Reminder: Prepare Now for Upcoming Ingersoll Rand® LCA and LCH Parts Retirement

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Reminder: Prepare Now for Upcoming Ingersoll Rand® LCA and LCH Parts Retirement

Please plan now to prepare for the discontinuation of parts for the Ingersoll Rand® Liftchain hook LCA and LCH products lines, effective Dec. 31, 2018.

Despite their discontinuation in 2009 (they were replaced by the LC2A and the LC2H hoist series), we have continued to support the LCA and LCH product lines for the past 10 years.

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Liftchain Hook Mount Air Chain Hoist
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Ingersoll Rand Liftchain Hook Hoists are the most advanced heavy-lifting hoists in the Ingersoll Rand hoist line. They incorporate all the best features we’ve developed from our decades of experience into a compact, modular frame. Hook Mount versions offer maximum versatility to place them where you
need them. Count on Liftchain hook mount hoists to get the job done.

Plan ahead now to:

  • Understand your customer base and stock the parts for any discontinued product which may be relevant to their service needs to help minimize service lead times for these product users.
  •  Recognize that Ingersoll Rand® will no longer provide technical support or service training for products for which parts have been discontinued.
  • Work with your customers to upgrade any current products from the previous LCA line to the current LC2A line.

While we are committed to supporting products throughout their lifecycle with parts for maintenance and overhauls, this change will enable our customer base to realize the features and benefits of our latest product portfolio as they replace aging products. This change will also allow all of us to focus on the latest product line with improved technology and safety features.

Please direct any questions you may have about this transition to your sales leader.

Spec Sheet HERE.

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Get to Know Your Training Specialist – Kevin Giles CRSP

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Kevin Giles, CRSP is one of our highly experienced Training Specialists and Safety Consultants. We sat down with him to find out more about him and how he decided to choose training as a career path.

Tell us about your educational background?

Kevin: I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors, so I started my education at the Nova Scotia Community College in the Forestry Program. I went on to further my education at the Maritime Forest Ranger School in Fredericton NB and graduated in in 1997.

During the next 11 years I worked in many different aspects of forestry from privet woodlot management, and saw milling to large scale harvesting operations. In every job I did I always played a strong role in health and safety of the workplace, it became clear to me that this was the area I wanted to concentrate on, and I never turned back.

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I completed the Health and Safety Professional (HSP) designation and was one of the first people to achieve the designation from the Canadian Association Of Provincial Safety Councils. In 2011 a major highlight of my career was achieving the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation with the Canadian Board of Registered Safety Professionals.

During my 11 years with Hercules I have furthered my education in many areas including; train the trainer programs, Master Rigger, non-destructive testing, and completing 4 diploma programs with the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA). As you can tell I love to grow my knowledge and am highly committed to continuous education, my next goal is to complete the Diploma program in Occupational Health and Safety with the University of New Brunswick, only 3 more courses to go!

What made you decide to go into this industry?

Kevin: As I mentioned the safety industry sort of came to me rather than me seeking it out. With every job I ever had since I was 16 years old I played some kind of role in safety, from being a first aid provider on the ski hills with the Canadian Ski Patrol, to being part of various safety committees, and developing policies and procedures with large industrial forestry operations and sawmills. The rigging industry has given me the opportunity to explore so many aspects of safety I find It amazing to think of.

Can you tell us about your work experience before joining Hercules SLR?

Kevin: Upon graduation from the Maritime Forest Ranger School I worked with the SNB Wood Co-op and the Hants County Woodlot Owners Association helping private woodlot owners manage their woodlots for a verity of forest productivity, environmental, and wildlife goals. This was a very rewarding time and experience in my forestry career.

After 4 years in the privet woodlot industry I moved into several new roles in a more industrial forestry operation with JD Irving ltd., working as harvesting supervisor, planer mill supervisor, and chip plant supervisor. This industrial atmosphere gave me to opportunity to work with contractors, unionized workers, students and many more. Working in these environments which already had a very strong safety culture helped me to build confidence and a broad knowledge base of various safety program elements.

What made you want to transition into training?

