Compression Type Load Cells: Wireless vs. Wired

How to choose the best compression load cell for your application

Compression type load cells (commonly referred to as canister load cells or load cell pancakes) are necessary tools for compression force testing, structural weighing, and the confirmation of mass and center of gravity.

Essentially, a compression load cell is a block that’s designed to sit under a load at a single point in order to measure compression. While tension load cells measure the pulling force, compression load cells are more low-profile load cells that measure pushing force along a single axis.

compression type load cells being used

Compression type load cells are used in many important industries including mining, energy, defense, heavy rigging, shipping, and general transportation sectors.

However, with the advancement of wireless load cell technology, professional operators now have more compression load cell choices than ever before. Should you go with the old-school wired option or upgrade to a more modern wireless model? Read on to learn the advantages of each compression type load cell, plus our expert recommendation.

Wireless Compression Load Cells

Wireless compression load cells use an internal antenna to electronically transmit load cell readings and alerts to a wireless handheld readout device, computer, or smartphone.

Advantages

Where do we begin? By eliminating the need for external cables, wireless compression load cells offer a number of major advantages. First, you’re able to be more mobile on the job site and aren’t limited to a fixed location. As long as you’re within signal range, you can be anywhere you need to be. Next, you don’t have to deal with the complexity of setting up cables and running them around obstructions. This saves time and allows the load cells to be used in more diverse applications. In some cases, there is a moving part or other obstruction that makes wired cables nearly impossible. Wireless load cells also eliminate the cost and hassle of replacing cables once they wear out, making them much more cost-effective in the long run.

Plus, because wireless compression load cells are able to receive load cell data transmissions via computer and smartphone apps, it’s easier to translate the data and further process it. Wireless load cell software even allows operators to observe multiple load cells in parallel from a single workstation. Last but not least, wireless compression load cells are just plain safer than wired load cells. Depending on the brand of load cell you get, you can monitor transmissions from several thousand feet away. When the object in question is several tons, every foot of distance matters.

Straightpoint LoadSafe
wireless compress load cell from straightpoint
  • Best heavy-duty wireless compression load cell
  • 3,280-foot max wireless range
  • 5 ton to 1,000-ton capacities available
  • IP67 environmental protection
  • 1,200 hours of continuous battery life
  • +/- 0.1% accuracy
  • Bluetooth output option available
Straightpoint Loadblock Plus
low profile load cell from straightpoint
  • Best lighter-duty wireless compression load cell
  • 1-inch built-in digital display
  • 550 pound to 5-ton capacities available
  • IP65 environmental protection
  • 80 hours of continuous battery life
  • +/- 0.1% accuracy
  • Option to add cabled output

Wired Compression Load Cells

Wired compression load cells use a heavy-duty cable to connect and transmit readout data from the load cell to a compatible handheld load cell reader or computer.

Advantages

In some applications, such as subsea use, cabled load cells are necessary for accurate readings. Or, some operators might simply prefer the old-school cabled load cell setup as that is how they initially learned to set up compression load cells. Also, some may be concerned about the possibility of experiencing technical difficulties or radio interference with wireless load cells. Although this is mostly unfounded due to the advancement of wireless technology, load cells with physical analog outputs could be seen as more reliable to some.

Straightpoint Wired Compression Load Cell
cabled compression load cell
  • Best cabled compression load cell
  • Equipped with a 30-foot output cable
  • 5 ton to 1,000-ton capacities available
  • IP67 environmental protection
  • +/- 0.1% Accuracy

Best Compression Load Cell Brand

When purchasing new compression type load cells, you have many options. When you want a brand that’s extensively tested and trusted, we always recommend Straightpoint brand load cells. They’re a more durable and advanced load cell than anything else on the market, and they’re priced very reasonably. Plus, Straightpoint is now a Crosby company, so you know they’re a product you can trust to perform for years and years.

straightpoint compression load cells review

Conclusion

When deciding between wireless and wired compression load cells, it’s important to understand the advantages of each. Today, advances in technology have made wireless compression load cells a very efficient, flexible, and reliable choice for nearly any application where you need to measure compression or confirm the center of gravity. While some see cabled compression load cells as more reliable and simple to use, wireless load cells are increasingly becoming the better option.

At the end of the day, safety is what these important tools are all about. Given how safe, and simple, and cost-effective these modern wireless compression type load cells are, we regularly recommend them for most compression measuring applications.

Have questions? Contact our compression type load cell experts by calling 800-404-7068 or email us at customerservice@uscargocontrol.com.

Do You Know How Much That Weighs? Straightpoint Load Cells Do

USCC now offers a full selection of superior Straightpoint load cell solutions.

If you’re a professional in the rigging and lifting industry, you know that close is never close enough. And guesstimating? Well, that’s just not a great option when you’re talking about lifting a multi-ton load.

Just ask these guys.

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There’s no question, whether it’s tension on a wire rope assembly or compression caused by a heavy structure, it pays to “know your load” at all times. Be it tons, pounds, or kilograms – just the slightest miscalculation is enough to cause an expensive and perhaps even life-threatening accident.

Luckily, there are load monitoring load cells. Commonly referred to as “tensiometers” or “dynamometers”, load cells use electrical signals to precisely measure the tension of rigged loads involving wire rope, guy wire, synthetic rope, shackles, and other types of rigging equipment.

water testing using straightpoint wireless load cells

What’s the benefit of load cells for lifting?

Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to complex rigging and heavy lift jobs. Many modern load cells allow operators to receive tension readouts from a safe distance, sometimes several thousand feet away. This is extremely important for applications involving overhead cranes, offshore drilling, tug testing, water bag testing, overhead weighing, cable laying, vehicle recovery, or any type of heavy-lift projects. But not all load cells are created equal.

