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Statements made in this section are taken from submitted press releases by the individual companies and all claims as to the performance of their products is according to those releases.
         Wire Rope News is not responsible for these claims and any questions or concerns regarding specifications, safety or performance should be directed to the individual companies.
         New Clamp On Line                  36 rope; even wire ropes of the same   hours operational time); use of standard
         Tensionmeter with                  diameter will  calibrate differently be-  alkaline batteries; and its supply in a
         Bluetooth App                      cause of varying rigidity. End users   purpose-made  carry  case,  suiting  it  to
           Straightpoint has  launched  a new   will leverage the hardware and soft-  on-site cable tension measurement ap-
         product for measuring tension on static   ware benefits of the COLT to simplify   plications across the world.
         lines—the Clamp On Line Tensionme-  tension-measuring applications beyond   Associated Wire Rope &
         ter (or COLT)—with a state-of-the-art   what was previously thought possible.
         Bluetooth load monitoring app among   Ayling added: “As is the backstory   Rigging, Inc. announces
         a myriad of standout features.     to many Straightpoint innovations, we   the introduction of the new
           The COLT measures tension on wire   based the COLT on feedback from the   Round Style Overhaul Balls
         rope up to 11,000 lbf (lb. force) / 5,000   end user  marketplaces  that  apply  our   by RopeBlock BV of Holland
         kgf (kg force) and up to 1 in. / 25mm   technologies. Combining industry intel-  This exciting new product adds to
         diameter. It clamps onto pre-tensioned   ligence with our own research and engi-  RopeBlock’s existing line of European
         wire  ropes, eliminating the need for   neering expertise, we devised a product   style  cylindrical  and  pill-shaped
         additional sheaves or tooling, as is the   that  fills  a  gap  in  the  market  and  su-  overhaul  balls,  which  have been
         case with alternative solutions. An in-  persedes alternative solutions. Further,   available for years. The new Round
         tegral Bluetooth  module,  meanwhile,   it raises the bar in tension measuring
         transmits tension  data wirelessly  to   technology to the stratosphere.”
         any smart device running the Android   The  COLT  features  a  computer  nu-
         or iOS app that also contains an infi-  merical  control  (CNC) machined  alu-
         nite wire rope library. Tension in wire   minium  construction  with  high  preci-
         ropes can be measured and logged   sion roller bearing pivot; high leverage
         within a few seconds.              tensioning arm; auto-locking magnetic
           David Ayling, Director at  Straight-  handle mechanism for security when
         point, said: “Therein lies the two rev-  installed;  and  IP67  /  NEMA6  water-
         olutionary features of the product.   proofing rating.
         Measuring  tension  of differing wire   Typical applications will include tow-
         rope diameters often  requires  differ-  er  and stack  guy  wires;  pretensioned
         ent sheaves to be exchanged, requiring   cable barriers; bridges; elevators;
         tools and other ancillary equipment.   winch  rope;  overhead electric  transit
         The  COLT boasts an integral quick   wires; fall arrest systems; aircraft ca-
         adjustment mechanism,  meaning  it   bles; and utilities. It is expected to be
         can  be used  to measure  wire  rope di-  most widely  utilized  in  North  Ameri-
         ameters from 3/16 in. to 1 in. or 5mm   can markets and will be officially un-
         to 25mm.”                          veiled  at the  Nation  Association  of
           He added: “We’ll launch the app with a   Tower  Erectors  (NATE) annual  con-
         library of around 20 differing rope types   ference,  which  takes place February          Round Style
         but as our library here increases over   27 to  March  2 in  Fort  Worth,  Texas.          Overhaul Ball
         time, the information will be forwarded   However, it will be consumed in other           from Associated
         to all app users via updates. They will   geographies and is  available through            Wire Rope &
         be available even to users who download   Straightpoint’s global dealer network.             Rigging
         the technology upon its launch.”     Additionally, the COLT carries many
           Wire ropes are complex; composition,   hallmarks  of  Straightpoint’s  extensive
         size, construction, type of core and lay   range of equipment, including its con-
         all need to be considered. A 1 x 7 rope   struction from aerospace grade alumini-
         behaves differently to a 7 x 19 or 6 x   um; exceptional battery life (up to 1,000   Style  enhances  the  overhaul  ball
                                                                               offering from the Dutch company.
                                                                                 “Our customers have been asking for
                                                                               the round-shaped overhaul balls and
                                                                               we answered  by working  with  Rope-
                                                                               Block  to  develop  a  product  that  fits
                                                                               nicely  in  the  5  to  20 Ton  range,  with
                                                                               weights from 100 to 1,200 lbs.” states
                                                                               Scott Fishfader, President & CEO of
                                                                               Associated Wire Rope. “Fitting a vari-
                                                                               ety  of  wire  sizes  from  7/16”  to  1-1/8”,
                                                                               the new  Round Style overhaul  balls
                                                                               can  be  configured  for  almost  all  mod-
                                                                               ern cranes and other winched lifting
                                                                               devices”.
                                                                                 The new Round Style Overhaul Balls
         The Clamp On Line Tensionmeter (or COLT) measures tension on static lines.
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