Product Spotlight | Vulcan ETOP from Samson Rope

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Product Spotlight | Vulcan ETOP from Samson Rope

Today, the Hercules SLR spotlight is on the Vulcan ETOP from Samson Rope

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A Samson Rope ETOP Kit

WHAT’S AN EMERGENCY TOW-OFF PENDANT? 

An emergency tow-off pendant (ETOP) is often referred to as a ‘fire wire’. They’re used to help tow the ship away from the dock if there’s a fire. 

The Vulcan ETOP is a synthetic alternative to traditional wire ropes, developed by Samson Rope. It’s lighter, and eliminates fish hooks—Broken wires that bulge out from the wire and can cause hand injuries. The synthetic Vulcan ETOP can also help reduce maintenance costs. 

WHAT’S THE VULCAN ETOP MADE OF? 

The Vulcan ETOP is made of Technora® fibre with a proprietary fire-resistant coating that withstands exposure to flames & a high-temperature environment that still meets OCIMF-required breaking strength standards.  

OTHER FEATURES & BENEFITS INCLUDE: 

  • 60-70% (2/3rds) lighter than wire
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Easily stored when not in use
  • Easy to adjust 
  • Heat & flame resistant
  • Lightweight
  • No lubrication necessary
  • Reduces mooring-related injuries & claims 

SPECIFICATIONS

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Samson Rope ISO Vulcan ETOP Spec Chart
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Stop the Snap: Prevent Rope Snapback

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Dwayne Fader’s been with Hercules SLR for over 30 years and recently, he decided to ditch the dark Canadian Winter for summery, sunny Florida—before he flies away, we sit down with Dwayne to ask him a few questions about rope snapback. 

Rope snapback never fails to shock workers – it’s fast, forceful and damaging, yet preventable. Read on to learn more about the dangers of rope snapback, and discover our tips to prevent it. 

WHY DOES ROPE SNAPBACK?

When rope has too much tension applied to it and it breaks, it will snapback toward the direction of the pull because of kinetic energy—both wire and synthetic rope does this. Rope will always snapback, but you can’t always determine how fast it will snapback. It will always snapback to its pulling point, which is visible before or when you lift. This can cause terrible injuries, or even be fatal. 

The biggest thing you can do to prevent rope snapback is to inspect your rope before, during and after use. 

If you notice that there’s a lot of tension applied to the rope, you should re-rig the operation.  

rope snapback, rope, hercules slr, rigging ropeHOW-TO PREVENT ROPE SNAPBACK

How does one prevent rope snapback? Unfortunately, once the rope has broke there is nearly nothing you can do – except try to get out of its way.

Prevention is the main way to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by rope snap back. No matter the strength of a rope, it undergoes wear and tear like exposure to chemicals, harsh environments, friction and bends – this causes rope fibres to degrade over time. 

The best way to do this is with education and training for all workers—not just those who operate the rope. To keep rope in good working order, educate workers on:

  1. How to select the correct type of rope to use for the application/job; 
  2. Proper methods to handle the rope for application and beyond;
  3. When to remove the rope from service. 

To know when to remove your rope from service, you must conduct a rope inspection. To do this, inspect ropes before, during and after use. Training should also include inspection criteria for the ropes being used on the job, which can vary depending on the type of rope. This will help workers know what to look for, so they can tell if a rope should be taken out of service, or not. 

It should also cover the reality of what happens when a rope snaps back, areas where it’s most likely to snapback in a dangerous way (for example, sailboats typically have marked off “snapback zones” that indicate dangerous zones to stay away from) and an emergency plan of what to do when snapback occurs. 

ROPE MAINTENANCE TO PREVENT SNAPBACK 

SPLICING

Rope splicing is a method use to add a termination or join two ropes together without tying a knot.

Don’t tie a knot in rope, as knots reduce their safe-working load – splice rope instead to add terminations to a rope’s end. This also (typically) retains all of the rope’s strength or WLL. 

END-FOR-ENDING

End-for-ended rope is rope that’s rotated – the frequency depends on the rope and the application its used for. End-for-ending rope adds variety to the points of the rope where stress is regularly applied, which allows you to get more life from your rope. 

STORAGE

It may sound like common sense, but it’s important to store your rope properly. Improper storage could make your rope deteriorate and fail faster. 

