

addition of new products to the wood reel and plastic product lines. “P & R Specialty has enjoyed consistent revenue growth for the past 30 years and that growth trend continues in 2013”, said Greg Blankenship, President & CEO. “We continue to grow with our long term customers, but we are also winning new customers in new markets. This growth created the need for more space and we recently added 15,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, giving us a total of 115,000 square feet of production and warehouse space at our two facility campus”. P & R recently expanded its product line with the addition of Nailed Wood Reels to its wood reel product line, and the plastic spool product line was also expanded with the addition of a 6” and 12” plastic spool targeted for the fine wire market, and a plastic utility spool for use in multiple markets. “These product additions were driven by our entry into new markets and to support our existing customer base where we can now be a one source partner for multiple solutions”, said Blankenship. P & R will be exhibiting at the Interwire Trade Exposition in Atlanta, April 23-25, where its full product line will be on display and company executives will be available to provide further information. Interwire is the largest and longest-running wire and cable marketplace in the Americas. P & R Specialty manufactures fiberboard spools, plastic spools, plywood reels and nailed wood reels for multiple industries, including welding wire, fine

wire, magnet wire, wire rope, chain, hose and cordage. The company has inhouse mold and tool making capabilities to provide a one stop solution. The company is privately held and headquartered in Piqua, Ohio.

Spider Introduces Spider Systems Group

Spider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, introduces Spider Systems Group, the dedicated team of experts designed to provide access and fall protection solutions for the most complicated, mission-critical projects. The Systems Group works in concert with the extensive Spider branch network to meet the unique needs and challenges of large industrial and commercial project work. It is resourced to deliver the response time, site support, project management, safety code expertise and innovative solutions that the most critical energy, infrastructure and landmark project teams demand. “The veterans that comprise the Systems Group are some of Spider’s finest – dedicated, knowledgeable, innovative experts who have a track record of successfully managing the most demanding access challenges from start to finish,” comments John Sotiroff, Vice President Spider Sales and Distribution. “With over 65 years of industry knowledge along with the combined experience of these veterans, the Spider Systems Group is the partner to trust when the work is on the critical path.” To learn more about this new offering, visit their website at To reach the Spider Systems Group, call 877-774-3370.

Delta Rigging & Tools implements Rise Performance Group assessment tool to improve sales staff hiring

Delta Rigging & Tools, a Houstonbased provider of rigging and lifting products, has standardized its sales hiring across multiple offices with a powerful job candidate assessment tool from Rise Performance Group. As a leader in lifting and rigging products and solutions targeted toward industrial segments such as oil and gas, energy and power, transportation, manufacturing, and construction, Delta Rigging & Tools serves its domestic and international customers through 12 sales and service facilities. The company is working to improve its hiring process for both inside and outside salespeople at those facilities, ex52

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plained Tom Hudgins, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Hudgins, who had experience with sales hiring assessment tools in previous positions, joined Delta Rigging & Tools earlier this year, and immediately began looking into the company’s hiring practices. “One of the first things I learned was that we were very inconsistent in our approach to hiring. We have 12 offices and seemed to have 12 different thoughts on what worked best,” Hudgins said. “Our goal is to give our people who are making hiring decisions the tools to make better decisions. This gives them one more thing to use in the evaluation process.” The Rise sales assessment tool measures how well a person fits specific sales jobs in a company. It can be used to select new hires or to manage existing salespeople and account managers. It features a customizable job modeling feature that allows a company to fine-tune the tool to fit particular sales positions, departments, managers, or geographies. To assure the best candidates, Delta Rigging & Tools worked with Rise Performance Group to develop a model for new hires based on the attributes of their best sales performers. Candi-

dates for sales positions can then be measured against those attributes. Delta Rigging & Tools is still rolling out the use of the sales assessment tool, but Hudgins said it is providing a useful guide for hiring. “Based on our key performers who have taken the assessment, we see this adding good insight and giving us one more useful tool to use,” Hudgins said. “It is already helping us in making the final decision among the best two or three candidates.” The focus is on new hires now, Hudgins said, adding that “eventually we will use this as a tool to help coach and guide people on our sales team, both inside and outside sales. It will help us determine areas where they might need additional training, based on their assessment scores. I know from past experience that these can be very useful tools to address specific performance areas with individual employees.” Mark Fenner, President of Rise Performance Group, noted that “Delta Rigging & Tools has made the right choice with this sales assessment tool. Companies can learn a lot about the reasons behind their success when they look closely at their top performers and then work to hire more people like them.”

LGH website goes mobile

Lifting Gear Hire Corporation (LGH) has implemented a mobile version of their website. Now, those visiting www. from a smartphone or tablet will visit the new mobile website. The new mobile website has a cleaner look and easier functionality for users. Two key features include the call and email buttons located in the upper right-hand corner. With a simple touch of these buttons, the user can either call LGH directly or send an email. From the side toolbar the user can access LGH’s product offerings, video collection, addresses to all LGH locations, and contact information. Each LGH location is also linked to a Google map, to help visitors find the location more effectively. Also, at the bottom of each page there is an option to view the full LGH website. Founded in 1990, Lifting Gear Hire Corporation (LGH) is devoted exclusively to the provision of lifting and moving equipment for rent and sale. LGH provides hoisting, pulling, jacking, rigging, material handling and safety equipment available for immediate and safe use. Visit their website at

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Inventor’s Corner By William Fischer

Method of manufacturing a lifting sling Pat. 8,342,584 U.S. class 294/74 Int. class B66C 1/12 Inventor: Daniel T. Carmichael, Chattanooga, TN. Assignee: Daniel T. Carmichael, Chattanooga, TN. The present invention relates to a method of manufacturing single and multi-core lifting slings, the method comprising: aligning a plurality of core fibers to form a sling body; applying a coating along length of the sling body, wherein an initial layer of the coating seals the plurality of core fibers from exposure to contaminates; and applying additional layers of the coating in areas of the sling body subject to high crush and shear forces. Other exemplary embodiments include tensioning the plurality of core fibers and forming a multi-core lifting sling by applying a seaming coat of the coating material to the sling body and at least to one of a second sling body. In an exemplary embodiment, the coating can be at least an isocyanate mixed with an amine forming polyurea. Referring to figure 1, there is shown a cross sectional view of a lifting sling core having a protective sheath. Figure 1 depicts an example of a prior art style or type of lifting sling. In this regard, the lifting sling core 102 is surrounded by a protective sheath 106. The lifting sling combination of the core 102 and sheath 106 can be referred to as prior art lifting sling 104. In an attempt to protect the core 102 from operational and force related traumas or damage certain prior art lifting slings 104 place a sheath around the lifting sling core 102. The lifting sling core 102 and sheath 106 are two separate elements. As such, as pressure and or forces on the prior art lifting sling 104 change, primarily resultant from the loads being lifted, the lifting sling core 102 can slide on the inside surface of sheath 106. This can result in an increase of friction, heat, core fiber fraying, and abrasion that can damage the lifting sling core 102. Furthermore, core 102 frictional forces and slippage can result in damage to sheath material 106. In contrast to the prior art lifting sling 104 shown in figure 1, the lifting sling 108 of the present invention is shown in figure 2. Referring to figure 2 there is shown a cross sectional view of a lifting sling core coated with polyurea elastomer, polyurethane, or a hybrid polyurethane-polyurea elastomer. In contrast to the prior art lifting sling 104, lifting sling 108 of the present invention, is shown as lifting sling core 102 with coating 110. In the manufacture of the lifting sling 108 of the present invention, in lieu of using the sheath 106, which is not attached in a permanent fashion to core 102, coating 110 is sprayed onto the core 102 forming a virtually inseparable tenacious bond between the lifting sling core 102 and the coating 110. The coating 110 is a polyurea 54

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elastomer, polyurethane, or hybrid polyurethane-polyurea elastomer mixture that includes any introduced additives. Core 102 can interchangeably be referred to as the lifting sling core 102, the lifting sling core materials 102, the lifting sling core fiber material 102, or the lifting sling core fibers 102. Coating 110 can be referred to as coating material 110. An advantage in utilizing a manufacturing method of spraying the coating 110 onto the core 102, in the present invention, can be that the coating 110 forms a permanent tenacious bond with the lifting sling core 102. In this regard, the coating 110, while offering protection to the core 102, does not slip or otherwise cause destructive forces to the core 102. As a result the coating 110 is better able to remove the frictional heat generated in the core material fibers, such frictional heat can result when the lifting sling is in use. Resultant from the adhesion between the core 102 and coating 110, another advantage of the present invention is that the lifting sling 108 grips the load better reducing slippage, which can reduce the danger, associated with heavy load lifting and or securing. Furthermore, the utilization of coating 110 forms a permanent seal or barrier around the core 102. In this regard moisture, dirt, and contaminants are sealed away from the lifting sling core 102. As such, the abrasive effects and destructive forces that moisture, dirt, contaminants, chemicals and other agents are prevented from reaching the core 102 and potentially shortening the operational life of the lifting sling 108. It is the physical, structural, and chemical properties of the polyurea elastomer, polyurethane, or hybrid polyurethanepolyurea elastomer compound that offers certain advantages

Figure 1: Cross sectional view of a lifting sling core having a protective sheath (PRIOR ART).



Figure 2: Cross sectional view of a lifting sling core coated with polyurea elastomer, polyurethane, or hybrid polyurethane-polyurea elastomer.

to the lifting sling 108 of the present invention. Such physical, structural, and chemical properties can include, but not be limited to, resistance to chemicals, high shear and tensile strength, high bonding strength, resistance to sagging during application allowing precise layering and thickness control of the coating material, the ability to tenaciously bond inseparably to the fibers of the lifting sling, the ability to seal the lifting sling core such that exterior contaminants can not reach the core materials, the ability to use additives to offer additional protection to both the coating 110 and the lifting sling core 102, and the ability to remain elastic such that the coating can stretch as may be required or desired. In addition, to utilization of the lifting sling for the lifting of loads, another exemplary embodiment of the lifting sling 108, of the present invention, can be in the utilization of securing loads on trucks and other cargo carrying vehicles (land based or otherwise including ships). In this regard, retaining slings, securing slings, and lifting slings which are used to secure cargo on vehicles can be subject to road debris, exhaust, long exposure to sun and weather, extreme temperature conditions, and other elements in the environment that can cause the lifting sling of the prior art type shown in figure 1 to degrade, slip, lose grip, and or deteriorate or become an operational risk that can lead to potential catastrophic failure very quickly and without forewarning. Hoist line protector Pat. 8,359,714 U.S. class 24/136R Int. class F16B 2/14 Inventor: Grover Edward James Harper, Wildwood, CA. Assignee: Grover Edward James Harper, Wildwood, CA. This patent presents an apparatus for enclosing the free distal end of a flexible tensile member supporting an object. The flexible tensile member has a first portion in tension for suspending the object, and a free end substantially perpendicular with the object. The apparatus comprises a body having a passage sized to slidably receive the first portion of the flexible tensile member therein a bottom edge adapted to engage the object and a void for enclosing the free distal end of the flexible tensile member wherein the bottom edge is engaged with the object. Referring to figure 3, an apparatus according to a first embodiment of the invention for enclosing the distal end of a crane line, or end protector, is shown generally at 30. The end protector 30 comprises a body extending between top and bottom ends, 32 and 34, respectively. The end protector has a passage 36 extending along a passage axis 38 between the top and bottom ends 32 and 34 for receiving the first or load bearing portion 8 of the wire cable 10 and a void 80 therein for receiving the free distal end 6 of the crane cable 10. continued on next page


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edge surface 40 to retain the load carrying portion 8 of the crane cable 10 within the passage 36. As illustrated, the first portions 52 and 62 of the first and second walls 50 and 60 are continuous with the second portions 54 and 64 along a continuous arc about the passage axis 38. However, it will be appreciated that in other embodiments, the first and second portions may also be distinct from each other and will therefore form a segmented wall. In embodiments where the first and second portions are continuous, a distal edge 66 of the second portions may also extend back towards the edge surface 40. In such embodiments, the curvature of the wall, such as illustrated with reference to the second wall 60 may exceed 90 degrees as measured from parallel to the second side surface 44. In other embodiments having distinct first and second portions, the second portion may include a lip so

Figure 3: Perspective view of a cable end protector.