Kevin: I’ve always enjoyed helping people and sharing my knowledge whenever I could. I started formally instructing with the Canadian Red Cross first aid programs and have taught for the Canadian Ski Patrol, Saint John Ambulance, Safety Services Nova Scotia, and various employers along the way. I enjoy when I can help a student or coworker have that “lightbulb moment” when everything seems to come together and they get a clear understanding of the topic.

Why did you decide to work for Hercules SLR?

Kevin: When I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in safety the opportunity to Join the Hercules team came available. The timing was right and it was the perfect fit. Having a fulltime safety professional was new for the company and it was new for me. I am very happy to say the company and myself have grown together over the last 11 years to build a strong safety culture.

Where have you traveled during your time as a training specialist for Hercules SLR?

Kevin: The majority of the training that we deliver is based in the maritime provinces, but we are able to deliver training anywhere in Canada.  I’ve delivered training from the coast of NL to the coast of BC and many stops in between, including Ontario, Quebec, PEI, NB and Alberta.

Where have you enjoyed traveling to most for training?

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Kevin: Traveling to different parts of NL over the past few years has been interesting. The people are great, and it has been very interesting to see the change in safety culture since the oil industry has grown so much there. Some of the most memorable places to provide training has been in a federal prison, on various ships, sawmills, and airplane hangars. Sometimes you just don’t know what you are getting into and that is always exciting.

Is there anywhere that you would like to travel to in the future with Hercules SLR?

Kevin: I would really like to travel to the northern parts of Canada maybe up to Yellowknife or somewhere in the North West Territories.

Lastly, is there anything that you hope to accomplish during your career in the industry?

Kevin: I hope to be able to make a great success of our Hercules Training Academy and some day expand the course offerings to include some more of the academic safety programs to help companies build a strong safety culture.

 

Hercules SLR offers a wide array of safety training courses. Alongside our standard courses we can tailor make courses to suit your specific requirements, at our facility or yours. To find out more about our course and how we can help you raise the bar in safety training email us at: training@herculesslr.com

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

 

3M™ DBI-SALA® Fall Protection for Tools

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Taking gravity out of the equation with an expanded lineup of  3M™ DBI-SALA® Fall Protection for Tools

With over 27,000 recorded incidents of people being struck by falling objects each year in Canada, dropped objects prevention planning helps prevent personal injury, equipment damage and tool loss.

Because we continually develop new products to increase worker health and safety, 3M has leveraged its technology to design ergonomic products that help prevent tools from being dropped by at-height workers including four brand new Fall Protection for Tools products.

Explore the New Fall Protection for Tools Lineup

Fall Protection for Tools3M™ DBI-SALA Quick Wrap Tape II

Convenience and safety come together with the 3M™ DBI-SALA Quick Wrap Tape II. Compared to previous generations of our Quick Wrap Tape, this re-engineered tape has a longer shelf life, requires fewer wraps to secure tools (6 wraps vs. a previous 10 wraps for tools up to 2 lbs) and uses proprietary 3M material and adhesive to help resist tears even better than before.

Fall Protection for Tools3M™ DBI-SALA® 5 lb Tool Retractor

The 3M™ DBI-SALA® 5 lb. Retractable Tool Lanyard features a lightweight, compact housing and a strong Dyneema® Retracting Line. This design helps reduce tangling—minimizing worksite tripping hazards and entanglements—while reducing weight on workers’ belts and harnesses.

Fall Protection for Tools3M™ DBI-SALA® Harness Adapter

Our new harness adapter is designed to be used with the new 3M™ DBI-SALA® 5 lb. Retractable Tool Lanyard and can be used on selected products that feature a black and gold carabiner, including the Hook2Hook Coil Tether product lineup.

Fall Protection for Tools3M™ DBI-SALA® Hook2Hook Coil Tether with Swivel

Our patented Hook2Hook Coil Tether features a swivel hook, making tools like screwdrivers and wrenches easier to use. Suitable for use from holsters, belts, harnesses and tool pouches alike, the Hook2Hook Coil Tether is a versatile solution that is both resistant to heat and to sharp objects.

Fall Protection for Tools3M™ DBI-SALA® Large 35’ Tape Measure Sleeve

Creating a secure attachment point for use at height, Tape Measure Sleeves are now available in two sizes: Medium (for most tape measures up to 7.62 m / 25 ft) and Large (for most tape measures up to 10.6 m / 35 ft). Featuring an integrated D-ring, the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Tape Measure Sleeve can be tethered in a variety of ways to help protect it from accidental drops.