ROPE SNAPBACK TRAINING

An effective method to make people aware of how wrong snapback can go is to educate them in the areas and methods discussed above – and to show how scary the reality is. 

Watch the video ‘Aircraft Carrier Cable Snap’ below for a frightening example of rope snapback. Note the crew near the back who are knocked to the ground by its force, also see the person who jumps it – TWICE: 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember – to prevent rope snapback, ensure you’re using the right kind of rope for the move or lift you’re planning. Be sure to train workers on proper use of rope, like rope splicing, end-for-ending and safety issues. 

 

References: Miles, A., & Prentice, G. (1986). Synthetic Line Snapback (pp. 1-9, Rep.). Naval Sea Systems Command., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuIbvX_B7sY, https://www.samsonrope.com/resources/rope-care, http://www.workingwaterfrontarchives.org/2015/01/29/rope-snap-back-and-parting-among-marine-safety-hazards/, https://www.ukpandi.com/knowledge-publications/article/best-practice-mooring-snap-back-zones-135637/, https://samsonrope.com/resources/rope-care 

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 FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Samson Introduces: Innovative Running Rigging Lines

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INTRODUCING: NEW RUNNING RIGGING LINES FROM SAMSON ROPE 

Samson, the worldwide leader in high-performance rope continues to introduce innovations in sailing, with rigging lines that are stronger, easier to splice and highly responsive.

Samson is pleased to introduce a breakthrough in engineering and design, with three new double-braid running rigging lines for sailors and upgraded the XLS and MLX franchises.

Samson presents XLS3 TM and MLX3 TM, plus a brand new line for the elite racer, GPX TM. These new sailing lines have all been built on a unified framework, and are tailor-made with the best materials to meet sailors’ unique demands.

Samson is also changing the way recreational marine lines are discussed, adding focus on a more relevant specification for sailors, Elastic Stiffness.

Until now, focus has been on the strength of a line. While strength is important, it is not representative of the sailor’s experience using a particular line. Samson’s rope is already stronger than sailors need—so they took their cue from professional racers, who look at elastic stiffness (resistance to stretch under load) as the most meaningful measurement of responsiveness to a particular command or action. Each of Samson’s new running rigging lines has an elastic stiffness measurement:

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RIGGING LINES | GPX

GPX is Samson’s grand prix racer: Samson’s highest performing racing line, built with a special blended core of Dyneema® SK99 and DM20, which results in almost zero stretch under constant load (also known as ‘creep’).

This means that its elastic stiffness is low – the line does what you want it to do, when you want to. The cherry on top? Samson GPX is a blend of polyester and Technora® UV-protected fiber, that provides heat resistance and superior grip.

RIGGING LINES | MLX

MLX3 is a club racer’s dream – super light and strong to keep you in the lead. It’s built with a blended-HMPE and polyester core, and has a 24-strand polyester cover. MLX3 offers the best line for the recreational racer who’s just as competitive as the pros.

RIGGING LINES | XLS3

XLS3™ is built for the weekend cruiser who desires optimal performance. XLS3 is a strong polyester/polyester-double-braid rope and is stronger and more responsive than its XLS – this results in a high-performing, reliable line.


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Samson K-100 hoist line: the first synthetic crane rope

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Samson Rope K-100 Hoist Line: an industry leader

Samson rope’s K-100 hoist rope is the first of its kind – a synthetic rope to be used with mobile cranes for hoisting applications. Traditionally, steel wire rope has been used for lifting applications with cranes – the K-100 is suitable for crane or truck hoist rope, or mobile crane hoist line applications.

K-100 hoist line: what’s the benefit?

The K-100 hoist rope has a high strength-to-weight ratio, bend fatigue durability and is easy to spool. It has a strength similar to wire rope – but reduces load weight by 80%. It also meets maximum line pull requirements with its 5:1 safety factor.

Samson has coated the K-100 rope in their proprietary coating that includes Dyneema® – this improves its cyclic bend performance compared to sheave applications commonly found on mobile cranes. It has a fibre core/cover – specifically, a polyester control core and a high-modulus (low elasticity) blend.