The end protector 30 includes an edge surface 40 extending along one edge thereof between the top and bottom ends 32 and 34 and first and second side surfaces, 42 and 44, respectively. The passage 36 is defined by first and second walls 50 and 60, respectively extending from the edge surface 40. As illustrated, the second wall 60 extends from the second side surface 44 and includes a first portion 62 substantially parallel to the second side surface 44 and a second portion 64 substantially perpendicular to the first portion 62 and substantially parallel to the edge surface 40. Similarly, the first wall 50 comprises a first portion 52 extending substantially parallel to the first side surface 42 and a second portion 54 substantially perpendicular. The first and second walls 50 and 60 cooperate with the

Figure 4: cross sectional view of the end protector, applied to the load supporting end of a crane cable adjacent a socket and wedge assembly so as to enclose and protect the free distal end of the cable.

Figure 5: Front elevation view of the end protector, being applied to a load bearing portion of a crane cable above a socket and wedge assembly.


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as to assist in retaining the cable 10 within the passage 36. The first wall 50 extends between top and bottom edges 56 and 58 and the second wall extends between top and bottom edges 68 and 70. The first and second walls 50 and 60 are spaced apart so as to form a gap 72 between the bottom edge 58 of the first wall and the top edge 68 of the second wall. Accordingly, the first and second walls 50 and 60 are spaced apart along the axis 38 of the passage. The gap 72 may be transverse or substantially perpendicular to the axis 38 as illustrated although it will be appreciated that other orientations relative to the axis 38 may be utilized as well. The gap 72 has a width sufficient for the cable 10 to pass through so as to locate the cable within the passage 36. The first portions 52 and 62 of the first and second walls 50 and 60 cooperate to enclose the cable 10 within the passage 36.


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Figure 6: Side elevation view of the end protector, applied to the load bearing portion of a crane cable above a wedge assembly.

As illustrated the first and second walls 50 and 60 are located on opposed sides of the passage 36 wherein the second portions 54 and 64 are oriented towards each other. The void 80 is sized and shaped to receive the free distal end 6 of the cable 10 as set out above. The void 80 is formed into the end protector 30 extending from the bottom end 34 thereof. As illustrated, the bottom end 34 may include a cavity 82 sized and shaped to receive a clip 28 as are known in the art therein. The void 80 extends from a bottom aperture 84 adjacent to the cavity 82 in a direction towards the top end 32 of the end protector 30. With reference to figure 4, the void 80 may have extend through the end protector to the top end 32 thereof so as to have an top aperture 86 therein. It will also be appreciated that in some embodiments, the void 80 may be a blind bore having no top aperture. The void 80 is formed by a pair of spaced apart side walls 88 and first and second end walls 90 and 92, respectively. The side walls have a constant distance between them and are oriented in a direction corresponding to the first and second side surfaces 42 and 44 of the end protector although a taper may be useful in some embodiments as well. The spacing between the side walls 88 may be selected to correspond to the thickness of the cable 10 with which the end protector 30 is to be used. The first and second end walls 90 and 92 may be substantially planar or may have a curvature or any other shape as will be appreciated. The first and second end walls 90 and 92 may be angularly oriented towards each other to form a taper angle, generally indicated at 94 in figure 4. The taper angle 94 may be selected so as to cause the free distal end 6 of continued on next page


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continued from previous page the cable 10 to bear against the second end wall 92 when the body is placed over it so as to assist in frictionally retaining the end protector 30 on the socket and wedge assembly 12. The end protector 30 may optionally include a keeper 100 for retaining the end protector in contact with the socket and wedge assembly 12. The keeper 100 may comprise a tab 102 having a bore 104 sized to receive a cotter pin (not shown), or other suitable fastener. The bore 104 may be located such that a cotter pin is engaged upon the underside of bolts of the clasp as are known in the art. Other keepers 100 may comprise a tab 106 extending from the bottom end 34 of the end protector 30 parallel to the second wall 60. The bracing tab 106 is locatable to an opposite side of the socket and wedge assembly so as to prevent the second wall from rotating out of contact with the cable 10. The bracing tab 106 may be located adjacent to the passage 36 or distally from it. In operation, a user may locate the gap 70 of the end protector about a load bearing portion 8 of a cable above a socket and wedge assembly as illustrated in figure 5. Thereafter, the end protector 30 may be rotated in a direction indicated generally at 110 to bring the first and second walls 50 and 60 into contact with the load bearing portion 8 and thereby to locate the passage 36 around the load bearing portion. The end protector 30 may then be moved in a generally downward direction indicated generally at 112 so as to locate the free distal end 6 of the cable within the void 80 as illustrated in figure 6. Magnetic inspection device and method for detecting loss in metallic cross section Pat. 8,368,395 U.S. class 324/238 Int. class G01N 27/82 Inventor: Herbert R. Weischedel, South Windsor, CT. Assignee: NDT Technologies, Inc., South Windsor, CT. This patent presents a magnetic inspection device for nondestructively inspecting elongated objects, such as wire cables, pipes, and the like, for loss of metallic cross-section due to abrasion, corrosion, and external and internal discontinuities, having a magnet for inducing in sections of the object between the stations, magnetic flux at the saturation level. A magnetic flux detector having magnetic sensors positioned between the poles and laterally of the elongated object utilizes shields and flux decompressors to render the flux detector more sensitive to leakage flux caused by discontinuities in the objects. Figure 7 illustrates a section of a magnetic inspection device 10 for nondestructively detecting loss of metallic cross section in elongated ferromagnetic objects such as but not limited to a wire cable C. Loss in metallic cross section can occur due to abrasion through use, corrosion, and also due to local discontinuities such as fractures or breakage of individual wires on the exterior surface of the cable C or internally. The magnetic device 10 may be used to inspect cables C or the like, either in the manufacturing process or in a working environment without removing the cable C from its normal operating position. The magnetic device 10 may also be used for inspecting other types of elongated, magnetically permeable objects, such as pipes, rods, bars, billets, storage tanks, hulls, and the like. The magnetic device 10 is comprised of a permanent magnet or magnets 12 for inducing a saturated magnetic field axially through the cable C in the longitudinal direction. The permanent magnet(s) 12 has north and south poles located at spaced longitudinal stations along the cable C. A sensor assembly 14 is located at a position midway between the poles of the magnet(s) 12 and lies in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis Z of cable B. The sensor assembly 14 substantially circumscribes the entire circumference of the cable C in close proximity to the exterior sur58

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Figure 7: Schematic illustration of a section of a magnetic inspection device for detecting loss of metallic cross section in an elongated magnetically permeable object, such as a wire cable, pipe, or the like.

face and detects changes in leakage flux as the cable C and device 10 move relative to one another in the longitudinal direction. Relative movement may be produced in a variety of manners. In installations where the cable C is normally moved, such as cranes, elevators, mine hoists, and cable cars the device is normally mounted in a stationary position, and the cable C is pulled through the device. In other installations where the cable C is normally stationary, such as guy lines, suspension cables, and the like, the instrument may be pulled or driven along the cable C. Figure 8 illustrates local perturbations in leakage flux F that are created where a reduction or loss in the metallic cross-section of the cable C exists. Since the magnetic device 10 induces a saturated field in the cable C, any reduction in cross section due to a defect D forces or expresses lines of flux out of the cable C and produces a local perturbation of flux F that can be detected by the sensor assembly 14 of figure 7 as the lines of flux pass through the sensor assembly. The radial location of the local discontinuity D, either at the core of the cable C or at its exterior surface produces the same effect, and only influences the strength of the signal that is sensed. The azimuthal location of the local discontinuity D also causes the leakage flux F to be expressed more prominently on one part of the exterior surface than another, and in order to ensure that all discontinuities are detected regardless of location, the sensor assembly 14 circumscribes substantially the full periphery of the cable C at the station intermediate the poles of the magnet 12. Gradual changes in the metallic cross section due to corrosion or abrasion also produce changes in the leakage flux F in essentially the same manner over a longer section of the cable C. Such changes also are detected through the sensor assembly 14 at a lower signal level due to a less rapid change in the leakage flux F pattern. The apparatus illustrated in figure 7 has a single continuous sensor assembly 14 that substantially circumscribes the elongated magnetically permeable object such as a wire rope or cable C. Unfortunately in this configuration the apparatus of figure 7 cannot be mounted on or removed from a cable

Figure 8: Schematic illustration of leakage flux that exists on the exterior surface of magnetically saturated wire cable in the vicinity of a defect in the cable.

flux and the sensor assemblies 28 and 40 collectively circumscribe the cable C. Elements 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, and 41 are nonmagnetic support structures. With the separate sensor assemblies 28, 40 in the magnetic device 20 can be manufactured with two separable housing portions for mounting and demounting the device on an elongated ferromagnetic object at any station intermediate its ends. It is not essential to have multiple poles and magnets as shown; however, the symmetric construction assures a uniform flux density in the field through the cable C and permits operation of the device 20 at the saturation level to be achieved with greater certainty. With particularly large cables, multiple sets of magnets are more manageable and preferable. Figure 9: Schematically illustrates in longitudinal cross section a preferred embodiment of the magnetic inspection device along a longitudinal section of a cable.

