Archive | September, 2013

Why Add Zinc to Steel?

*This is the second in a four-part series about steel used in rigging supplies and rigging hardware. As explained in the previous post about carbon steel, there are four main types, and two of those involve a layer to add zinc to steel. These two types are hot galvanized dipped and zinc plated. Both of these […]

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Examining the 4 Types of Carbon Steel

*This is the first in a four-part series about steel used in rigging supplies and rigging hardware. Steel isn’t a cut and dry subject like many people tend to believe.  While most think of steel as a single strong metal and that’s it, the truth is there are three common types of steel seen in […]

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What Is California Truck Rope?

Before understanding what exactly sets California truck rope apart, it’s important to understand about the different types of industrial rope out there. Most rope can be broken into two categories: synthetic (manmade) fiber and natural fiber.  In recent years, many people have gone with synthetic ropes because they are often more suited for the type […]

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Photo Contest

September 15-21 is  National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and we’re celebrating by giving away a $100 US Cargo Control gift card! Just send us a picture of your truck via personal message on our USCC Facebook page and we’ll randomly draw one winner from all entries. You just may see it featured on our Facebook […]

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What are the Differences Between Grade 70 Chain, Grade 80 Chain, Grade 100 Chain, and Grade 120 Chain?

A common question our sales team hears from customers is “What are the differences between grade 70 chain, grade 80 chain, grade 100 chain, and grade 120 chain?” Grade 70 chain Grade 70 chain is transport chain manufactured in heat-treated carbon steel. As the name suggests, it’s used as tie downs on over-the-road trailers so it’s […]

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Cargo Theft: Don’t Be a Victim

Cargo theft is a serious issue that has become even more of a problem over the last several years.  The numbers from the last few years don’t show an encouraging trend, either.  Cargo thefts went up 12% from 2008 to 2009, and added up to over $38 million of goods.  The trend in the early […]

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How to Use an Endless Ratchet Strap

An endless ratchet strap is designed to bundle or band items together, so it’s great for use on a pallet, moving dolly, etc.  Sometimes called “endless loop ratchet straps” or just an “endless strap,” they’re available in a variety of widths, lengths, and colors. Because a ratchet can be tensioned tightly, it’s a good idea […]

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