What’s the best load cell available?

Straightpoint, a Crosby owned company, offers unrivaled load cell tension measurement tools. Their quality and functionality are unsurpassed by any other load cell brand in existence.

sp load cells in use
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straightpoint load cell supplier

Now, US Cargo Control is proud to be an official supplier of Straightpoint’s intelligent line of load cell load monitoring solutions, including Straightpoint’s long-range wireless load cells and intelligent load cell software that brings your safety into the 21st century.

insight software load cell reading

Don’t put your company and its priceless reputation in unnecessarily dangerous situations. Use Straightpoint Loadcells to take the weight off your shoulders and safety into the palm of your hand.

Types of load cells from Straightpoint

Wireless, Bluetooth-enabled, and classic cabled load cells are all available. Whether you need tension load cells, compression load cells, clamp-on line tensiometers, running line dynamometers, shackles load cells, or mini crane scales – USCC has you covered with a full selection of high-quality Straightpoint products.

Tension Load Cells

straightpoint load cells for tension readings

Tension load cells are great for a wide variety of applications. Radiolink Plus (wireless) and Wirelink Plus (cabled), can handle tension reading capacities up to 500-ton. Towcell is the perfect solution for vehicle load monitoring applications as it fits directly onto a 2” tow ball. 

Compression Load Cells

best compression load cells

Compression load cells are used to calculate the center of gravity. Straightpoint compression load cells can handle loads up to 1000-ton and you can read up to 100 wireless compression load cells from your computer or tablet and also create real-time test certificates on-site. Wired compression load cells are also available. 

Clamp on Line Tensiometers

best tensiometer for measuring wire rope and guy wire tension wirelessly

Straightpoint’s line tensiometer, the COLT, is an industry-leading smartphone-enabled clamp-on line tensiometer. It’s a fast and accurate way to measure wire rope or guy wire tension.

Running Line Dynamometers

best dynamometer for wire rope

Straightpoint’s line of running line dynamometers are able to measure tension, line speed, and distance of wire rope, fiber optic cables, and synthetic rope. These dynamometers are very useful in situations where there is no anchor or dead end on the line.

Shackle Load Cells

wireless load shackle from Straightpoint

Loadshackles from Straightpoint provide the perfect solution to limited headroom or super heavy-lift projects. Wireless load shackles, Bluetooth-only, and cabled versions are all available. Straightpoint Loadshackles are made using Crosby brand shackles. All Loadshackles from Straightpoint have a load-centering bobbin and range in capacity from 3.25- ton to 400-ton.

Miniweigher Crane Scales

best digital crane scale

Straightpoint Miniweigher Plus crane scales are compact, safe, accurate, and suitable for a number of applications. These wireless crane scales are often mounted between a winch and a tripod, allowing for load monitoring and safe lowering and raising of equipment and personnel. They’re able to handle up to 5 ton.

Straightpoint Loadcell output options

When it comes to viewing tension readings and remotely controlling Straightpoint Loadcells, you have options. Choose wired or wireless handheld controllers, laptop computer/smart device output, or even a wireless LCD scoreboard display.

SW-HHP handheld load cell readout device
load cell app for smartphone
wireless LCD load cell scoreboard

Remember, in addition to physical load cell equipment, US Cargo Control also offers compatible Straightpoint computer software and systems.

Expert answers to all your Straightpoint Loadcell questions

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We have a team of lifting and rigging equipment specialists that understand Straightpoint Loadcell products in-and-out. Don’t hesitate to give them a call at 800-404-7068 for fast and friendly answers to all your load cell questions.

3 Factors to Consider When Choosing Lifting Slings

As objects are being lifted, the lifting sling could fail and lead to catastrophes. Read 3 factors to consider when choosing lifting slings.

One of the biggest causes of injuries and fatalities in the lifting and rigging industry is accidents caused by falls. As heavy objects are being lifted, sometimes the lifting sling can fail and lead to potential catastrophes. To prevent these situations, it is critical that you must use the correct types of lifting slings for your lifting jobs. Read 3 factors you should consider when choosing the right lifting sling, and learn the different types of slings we carry at US Cargo Control.

1. Know The Weight, Strength, and Delicacy of the Load

It’s important to know the weight and strength of the load that you intend to lift, as well as the WLL (Working Load Limit) of the sling. When you have an understanding of the object’s weight and strength, make sure you provide support from all directions. Providing support from the sides will prevent the object from falling, preventing injuries and risk to the workers on site.

The other thing that you should note is the fragility of the load you are lifting. The goal is to not only lift an object but protect the object from getting damaged in the lifting process. For lifting heavy objects or objects made of hard metals, we recommend using chain slings to perform the job.

Saw random numbers on your load-bearing equipment and didn’t know what they meant? Read what Working Load Limit, Breaking Strength, and Safety Factor mean.

2. Identify the Center of Gravity of the Load, and the Sling’s Flexibility

When you’re looking at the object you will be lifting, observe the object’s shape and design to tell you where the center of gravity is. You do not want to miss the center of the load before you begin to lift because you can potentially thrust the load and cause damage. If you’re lifting irregularly-shaped loads, consider using nylon slings as these have great flexibility and strength.

3. Do the Objects have Sharp Edges?

You’re going to lift objects that have sharp edges. Although nylon slings work best for loads needed for flexibility, the fabric will not perform well because it will be fighting against sharp edges. They will cause ripping to the sling, and this will likely result in the object falling and getting damaged.

If you’re having to lift objects with sharp edges, we recommend using chain slings or wire rope slings. We also carry corner protectors that can cover the edges of the object and protect your slings and chains.

What Are the Different Types of Slings?