C except at the cable C ends. This is impractical in many situations, and consequently another embodiment of the invention is shown schematically in figures 9 and 10. Figure 9 shows a magnetic device 20 with a set of semicircular or segmented permanent magnets 24, 30 and poles 22, 32 disposed along one lateral side of the elongated cable C and another set of semicircular magnets 36, 42 and poles 34, 44 at the opposite side. The magnets 24, 30 are interconnected by a ferromagnetic bar or bars 26 to provide a magnetic flux return path or paths between the magnets 24, 30 for the magnetic flux that is induced in the cable C. In a similar manner, a ferromagnetic bar or bars 38 interconnect the permanent magnets 36, 42 on the other side. In this embodiment, the magnets themselves form the pole pieces to generate the flux in the cable C at the saturation level. Two magnetic sensor assemblies 28, 40 are located generally in a transverse plane between the respective sets of magnetic poles. The sensor assemblies 28, 40 are located in close proximity to the exterior surface of the cable C for detecting perturbations in leakage flux F at the exterior surface of the cable C as explained above in connection with figures 7 and 8. Figure 10 shows the magnetic inspection device 20 of figure 9 with cable guides 46, 48 and without the cable C. These guides 46, 48 are made of a non-magnetic material such as plastic and protect the sensor assemblies 28, 40 from grease and dirt that is commonly found on cables, guy wires, and the like. The sensor assemblies 28, 40 correspond to the sensor assembly 14 in figure 7 for detecting change in leakage flux at the exterior surface of cable C. The correspondence arises due to the fact that the sensor assemblies 28, 40 lie adjacent the exterior cable C surface in the same manner as the sensor assembly 14 for detecting changes in leakage

Wire rope flaw detector for increasing accuracy independent of speed while conserving detector size Pat. 8,390,281 U.S. class 324/240 Int. class G01N 27/82 Inventor: Takashi Yoshioka, Tokyo, JP., Hiroshi Sasai, Tokyo, JP., Koichiro Nishiyori, Tokyo, JP. Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, JP. A magnetic flux generated by current excitation is allowed to pass through a part or an entire of a magnetic path of a leakage magnetic flux. A magnetic flux content due to the current excitation is temporally changed to change a leakage magnetic flux content interlinked with a detection coil so that an induced voltage is generated in the detection coil. Consequently, damage can be detected even in a case where there is no relative speed between a wire rope and a wire continued on next page

Figure 10: Schematically illustrates in longitudinal cross section a more detailed representation of the magnetic inspection device in figure 9.

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magnetic material such as iron, and a pair of excitation permanent magnets 4a and 4b which are disposed on both ends of the back yoke 3 with opposite polarities to each other. Figures 13 and 14 are cross-sectional diagrams illustrating the wire rope flaw detector taken along the line A-A’ of figure 11. Figures 13 and 14 are cross-sectional diagrams taken along a plane including the central axis of the wire rope 1, illustrating a flow of magnetic flux in the vicinity of a damaged portion of the wire rope. Further, figure 13 illustrates a case in which no current flows in the exciting coil, and figure 14 illustrates a case in which a current flows in the exciting coil. Figure 13 illustrate the wire rope 1, the back yoke 3, the excitation permanent magnets 4a and 4b,

Figure 11: Perspective view illustrating an exterior of a wire rope flaw detector.

rope flaw detector. Further, a configuration of the magnetic path and the number of ampere turns of an exciting coil are set to be appropriate to prevent the magnetic flux generated by the current excitation from passing through the detection coil or to allow the magnetic fluxes offset each other. Thus, noise superimposition on the detection coil due to the current excitation can be prevented. In figure 11, a wire rope 1 and a wire rope flaw detector 2 are illustrated. Further, a back yoke 3, an excitation permanent magnet 4b, and a protecting plate 6 are illustrated. Figure 12 is a perspective view illustrating the exterior when the protecting plate is detached from the wire rope flaw detector of figure 11. Figure 12 illustrates the back yoke 3, the excitation permanent magnets 4a and 4b, a support 5, the protecting plate 6 detached from the wire rope flaw detector, a magnetic path member 7, a detection coil 8, and an exciting coil 9. A magnetization unit of the wire rope flaw detector 2 is configured to form a main magnetic path in a given section in an axial direction of the wire rope 1. The magnetization unit includes a back yoke 3 made of a ferro-

Figure 13: First diagram illustrating cross section of the wire rope flaw detector taken along the line A-A’ of figure 11.

the support 5, the magnetic path member 7, the detection coil 8, the exciting coil 9, a damaged portion 10, an exciting power source 11, a main magnetic flux 12, a leakage magnetic flux 13, and an excitation current magnetic flux 14. A damage detection unit of the wire rope flaw detector 2 includes the magnetic path member 7, the detection coil 8, the exciting coil 9, and the exciting power source 11. Figure 15 is an enlarged diagram illustrating a cross section of the magnetic path member of figures 13 and 14. Figure 15 illustrates the magnetic path member 7 including a bypass magnetic path member 7x and a loop magnetic path member 7y, the detection coil 8, the exciting coil 9, the exciting power source 11, a bypass magnetic path 15 formed in the bypass magnetic path member 7x, a loop magnetic path

Figure 14: Second diagram illustrating cross section of the wire rope flaw detector taken along the line A-A’ of figure 11.

Figure 12: Perspective view illustrating the exterior when a protecting plate is detached from the wire rope flaw detector.


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16 formed in the loop magnetic path member 7y, and a common portion 22 of the bypass magnetic path member 7x and the loop magnetic path member 7y. The wire rope flaw detector 2 according to this embodiment forms the main magnetic path in a given section in the axial direction of the wire rope 1 by means of the magnetization unit. Further, the wire rope flaw detector 2 allows the leakage magnetic flux 13 generated by the damaged portion 10 of the wire rope 1 to go around the outside of the wire

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the leakage magnetic flux 13 by means of the detection coil 8 wound around the bypass magnetic path member 7x of the magnetic path member 7. Figure 15 is the enlarged diagram illustrating the cross section of the magnetic path member 7 of figures 13 and 14, as described above. The magnetic path member 7 forms the bypass magnetic path 15 that allows the leakage magnetic flux to go around as well as the loop magnetic path 16. The exciting coil 9 is wound around the loop magnetic path member 7y that forms the loop magnetic path 16, and when the exciting coil 9 is energized, the loop magnetic path member 7y is magnetically saturated to deteriorate the permeability. Therefore, a part of the bypass magnetic path 15 is magnetically blocked. For that reason, the leakage magnetic flux content interlinked with the detection coil 8 is reduced to develop an induced voltage in the detection coil 8. In this way, a change in the leakage magnetic flux content interlinked with the detection coil 8 can be caused by a temporal change in the exciting coil current. Therefore, a relative speed between the wire rope 1 and

Figure 15: Enlarged diagram illustrating a cross section of a magnetic path member.

News2 & Technology 2006 the wire rope Wire flaw Rope detector isSling not required, andAugust even when the relative speed is low, the damaged portion 10 generated in the wire rope 1 can be detected with high precision. As illustrated in figure 12, surfaces of the excitation permanent magnets 4a and 4b, which face the wire rope 1, each have a substantially U-shaped surface with R in which a slight margin is added to the outer diameter of the wire rope 1 and the thickness of the protecting plate 6. The reason is that an air gap (including the protecting plate 6) between each of the excitation permanent magnets 4a and 4b and the wire rope 1 is minimized to thereby effectively magnetically saturate the given section of the wire rope 1.

Elevator rope Pat. 8,402,731 U.S. class 57/210 Int. class D02G 3/22 Inventor: Shinya Naito, Tokyo, JP., Mamoru Terai, Tokyo., Michio Murai, Tokyo, JP., Hiroshi Kigawa, Tokyo, JP., Hiroyuki Nakagawa, Tokyo, JP., Muneaki Mukuda, Tokyo, JP., Atsushi Mitsui, Tokyo, JP., Rikio Kondo, Tokyo, JP. Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Tokyo, JP. This patent presents an elevator rope including a rope main body; and a covering resin layer that covers the periphery of the rope main body and comprises a molded product of a composition which is produced by mixing a thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, a thermoplastic resin other than the thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer and an isocyanate compound having two or more isocyanate groups per molecule; a rope main body impregnated with an impregnating solution comprising a hydroxy compound having two or more hydroxy groups per molecule and an isocyanate compound having two or more isocyanate groups per molecule and havcontinued on next page Wire Rope News & Sling Technology June 2013


continued from previous page ing a lower viscosity than a melt viscosity of the composition for forming the covering resin layer is used as the rope main body; the elevator rope has a stable friction coefficient that does not depend on temperature or sliding velocity. Figure 16 is a schematic cross-sectional view of an example of an elevator rope obtained by covering the periphery of strands 6 impregnated with no impregnating solution with a covering resin layer 7 including a molded product of a composition for forming a covering resin layer, which is produced by mixing a thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, a thermoplastic resin other than the thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, and an isocyanate compound having two or more isocyanate groups per molecule. As illustrated in figure 16, in the elevator rope using the strands 6 impregnated with no impregnating solution, an air layer 8 may appear between the strands 6 and the covering resin layer 7 due to variations in production steps (such as a variation in the composition of materials for forming the covering resin layer, molding temperature, heat-hardening temperature, and heat-hardening time). If the air layer 8 appears, it becomes difficult to release heat generated by friction, e.g., heat generated on a friction interface at the time of an emergency stop of the elevator, from the friction interface, and hence the temperature on the friction interface varies drastically, resulting in a large variation in the friction coefficient. In many cases, the air layer 8 appears in gaps in the strands 6 or in valley parts between wires in the strands 6. Figure 17 is a schematic cross-sectional view of an example of an elevator rope obtained by: impregnating strands 6 with an impregnating solution which contains a hydroxy compound having two or more hydroxy groups per molecule and an isocyanate compound having two or more isocyanate groups per molecule and has a lower viscosity than the melt viscosity of a composition for forming a covering resin layer; heating the resultant product at 40째 C or more and 180째 C or less to mold the product into a impregnating solution-hardened product 9; and covering the periphery of the resultant strands 6 with a covering resin layer 7 including a molded product of the composition for forming a covering resin layer, which is produced by mixing a thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, a thermoplastic resin other than the thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer and an isocyanate compound having two or more isocyanate groups per molecule. As illustrated in figure 17, in this embodiment, the rope main body impregnated with the impregnating solution is heated at 40째 C or more and 180째 C or less to thermally expand the strands 6, and the impregnating solution pen-

Figure 16: Schematic cross-sectional view of an example of an elevator rope using strands not impregnated with impregnating solution.


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Figure 17: Schematic cross-sectional view of an example of an elevator rope according to another embodiment.

etrates gaps between wires in the strands 6, the gaps being generated by the thermal expansion. Further heating is carried out to react and harden the hydroxy compound having two or more hydroxy groups per molecule and the isocyanate compound having two or more isocyanate groups per molecule in the impregnating solution, to thereby fill the gaps in the strands 6 or the valley parts between wires in the strands 6 where the air layer 8 is liable to appear with the impregnating solution-hardened product 9. Subsequently, the rope main body is covered with the covering resin layer 7 including the molded product of the composition for forming a covering resin layer, which is produced by mixing the thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, the thermoplastic resin other than the thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer and the isocyanate compound having two or more isocyanate groups per molecule, to thereby obtain an elevator rope without generating the air layer 8. In the thus-obtained elevator rope, even in the case where frictional heat is suddenly generated, such as at the time of an emergency stop of the elevator, heat is easily released, and temperature change on the friction interface becomes small, resulting in a small variation in the friction coefficient. The viscosity of the impregnating solution before complete hardening is adjusted so as to be lower than the melt viscosity of the composition for forming a covering resin layer. In the case where the viscosity of the impregnating solution before complete hardening is higher than the melt viscosity of the composition for forming a covering resin layer, it is impossible to fill gaps in the strands 6 or valley parts between wires in the strands 6 where the air layer 8 is liable to appear. The viscosity of the impregnating solution is appropriately adjusted depending on the composition of the composition for forming a covering resin layer and the like, but is usually 500 mPas or more and 20,000 mPas or less, preferably 2,000 mPas or more and 5,000 mPas or less. The abovementioned viscosity ranges are lower than the melt viscosity of a general thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, and hence the impregnating solution can fill small gaps which are not filled by covering with the covering resin layer 7. Meanwhile, in order to improve the thermal conductivity of the impregnating solution-hardened product 9, a thermally conductive inorganic filler may be added to the impregnating solution. The thermally conductive inorganic filler is not particularly limited, and examples thereof include boron nitride, aluminum nitride, silicon carbide, silicon nitride, alumina, and silica. Of those, boron nitride and aluminum nitride are more preferred because of high thermal conduc-