Find out more about these products here
Order your 3M™ DBI-SALA® products from Hercules SLR, if we don’t have it in stock we can get it for you.

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

HGC Collaborates With the CNIB ‘Phone It Forward’ Campaign

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This October The Canadian National Institute of the Blind launched it’s CNIB Phone it Forward campaign, and Hercules SLR and Group of Companies was excited to be a part of it.

Many people don’t realize the tremendous impact modern smartphones have in the lives of individuals who are blind. Today, accessible smartphone apps make it possible for people who are blind to do all kinds of things that may have seemed challenging before.

Modern smartphones allow people who are blind to:

  • Read prescription labels and take medication safely
  • Recognize the faces of loved ones
  • Access emergency assistance from sighted volunteers
  • Travel safely alone using GPS
  • And do hundreds of other day-to-day tasks most of us take for granted

Did you know?

All smartphones now offer built-in “voice over” technology, which reads aloud everything that appears on the phone’s screen so that a person who is blind can access it.

The need is overwhelming

Despite how life-changing smartphones can be for people who are blind, many people with sight loss still don’t own one – at least not one that’s advanced enough to help them in their daily lives.

For some people, it’s hard enough to make ends meet, let alone purchase the latest smartphone.

 

The CNIB Phone it Forward campaign is a really easy way to get unused smartphones into the hands of those who need them – it literally will change their lives.

The Hercules Group of Companies, Hercules SLR, Spartan Marine and Stellar Industries, are proud to be collaborating with the CNIB Phone it forward campaign, and will be stocking the envelopes at all our stores. If you want to donate a smartphone, call into any of our stores and pick one up. The leaflet included contains all the information you need.

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In return for the donation of your old smartphone, you will receive a tax receipt for it’s value. When you register your phone they will tell you what it is.

Donation Process

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Register Your Donation

Donate today. Follow the steps to get a tax receipt quote for your smartphone donation and fill out the required information forms to register your donation.

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Pick Up An Envelope

Pick up a prepaid Phone It Forward donation envelope from one of our sponsors, the Hercules Group of Companies, Hercules SLR, Spartan Marine, Wire Rope Atlantic and Stellar Industrial, at a wide variety of locations across Canada.

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Send In Your Donation

Pack your smartphone donation and the required, signed documents generated in the registration process, in the envelope and drop in any Canada Post mailbox.

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Receive Your Tax Receipt

When your device is received and evaluated to confirm it matches the information provided to us, we will send out your tax receipt.

We look forward to seeing you in our stores!

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.
Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.
We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Crane Hand Signals – Downloadable Reference Sheet

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A crane operator can’t hear you. So when your team removes an old rooftop unit and positions a new one, the people on the ground and on the rooftop must use established hand signals to communicate safely with the crane operator.

Ask any crane operator and they will tell you that one of the main factors for a successful project is coordination.

Working in-sync with your team on the ground is not only crucial for safety but can help your project run smoothly, on schedule and keep the boss happy. With absolute precision and accuracy needed for a job, being able to clearly communicate direction is critical – but this is not always an easy task. Construction sites can be exceptionally loud and busy, meaning verbal communication is at risk of being drowned out by roaring machinery.

So how does an operator, with a load suspended in air, follow instructions from their team? Using the simple but effective method of hand signals. This age-old technique is used by crane operators across the world, aiding them to accurately receive unmistakable directions without the need for fancy equipment or even words!

A Simple Solution
Hand signals provide a simple solution for the communication issues faced by crane operators. Although radios can be used to relay messages across the site, there are some situations when an operator will need extra assistance.

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Construction sites are loud. They produce a high level of noise from activities such as digging, piling, and drilling, therefore it can be difficult to convey instruction in an accurate and time efficient way. There are also times when an operator’s directional visibility is obstructed or the visibility of a load area is partially blocked, conducting a lift within these types of conditions can put the operator and the workers around them at serious risk of injury.

Although it recommended to use hand signals during all lifts, it is in these situations when a signal person will definitely be called upon. Easy to understand, hand signals help the operator avoid any potential hazards, completing actions in a safe and timely manner.

