Yale Cordage

Chafe-Pro is pleased to be the manufacturer of the protective jacket used to protect the eyes associated with the Fortis2 Sling.

SACO, Maine, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Specialty synthetic rope manufacturer Yale Cordage has added a new heavy-lift multipart sling named Fortis2 to its growing line of industrial products.

Built with Yale’s proprietary Unitrex XS™ Max Wear cable and recently awarded a U.S. patent, number 9,145,280, the Fortis2 Sling has the tensile strength and stiffness of steel wire at one-fifth of the weight. These vastly improved specifications are revolutionizing the way work gets done in shipyards, rail yards and other industrial settings where objects weighing in the hundreds of tons routinely need to be lifted and moved.

The name “Fortis2” was also specifically crafted for this product. Fortis is Latin for strong, powerful, firm, and the s2 signifies the strength and synthetic aspects of the sling.

Owner Tom Yale notes an initial case study of Fortis2 use with famed shipyard Bath Iron Works.

“BIW workers have used Yale’s LOUPS (softer, more flexible lifting slings) for years, but used wire when it was necessary to push a sling underneath a load on the ground. With Fortis2, they no longer have to do that — it’s stiff enough to push. So as the shipyard retires its old wire slings, it’s replacing them with Fortis2. Other shipyards have followed suit.

It’s a smart business decision, and one that workers appreciate too. Because Fortis2 Slings are so much lighter than their wire counterparts, they’re naturally easier to rig. What once took hours and involved a crane or other mechanical assistance can now be done manually by just one or two workers and takes just minutes.

Improved ergonomics follow, but the safety benefits don’t stop there. Fortis2 Slings don’t pose the same grave safety hazards of wire: things like broken strands, sharp edges, birdcaging and jaggers. When left in an outdoor yard, they won’t absorb water, freeze or rust, and they’re also easier to inspect than wire multipart slings. All of this adds up to a more predictable, reliable lifting system and a safer work zone.”

Yale’s maritime and electrical utility customers already use the Fortis2 Sling’s cordage material, Unitrex XS™, in a variety of ways: as a stringing line, bull line, mooring line and more. It’s optimized for high strength, long wear and impressive resilience to water, salt and corrosion, starting with a load-bearing Honeywell Spectra® core that’s braided in parallel for extra strength and stiffness. Then the rope is encased with a neoprene layer and overbraided with abrasion-resistant polyester.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how different industrial clients choose to leverage this technology,” said Tom Yale. “I could see our maritime customers using Fortis2 to lift equipment in and out of the water, or even to load containers onto barges.”

Yale went on to say, “When you consider that on a cargo vessel, every pound of wire or chain displaces a pound of product, and every minute spent on rigging is a delay to consumers, having a lighter lifting sling on board could pay off fast.”

Fortis2 Slings are available in a variety of lengths that can be custom-fitted by Yale Cordage’s engineers. Full specifications are available on the company’s website at http://www.yalecordage.com/industrial-rope/rope-slings-fabrications/fortis2sling.html.

About Yale Cordage
Saco, Maine-based Yale Cordage is a custom and specialty rope manufacturer that employs leading cordage engineering and technology to high-tech synthetic fibers to create innovative, application-specific ropes. These include lifting slings and safety lanyards for industrial use; winch lines, stringing lines and pulling lines for utilities; climbing and hand lines for arborists; faired electromechanical cables for oceanographic arrays; and an array of marine ropes used in various applications — from light-duty halyards for pulling dinghies to hawsers for mooring commercial tankers. For more information, please visit www.yalecordage.com.

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Samson Rope Technologies

Chafe-Pro is pleased to be the manufacturer of the protective jacket associated with the AGILE™ LIFTING SYSTEM

Samson Debuts AGILE™ LIFTING SYSTEM at 2016 Offshore Technology Conference

FERNDALE, WA. – April 22, 2016 – Samson will launch the AGILE™ Lifting System at the Offshore Technology Conference on May 2, 2016. This next generation of heavy-lift slings was developed to meet the unique needs of lifting contractors and lift planners conducting engineered lifts.

Utilizing the high-performance synthetic ropes that Samson is known for, AmSteel®Blue and AS-78™, AGILE is a hybrid product that combines the advantages of both round and rope slings into one lightweight, easy-to-handle rigging system for heavy offshore payloads. The new system is available from 50t to 4,000t MBL.