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tivity. In addition, the blending amount of the thermally layer cladding, the numeral 11 denotes an outer layer strand, and the numeral 12 denotes an inner layer cladding. The outconductive inorganic filler is not particularly limited. When a rope including steel wires having a multilayer er layer strands 11 are each structured by a center wire disstructure is impregnated with the impregnating solution be- posed in the center and six peripheral wires disposed on the fore covering the outermost periphery with the covering res- periphery of the center wire. In the elevator rope illustrated in layer and heated at from 40° C or more to 180° C or less, in figure 18, gaps between wires in the outer layer strands 11 Singlesolution-hardened s • Do Doublesproduct • Trip lebe s •filled Regand ulagaps r an abetween nd He Hethe avouter y Wo Wlayer ood en Bl B11loare ckfilled s with strands the impregnating can even if there are gaps between the steel wires in the rope the impregnating solution-hardened product 9, and hence outermost layer and the resin cladding where the steel wires even in the case where frictional heat is suddenly generated, in the outermost layer are twisted. Figure 18 is a schematic such as at the time of an emergency stop of the elevator, heat cross-sectional view of the vicinity of an outer layer of an is easily released, and temperature change on the friction inelevator rope, which is obtained by forming an impregnating terface becomes small, resulting in a small variation in the solution-hardened product by the above-mentioned method friction coefficient. Further, even when the rope is bent and used, damage due to contact between wires can be reduced, before covering with an outer layer cladding. In figure 18, the numeral 9 denotes the impregnating so- and longer life of the elevator rope can be achieved. lution-hardened product, the numeral 10 denotes the outer Four strand blackened wire rope Pat. 8,438,826 U.S. class 57/237 Int. class D07B 1/00 Inventor: Bamdad Pourladian, Saint Joseph, MO., Timothy W. Klein, Savannah, MO. Assignee: WireCo WorldGroup, Inc., Kansas City, MO. The present invention is directed to a wire rope having a blackened finish designed for theatrical productions. The All Material Factory Certified wire rope includes a plurality of strands that have a closed Wooden Shell Blocks 3� to 16� with each other and are compacted. spiral arrangement Each strand includes a center wire spirally surrounded by For more Associated Wire Rope & Rigging, Inc. ofWaterman Co., Inc. by a a plurality inner wires thatSupply are spirally surrounded information, 8125 Saran Drive, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 plurality of outer wires soAve., that the outer wiresCA completely 910 Mahar Wilmington, 90748 contact: wires. The center and the inner Ph: 1-800-901-1135 Fax: 310-448-5446encompass the Ph:inner 1-800-322-3131 Fax:wire 310-522-1043 wires are made from a galvanized material and coated with Email: Email: Figure 18: Schematic cross-sectional view of the vicinity of an outer a lubricant. The outer wires are made from a non-coated continued on next page layer of an elevator rope. Wire Rope News & Sling Technology

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continued from previous page steel material. Each strand is compacted so the outer wires create a tight mechanical seal to protect the inner wires. The blackened finish on the wire rope is due to a black oxide coating treatment and provides for low visibility of the wire rope during theatrical performances. A four-strand wire rope 30 embodying various features of the present invention is shown in figure 19. Rope 30 is ideal for use in theatrical stage rigging applications although one skilled in the art will appreciate that rope 30 may also be useful in other application including, but not limited to, mobile crane hoist rope, helicopter rescue hoist rope, marine mooring lines and marine towing lines. In one embodiment, rope 30 is constructed in a substantially rotation-resistant 4x31 configuration. One skilled in the art will appreciate that rope 30 may also be useful other configurations including, but not limited to, 4x19, 4x26, 4x36, 4x41, 4x49 and similar configurations. Rope 30 is coated with a blackened finish for low visibility during theatrical performances. In a first embodiment, shown in figure 20, a strand 10 includes a center wire 12 surrounded by eighteen inner wires

Figure 19: Side elevational view of one embodiment of the wire rope.

16. Center wire 12 and inner wires 16 are generally cylindrical and are constructed from high-carbon steel drawn to size galvanized wires which have a thin zinc coating. Rope 30 may have a diameter ranging from about 1/8 inch to 5/8 inch. Center wire 12 and inner wires 16 are drawn with a dry, solid lubricant 20, such as, for example, wax, molybdenum disulfide powder, graphite powder, boric acid powder, polytetrafluoroethylene tape or coating, and other appropriate lubricants. Lubricant 20 provides for internal lubrication between center wire 12 and inner wires 16, between inner wires 16, and between inner wires 16 and outer wires 22. Alternatively, center wire 12 and inner wires 16 may be constructed from corrosion-resistant materials or other appropriate materials that include a corrosion-resistant coating and then lubricant 20 is applied to an outer surface 14 of center wire 12 and to outer surfaces 18 of inner wires 16. Spaces 24 are located between center wire 12 and inner wires 16. As

Figure 21: Cross-sectional view of the single strand of the wire rope after compaction.

shown in figure 20, twelve outer wires 22 completely surround inner wires 16. Outer wires 22 are constructed from non-coated high-carbon steel. Center wire 12, inner wires 16, and outer wires 22 are used to produce strand 10 using a known stranding process. Once strand 10 is made, it is compacted using a known in-line compaction method. In one embodiment, stranding and compacting wires 12, 16 and 22 occurs simultaneously using known processes. Because rope 30 is often used to suspend performers wearing delicate and expensive costumes during theatrical performances, it is undesirable for outer wires 22 to contain any type of liquid or

Figure 22: Cross-sectional view of four strands used to construct the entire wire rope.

Figure 20: Cross-sectional view of one embodiment of a single strand used to construct the wire rope.


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gel-like lubrication, as those types of lubrication can stain and ruin the costumes. Therefore, outer wires 22 that form rope 30 of the present invention are produced substantially without any liquid or gel-like lubrication. However, a lack of lubrication can cause premature red rust formation on wires 16. In order to substantially eliminate this problem, center wire 12 and inner wires 16 are made from drawn-galvanized high-carbon steel wires that have a thin zinc coating and are coated with lubricant 20. Additionally, lubricant 20 may be applied by baking it on the wires or spraying it on the wires and letting it dry at room temperature. Figure 21 illustrates strand 10 in a compacted state. The compaction of strand 10 flattens (plastically deforms and

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shapes) outer wires 22 in a manner that creates a mechanical formed by outer wires 22a of strand 10a is maintained. Rope spread the load.illustrated Movementin Replaces Feedwater in system determine how creating to spreadathe load to theso that 30 isHeaters rotation-resistant. In to the embodiment seal 26 thereby tight barrier liquids, chemiinside the building was facilitated Coal-fired Power Plant launch pad foundation. However, cals or other gels cannot penetrate to inner wires 16. The com- figures 19 to 23, wire rope 30 is formed using four compacted the use of air-casters and a called upon toToextract NASA was uncertain about the amount strands. produce through rotation resistant wire ropes, a plurality paction of strand 10 deforms center wire 12 Barnhart and innerwas wires light-slide system. President two old feedwater and replace of load the foundation couldinwithstand. of strands 10 are helically-laid around Barnhart a center (not shown) 16. Lubricant 20 is pressed between and generally fills all of heaters Alan Barnhart planas coal-firedthat power Still24 another challenge was12 deciding mayplant be aninadditional wire or characterized may be emptythe space spaces between center wire and innerthem wires at 16,abetween as less expensive but more tedious than Sioux City, Iowa. Weighing approxihow to erect the lifting structure inner wires 16, and between inner wires 16 and outer wires 22. shown in figures 22 and 23. It will be appreciated by one alternative innovamately each, the new in feedwater beneath the illustrates launch structure, which of skilled the art that wire rope plans. 30 mayThrough compriseitsthree, four Figure 22 an embodiment rope 80 30tons having tive strategy, Barnhart completed the heaters were feet long andstrands 6 feet inarranged also strands can rotate around pad.respectively or more in a spiraled arrangement. four 10a, 10b, the 10c,launch and 10d and 40 havsc ope of its wor k in thr ee d a ys , diameter. The old heaters that23 needed Thisa would that the lifting towers Figure illustrates rope 30 after compaction. Rope 30 ing spiralmean arrangement. Strands 10a, 10b, 10c, and 10d would require two elevations, one at to be extracted from the building were reducing the originally planned plant include a center wire 12a surrounded by twenty-four inner undergoes a compaction process such as, for example, swag124 feet and one at 103 feet – a 21 foot slightly heavier and shorter. The evacuation time by 75 percent. wires 16a surrounded by sixteen outer wires 22a. Strands ing or roller die compaction that further compacts rope 30. difference between jacking points. heaters were originally placed in the Under $150,000: PSC Crane and 10a, 10b, 10c, and 10d have been stranded and compacted After compaction, rope 30 undergoes a black oxide coating Barnhart used Modular Lift Towers building during its construction, when Rigging’s Move and Installation of and are closed together to produce rope 30. As shown in fig- treatment. Any black oxide coating method may be used, and hydraulic jacks to lift and secure the roof was off; however, for several a Diesel Generator Package ure 22, when rope 30 is formed, the mechanical seal 26a such as, for example, cold applied, low temperature, stanthe structure while innovatively taking reasons, the roof could not be opened up Last winter, PSC Crane & Rigging dard high temperature or other appropriate black oxide advantage of the launch pad’s rota- for the replacement. successfully completed a very complex coating method now known or that may be known in the T h e c u s t o m e r ’ s o r i g i n a l p l a n rigging job that began with off-loading tional ability for positioning purposes. future. In order to eliminate the problem of flaking that can Already concerned about the maze of required a high-capacity crane that and transferring an 8 megawatt occur when the blackening is done through a powder coat duct work, piping and steel, Barnhart would have driven up the cost of the Wartsila generator from a rail car onto treatment, the blackened finished of rope 30 occurs through crews also had to worry about high job. Barnhart proposed a less expensive a nine-line Goldhofer trailer. PSC then a black oxide chemical conversion process. winds and lightning prevalent in the alternative that used its 800 ton hauled the 332,000 pound generator – This process may which be adversely affected the black spring. On several occasions, the job capacity Demag TC 3000 measured 44 feetiflong, 10 feetoxide 10 lattice boom chemical is contaminated by zinc contained in inner was shut down at the first sight of truck crane. Both the extraction of the inches wide and 14 feet 2 incheswires high 16. – Therefore, itofisthe important inner wiresPower 16 containing zinc a milethat to the Indian Plant near lightning because nobody involved old heaters and the installation are not exposed chemicals used Rensselaer, the black oxide treatalong to a the wanted to take chances with such an new ones required movement ment. As described hereinabove, this opening is accomplished by first The existing in the buildexpensive, highly technical apparatus. circuitous path through the building to compacting each strand 10. The compaction of strand 10 causes a After successfully completing the and from a hole in an exterior wall ing’s brick façade, which measured theabove flattening (plasticlittle deformation and10shaping) of outer more than feet wide, had towires be grade. project, Barnhart and NASA concluded more than 100 feet 22 and outer wires 22 to butt up (wedge) against one anenlarged before the generator could as 2 cause inches. the launch structure weighed about 5 Clearances were as tight other thereby forming tight mechanical seal 26 and preventing To adjust to inconsistencies in pass through. PSC used a 500 ton J&R million pounds, of which Barnhart thethe liquid black oxideLift-NLock chemical from coming into contact with gantry system equipped flooring throughout building, lifted about 2.5 million pounds. wires 16. The finish theRotator visibility Figure 23: Cross-sectional view of the four strands of secondt embodiwith a 400 ton decreases J&R Power toof Barnhar en gin eerinner s developed a blackened $150,000-$750,000: Barnhart rope 30 for use in theatrical stage productions. WRN ment after compaction. Wire Rope News & Sling Technology