Now that you know the three critical factors to consider when choosing a sling, you need to learn the many different types of slings there are. This will help you identify which sling is worth the investment for your lifting situations.

Nylon Slings

US Cargo Control nylon lifting sling

Known as synthetic web slings or nylon web slings, our nylon lifting straps perform well for lifting breakable, delicate objects. Its heavy-duty synthetic material has great stretch and flexibility that help the slings mold to the shape of the load. Not only that, the nylon lifting sling’s material is treated to improve abrasion resistance and reduce wear, even in the most rigorous lifting applications.

They are lightweight, easy to handle, and offer a wider body with more stretch than a polyester sling. Its attributes make synthetic slings a popular choice for rigging purposes and are essential to have around, but they should not be used in extreme or rugged conditions. Nylon rigging straps will wear down more quickly than other types of slings if you go against its limits!

Chain Slings

If you’re depending on a sling that requires extra strength and durability, the chain sling is your best choice. The chain lifting sling is the strongest and most durable type of sling and is highly popular to use for heavy lifting operations. They will perform better than polyester round slings or nylon slings because they’re more durable, tolerant to hot temperatures, and cut-resistant. When we say chain slings are tolerant to hot temperatures, this means they are useful for lifts in extremely hot temperatures or to secure extremely hot objects.

We offer three trusted brands of lifting chain slings, Crosby, KWB, and Pewag. We offer chain slings from these brands because we want you to have the highest-quality slings that will perform the lifting job successfully. We sell these in two types, standard and adjustable, and we also offer custom options if needed.

We recently added a full line of Grade 120 chain and components that are now available at US Cargo Control. Read more about Grade 120 and its benefits.

Polyester Round Slings

Polyester slings can be confused with nylon slings due to their material that is also made of a web-like fabric. The difference is that while nylon slings stretch easily, polyester round slings have a little stretch to them. These are useful to have for lifting operations where strength is needed, but not a lot of stretch needed.

Manufactured in the USA from a continuous loop of polyester yarn that creates exceptional strength, the round slings are versatile, pliable, convenient, and cost-effective. Because of their many benefits, you can use these in vertical, choker, or basket hitches, making them effective to lift a wide variety of cargo!

Curious about the differences between nylon slings and polyester slings? Read Polyester Slings vs Nylon Slings: Which Web Sling Type is Better?

Wire Rope Slings

US Cargo Control wire slings

Known as steel cable or wire sling, these are more durable than synthetic slings and more cost-effective than chain slings. Wire rope slings are an excellent choice not only for lifting, but also for hoisting, towing, or anchoring loads. Its fabrication offers abrasion-resistance and heat-resistance, as they are made by weaving individual strands or wire around a core.

Wire rope slings are favorable by riggers as they can come in a wide variety of materials, diameters, and configurations. Each steel wire rope configuration will offer different benefits and are suited to certain applications. For example, a smaller number of large outer wires offers better wear and corrosion resistance, while a larger number will provide better flexibility and fatigue-resistance.

If you would like to learn more about wire rope configuration, see our category on wire rope.

Tackle the Toughest Lifting Jobs with High-Quality Rigging Hardware

We know the importance of quality when it comes to rigging supplies. We carry a variety of rigging hardware, as well as lifting beams and spreader bars that are designed to lift heavy loads safely and efficiently.

We also do custom orders! Need a custom lifting sling? We can do that! We can customize a lifting sling to meet your specific needs.

Contact our sales team today at 866-444-9990. Our team of product experts is here to answer any questions about rigging hardware, lifting slings, and more.

New Crosby® Product Additions at US Cargo Control

We expanded our selection of rigging hardware and rigging supplies to meet your lifting needs.

We recently launched 57 Crosby® products to the site! We expanded our selection of rigging hardware and rigging supplies so we can continue to meet your lifting needs. As an authorized Crosby® distributor, we’re proud to sell many Crosby® rigging items from the company’s diverse portfolio. Continue reading to learn more about the latest product additions:

Crosby® HR-125 Swivel Hoist Rings

crosby swivel hoist rings

Swivel hoist rings have always been a popular choice for rigging and lifting applications. If you are involved in a lifting application where continued movements at mulitple directions will occur, you will have more success using the HR-125 Swivel Hoist Ring than the standard eye bolt.

You can still use the standard eyebolt for lifting applications, but it will only perform straight pulls. If pulled at any other angle, it will result in extreme loss of rated working load limit. The HR-125 Swivel Hoist Ring can pivot and swivel at multiple directions, as the pivot pivots 180° and the base swivels at 360°.

Crosby® HR-1000 Heavy Lift Swivel Hoist Rings

crosby lifting products, featuring Heavy Duty Hoist Ring

If you come across a “Heavy Lift” Swivel Hoist Ring, you won’t be disappointed with this item. The Heavy Lift Swivel Hoist Ring has increased toughness that can hold up in potentially harsh conditions. Along with that, it has a larger opening than the standard Swivel Hoist Ring. This will allow you to easily attach sling hooks and other lifting fittings for quick securement.

Just like the HR-125 Swivel Hoist Ring, the Heavy Lift Swivel Hoist Ring can pivot at 180° and swivel at 360° in multiple directions. These hoist rings are beefier than then HR-125 line of hoist rings and are great to use for heavy-duty performance.

Crosby® SL-150 Slide-Loc® Hoist Ring

crosby slide loc

If you’re looking for a hoist ring that has tool-free installation, the SL-150 Slide Loc will do the job. The Slide-Loc features a patent-pending mechanism that doesn’t require you to use any tools to install this.

The patent-pending mechanism has a locking component that easily slides back to make this hoist ring ready for lifting. Along with that, it has a red QUIC-CHECK® mark to ensure that the Slide-Loc is ready for lifting. Its other unique features are having a larger eye-opening for easy lifting hook access and a 360° swiveling bail.