The Role of a Signal Person
As the eyes and the ears of a dedicated area or crane, a signal person carries many responsibilities.  Before a person can direct the operation of a crane they must first undergo formal training and complete a qualification in crane signaling. In training, a person will not only develop an understanding of standard hand signals, but they will also be required to become familiar with many different types of cranes, how each crane functions and any hand signals specific to particular equipment. The trainee signal person is required to grasp an understanding of the large library of signals without any memory prompts and show competence in recalling these during an examination by a third-party provider.

The signal person is also responsible for preventing injury and accidents to the best of their ability, this is done by following strict procedure during crane operation, for instance standing in clear view of the crane operator, ensuring the operating area is clear of people or hazardous objects and performing one signal at a time to avoid confusion.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard method of signaling must be used when operating a crane unless non-standard hand signals are discussed during the pre-job meeting. OSHA enforces standards and training requirements for safe working environments across multiple industries, including construction in the United States.

Safety First
Safety is the number one concern for crane operators, a person performing the hand signals stand at a vantage point which allows them to view the load area from a perspective that is not visible to the crane operator. From this point, the signal person is able to confirm whether a maneuver is safe to perform and halt all activity if they observe a potential risk.

Cranes have incredible capabilities however if operated incorrectly, they can pose a significant danger to construction workers on the site and in some cases the public.  Hand signals have been established as a reliable, low tech and universal way to improve safety during operation and avoid accidents.

Download your Hercules, handy reference sheet illustrating the correct hand signals here

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CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF OSHA STANDARD METHOD HAND SIGNALS.

Fall Protection for Tools – Stop the Drop!

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Fall Protection for Tools.

Everything you need to stop the drop.

3M™ DBI-SALA® Fall Protection for Tools makes work environments safer and more productive by drastically reducing falling object incidents resulting in personal injury, equipment damage, and tool loss.​​​​​

Their drop prevention solutions are designed with the craft in mind, and are third-party tested in the harshest possible conditions. Learn more about their comprehensive collection of tool lanyards, tool holsters​, attachment points, and other drop prevention products​​.​

The science of fighting gravity

Protecting workers takes more than just keeping them from falling. Their equipment also needs to be kept safe at height. That’s why for over 10 years, 3M™ DBI-SALA® have been pioneering an innovative line of products and solutions to prevent dropped tools and equipment. From construction sites to oil rigs, they help make work environments safer and more productive by protecting workers from hazards that can result in personal injury, equipment damage and tool loss.

Certified and Tested our onsite ISO 17025 their accredited lab allows them to simulate heat, cold, moisture, corrosion and abrasion—the challenges you face every day. They conduct dynamic and static strength tests, both in the field and in their ISO 90001 certified manufacturing facilities, ensuring you get the highest quality, most reliable fall protection for tools.

Download the Fall Protection  for Tools, Pocket Reference Guide here

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Hercules is a proud supplier of 3M™ DBI-SALA® Fall Protection products. If you would like to know more about these or need advice on Fall protection equipment, please give us a call.

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Working Load Limit Vs. Breaking Strength

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When it comes to rigging like ratchet straps, winch straps, and just about any other type of strap in the industry, working load limit (WLL) and breaking strength are commonly used measuring metrics.

Every piece of load-bearing wire or rigging equipment carries its own working load limit and break strength rating. These numbers let the user know how much weight that piece of rigging is capable of securing. Though they are usually clearly stated, there is often some confusion about what the two terms mean.

Working Load Limit

WLL refers to the maximum allowed weight that a piece of rigging can handle under normal conditions. For instance, a winch strap with a WLL of 6,000 pounds should not be used to secure any load above that weight, as it exceeds what it is rated for. WLL is 1/3 of the breaking strength rating, therefore a strap with a WLL of 6,000 pounds would have a breaking strength of 18,000 pounds.

Break Strength

Break strength refers to the point at which any section of a given cargo strap or piece of rigging will f

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ail. Break strength is determined by the weakest point of the rigging in question, whether it be the webbing, end fittings, or tensioning device.