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saltwater applications. Handles come RFID equipped for inspection or inventory purposes. To find out more about the new G209RP subsea shackles contact The Crosby Group at (800) 797-4611 or visit The Crosby Group markets a line of premium accessories used in material handling and rigging applications. Based in the US, the company has the reputation around the world for providing a broad range of products suitable for the most demanding of operating conditions with uncompromising quality. Products include wire rope clips, hooks, and shackles, lifting clamps,

All Material Handling is announcing a new option for MA series hand chain hoist and LA series lever hoist: USA made load chain is now available. AMH distributors may specify the USA load chain option by adding a “U” code at the end of the model number as explained in a new price list made available to them. Hoists, equipped with the USA load chain option, are assembled and tested at one of AMH’s US service centers, according to a company release. A new inspection and test certification, by individual serial number, will

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be packaged with each unit identifying the service center’s address and the technician responsible. Hoist bodies will also display “USA LOAD CHAIN” and “USA ASSEMBLED & TESTED” stickers.

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pewag has been at the core of chain innovation for over 500 years and is pleased to introduce the First 1-1/4” Grade 100 Winner® Chain and components that can handle the most demanding workloads (WLL 90,400 lbs @ 90°), according to a company release. When your workload demands are pushed to the limit, pewag innovation provides superior strength and endurance when you need it the most! Key Features & Benefits: •  New1-1/4” Chain and components •  Made to Grade 100 specifications •  Fatigue tested to ASTM A952 standard 66

With the advancements in subsea applications, the use of Remote Operating Vehicles (ROV) has become more prevalent in those difficult to reach areas such as deep sea exploration, attachment of offshore rigs to the sea floor, welding and capping oil well equipment on the ocean floor. To meet the demanding needs of these applications, Crosby is pleased to announce, in a recent company release, the new G-209RP shackle for efficient load handling and attachment by Remote Operating Vehicles in subsea and other hard-to-reach applications. Specific design features that make the G-209RP shackle ideal for these types of applications is its interchangeable, “D” and “F” handle designs that allows for different robotic grips. The shackle bows are painted fluorescent yellow and handles fluorescent orange, for differentiation between the two and for better undersea visibility. Pins and bows are made from galvanized steel and the handles from stainless steel for better resistance to corrosion in harsh

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hoist rings, overhaul balls, snatch blocks, crane blocks and sheaves. Crosby also provides a “world class” training program, focusing on the proper usage of Crosby Products.

Van Beest introduces range of blocks

For over 90 years the production of high tensile shackles has been our core business and competence. The designs and quality standards of our wire rope- and chain accessories are the result of requirements put forward by our customers in markets throughout the world. Van Beest offers three types of blocks from stock, according to a company brochure. We offer snatch blocks fitted either with a Green Pin shackle or a hook. The third type is single sheave malleable iron blocks for use with steel wire rope or fibre rope. Blocks are used

in lifting systems to change load direction or to drag a load. Together with the wire rope, blocks are the connection between the load to be lifted and the lifting device. Van Beest offers three types of blocks from stock. We offer snatch blocks fitted either with a Green Pin shackle or a hook. The third type is single sheave malleable iron blocks for use with steel wire rope or fibre rope. Other types of blocks can be offered upon request. There are different types of blocks with their specific designs to suit a particular purpose. Some types are equipped with bronze bushes while other types have conical roller bearings depending on frequency of use and line speed. Snatch blocks allow the wire rope to be attached easily by opening up the block instead of threading the wire rope through the block. Should you have questions, contact information can be found on the Van Beest website at

phasis on safety, according to a company release. The 1.0 Ton to 3.0 Ton Models have a Safety Lever - Locks open: easy to set over edge of plate material with no “jamming” or teeth chipping, which is possible with spring loaded cams. Locks Closed: stops the clamp from “walking” at edge of plate during a horizontal to vertical lift at top/dead center. A large squared gripping pad provides 200% to 300% more contact area versus other clamps “buttons”, and a non-welded (bolted) multi-laminated plate body provides additional safety benefits and has the potential to expose abuse – permitting corrections for safe usage. For more information visit their website at www.

Van Beest expands the Green Pin line

After the recent introduction of the Green Pin ROV Release shackles, Van Beest expands the range with the in-

Intercon Enterprises, Inc. announces the TBL Series Plate Clamp

The TBL Series Plate Clamp from the TIGRIP Material Handling Grabs Line is unique in the plate steel handling industry when it comes to an emtroduction of three smaller sizes: WLL 6.5, 9.5 and 12 t. These shackles are designed for under water use in harsh conditions, according to a company release. The unique design, developed in close cooperation with the end users of this type of products, makes them easy to manipulate by a robot. The different types, now available in a range of WLL 6.5 up to 85 t, will solve nearly every ROV lifting application you can imagine. For the latest Van Beest product information including details of these new sizes please contact:



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Van Beest introduces a new type of master link and master link assembly to the program

These master links are DNV type approved to certification note 2.7-1, lifting sets for offshore containers, certification no. S-5678. They can be supplied directly from stock. In oil and gas production, safety is all important. The working conditions are tough and products have to

be able to sustain extreme conditions. According to a company release, these master links are ideal for use in this high-risk environment, where strength, durability and quality are of the utmost importance. Green Pin® master links are best used with Green Pin Standard and Polar shackles, which are also DNV type approved. For more information, including details of these master links, please contact:



Spider Launches SpiderLine™

Spider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, announces the new and improved design for the SpiderLine™ Temporary Horizontal Lifeline System – the safe, reliable and proven fall protection solution for workers on bridges, building construction, roof tops and other elevated surfaces. Easy to install and engineered to fit multiple applications at height, SpiderLine™ improves workers’ safety and productivity while meeting OSHA and CSA fall protection requirements, according to a company release. With a maximum length of 300 ft, the improved SpiderLine™ design boasts several superior features. Standard pass through stanchions allow the freedom to move without having to unhook the lanyard. The wide clamp option connects to beams up to 36 in.

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wide with 3 3/8 in. flange thickness. The 12.5° vertical angle allows an open walkway for workers, the low profile chain eliminates trip hazards, and the modular stanchion post makes it more affordable. “For more than 65 years, our market-leading suspended access offerings have included the safest, most reliable fall protection solutions, from

our trusted harnesses to our recently launched temporary, nonpenetrating SpiderRail™ guardrail. We’re excited to add the new SpiderLine™ to this reputable lineup,” says John Sotiroff, Vice President Sales and Distribution. “We listened to our customers’ needs and improved the SpiderLine™ features accordingly. The result is a safe, affordable, code-compliant temporary horizontal lifeline system that workers at height demand and deserve.” SpiderLine™ is available for purchase from Spider’s 25 operation centers in the Americas. To view the product brochure, point your browser to

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with a new innovative design and more than a dozen new sizes have been added to the Campbell Alloy Shackle line. The new design removes all markings from the top of the shackle bow to prevent fraying of synthetic slings, which are widely used in the heavy

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Campbell expands its anchor shackles line to include 22 popular sizes

Venerable brand unveils new innovative design to meet customers’ needs Campbell®, a premier material handling brand from Apex Tool Group and the makers of quality chains, blocks, clamps and fittings, announced the expansion of its Alloy Anchor Shackle product line to include 22 mid-to-large size screw-pin and bolt-type shackles. Legacy shackles have been updated

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continued from previous page field. The angle between markings provides a quick visual guide for approximating the load angle for double and single leg slings. The radial draft geometry of the shackle ear increases the cross-sectional area for greater strength, while improving fit and function between the pin and shackle body. The new shackles are also fully CE compliant and include the CE marking, showing they have met European Union safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. “Our anchor shackle line extension fills a void in the marketplace,” said Matthew Currin, Campbell product manager. “We conducted extensive field research, which provided insight into the needs of our customers and led to the improved design and breadth of our enhanced Alloy Shackle Line. The new features and benefits combined with our expanded offering put Campbell in a class by itself – providing unmatched value for our customers.” All shackles are comprised of drop forged alloy steel and heat treated alloy pins for superior strength and performance. The Screw Pin Anchor Shackles are available in sizes ranging from 3/8” through 2”, while the Bolt Type Anchor Shackle line encompasses sizes from 3/8” through 2-1/2. The Anchor Shackles also utilize a new Thermadep paint process on the pins and bolts, which creates a more attractive and durable finish than standard powder coating. Made in the USA, the new Campbell Anchor Shackles offer unprecedented strength and durability, which have become synonymous with the Campbell brand.

TALURIT launches an app for Android

The TALURIT Splicing Calculator is now available for Android. This app is an excellent tool for those who need help selecting the correct ferrule


for different types of wire ropes. The calculator can be used to calculate the right size of ferrules, as well as providing guidance for choosing the right die sizes. The app contains tables for selections of various types of ferrules. The tables are based on European standards and TALURIT specifications. IMPORTANT! This app is only compatible with TALURIT mechanical splicing systems.

Van Beest introduces a new type of turnbuckle

Green Pin Polar turnbuckles JawJaw (type G-6333). According to a com-

pany release, these are suitable for use under extreme climatic conditions, with a temperature range of -40°C up to +200°C. Turnbuckles are normally used for rigging or tensioning of wires, ropes, rods etc. They are designed for straight/ in-line rigging, tensioning or lashing. For more information on these Polar turnbuckles, please contact the company at

TALURIT launches a 40T Swager!

This new 40T Swager can be used either vertically, horizontally or upside down. Options such as a stabilizing plate or a tilted adjustable stand are available. The 40 ton Swager offers total flexibility and is easy to use in the field due to its light weight and easy operation. According to a company release, this swager has many advantages: •  Portable •  Powerful •  Economical •  Versatile •  Reliable •  User friendly •  Short process cycle time •  Automatic shut down •  Environmentally friendly •  Compatible with size A1 & A dies It also features quick couplings on all hydraulic hoses, can swage T-ferrules

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up to size 9 in single stage and can swage T-ferrules up to size 13 in multi stage. Optional features include: hold position, automatic return, and pressure presetting. Read more about the 40T Swager in the data sheet: We can also offer wire rope cutters as hand tools which are excellent together with the new 40T Swager. These hand cutters are user friendly with the capacity to cut wire rope from Ø 4 mm to Ø 18 mm.

