Tent Straps Get Style Updates

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1″ x 12′ Tent Strap w/ Bull Nose Snap Hook & Double Bar D Ring

Just in time for outdoor events/parties season, our line of tent straps has been updated with some great features and new sizes and styles.

White zinc hardware

We know presentation is important in the event tent/party tent industry, so updating our straps with sleek-looking white zinc hardware was an easy decision. The combination of white webbing and white zinc results in a coordinated, professional appearance. Tent straps with yellow zinc are still available by special order; just give our sales team a call at 866-444-9990.

Ratchet covers

Tent straps with covers that conceal the ratchet hardware is another way to create a clean, professional look. The covers are made of a lightweight vinyl to provide coverage without bulk. All of our styles online are available with or without ratchet covers:

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2″ x 15′ Tent Strap w/ Vinyl-Covered Ratchet & Wire Hooks

New styles

As we updated styles with the new hardware and cover options, we also added new strap configurations and hardware options, including straps fitted with a forged bull nose snap hook for superior strength.

Custom sizes and styles available

As with all of our ratchet straps and other tie downs, customization is always an option. Need a longer length, shorter length, or different hardware on the end or both ends? Give us a call; with our in-house manufacturing, we can create just what you need.

We can even create a sample of a custom strap first, so you can see just what you’re getting before you place an order.

Special bulk pricing options

Our in-house manufacturing also allows for bulk pricing on large orders. Give us a call for more information or to let us create a quote for you. 866-444-9990.

 New accessories

We’ve also added some new coordinating items for ratchet tent straps, including tent stakes, and white bungee balls in three different sizes:

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11″ White Ball Bungee

 

Make your Mother Proud!

We’re proud to support the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® annual Movers for Moms® drive

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Sarah Watson, US Cargo Control Account Manager

This is a special time of year for our friends at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Each spring, the Michigan-based company holds its Movers for Moms® event, collecting donations for mothers living in domestic abuse or homeless shelters across the country. Donated items include soaps, hair styling products, shampoos/conditioners, slippers, robes, blankets, pillows, etc., but no gift is too small.

The drive has been on-going for several years and 2013 was record-breaking with more than 120 participating franchises and 210,000+ collected items!

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Our contribution to 2013’s record-setting year

We are proud to be partnering with our local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in Cedar Rapids, IA to collect donations. Our donations will be delivered to Waypoint, a local shelter and support for those in crisis due to homelessness, poverty or domestic violence.

If you’re interested in donating to this incredible cause, visit the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® blog for more information. To find a drop-off location in your area, click here: Donation drop-off locations by state.

Donations will be delivered in time for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th. Contact your local drop-off location for information on donation times.

Thank you for your support!

-Sarah

New Products: Drum Handling Equipment

We’ve recently added a new category of drum handling equipment  to our expanding line of lifting slings.

A drum sling is an easy and efficient way to move a 55 gallon drum. Constructed of nylon webbing (either 1″ or 2″ wide), it can have either a harness design or hooks to hold the drum, while the top sling portion easily attaches to a forklift, crane, etc.

 

Vertical Drum Sling w/Harness

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Vertical Drum Sling w/Barrel Hooks

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Drum handler or drum lifters are additional terms used for this type of equipment, but those are generally manufactured in chain or metal. The benefit of nylon webbing over traditional 55 gallon drum handling equipment is its lightweight design makes it easy to use and easy to store when not in use. Nylon also offers subtle stretch to conform to the load and added maneuverability.

Web slings can also be extremely versatile, as the drum lifts with barrel hooks can be made with longer-length webbing and used in a horizontal configuration as well. The design of the harness sling allows the operator to pour contents from a ribbed barrel.

While drum slings and harnesses are most commonly found in manufacturing settings, these benefits also make nylon drum handling slings extremely useful on the farm, at the dock, warehouse, etc. And because they’re custom-made to your specifications, we can create the best sling for your application. Each drum lifter sling is manufactured with an ID tag showing rated capacities to make it easy to follow safe lifting guidelines.

Not sure what size or style would work best? Give our sales team a call at 800-660-3585.  they’ll be happy to help.

To see our entire line of lifting slings, click over to our Lifting Slings & Rigging Slings page.

How to Inspect, Clean, and Store Tie Down Straps

image of orange tie down strap from uscargocontrol.comWith winter weather pretty much over (we hope!), it’s a good time to clean and inspect your tie down straps for wear and tear.