“The AGILE Lifting System is more than a new type of lifting sling that utilizes synthetic ropes,” said Joe Mazzacano, VP Sales and Marketing at Samson. “Samson has developed a streamlined process that includes proprietary configuration software, which factors the lift parameters to quickly and accurately engineer the most effective sling design for the job. Agile slings are a clean, easy-to-handle design that can be fabricated in just days. Heavy-lift slings made of large diameter rope that used to take weeks to manufacture can now be produced in a matter of days using smaller diameter AmSteel-Blue and AS-78, which Samson distributors stock all of the time.”

The AGILE Lifting System is designed to match the strength and light weight of Samson’s proven synthetic rope slings, with a form factor similar to smaller-capacity round slings. A continuous length of high-performance synthetic rope is looped within critical length tolerances, organized to maintain balance internally, and finished with a sheath that protects the line from damage. The protective cover can be opened so the rope can be easily inspected. The design offers flexibility, allowing the same sling to be configured with different wrap counts or lengths, to further maximize the value.

“Currently, there are basically three types of slings available for lifting heavy loads, including steel wire cable-laid slings, traditional rope slings and fiber round slings, all of which have various drawbacks to their designs,” said Mazzacano. “The AGILE Lifting System offers another option for critical engineered lifts.”

In particular, because they are 80% lighter, AGILE trumps cable-laid slings that add even more weight to already heavy packages, and can also damage sensitive equipment. AGILE also offers advantages over traditional rope slings in some situations, like lifts that require short lengths. Also, lifts that require the strength of large diameter ropes can have long lead times to produce, and the sheer bulk of these large ropes make fabrication cumbersome and sometimes requires multiple adjustments to achieve precise length tolerances. Compared to fiber round slings, AGILE is able to achieve greater strength, greater durability and increased cut resistance.

After extensive field trials and tests, the AGILE Lifting System is a proven strong and durable option. After a 10-month trial at a multi-use operation, inspections revealed no damage other than cosmetic scuffing of the covers, and residual strength tests show that AGILE slings retained 90–100 percent of their rated strength.

AGILE can be seen at OTC, Reliant Center Booth #2771.


(FERNDALE, Wash.) — Samson Rope Technologies has announced the addition of Chafe-Pro FS to its line of chafe products. Chafe-Pro FS provides critical protection for high-performance mooring lines. It has the same Chafe-Pro material, but is custom designed specifically for Samson Rope Technologies to have a free-sliding fit.

Jul 9, 2015 01:38 PM
Contact: Charlotte Wells
Tel: 360.325.7909
Email: cwells@samsonrope.com

It is durable, easily installed either before the lines are deployed or after. Chafe-Pro FS is built to last. Multiple layers of specially formulated, heavy-duty nylon and extremely durable thread provide maximum flexibility. It is easily positioned wherever lines pass through chocks or across fairleads anywhere the lines may be subject to abrasion. A simple hook-and-loop closure allows the Chafe-Pro FS sleeve to be quickly installed or repositioned where needed. There are attachment points at both ends for tag lines to keep the sleeve in position.

For more information or a product datasheet, contact customer service at (360) 384-4669.

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Wooly® Conditioner


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Michael L. Ratigan, President

FJORD, Inc. releases the Chafe-Pro® Wooly® Conditioner

Graham, NC – July 1, 2013 – FJORD, Inc., the leading manufacturer of chafe protection devices for the marine and maritime markets has announced the release of a new product – the Chafe-Pro® Wooly® Conditioner.

The Wooly® Conditioner has been specially formulated to help preserve the Chafe-Pro® Wooly® sheepskin line protectors from the harsh marine environments.  Using a proprietary blend of mink and mineral seal oils, the Wooly® Conditioner not only helps to preserve and extend the life of these leather units, it also serves as a water repellent, leather softener and conditioner.

“We are excited about the launch of our Wooly® Conditioner,” said Michael Ratigan, President of FJORD, Inc.  “This is the first in a two-part product line that we have specifically designed to protect and extend the life of the Chafe-Pro® Wooly®.”

Megayachts around the world use the Chafe-Pro® Wooly® to prevent fender and dock lines from scuffing paint or gel coat finishes in addition to protecting lines from chafe abrasion.  The Chafe-Pro® Wooly® has been designed to withstand the harshest of marine environments as they are constructed of the highest quality materials and genuine New Zealand sheepskins.


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