Mitsubishi forklift trucks announces new series of tier 4 final diesel pneumatic tire forklift trucks

The 8,000-12,000 lb. series adds value with reduced fuel consumption and lower total cost of ownership Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, manufacturer of reliable and affordable forklift trucks for hard-working applications, announced a new series of 8,000-12,000 lb. capacity diesel pneumatic tire forklift trucks. The FD40N1-FD55N1 Series features a new diesel engine that provides a 21.6% increase in fuel efficiency. According to a company release,

the engine, which is designed to meet the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 4 Final emissions standards, also offers increased performance and reduced emissions levels. “We’re committed to providing customers with hardworking and reliable forklifts that deliver exceptional value,” said Lucas Dumdie, product line manager at Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks.

“This latest diesel pneumatic tire forklift truck model provides a lower overall operating cost by reducing maintenance and fuel consumption, while providing customers with increased productivity and performance.” Including a new Tier 4 Final diesel engine was a key component in the update of the FD40N1-FD55N1 Series.

These new diesel-engine forklift trucks offer customers a variety of productivity-enhancing features and cost-savings benefits, including: •  Reduced Maintenance. Equipped with a Perkins® 854F engine, this class-leading engine operates without requiring any ash service. The reduced maintenance lowers the overall cost of ownership and increases value and reliability for the customer. The engine also features low-noise levels, which helps to reduce operator fatigue throughout the shift. •  Improved Energy Efficiency and Higher Performance. The diesel particulate filter (DPF) on the new FD40N1-FD55N1 automatically regenerates during normal operation, eliminating work cycle interruption, even at low engine speeds. The dieselpowered engine also features a 21.6% improvement in fuel consumption, in addition to the 90% reduction in particulate matter and the nearly 50% reduction of NOx. •  Flexible Options. The new series also offers options to further enhance productivity, such as wet-disc brakes, which includes auto-deceleration and controlled rollback to slow and control the forklift. As an added benefit, the braking system doesn’t use the transmission for braking, helping to prevent premature component wear. Other productivity-enhancing options include a low noise kit to help reduce operator fatigue and cab options that help protect the operator from harsh outside elements. •  Tier 4 Final Engine. Tier 4 Final is the final level of the current regulatory schedule on diesel exhaust as implemented by the EPA to govern diesel particulate and NOx emissions. Advanced technologies have been incorporated into the new series’ Perkins 854F diesel engine to meet Tier 4 Final regulations. In addition to lowering the amount of Particulate Matter or “soot” that is released into the environment, the new engine also enhances the lift truck’s overall performance and reliability, while also exceeding Tier 4 Final emissions requirements. The FD40N1-FD55N1 series of forklift trucks are the first Mitsubishi forklift trucks to feature a new Tier 4 engine with several additional internal combustion products planned for 2013 and 2014. Visit to read more about this newly updated series of diesel-powered pneumatic tire forklifts or other Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks products.

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WireCo WorldGroup appoints Christopher Ayers President and Chief Executive Officer

WireCo WorldGroup, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of steel and synthetic lifting products, announced the appointment of Christopher L. Ayers as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 7, 2013. Mr. Ayers will replace interim CEO Stephan Kessel, who has served since April 2013. Mr. Ayers previously served as Executive Vice President, President of Global Primary Products at Alcoa, where he oversaw the company’s alu-

leadership skills and relevant industry experience, we believe he is the ideal choice to drive improvements in the business and further develop our brand while delivering a consistently superior customer experience for all existing and prospective customers.” “This is an exciting challenge and I look forward to helping WireCo realize its full potential,” Ayers said. “WireCo is known globally for its industry leadership and exceptional technical expertise, and I believe the Company has significant untapped potential. I’m confident that WireCo, with its outstanding portfolio of products and brands, is well positioned to drive growth and enhance value for its shareholders. I’m excited to work with WireCo’s management team and employees to service our valued customers, generate growth and build a stronger future for the Company.”

Muncy Industries expands sales team

Christopher Ayers

minum and alumina businesses, with more than 20,000 employees and 39 facilities worldwide, and $10.5 billion in 2012 revenue. Prior to joining Alcoa, he was President of the PCC Forgings Division of Precision Castparts Corporation. When Mr. Ayers led PCC Forgings, the business had $3.5 billion in revenue and 5,500 employees in facilities located in North America, Europe, UK, and Australia. He was also President of Wyman Gordon Forgings from 2004–2006. “After a thorough search, we are confident that we have selected the best candidate to lead WireCo,” said John J. Anton, Chairman of WireCo. “Chris has had a solid track record of success in achieving operational excellence and financial performance. His appointment represents a natural step in the evolution of WireCo as we seek to enhance the Company’s global manufacturing footprint and comprehensive product portfolio to service diverse end markets. Given Chris’s significant 72

Muncy Industries, LLC., is proud to introduce Jason B. Hilton of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, as the Company’s Outside Sales Representative. Hilton will be responsible for working with our customers, answering their questions and needs. Having obtained his Business/Marketing degree in 1999 from Millersville University, Hilton is coming to us with over 12 years of experience in sales. He has held applicable positions with various companies around the United States. A quote from our Inside Sales Manager, Rose Pulizzi, “We are excited to have Jason join our sales team. He will help us immensely with building business relationships on the local and

global level. His friendly personality, professionalism, and knowledge will represent us well.” Hilton is also on the advisory board for the “K’s for Cancer” charity, started in honor of his younger brother who passed away recently from cancer, raising and donating money to families to help with expenses associated with cancer. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Jason Hilton on board with the team at Muncy Industries, LLC. He can be reached on his mobile phone at 570-238-0231, office phone at 570-6495188, and fax at 570-649-5850.

Spider hires Cliff Brown as District Sales Representative – Orlando

Spider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, announces Cliff Brown has joined its Orlando operation center as District Sales Representative. In this role, Brown is responsible for solving the suspended scaffolding and fall protec-

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tion challenges of contractors and facility owners in Florida, south of the panhandle. Brown has been in the scaffolding industry for over twenty-one years, holding various sales and management positions with companies like Safway Services, LLC, United Scaffolding, and Betco Scaffold Services. Most recently he served as Branch Manager/Regional Suspended Products Hub Manager for Direct Scaffold Services, where his branch revenue more than quadrupled under his leadership. “Cliff knows the suspended scaffolding industry like the back of his

hand,” comments John Sotiroff, Vice President Spider Sales and Distribution. “His expertise in evaluating jobsite conditions and proposing safe, reliable, code-compliant solutions ensures contractors in his territory will receive unparalleled service and support as he transitions to his role with Spider. We are excited about the contributions Cliff will deliver alongside our top-notch Orlando team.”

Spider hires John Callahan as Area Director - West

Spider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, welcomes John Callahan as Area Director of its western region. In this role, Callahan will lead branch sales and operations execution for the company’s Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas, Denver and Vancouver, BC operation centers. Callahan spent the past seven years with Safway Services LLC, most recently serving as Division Manager of the motorized access division. He implemented infrastructure plans, procedures, services & training for this new division, created to compliment the company’s existing access product lines. He has an extensive background in the construction industry and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. “For over 65 years, we have been striving to provide contractors and facility owners with the safest, most reliable access & fall protection solutions each and every day,” comments John Sotiroff, Vice President, Spider Sales and Distribution. “John’s track record of successfully implementing corporate initiatives, managing teams, and facilitating growth is indicative of the leadership we’re certain he’ll bring to Spider.

John Callahan

Under his leadership, our eight operation centers in the western U.S. and Canada will continue to strive for excellence in the products, service & training they provide to their customers.”

Steel industry names William Heenan as recipient of 2013 SMDI Lifetime Achievement Award

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), announced that William M. Heenan, Jr. is the recipient of the 2013 Steel Market Development Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. Heenan was president of the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) from 1990 until December 2010, when he retired after nearly 40 years of service in the steel industry. The SMDI Lifetime Achievement Award, which was established in 2004, recognizes steel industry professionals who have made significant contributions over the course of their careers to advancing the competitive use of steel in the marketplace. The award was presented by Michael T. Rehwinkel, Chairman, AISI Board of Directors, and President and CEO, EVRAZ North America, during a ceremony held at AISI’s 121st General Meeting at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. “Throughout his career, Bill was one of the industry’s most visible spokespersons for establishing steel as the material of choice in the automotive, construction and container markets,” said Lawrence W. Kavanagh, President, SMDI . “As the president of SRI, he built the organization from the ground up, establishing it as the leading authority on steel recycling benefits and practices with federal, state and local officials, as well as with the general public. He was sought out by established environmental organizations and media groups for his knowledge and respected for the energy he brought to educating all audiences on the benefits of steel to a vibrant, modern society. We are proud to recognize his many contributions with the 2013 SMDI Lifetime Achievement Award.” The award inscription reads: “Presented to William M. Heenan, Jr. from a grateful industry that continues to reap the benefits of his leadership and vision - May 2013.” Prior to joining SRI, Heenan was general manager, tin mill products, for the


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been a valuable asset to Loos & Company since day one. “It’s a great feeling.” Mike stated. “To be able to stay an entire career at one company, and be able to find success at each level,” he continued. “My years of wire drawing experience should help me immensely in this position, and I hope that it will lead to greater understanding of our customer’s needs and wants.” Please join us here at Loos & Company in congratulating Mike.

(E&E). DSM’s strategy, named Vision continued from previous page 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses United States Steel Corp.,and a position on accelerating profitable innovato which he of was 1988. He tive growth theappointed company’sinspecialties is a lifetimeMarket-driven board member ofgrowth, the Naportfolio. tional Recycling Coalition. He served innovation and increased presence in as a board member are of Keep America emerging economies key drivers of Beautiful, Inc. The and was co-chairperson this strategy. group has annual of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. sales of over EUR 8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM Loos Company names ranks & among the global leaders in Mike their Wire is many Fredrickson of its fields. The company Division SalesinManager headquartered the Netherlands, Looslocations & Company is proud anwith in Europe, Asia, to Africa nounce the promotion of Mike Fredand the Americas. rickson as Gore the Wire Division Inc. Sales About W.L. & Associates, Manager. Mike,&a near thirty year vetW. L. Gore Associates, Inc., a eran of the wire, wire rope, and cable technology solutions provider with nearly $2 billion in sales and more than 7,000 associates, specializes in fluoropolymer innovations that improve the quality of life. Over its 47year history, Gore has applied its world-renowned expertise with membranes, fibers and laminates to thousands of products in performance-

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assembly industry, brings a fresh look to their wire sales team. Mike began his career in the early 1980’s as a wire drawing operator in the Loos & Company Wire Mill, and has risen through the ranks of production and sales. He has spent time as a Product Manager focusing on cable assembly sales, and as an Account Manager for the Eastern Region for the Wire Rope and Cableware® Divisions of Loos & Company. No stranger to new ventures or markets, Mike has 74 54

His knowledge, experience and dedication will help deliver the safest, most productive access solutions for the customers he and the rest of our Kansas City team serve.”