Crosby® G-402 Eye & Eye Swivel

crosby's eye and eye swivel at US Cargo Control

The G-402 Eye & Eye Swivel will prevent unnecessary twisting and binding of slings and other attachments. This is perfect for those who are seeking for a swivel that eliminates tangling! You use this swivel’s connecting links to connect a fixed connection point with a sling leg or wire rope to keep the connection intact and prevent side loads. You can integrate the connection points into the machine or as a bolt-on type applications such as eyebolts or hoist rings.

Keep in mind that the G-402 Eye & Eye Swivels are positioning devices and cannot rotate under load.

Crosby® G-403 Jaw & Eye Swivel

Crosby's jaw and eye swivel at US Cargo Control

The Jaw and Eye Swivel, or known as Jaw End Swivel, prevent unnecessary twisting and binding of slings and other attachments. Just like the G-402 Eye & Eye Swivel, you use the Jaw Swivel’s connecting links to connect a fixed connection point with a sling leg or wire rope to keep the connection intact and prevent side loads. You can integrate the connection points into the machine or as a bolt-on type applications such as eyebolts or hoist rings.

The only difference between the Jaw Swivel and the Eye Swivel is the Jaw Swivel has a screw pin. The Eye Swivel has a circular opening that you must clip something to. Read more about the differences in snap shackles in Snap Shackles: What Can I Use a Quick Release Shackle For?

Keep in mind that the G-403 Jaw & Eye Swivels are positioning devices and cannot rotate under load.

Crosby® S-421T Wedge Sockets

crosby s 421t wedge socket available at US Cargo Control

Lastly, we have the TERMINATOR™ Wedge Socket that is destined to be the last wedge socket you’ll ever need! With the end-user in mind, this item has several reasons to why you should switch to this wedge socket. Compared to the “old style” wedge, this wedge has been extended in length.  The added length allows a Crosby Regi-Bolt G450 wire rope clip, the same size as the wire rope used in the socket, to be easily attached. This helps secures the tail or “dead end” of the rope to the wedge to eliminate loss or “punch out” of the wedge. 

The wedge has QUIC-CHECK® “Go” and “No-Go” feature cast into the wedge to ensure the proper sizing of the rope. Utilizing a standard Crosby Red-U-Bolt®, these wedge socket terminations are especially useful in situations where quick or frequent rope replacement is necessary.

More Information on Rigging and Lifting Gear

Don’t know the difference between the many types of shackles? Read The Differences Between the Types of Shackles.

Unsure which type of lifting sling you need? Check out our post How to Choose a Lifting Sling and learn more about the difference between standard and adjustable chain slings.

Unsure when it is time for new rigging gear? We have some tips on how to tell when it’s time to look into new rigging gear when you’re in the process of inspecting your lifting hardware.

Saw random numbers on your load-bearing equipment and confused about what they mean? Read our post on Working Load Limit, Breaking Strength & Safety Factor: What Do They Mean?

Are you ready to get your hands on some Crosby® products? Contact our sales team today at 866-444-9990. Our team of product experts is here to answer any questions about rigging hardware, lifting slings, and more.

4 Safe Moving Tips – Moving During the Pandemic

Moving heavy, bulky furniture and appliances can be difficult, time-consuming, and even risky for your back and neck muscles. Not only that, but you have to take into consideration on how to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you’re an experienced mover or organizing your first big move, using the right equipment and operating in safe practices will make a huge difference. Read 4 Safe Moving Tips on how to move during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To relieve some stress of moving, read our checklist of 15 easy steps for moving.

1. Plan Ahead

moving blanket, a black quilt cover furniture cover

Whether you want to use a moving company, rent a moving van, or move using your own equipment, make sure you decide in advance. If you decide to hire professional movers or rent a van, it would be safe to schedule a couple months before your moving day. Moving companies may be booked, and you don’t want to scramble at the last minute!

2. Research The Moving Company

movers during coronavirus

If you are looking into hiring a moving company for your big moving day, do some research. Ask professional moving companies what measures they are taking to ensure a safe move experience during the pandemic. There are many moving companies, but it’s important to find what safety practices companies are creating so you and others are safe during this situation.

Most reputable movers understand the safety of you and your belongings. However, when it comes to your safety and health, it’s critical the moving company you choose demonstrates considerable caution at this time.

3. Be Equipped with the Right Tools

ratchet straps in use for moving

Get equipped with the best heavy-duty, highest quality moving supplies for a smooth moving trip. To avoid damage to your personal items or to your house, use items like moving blankets, moving dollies, E-Track ratchet straps, mover bands, and more high-quality moving equipment.

If you’re wondering which equipment to use for your move, read 5 Essential Must-Have Items for Every Move that you should have.

4. Clean and Disinfect

cleaning and disinfecting the house after moving

To be on the safe side, be sure to clean and disinfect your new place and your items. You can use disinfecting wipes and sprays for quick cleaning and areas that can’t be wiped clean. Along with that, throw away any moving material that you will not be using anymore.

For tips on how to clean and sanitize your home, read CDC’s recommendations for household cleaning and sanitizing.

When you’re ready to secure your items with our moving equipment, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

Is the Airline Style L-Track Stronger than Standard L-Tracks?

What is the Airline Style L-Track, and what is the difference between Airline Style L-Track and Standard L-Track?

We often get asked if the Airline Style L-Track is stronger than the rest of our L-Tracks. Because of its 6351 aluminum compared to the standard’s 6061-T6 aluminum, it can be easy to say that the Airline-style is stronger than other L-Tracks. This isn’t necessarily the case.