Samson K-100 Crane Hoist features:
  • Corrosion resistant – no rust or lube needed, which helps eliminate environmental concerns
  • Easy handling, reeving and installation
  • Reduced wear on sheaves and drums
  • Reduces number of change outs caused by kinking, bird-caging, or damage from diving
  • Reduces risk of hand injuries from broken wires, increased handling safety
  • Has same load pull and load chart, but with a 5:1 safety factor
  • Standardizes main and auxiliary hoist to one rope
  • Torque-neutral construction reduces load spin and cabling
  • Resistant to drum-crushing
Safety Factor: calculating stress-based design factor

There are different definitions of safety factor across many industries – which is also commonly known as the design factor. The Samson K-100 rope uses the safety or design factor calculation related to rigging and lifting applications.

The safety factor is the theoretical reserve capability of a product, which is determined by dividing the ultimate load by the working load limit (WLL). The ultimate load may also be known as nominal breaking strength. This calculation is expressed as a ratio – the K-100’s safety factor is 5:1.

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Samson K-100 Crane Hoist Elongation
Samson Rope K-100 Hoist Line: weight matters

Another benefit of K-100 crane wire is it’s weight – as we mentioned, it’s 80% lighter than wire rope and can be beneficial for operators who travel during Spring Thaw Restrictions in Canada. Spring Thaw Policies are periods of time during/following Canadian Spring, (specific timelines and affected zones vary from province to province – if you’ve experienced a Spring in Nova Scotia versus British Columbia you know why!) and limit damage to at-risk roads.

Studies show that pavement reacts to a load 50%-70% greater in the Spring. Basically, the same axle a truck drives on daily can cause 5-8 times more damage in the Spring than any other time of the year, due to the heavier load. For mobile operators with a lot of terrain to cover, the K-100’s reduced weight can make your highway travels that much easier.

Samson Rope K-100 Hoist Line: inspection matters, too

No matter how good or durable a rope is, it will show wear and tear after a period of time. Some used rope won’t reduce strength, but many will. Before inspection, consider the following:

  • The length of rope;
  • The time it’s been in service;
  • The type of work it does;
  • Where the damage and the extent of the damage.

On a regular basis, inspect your Samson K-100 rope for the following conditions/damage and take the proper corrective action (repair or retire) based on your findings:

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Ultimately, Samson’s K-100 crane rope brings increased safety, easy handling and straight-forward inspection procedures. Hercules SLR Business Development Manager, Dwayne Fader says “Steel wire rope will always have its place – but innovations like this that are much lighter and easy to work with are always exciting.”

Information via Samson Rope – Find more information on the K-100 Rope here

Interested in purchasing K-100 Samson Rope for your crane? Drop us a line at sales@HerculesSLR.com or info@herculesslr.com – our experts will find the perfect rope for your lifting needs.

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References: 
- https://www.canadacartage.com/understanding-canadian-spring-thaw-regulations/
- https://www.samsonrope.com/docs/default-source/case-studies/cs_viant_crane_k-100.pdf
- https://samsonrope.com/docs/default-source/case-studies/cs_digging_and_rigging_k-100_web.pdf

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 FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

 

New: SRS Mercury Climbing Line from Samson Rope

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Samson rope, the worldwide leader in high-performance rope has just released a new static climbing line named Mercury, best used for Single Rope Systems (SRS) and rescue and access application

This new SRS rope contains kernmantle construction, made up of a nylon parallel strand core with a 32-strand polyester cover for durability—Samson uses a special manufacturing process that provides superior strength, ease of knot tying and a soft hand.

Samson’s Mercury rope is available in 11mm, and is compatible with the most popular hardware on the market—it’s also produced in a highly visible orange camouflage-inspired color palette, is easy to handle, works well when wet and is great for knot-holding and footlocking.  Samson rope’s Mercury is particularly beneficial for an aborist’s climbing rope tool kit.

Samson continues to set the standard for strength in arborist lines—Mercury offers 5% higher strength than Static Rope, and is a safe and secure stronghold for all arborist climbing activities.

“We worked directly with customers and climbers alike to provide a kernmantle rope that people have been really excited about,” said Gavin McWilliams, Marketing Strategy Manager for Samson’s Arborist Division.  “And we intend to introduce more in the seasons to come.”

Visit Hercules SLR for your Samson rope, SRS and rescue and access equipment.

Original Press Release here: http://www.samsonrope.com/Pages/PR_Mercury.aspx

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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 FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.