Spider hires Vic Presnal as District Sales Representative – Atlanta

Spider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, announces Vic Presnal has joined its Atlanta operation center as District Sales Representative. In this role, Presnal is responsible for solving the Spider hires John VanNatta as suspended scaffolding and fall protecDistrict Sales Representative – tion challenges of contractors and facility owners in Georgia, Alabama and Kansas City Spider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, Tennessee. Presnal brings over twenty years announces John VanNatta as District Sales Representative of its Kansas of experience in the aerial equipment City operation center. In this role, Van- industry to Spider, holding various Natta is responsible for solving the sus- sales and management positions with companies including United Rentals, Wooden bridge at River Camp by St. Joe in Panama City, Florida using stainless steel cable. High Reach Equipment Services and Skyjack Equipment. Throughout his driven markets, such as automotive, Bridges of Tallahassee, Florida are the career, he has consistently exceeded energy, electronics and industrial recipients of the Ultra-tec ® Cable sales revenue targets, increased marfiltration. The company operates in Railing Design Award, according to ket penetration and focused on excepmore than 45 facilities worldwide with Raymond Kechely, vice president of tional customer service. headquarters in Newark, Delaware, The Cable Connection the manufac“Vic’s career has reflected the ultiUSA. For more information, visit t ure r o f U l t r a -t e c ® ca b l e r a i l i ng mate goal we share at Spider - products. ing contractors safely access work at The award was given for the design Dyneema® is a registered trademark and fabrication of a wooden bridge at of Royal DSM N.V. A l l o t h e r t r a d e m a r k s a r e t h e River Camp by St. Joe in Panama City, Florida. The bridge was built in 2005 property of their respective owners. using stainless steel cable as the Cable Railing Design railing in-fill. Award announced According to Kechely, the award is Goddard Specialty Construction of given for the design of the railing in Peachtree City, Florida and Nature relation to its setting and for the appearance and quality of fabrication of the railing. The Cable Connection John VanNatta supplied the tensioners and mounting devices for the cable. Nature Bridges pended scaffolding and fall protection built the bridge. Goddard Specialty challenges of contractors and facility Construction installed the cables. owners in Kansas, Nebraska, and por“Thin, yet strong stainless steel cable tions of Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa. was the perfect choice for this project,” VanNatta possesses over twenty-two explained Brian Fischer of Goddard years experience in the scaffolding inSpecialty Construction. “You hardly dustry with companies including Safsee the cable, so the view is unimway Scaffold, Inc., Best Scaffold Compaired.” Brian's partner, Don Goddard, pany, Inc., and Betco Scaffold. Vic Presnal added, “The Cable Connection had all Most recently, he was responsible for the right stainless steel tensioners and sales with Waco Scaffold, Inc., consis- height,” comments John Sotiroff, Vice fittings that enabled us to install the tently increasing revenue in his terri- President Spider Sales and Distribucable quickly and at a very reasonable tion. “The experience he has gained in tory during his tenure. cost. We are proud of this project and “As the suspended scaffold market the aerial equipment market will posithrilled to receive the design award. leader for over 65 years, Spider knows tively impact his ability to navigate the the value of experience and longevity,” suspended scaffold industry and procalls for Vietnam mote Spider’s extensive, reliable prodcomments John Sotiroff, Vice President NEMA into the WTO uct line. In addition, the exceptional Spider Sales and Distribution. “The admission support of our team will ensure time John has invested in this industry as soon asAtlanta possible Vic’s territory will receive will directly and positively impact the customers NEMA, inthe National Electrical the safest products and besthas service in contractors and facility owners he will Manufacturers Association, hailed serve with Spider. the industry.” recent conclusion of negotiations

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August 2006

Advertisers Index Please turn to the pages indicated below for a detailed view of advertisers’ products or services. Accutech ........................................................63

Lug-All . ..........................................................69

All Material Handling .................................67, 71

Miller Lifting Products .....................................39

Allied Power Products .....................................53

Morse-Starrett Products Co. . ..........................51

Associated Wire Rope & Rigging, Inc. .... 13, 49, 52

Muncy Industries ............................................20

Buffalo Lifting and Testing ...............................59

New England Ropes ........................................55

C. Sherman Johnson Co., Inc. . .......................68

Peerless . ........................................................29

Caldwell Company, Inc. .......................32, 42, 80

Premier Wire Rope ............................................4

Chant Engineering Co., Inc. .......................25, 47

Rud Chain, Inc. ...............................................28

Chicago Hardware ..........................................26

Sea Catch .......................................................74

Cleveland City Forge . ......................................33

Slingmax Rigging Products ...............................5

The Crosby Group . ...............................2, 24, 34

Slinguard Protectors . ......................................48

Distributor Computer Systems . .......................65

Southern Wire .................................................18

Downs Crane & Hoist Co., Inc. ........................63

Strider~Resource . .........................................11

Elebia .............................................................37

Suncor Stainless, Inc. ............................... 40-41

Engineered Lifting Tech ...................................65

Talurit .............................................................21

Esmet .............................................................22

Taylor Chain Company ....................................38

Gaylin International Co. Pte. Ltd. . ....................79

Terrier Lifting Clamps ......................................27

Harrington Hoists ............................................35

Ultra-Safe, Inc. . ..............................................73

Ken Forging, Inc. .............................................14

Van Beest BV ..................................................15

Kulkoni ...........................................................43

Vanguard Steel, Ltd. ........................................19

KWS, Inc. .......................................................61

Wichard, Inc. ..................................................57

Landmann ........................................................6

Windy Ridge Corporation ................................61

Lift-It Manufacturing Co., Inc............................31

Wirop Industrial Co., Ltd. . ...............................23

Lincoln Hoist . ...................................................3

Yoke Industrial Corp. .......................................17

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HELP WANTED Loos & Co., Inc. manufactures stainless and nickel alloy wire and cable products. We are seeking an Engineer with experience in metallurgy, preferably with a wire drawing background. Must have a BS in metallurgy, or substantial industry experience in wire or specialty metals industries. Medical grade alloys knowledge is a definite plus. We offer competitive wages with a comprehensive benefit program. An EEO/AA Company. Visit our website at Forward resumes to Fast growing Billings Montana industrial supply and rigging shop seeks experienced rigger and wire rope assembler. Must be familiar with all aspects of rigging shop operations. Email resume to POSITION AVAILABLE Caldwell is a rapidly growing, employeeowned company located in Rockford, Illinois. Founded in 1954, we are the leading manufacturer of below the hook lifting solutions and as a result of our continued growth, we are seeking qualified, talented candidates to join our team. Caldwell offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. To join our team, qualified candidates can apply by email to: HumanResources@Caldwellinc. com or by mail to Human Resources, The Caldwell Group, Inc., 5055 26th Avenue, Rockford, IL 61109. Key Accounts Manager This position is responsible for building and maintaining key customer relationships, providing problem resolution and recommending value added services. Additional requirements include representing the company at trade shows, forecasting and achieving account targets and delivering customer presentations. Requirements include BS/BA in Business or other related discipline or equivalent experience; a major or minor in Engineering a plus; five years experience in sales positions of increasing responsibility and scope; two years experience managing key or national accounts and knowledge of the rigging and crane industries a plus. Position requires up to 50% travel and a valid driver’s license. Company: Southern Wire, a leading wholesaler/distributor of wire rope, slings, chain, and fittings is expanding its sales force. We are seeking Inside Sales Representatives for the Memphis, TN area. We offer a competitive base salary and commission program. Our excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, life, disability, paid vacation, and 401K. Please visit company website: College degree preferred - Industry knowledge a must. Send resume in confidence to: or Fax# 662-893-4732. *No calls please* Muncy Industries, LLC, has been providing quality wire rope fittings, lifting hardware, and machines for over 60 years. Originally based out of Pennsylvania, we have recently opened a second location in Lafayette, Louisiana. Muncy Industries is


seeking an individual with experience in the wire rope industry to help lead the sales team in our Louisiana location. Requirements include: • Knowledge of the wire rope industry or related industry in the gulf area is a must. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Team player, good with people. • Must be able to set and attain goals in a timely manner. • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Quick-Books. We offer competitive wages alongside an excellent benefits package including 100% medical, life, disability, and 401K. Contact us via email: or fax: 570-649-5850. Sales representative/district manager needed for growing wholesaler or rigging supplies, including wire rope, chain, webbing and hardware. Experienced candidate will be responsible for all phases of sales and operations in our new location in New Orleans. Knowledge in off-shore, marine, and high performance crane ropes are all a plus. Some overnight travel will be required. Ability to communicate with rigging shops is vital. Please e-mail resume, including salary requirements to EOE. Outside sales representative needed for a well established distributor of wire rope, rigging hardware, chain and related industry products, located in Central Arkansas. The qualified individual will possess industry knowledge and the ability to develop new accounts and grow existing accounts. Our company offers a competitive salary, bonus structure and benefits package. If you are qualified please email your resume with salary history to: Reference Box12-01 on subject line, and reply to Web and Round Sling Dept. Manager; Arctic Wire Rope and Supply in Anchorage Alaska is looking for an experienced person to run a small but active sewing and round sling department. Must be accomplished at sewing and teaching others  how to fabricate  multiple ply and width web slings, working with a round sling machine and adapting to ours. Must be comfortable with non-standard / custom orders. Pay is $18-22/hr DOE, major medical, 401k with 8% company match. Winters can be cold and long, should enjoy playing in the snow if possible, no city or state tax and you get a yearly permanent dividend from the State after one year of residency. Email resume to Wire Rope Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of premium ropes with more than 125 years of experience, is opening a regional sales rep position to support the growing business in South/Central USA. We are looking for a dynamic candidate with experience in the lifting industry and a proven ability to excel in competitive environments. Strong personality, focus, drive, and the ability to develop accounts in a fast and sustainable way are required. We offer competitive

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compensation, industry-leading training, and opportunities for growth. If you are interested in joining the leading innovators in the premium market, please email your resume to Company: Southern Wire, a leading wholesaler/distributor of wire rope, slings, chain, and fittings is expanding sales force in other parts of the US. We are seeking Outside Sales Territory Managers for the Northeastern and South Central areas of the US. We offer a competitive base salary and commission program. Our excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, life, disability, paid vacation, vehicle, and 401K. Please visit company website: College degree preferred - Industry knowledge a must. Send resume in confidence to: or Fax# 662893-4732. *No calls please* Philadelphia, PA Wire Rope & Fabrication shop has inside customer sales/service position. Experience in rigging or crane industries a plus. Contact us via email: hjs_ or fax: 610-687-0912. Inside wire rope sales representative: 90+ year family owned business is looking for an experienced inside Wire Rope representative, to replace retiring veteran salesman. Candidates must be reliable, honest, strong work ethic, and demonstrate good communication skills. Our company provides excellent compensation and benefits to our team members, including Paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave, 401K Retirement plan with matching, excellent insurance benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision, RX, Short Term Disability, Life Insurance. M-F. office hours. Drug free workplace. Please reply to: Attention: Cherise, Rasmussen Wire Rope and Rigging Co. Inc. 415 south Cloverdale Street, P.O. Box 81206 Seattle, WA 98108, Phone: 206-762-3700, Fax: 206-7625003, email: Cherise Certified Slings & Supply, Florida’s largest family owned rigging, contractor and industrial supply company is seeking experienced sales representatives for our Florida territories. The suitable candidate will be aggressive and detail-oriented with experience in selling overhead lifting, load securement and fall protection equipment along with other contractor supplies and have a proven successful sales history. Our 53-year family-owned company provides excellent benefits to our team members including medical insurance, holiday and vacation pay and 401(k) with company match. If you share our core values and the experience we are looking for we look forward to hearing from you. Email your resume and salary requirements to Attention Team Member Relations at csi@certifiedslings. com or fax to 407-260-9196. Our Purpose: To grow through challenge and opportunity ‘with passion’ while benefiting team members, customers and vendors. Our Core Values: Service, Quality, Team, Commitment, Communication, continued

Integrity, Respect. Our Mission: We will be the most trusted and respected company in rigging, overhead lifting, load securement and contractor supplies in the world. Please visit our website at www.certifiedslings. com. EOE/AA/MFDV. Drug Free Workplace – Drug testing required. Florida Locations include: Orlando, Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Tampa and Ocala. Company: Nelson Wire Rope Corporation Description: Established in 1979 in Hatfield, Pa, Nelson Wire Rope Corporation is a leader in wire rope fabrication and product distribution. We offer a wide array of products for the lifting, towing, construction, traffic control and other industries. Location: Hatfield, PA Employee Type: Fulltime Industry: Manufacturing, Wire Rope and Sling Industry Job Title: Outside-Inside Sales Required Education: Industry experience, degree preferred Required Travel: Frequent Day Trips Other: Local Candidates Only Interested candidates should Email resume to: Job Duties and Responsibilities: • Aggressively identifies and contacts prospective customers by phone and on-site visits. Ability to conduct sales presentations of company products or services while on site. Plans effective strategies to capture new business. Proven ability to generate new sales. • Provide inside customer service and sales. Skills and Qualifications: • Excellent customer service skills; strong written and verbal communication skills, outgoing personality, team player.