Continue to read what Airline Style L-Track is, the difference between Airline and Standard, and how Airline-Style serves the same purpose as our standard line.

If you are deciding whether to use an L-Track or E-Track, read the difference between L-Track and E-Track.

What is Airline Style L-Track?

image of a silver, long aluminum L-Track rail

This product has multiple names such as Aircraft Style L-Track, Logistic Track, Seat Style, and Seat Track. Through its many names, it serves the same purpose as our heavy-duty L-Tracks. The Airline L-Track features a narrow and squared profile and consists of a high-quality grade 6351.

This style was popular in the airline industry as a way to secure seats, which you may have heard it as “Seat Style” or “Seat Track.” Although this is common in the airline industry, our 6′ Airline L-Track and 12′ Airline L-Track are versatile to use for many consumer tie-down applications. It has a narrower profile than E-Tracks, but still provides strong tie-down points for motorcycles, ATVs, tractors, and much more.

Watch below on how to install L-Track Anchor Point Tie Downs to your truck or trailer:

Source: US Cargo Control

Please note that this aluminum track is still known by a variety of airline terms (airline track tie-downs, airline cargo straps, airplane cargo tie-down rails, or aircraft-style seat track), But not all grades of this tracking are FAA certified for use in the airline industry.

What is the Difference between Standard and Airline L-Tracks?

a man installing aluminum L Track to his truck with drill

The Airline Track and the Standard Track do have the same aluminum alloys and narrow profile, but the Airline L-Track has slightly higher tensile strength. All of our L-Tracks except the Aircraft Track is made with 6061-T6 aluminum. 6061-T6 is one of the more commonly used aluminum alloys, and T-6 means that it is tempered. By tempered, this means it is solutionized and artificially aged.

Also, the Airline L-Track has a squared profile on the edges, while the standard is more rounded. All our track rail options will support the Working Load Limit (WLL) of any of the fittings that go into them. The only thing to keep in mind is the track itself does not have a rating.

Regardless, you can use the same tiedown applications for the Airline-Style and the Standard. You would just need to refer to the fittings’ WLL for load rating information.

Common Uses for 6061-T6 and 6351:

6061-T6 Examples are structural components for aircrafts, yachts, automotive parts, flashlights, scuba tanks, and other high pressure tanks.

6351 Examples are the manufacturing of aluminum pipes and tubing, and almost similar uses to 6061-T6.

So, How is Aircraft L-Track Not Stronger?

up-close shot of an L Track rail with pre drilled holes

The reason we don’t say the Aircraft-Style is not stronger than the standard product is that 6351 and 6061 are basically identical aluminum alloys in the 6000 series. The only difference is the Airline-Style has slightly higher tensile strength. In the case of tiedown applications, this difference is negligible because you can use both tracks in identical applications.

To learn more about 6061-T6 and 6351 Aluminum, read the differences and similarities in their properties and composition.

The Aircraft L-Tracks are perfect to use for many types of tie-down applications and are compatible with our Fittings. This also includes our single stud fittings and double stud fittings. Also, don’t forget to look into our line of L-Track Straps!

When you’re ready to secure your items with our L-Track rails, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

The Dos and Don’ts for Load Securement on Trailers

Read our tips for securing your cargo with the right equipment and safety practices.

When you’re hauling cargo on your trailer, you can make or break it. If you’re not aware of how you are strapping down a load, you could create risk or damage to the cargo, others around you, and even yourself. To avoid these consequences, we sat down with Tim Sanders, our Sales Specialist, to learn about the dos and don’ts of load securement on trailers.

To ensure you are using the right equipment, look at our products that you can shop for your trailer type. Watch a demonstration by Ed Duran, one of our Sales Specialists, on how to secure an item with a ratchet strap.

Source: US Cargo Control

1. Have the Appropriate Type and Amount of Securement Equipment

flatbed load securement with US Cargo Control products

One of the most important considerations to know when securing a load is ensuring you have the appropriate type and amount of securement equipment. Whether you own a flatbed trailer or an enclosed trailer, you can haul all types of goods. The key is knowing which type of hauling equipment is crucial for the cargo you are hauling. To learn more about what hauling equipment you need, read:

3 Types of Accessories Every Enclosed Trailer Hauler Should Have

5 Pieces of Flatbed Trailer Equipment a Truck Driver Should Have.

2. Use the Right Amount of Working Load Limit and Tiedowns for Load Securement

Using proper flatbed strapping for USCC products

It’s critical that the number of straps, chains, and other equipment in use has enough aggregate working load limit (WLL) to secure the cargo being hauled. When you are tightening your items, be aware of the WLL and breaking strength so you know how much weight that piece of rigging is capable of securing. Learn more about what working load limit, break strength, and safety factor means on a piece of rigging equipment.

It’s also important to note that you have the appropriate number of tiedowns for your task. A general rule is you only use one tiedown if your cargo is shorter than 5 feet and less than 1,000 pounds. If you are hauling more than 1,000 pounds, read how many ratchet straps you need to secure your cargo.

3. Inspect Tiedowns for Damage and Defects Before Securing Cargo

Checking to secure load securement straps

A general rule to keep in mind is inspecting your straps for any damage and defects. Even if you notice minor damage to the strap, the strap’s capability and value will reduce. If you do see damage or are uncertain that there is damage, you must not use that tiedown. For more information about standards and inspection criteria, go to WSTDA (Web Sling and Tie Down Association) and NACM (National Association of Chain Manufacturers).

To prevent future damage, continuously check your tiedowns when you’re on the road. It is common for cargo to shift and the straps to loosen in transit, so it doesn’t hurt to see if they are secure (and you will avoid the chance of more damage).

Also, store them in a clean, dry place when you’re not using the tiedowns. If they are exposed to sun, rain, road salt, or else, tiedowns can degrade and will lose their effectiveness.