For example, if a ratchet strap is made with end fittings, webbing, and a ratchet that are all rated for 10,000 pounds breaking strength, the overall strength of the product is 10,000 pounds. If any component of the ratchet strap has a lower breaking strength though, the break strength of the unit drops to the rating of the weakest component.

It is critical to understand the differences between the two figures and to make sure that any time you are securing a load, you do so with capable rigging. A failure could not only be costly, but dangerous as well.

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

 

 

MSA Press Release – New Jet Style Firefighter Helmet

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FROM: MSA (MSA Safety Incorporated)

New “Jet-Style” Firefighter Helmet from MSA Now Certified to NFPA Performance Standards

Shipments of New Helmet to Begin Immediately

PITTSBURGH, September 26, 2018 – Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety
Incorporated (NYSE: MSA) today announced that its new jet-style fire helmet, called the Cairns®
XF1, has received third-party certification as compliant to the 2018 edition of the National Fire
Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1971 performance standards for structural firefighting. It is also
certified as compliant to the 2013 edition of the NFPA’s 1951 performance standards for
technical rescue. With this certification, MSA can begin shipping orders for the Cairns XF1
immediately.

The Cairns XF1, which was previewed in April at the Fire Department Instructor’s
Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind., represents a new addition to the MSA firefighter helmet
line. The helmet, which resembles a firefighter jet pilot helmet, represents a significant design
departure from the “brim-style” helmet traditionally preferred by North American firefighters. The
new style delivers enhanced technology integration while maintaining the quality, durability, and
safety performance firefighters have come to expect from MSA’s Cairns brand.

The XF1 helmet incorporates a number of optional user features, which include a
protective visor, an integrated communication system and LED lights that, because of their
placement on either side of the helmet, rather than at the top of the head, significantly improve
visibility without blinding others on scene.

Additionally, and like all other Cairns helmet models, the XF1’s soft goods are removable,
washable and replaceable – all without requiring the use of tools – which will help firefighters
comply with various cancer prevention directives published by leading agencies like the
Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).

Jason Traynor, MSA’s General Manager for Global Respiratory Protection and Fire
Helmets, explained that the introduction of MSA’s newest jet-style helmet is not meant to replace
any of the traditional helmet models the company currently manufactures, but rather serve as
another option when choosing a fire helmet.

“Choosing a fire helmet is a very personal decision. It’s an icon of the profession and, for
that reason, it represents a source of pride for many firefighters. And that’s why we solicited
feedback from hundreds of firefighters throughout the design process. From these Voice-of Customer
conversations, we knew the time was right to bring a jet-style fire helmet to the North
American fire service market,” commented Mr. Traynor.

“At MSA, we’re dedicated to providing firefighters with the latest technology to help protect
them when lives are on the line,” Mr. Traynor continued. “The Cairns XF1 looks entirely different
than the ‘traditional’ brim-style helmet that U.S. firefighters wear today. And that’s the point. The
Cairns XF1 represents a new and now NFPA compliant option that wasn’t previously available.
As the global leader in fire helmets, we’re excited about the opportunities this helmet will bring to
the possibility of interconnected personal protective equipment.”

About MSA

Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and
supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a
combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against
hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company’s comprehensive product line is used by workers
around the world in a broad range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire
service, the construction industry, mining and the military. MSA’s core products include self-contained
breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial
head protection products, firefighter protective apparel and helmets, and fall protection devices. With 2017
revenues of $1.2 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,700 people worldwide. The company is
headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., and has manufacturing operations in the
United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international locations, MSA realizes
approximately half of its revenue from outside North America.

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Turnbuckles – Creating Tension in Multiple Industries

Turnbuckles, stretching screws or bottlescrews are a device for adjusting the tension or length of ropes, cables, tie rods, and other tensioning systems. It normally consists of two threaded eye bolts, one screwed into each end of a small metal frame, one with a left-hand thread and the other with a right-hand thread. The tension can be adjusted by rotating the frame, which causes both eye bolts to be screwed in or out simultaneously, without twisting the eye bolts or attached cables.

Turnbuckles are most commonly used in applications which require a great deal of tension; they can range inturnbuckles mass from about ten grams for thin cable used in a garden fence, to thousands of kilograms for structural elements in buildings and suspension bridges.