• Effective time management, organization and multi-tasking skills. • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook. Education and Experience: • Minimum of three (3) years experience in an Outside sales role, and five (5) years experience in Inside Sales/Customer Service experience. • Knowledge of wire rope, crane cable, rigging, construction or related industry. Experienced Regional Sales Manager wanted for KWS Inc., member of the THIELE GmbH & Co. KG.-group. KWS Inc. is expanding in the USA and Canada markets. Candidate must have a strong understanding of overhead lifting equipment, chains, slings, hooks and accessories. A strong sales experience is a must. Candidate must also have basic computer skills that include Microsoft word, excel and PowerPoint. KWS Inc. offers a competitive salary, profit sharing and many other benefits. Please email resume to THIELE Germany, Mr. Enrique Bermejo, Sales Director Lifting Department, Germany; Email: Leading manufacturer of below the hook lifting devices seeks a mechanical engineer who has experience with designing below the hook lifters. Experience with motorized control systems is a plus. Excellent working environment, compensation and schedule all in a fantastic, southern coastal area! Please send resume to Tandemloc, 824 Highway 101, Havelock, NC 28532, sandy@ or call 252-463-8113. Sales manager needed for Chicago market. Must have strong understanding of wire

rope, chain, hardware. Must be able to establish goals and achieve desired results. Computer literate, minimal travel. Salesforce knowledge a plus. Competitive salary and benefits. Reply to box 11-4, care of Wire Rope News, 511 Colonia Blvd., Colonia, NJ 07067. Fabrication manager/customer service. Work in a family oriented business with an opportunity to earn part ownership. Need someone 35-55+ years old who started at the bottom and looking to finish at the top. Need hands on splicing experience, lifting rigging experience, test bed knowledge, able to direct small growing crew. Basic computer knowledge. Willing to train and mentor young employees. Top wages and benefits for the right individual. Problem solver that our customers can depend on. Honesty and integrity a must. Call Chuck Farmer, President, Rouster Wire Rope and Rigging, Inc., 304-228-3722, in confidence. Outside Sales Representative needed for well established family owned business in Nashville, TN. Contractors & Industrial Supply Co., Inc. founded in 1970 is a distributor of wire rope, rigging hardware, chain and related industry products is expanding our sales team. The qualified individual will possess industry knowledge and the ability to develop new accounts and maintain existing. We offer a competitive base salary plus commission and an outstanding benefits package. If qualified, please email your resume with salary history to Established wire rope distributor in North America is expanding into crane/concontinued

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tainer rope and fabrication. We are looking for an experienced individual that can assist in formulating a marketing and business plan. This position will eventually evolve to a sales manager or general manager. Fax your resume in strict confidence to 330-4522331 attention Kris Lee or email to klee@

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Texas Wire Rope Company expanding inside sales department. Individuals must have a strong technical, mechanical and basic mathematical aptitude, including basic computer knowledge. Selected candidates must be quality conscious and able to handle multiple tasks. Previous experience in the industrial supply market is necessary. We offer a drug-free, results-oriented work environment with excellent wages and advancement opportunities. Resumes received confidentially at POSITION WANTED Loos & Co., Inc. manufactures stainless and nickel alloy wire and cable products. We are seeking an Engineer with experience in metallurgy, preferably with a wire drawing background. Must have a BS in metallurgy, or substantial industry experience in wire or specialty metals industries. Medical grade alloys knowledge is a definite plus. We offer competitive wages with a comprehensive benefit program. An EEO/AA Company. Visit our website at Forward resumes to West Coast Wire Rope and Rigging is looking to hire experienced riggers. Please send your resume to: 7777 7th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98108, attention manager. Experienced Wire Rope Sling (Flemish) fabricator needed. CWR Hawaii is seeking a worker with knowledge and hands-on ability to fabricate wire rope and chain assemblies. Full-time, 401k, vacation, insurance, and other benefits. Relocationg cost can be negotiated. If you are interested in working for our company, please email me at or call me at 808-843-2020. Former Division-Product Manager, Regional Outside Sales Manager desires southeast territory to manage and solicit accounts in the wire rope, chain, fittings, and related industries. Over 25 years experience including District Manager, Bethlehem Wire Rope, Regional Manager, Wire Rope Ind Product Manager, Rud Chain, Inc. Interested parties reply to M.E. (Mike) Givens, ph 256-476-7700. SEEKING MERGER Rigging products company seeks merger: A nationally-prominent rigging equipment manufacturer seeks to grow through merger with similar company. Strong brand recognition and extensive cargo control, wire rope, chain and synthetic sling production capabilities have fueled our growth. We now seek a merger partner so that we may take advantage of economies of scale and get to the “next level”. The business is not for sale; merger inquiries only. Principals only


REPS WANTED Sunwood Inc., manufacturer of nets, slings, etc. since 1986, (formerly known as Fl. nets & slings supply) is expanding nationwide & looking for ambitious independent reps in US and Canada. Check our webiste: before contacting us. We offer several protected territories without any restriction of house accounts. Generous commission paid when order is shipped (not when $ collected). Call 954-788-7144 or e-mail: Sales rep wanted for an established manufacturer of labels and sling tags. We are looking for a sales rep that currently calls on sling makers and rigging companies and is familiar with the business. Etiflex is a registered trademark and manufactures custom sling tags for synthetic and wire rope slings and has an excellent reputation in the field. We advertise in trade journals and exhibit at industry shows to generate brand awareness. Please contact us at or call 866-ETIFLEX for information. Manufacturer Represtentatives for Lifting Equipment & Accessories wanted by ALL MATERIAL HANDLING, Inc. Territories are now available and supported by our 4 USA Warehouses where our highly competitive and top quality products are stocked to the roof. Partner with us as we continue to grow market share. Check us out at and reach us at 877 543-8264, or e-mail peter@ Well established manufacturer of wire rope assemblies seeks manufacturer representatives for most major U.S. and Canadian markets. Visit our web site at www. Please contact or call Ray at (800) 851-2961 PRODUCT LINES WANTED Merit Sales, Inc. (Manufacturer Representatives) is looking for rigging related lines to compliment the manufacturers we currently represent. If you need sales people in any of our states (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA) please contact. We also have 2 regional warehouses available in the Atlanta area & Houston. e-mail: johng@meritsalesinc. com or call Johnny at 713-664-7723. EQUIPMENT WANTED Wanted: Used test stand for manual hoists static testing, up to 10-tons. Contact John Gideon at or Phone 770-266-5700. Wanted 600t wire rope swaging press complete with dies in good order, please contact, or Tele 0064 3 366 1528. Wanted: used wire rope cable, sizes 1-1/8”, 1”, and 7/8”. Please call for pricing. (740) 452-5770.

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FOR SALE “Nets & slings” equipment (used) are offered at bargain prices (best offer will take it): Singer- 6 Sewing machines H.D. w/ benches. Kiwi- Web printing machine, complete set-up. Tinius Olsen- Testing machine 60K. Call us at 954-788-7144 or e-mail: 3/16" Campbell Chain L3x51 Links- Zinc; 3200 pieces 48" with 5/16" S Hook; 1100 pieces 15" with 5/16"x2.5" O ring; In NC. Best Offer, 800-3429130 x 124, Andy. New wire rope with galvanized finish, 8 x19, Seale, fiber core, traction grade (1180/1770 N/mm²), right regular lay: 1/2” diameter, 14,900 lbs breaking load, .36 lbs/ foot net weight, 25,000 feet; 5/8” diameter, 23,700 lbs breaking load, .58 lbs/foot, 16,489 feet. Contact Draka Elevator Products at 1-877-372-5237 for pricing. New wire rope 1-1/8” drill line 5000 ft. 6x195 BR RR IFWV $30,000 Aud & freight. Reply to Brayd Gross, Alpha Rigging SErvice, 11-13 Gerberte Court, Wurruk, Victoria, Australia, 3850. Phone 0011+61351461088. Email: Crosby 7/8” G213 LPA shackles. NEW! 205 pieces available. Contact Gary Lee @ 1-800-844-3517. Fax 251-456-8860. Impacto Cable cutters and parts available from Windy Ridge Corp. Tamworth, NH, USA. 800-639-2021. Fax 603-323-2322. WIRE ROPE FOR SALE New Wireco: 6 X 26 construction, 7/8” X 5,700’ - 1” X 1,000’ ¾” X 3,500 – 5/8” X 3,000’ – 1-3/8” X 1,350’ – 1-3/8” X 1,500” – 7/16” X 5,000’ – 1” X 300. All New. Also available: new assorted Esco shackles. Call Tom at 541-378-7006 for pricing and details. HARDWARE FOR SALE Overstocked inventory for sale, 1-3/8” Shackle, WLL 13½ ton, galvanized, round pin, import. Super savings. Sold in minimum lots of 50 at $9 each. Eric Parkerson, Certified Slings, 407-331-6677. EQUIPMENT FOR SALE National swage 1000 ton press. Excellent condition, including most dies up to two inch, $110,000. Barry, Bilco Wire Rope & Supply Corp., 908-351-7800 or blemberg@ 1-800 ton Esco, 1-500 ton National, 1-500 ton Esco, 1-350 Esco. 713-641-1552. 150 ton, Wirop C-type hydraulic swaging machine for sale. Brand new, with 4 sets of dies. $19,500 or B/O. Call Oscar at 909-548-2884. Wire Rope Grips for proof test machines. Sizes: 1-1/2”, 2”, 2-1/2”. Load cells & digital read-outs also available. Call Joe Roberts (912) 964-9465. Prooftesters for sale. Capacities from 20,000 lbs. to 3,000,000 lbs. Call Joe Roberts (912) 964-9465.


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