There’s no such thing as overdoing it when it comes to tying everything down.  Plan ahead, make sure you have enough equipment to get the job done right, and inspect it frequently.  A load that is well secured with good equipment will keep everyone safe and eliminate a lot of headaches during a roadside inspection!

Tim Sanders, Sales Specialist

4. Protect Your Straps with Corner Protectors

Using corner guards to ensure the safety of USCC ratchet strap

There will be sharp edges and rough surfaces when you are securing an item to your trailer. You don’t want to add stress to the strap by tightening it on a sharp edge or rough surface because you may cause cutting and abrasion. Consider using corner protectors to protect your straps. They will extend the life of your ratchet straps and also protect your cargo, chains, tarps, and more.

At US Cargo Control, we want you to have the highest quality products so you can get the job done. If you would have any questions about our flatbed trailer accessories, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

9 E-Track Kits for Your Tie Down Needs During Transporting

We’ve added 9 new E-Track Kits to our wide variety of E-Tracks.

We didn’t add just one E-Track kit to our website, but we added 9 new kits that serve different purposes! Whether you are just getting started or simply looking to pick up some essentials, an E-Track kit is an easy solution for you.

Our team of product experts assembled different tie down kits for you to choose from, so whether you are using a flatbed trailer, pickup truck, or a large semi-trailer, we got the perfect kit for you.

What is E-Track?

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E track is an industrial product that is commonly installed inside trailers, cargo vans, moving vans, and enclosed semi-trailers. It’s customizable and extremely versatile because it can be screwed to the floors and interior walls of trailers and vans using screws.

5′ E Track & Cam Straps Kit

We sell many different kinds of etracks here at US Cargo Control. Check us out!

Want to secure your cargo, but you need the essentials? This kit has all the components you need to start loading your cargo tightly. The kit includes rails and 3 different length cam straps.

These straps have a pull-to-tight method rather than the crank-to-tighten system that is seen in ratchet strap versions. With a 2500 pound break strength capacity, our cam buckles still offer considerable strength and easy tightening.

Snap-Loc Basics E Track Starter Kit

Need e tracks to create an e track trailer?  We got the kit for you.

If you are hauling a wide, heavy range of cargo such as ATVs, motorcycles, and else, you can’t go wrong with this Starter Kit. This has several popular components such as the 12′ Cam Straps and Spring E-Fitting with O-Ring. We understand your need to transport your items safely and securely, and you can count on this kit to deliver that promise.

The tie-down anchor points are reusable and perfect for anyone who doesn’t have the room for an entire length of rails, and these cam straps also have the pull-to-tighten system.

E Track Car Hauling Kit

Tie down your cargo securely with tie down track!

As it suggests in the name, this versatile kit will secure wide tires of cars, ATVs, and other cargo to your utility trailer! This Car Hauling Kit has some essential tie-down hardware and accessories to make it easy to outfit your trailer with everything you need to tie down your cargo for transport.

Horizontal E Track Shelving Kit

Use e track rails to create shelving for your trailer!

If you are looking to add a ton of storage to your enclosed utility trailer, this Shelving Kit will make it easy to create storage solutions. Our product experts included the wood end sockets so they can easily snap and let you create inexpensive shoring bean from an ordinary piece of 2 x 4 lumber.

Snap-Loc Supreme E Track Kit

Support your cargo load with the e track tie down system.

You may have noticed we already have a Snap-Loc Basics Starter Kit, so why do we have a supreme kit? The difference is this Snap-Loc Supreme Kit carries everything in the starter kit and also two 4.5″ J Hook Fittings and two 2″ J Hook Fittings.

With this kit, you can easily secure and tie down various cargo with the included E-Track Singles. The Singles is ideal for those needing a reusable tie-down spot but don’t have the room or the need for an entire length of rails. Along with that, you can connect the Ratchet Straps and Spring E-Fittings, and keep your trailer organized with J-Hook fittings. The J-Hooks are perfect to store items such as extension cords, rope, straps, and more.

5′ E Track Essentials Starter Kit

Known as cargo tie down track, we have many options of E-Tracks for you to secure your cargo load.

Customize your own system with this starter kit for your enclosed utility trailer! The Essentials Starter Kit has our popular essentials into one package so you can tie down a wide variety of cargo and keep your trailer well-organized at the same time.

5′ E Track & Ratchet Straps Kit

Use our popular e-track essentials for installing e track on trailer walls

Want to customize your own system, but with Ratchet Straps? We got you covered with this reliable kit. We put together our most popular essentials into one, so you can tackle your tie-down job with confidence.

Vertical E Track Shelving Kit

Seeking the perfect tie down track system?  At US Cargo Control, we have a variety of e track tie downs and many accessories for your e track needs

If you need a kit that will create shelving abilities vertically rather than our horizontal E-Track Shelving Kit, we also have the Vertical Shelving Kit. This kit is quick and easy to pick up the essentials to create shoring beams and shelves.

When you create shelving or shoring beams with this kit, just follow these instructions. Mount the vertical rails to the wall of your enclosed trailer, and snap in the wood end sockets. After that, place your 2 x 4 lumber in the socket to create inexpensive shoring beams to keep your cargo secure for transit.

8′ E Track Professional Starter Kit

Read our blog post to learn about installing e track!

If you’re a pro at building your E-Track system, then you shouldn’t miss out on this Professional Starter Kit. Get a head start with some essentials and start building!

I’m Looking for Other Tie Down Products

Looking for additional products for your tie down needs? Look into our full line of Straps and Tie-Downs with custom options always available. We also sell many hardware and accessories to help you build your own custom system.