Whether you use 1″ ratchet straps to tie down a motorcycle in an enclosed trailer, or you’re a flatbed truck driver using 4″ winch straps, it’s important to regularly inspect straps, clean them, and store properly when not in use. Not only will these best practices extend the working life of the strap, they can also be the difference between a safe trip and a disastrous haul.

Inspecting a tie down strap

Besides holes, tears, and knots, check for these sometimes less-obvious indications of wear:

  • Broken stitching in the stitch patterns
  • Weld splatter, or any areas of melting or charring
  • Damage caused from UV rays: color looks bleached or webbing feels stiff
  • Small particles embedded in the webbing
  • Burnt areas caused by acid, alkali, or other chemicals
  • Cracks, pits, or corrosion on ratchets, cam buckles, hooks, and other fittings.
  • Unusual wear patterns of webbing at the point of contact with the fitting
  • Tag: work load limit information must be visible40401-2-x-24-orange-ratchet-strap-w-double-j-hook_4_640

If any of the above are visible, the straps should be removed from service. If in doubt, check The Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA)  publication Recommended Standard Specification for Synthetic Web Tie Downs. It’s the gold standard for tie down maintenance guidelines.

After a thorough inspection, create a record with dates to keep on file. Write your notes in a notebook, or keep an electronic file on your computer; either way, it’s a good idea to also take photos of straps so you can refer to them if needed during the next inspection.

How often should you inspect tie down straps? The WSTDA suggests an initial inspection before the strap is placed in service; then again each time before the strap is used. Periodic inspections should be based on: how often the straps are used  and the severity of the conditions the strap is used in. You can also use your experience of using tie downs in similar applications to know how often a strap should be inspected.

How to clean tie down straps

Keeping straps clean is one of the best ways to extend their working life. Mix a mild detergent with warm water and scrub with a quality scrub brush to loosen any dirt and debris. Avoid bleach-based cleansers or any with acid additives.

Even though the polyester fabrication of tie down strap webbing limits water absorption, it’s still best practice to hang straps to allow for thorough air drying.

Tie down strap storage

Straps can be hung on walls, stored in plastic bags or fabric bags, etc., but a good rule of thumb is to be sure and keep them in a dry area away from sunlight.

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US Cargo Control Team Welcomes Governor Branstad

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Tim Guenther,
President & CEO

We were thrilled to recently welcome a special guest to tour our US Cargo Control facilities. Iowa governor Terry Branstad visited our office and warehouse at the end of February.

A group of local residents invited the governor to come and see the growth we’ve experienced over the past year with the development of our tie down straps manufacturing division.

Governor Branstad toursour warehouse area
Governor Branstad tours
our warehouse area

Governor Branstad’s visit was an exciting way to highlight the one year mark of our sewing and assembly group. In early 2013, we began our operation with just a few employees and minimal equipment. Now, 14 months later, we’ve added 50 people to our staff, and manufacture thousands of ratchet straps, cam straps, and other tie downs each day.

SewingWe knew the benefits of this venture would be huge since we could now better control the quality of our products, as well as better control the timeline of offering new products to our customers. But the opportunity to create jobs for local residents right here in our community has been one of the most rewarding.2M3A1835

Having the governor come and take note of what we’re accomplishing was an excellent confirmation that we’re doing the right things- for our customers, our employees, our community, and our economy.

-Tim

Shoulder Eye Bolt: Small Part Plays a Big Part

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Dustin Roster, US Cargo Control Sales Team

One of the things I enjoy most about my job here at US Cargo Control is the variety of customers I get to speak with every day. Recently I received a call from Paul with Component Assembly Systems. I’m always curious about what the customers are using our products for especially when there is a large quantity like with this order: 300 of our 1/4″ x 2″ galvanized shoulder eye bolts.4461-1-4-x-2-galvanized-shoulder-eye-bolts_1_375 (1)

Paul began to tell me that our eyebolts would be holding the support vertical beams to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. He shared a picture so I could see the image of this building which will ultimately serve over 200,000 daily commuters and feature multilevel retail and restaurant space.

 

World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Source: http://www.panynj.gov/
World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Source: http://www.panynj.gov/

A few more facts, courtesy of the Panynj.gov website 

  • The state-of-the-art hub is due to be completed in 2015
  • At approximately 800,000 square feet, it will rival Grand Central Station in size
  • The design features a distinctive, wing-like appearance
  • The structure will reach five stories underground into a basement area

This experience once again made me realize how rewarding it is when we’re able to get to know our customers and their needs; it’s a great feeling knowing we’re part of something much bigger.

 -Dustin