Construction

Turnbuckles with various size are popularly used in construction. They combine strength and durability, yet are simple to set up and adjust. Very small turnbuckles (as light as 10 grams) might be used to support a fence in a garden. On the other hand, extremely large turnbuckles (as heavy as several thousand kilograms) are widely used as support high-rise buildings or in structures such as bridges.

Aircraft

Turnbuckles have been used in aircraft construction. Historically, biplanes might use turnbuckles to adjust the tension on structural wires bracing their wings. Turnbuckles are also widely used on flexible cables in flight control systems. In both cases they are secured with lockwire or specifically designed wire clips to prevent them from turning and losing tension due to vibration.

Shipping

Turnbuckles are used for tensioning a ship’s rigging and lashings. This device is also known as a bottlescrew in this context.

Sports

Turnbuckles find common use to tension the ropes in professional wrestling rings and boxing rings, where they serve as the attachment between the ring ropes and ring posts. Rather than the usual bare metal, here the turnbuckles are covered with padding in order to protect participants and staff. Turnbuckles even play a part in professional wrestling where they are often dramatically used by participants as part of their offensive move set.

Entertainment industry

Turnbuckles are used in nearly all rigging performed in the entertainment industry, including theatre, film, and live concert performances. In entertainment rigging, turnbuckles are more commonly used to make small adjustments in line lengths. This is generally to make a flown unit sit parallel to the stage. Another way a turnbuckle could prove helpful is with making very minor height or angle adjustments.

Pipe systems

Turnbuckles are used in piping systems as a way to provide minor adjustments for field inconsistencies. This also allows for a minimum amount of resistance when transferring the load to the support components.

Orthopaedics

A type of splint is used for upper limb to produce gradual stretching over contracted joint by its turn buckle mechanism. Used to treat stiff elbow and Volkmann Ischemic Contracture.

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Stunt Rigging: Behind the Camera with an Industry Star

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Stunt Rigging in the Movie Industry.

Article by By Mike Chalmers for Wire Rope Exchange

Many of the world’s most famous faces and personalities will garner precious amounts of camera time at the Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. And the films themselves will, at least for a night, finally receive their just deserves.

What probably won’t receive as much of the spotlight is the enormous amount of stunt rigging that goes into a Hollywood production. In fact, entertainment rigging is a world within a world, with its own celebrities, mad scientists, daredevils, and rock stars.

Oddly enough, Wire Rope Exchange had the great fortune to track down one of the biggest names in the world of entertainment rigging (and in this case, stunt rigging), and ask him about the ins and outs of this “world,” and what it’s like to set up and operate rigging projects that comprise some of the most talked-about films of the year — films that end up on stage in envelopes at the Dolby Theatre each February.

Keir Beck is one of the most experienced and sought after Stunt Rigger/Stunt Coordinators on Earth. With over two decades of adventure sports and climbing under his belt, and nearly fifteen years at the helm of his own

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Teamwork and comradery is the glue that keeps entertainment rigging teams safe, successful, and always at the top of their game.

entertainment rigging endeavor, Beck has become a world-renowned specialist in the Stunt Rigging and Coordinating arena. His resume is a head-turner: Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, Casino Royale, Superman Returns, San Andreas, Narnia, Pitch Black, Sherlock Holmes, Mad Max 4: Fury Road, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and many more.

In 2001, Beck started his own specialized rigging company — Inmotion Rigging — based in Arundel Old, Australia, with an additional location in Inglewood, California. Inmotion caters to the film and entertainment industry, working all around the world to provide creative and unique rigging solutions for both stunt and camera departments, game shows, live circus, and aerial entertainment.

We got hold of Beck while he jumped through time zones between California and Australia. Instantly likable, here’s what he had to say.

Wire Rope Exchange: You’re one of the most notable names in the industry. Can you give us a quick run-down of your job description day-to-day, and how you landed within this line of work?

Beck: My title is either Stunt Rigging Coordinator or just Stunt Coordinator. Working on a film that is heavily weighted with rigging-related stunts means that on a day-to-day basis, I would be either designing rigs from the storyboards or pre-visualization, doing safety reports, overseeing rigs going up, rehearsing, or filming. With more complex rigs, there’s a lot of time just thinking about how you can achieve what the director is asking.

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