We haven’t forgotten truck drivers for all their hard work and dedication during these tough times. Read our blog post on how truckers are helping us during the Coronavirus pandemic.

At US Cargo Control, we want you to have the highest quality products so you can get the job done. If you have any questions about our products, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

New Product Addition: Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap

The Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap is now available at US Cargo Control

You can now purchase the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap from US Cargo Control! This strap is a sturdy, heavy-duty tie down that is functional for many applications. With its unique sliding design, this will help secure your equipment and cargo to your enclosed van, trailer, or truck!

With another addition to our wide variety of ratchet straps, you can trust US Cargo Control for your tie down needs. Whether you need specialty straps, motorcycle straps, winch straps, or custom tie downs, we got the perfect ratchet strap for you.

Watch this Easy Guide on How to Operate a Sliding E Track Strap:

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3 Fun Facts about the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap:

1. It’s Made of Strong, Durable Fabric

This strap consists of a durable industrial-grade polyester webbing that is resistant to weathering, abrasion, corrosion, and other damage. With this type of fabric, you’ll never have to worry about wear and tear. Not only do you have to worry about wear and tear, but its webbing also will never stretch over time.

2. It’s Flexible and Reliable

As the name hints, its ratchet allows for smoother sliding so you can easily apply the strap to your equipment. This is fitting as there are load straps with ratchets that are not located in the most appropriate location, so users resorted to creating custom load straps. This isn’t the safest option. With the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap, you can quickly position the ratchet to the most convenient location on the cargo strap for optimal leverage and cargo storage.

This sliding ratchet strap also features spring e-fittings and is designed to easily connect to existing e-track rails inside your van trailers for safe transport.

3. It Comes in Different Colors and Sizes

Each ratchet strap comes in one color, and we offer three sizes! The colors come in yellow, blue, and grey, and you can use these straps to have as your favorite colors. The sizes we currently offer are 2″ x 12′, 2″ x 16′, and 2″ x 20′.

If you would like to view a how-to guide of this E track ratchet strap, read this step-by-step guide.

Have you heard about our recent product line addition? Read more about Grade 120 Chain and Components at US Cargo Control

It’s still National Moving Month! Get some tips and tricks by reading Essential Moving Supplies: 5 Must-Have Items for Every Move.

When you’re ready to secure your equipment with the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

Essential Moving Supplies: 5 Must-Have Items for Every Move

May is National Moving Month, so in honor of that, we wanted to share our list of 5 essential moving supplies you should have at the ready when gearing up for your next move.

Moving? We’ve all done it. Back in your college days you tapped a friend with a pickup truck, recruited some others with the promise of pizza and beer, and then proceeded to haphazardly throw everything you own into the back, hoping everything made it in one piece.

Now you’re all grown up (or at least pretending to be) and you’d rather not roll the dice on whether your hard-earned possessions make it to their new home intact. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned moving professional, having the right tools for the job is critical to a successful move. Luckily, US Cargo Control has everything you need in one place.

So, in the spirit of National Moving Month, here is a run-down of 5 essentials you should have on hand for your next move.

1. Moving Blankets

Protect your furniture with the best moving blankets around. With many different options of weights and sizes, you can easily find the right fit for your moving needs. We also carry a large selection of furniture covers and our new TV Moving Bag will keep your big screen safe and sound.

We highly recommend our Supreme Mover 12-Pack for a strong and durable option that will come in handy time and time again. Plus, they’re machine washable!

2. Furniture Lifting Straps

image of TeamStrap moving strap from USCargoControl.com

If you’ve ever tried to manhandle a large piece of furniture, you will appreciate these genius Team Strap moving straps. Save your back, keep your friends, and make sure you have these beauties at the ready before your move gets underway.

One of our top sellers and a customer favorite is the Shoulder Dolly Moving Strap. You’ll feel like superman with these on!

3. Hand Trucks

Image of aluminum convertible handtruck

Cut down on the number of trips to and from the truck with a quality hand truck. These make quick and easy work of moving larger boxes, while also being a great tool to move multiple smaller boxes at once, and even some types of furniture. A true must-have for any mover.

Two of our favorite options are the Aluminum Convertible Hand Truck and the Steel Appliance Truck with Double Auto Recoils. Both are fantastic options and make tough moves a lot easier.

4. Mover Bands

large rubber bands, or known as heavy duty rubber bands

Our moving rubber bands are perfect for securing your items during a move. Use them to keep moving blankets or pads in place around furniture and other items during transit or storage. They work great at keeping dresser drawers from flying open when you take a tight turn in the truck, too! They are extremely versatile and best of all, they’re reusable!

Check out one of our top selling sets here.

5. Stretch Wrap

In addition to our mover bands, stretch wrap is another must-have essential you’ll want to have nearby to help keep your items secure and in place during your move. One of our favorites is our Pre-Stretched Wrap 4-pack. It’s lighter than standard rolls, which means you don’t have to apply as much pressure during wrapping. But, don’t think that means it’s not as strong. This stuff still delivers an extreme hold, so you can rest assured your stuff isn’t going anywhere.

Whatever the size of your move, the dedicated team at US Cargo Control is ready to help you save time, energy, and most of all, keep your items safe and secure during transit. So, when gearing up for your next move, make sure your plan includes a stop at US Cargo Control to stock up on these essentials and more!

Looking for more moving tips?

Check out some of our other moving posts for great tips to help you move like a pro!

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Grade 120 Chain and Components at US Cargo Control

We’ve added a wide selection of the strongest and toughest chain grade components to our inventory.

A full line of Grade 120 chain and chain sling components are now available through US Cargo Control.

Grade 120 is a high-strength, ultra-premium quality alloy steel with the highest working load limits in the industry. Now it’s easier than ever to get the G120 products you need to tackle the toughest overhead lifting and transportation jobs.

We’ve added a wide selection of the strongest and toughest chain grade components to our stock. And with a large inventory of bulk g120 chain, fittings, chain and binder kits, and more, you can count on US Cargo Control for all of your Grade 120 transport and rigging and lifting needs!

4 Benefits of Grade 120 Components

Length of blue grade 120 chain showcasing the square-link design.

1. It’s the Strongest Chain in the Industry

Grade 120 chain and components are 50% stronger than Grade 80 and 20% stronger than Grade 100 products. That added strength means you can select a smaller chain size for the job that’s lighter in weight and easier to handle – all without sacrificing working load limits.

2. It’s Extremely Durable

G120 chain features a revolutionary square link design that offers superior fatigue and bending resistance, making it an excellent choice for a wide variety of lifting applications. The patented square profile also offers increased contact between the surfaces on the links, resulting in a better grip than a traditional round link-style chain. A blue powder-coated finish adds corrosion protection.

3. It’s Easy to Identify

All Grade 120 Chain and Components feature a light-blue powder coating for quick and easy identification. You will also find either “120” or “12” markings on the chain and components as additional identification as Grade 120 alloy.

4. It’s Made by Pewag

Our Grade 120 chain and components are made by Pewag, an industry leader in quality chain products. With a history dating back over 500 years, Pewag is an established and trusted manufacturer in the transportation and lifting industries.

Grade 120 Chain Slings

Chain slings manufactured with grade 120 chains offer the highest strength available on the market. They are excellent for heavy-duty lifting applications.

There are two main types of lifting slings: standard and adjustable. Both options allow the user to customize the sling to suit their specific lifting application. Choose from several options including the number of legs, length of the chain, and type of end fitting.

Blue Grade 120 standard chain sling with a sling hook and oblong link at opposing ends of the length of chain.

Standard Chain Sling

Features a fixed-length of Grade 120 Chain and available in a variety of length and end fitting combinations

Blue adjustable single-leg chain sling with a sling hook and oblong link at opposing ends of the length of chain.

Adjustable Chain Sling

Can be designed with the same leg configurations as standard slings, but an additional fitting allows the user to adjust the length of the chain.

Grade 120 Fittings

We stock a wide selection of G120 end fittings. Like all Grade 120 components, end-fittings all feature the distinctive blue powder-coat finish for superior corrosion protection and easy identification. Some of the most common options include:

Blue Grade 120 oblong master link ring.

Oblong Master Links are used at the top of chain slings.

Blue Grade 120 grab hook.

Eye Grab Hooks are designed for optimal interaction between chain and hook, making them excellent for a variety of lifting applications.

Blue Grade 120 self-locking hook.

Self-Locking Hooks feature a larger opening than typical eye sling hooks and automatically close and lock under load.

Blue Grade 120 sling hook with silver galvanized safety latch.

A Sling Hook has a forged and galvanized safety latch for a secure connection in a variety of lifting applications.

Tackle The Toughest Lifting Jobs With Grade 120

We recommend heavy-duty Grade 120 Chain for the toughest jobs. Whether you are in the trucking and transportation or lifting and rigging industries, the high-strength and superior quality of G120 alloy steel can stand up to even the most demanding applications.

If you’re looking for more information on chain slings, check out our main chain slings page on our website or our lifting slings category on our blog.


Are you ready to get your hands on some Grade 120 products? Contact our sales team today at 800-404-7068. Our team of product experts is here to answer any questions about rigging chain, lifting slings, and more.


We also do custom orders! Need a custom lifting sling? We can do that! Because we assemble all of our Grade 120 chain slings in-house, we can customize a lifting sling to meet your specific needs.

How Many Tie Down Straps Do I Need to Secure My Cargo?

Don’t know how many you need to secure your load? Read to learn more.

When you are securing your cargo load with tiedowns, it is crucial to know how many you need. Protecting your cargo with the correct amount of straps is important so you can transport and deliver it safely. Read on how to use ratchet straps, how many you need, and what to use to protect them.

How to Use Ratchet Straps

using several straps to tie down straps load

Learning how to use cargo straps is beneficial to how many you need for the task in front of you. Our ratchet straps are an important player in transporting cargo and once you understand how to use them, you’ll be a pro at it!

We have a wide variety of ratchet tie down straps in so many sizes and styles, and each of them is listed with weight capacities. To learn more about how to thread a ratchet strap, check out one of our product experts explaining the steps.

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How Many Heavy Duty Ratchet Straps Do I Need?

truck straps for your tie down application needs

Depending on the weight and length of your cargo, the number of straps vary. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, they state that you only use one tiedown if your cargo is shorter than 5 feet and less than 1,000 pounds.

If your cargo is shorter than 5 feet but weighs more than 1,000 pounds or is between 5 to 10 feet long, then you would need to have two straps. Keep in mind that for the first 10 feet of length, it must be secured by two tiedowns. Then for every additional 10 feet, you would add one tiedown.

We recommend that if you are transporting 10,000 pounds or more, then to use at least four tiedowns. Be sure to use corner protectors to protect your straps, which is explained more below.

How Do I Protect Them?

blue corner protector to protect your cargo or your strap
Corner Protector – Blue

To prevent your ratchet straps from getting damaged from edges, consider using corner protectors. Also known as corner guards, they can extend the life of your ratchet straps.

Corner protectors are inexpensive and they can protect not just your straps, but also your cargo, chains, tarps or any covers that you will use in tie down applications. For how to store your ratchet straps, read 10 Ways to Store Tie Down Straps.

At US Cargo Control, we want you to have the highest quality products so you can get the job done. If you would have any questions about our flatbed trailer accessories, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.