What is D/d Ratio & Why is this Critical for Lifting Slings?

What effect does D/d Ratio have on lifting slings and their sling capacities?

You may wonder what D/d ratio is and what purpose it serves when lifting loads with different types of slings. After all, it can be confusing as there are multiple factors you have to take under consideration such as knowing the weight of the load, the sling’s working load limit (WLL), and the load’s center of gravity.

Identifying the D/d ratio when using any type of sling for a lift is critical. If the lifting sling tightly bends over too much during the lift – the sling will get damaged itself. This then leads to unsafe rigging practices, thus making it difficult to repair and creating high replacement costs.  

To have a safe lifting operation, read about D/d Ratio and the slings we carry at US Cargo Control.

What is D/d Ratio?

In a short sentence, it describes the load size versus the size of the sling placed on the load.

The term D/d ratio works as a simple mathematical equation where you’re learning the diameter or distance of the load you’re picking up. The upper case “D” refers to the ratio of the diameter around the object which the sling is bent, and the lower case “d” represents the diameter of the sling being used.

The Formula for D/d Ratio:

The diameter of the load divided by the diameter of the sling = D/d Ratio

Unirope's definition of D/d ratio
Photo Courtesy of Unirope

For example, you’re picking up an object that’s 12 inches in diameter and you use a 3/8″ chain to pick it up. This is 12″ divided by 3/8″ = 32, which 32 is the D/d Ratio. If the diameter is 10″ and the diameter of the rope is 1/2, the D/d Ratio is 20.

Why is D/d Ratio Important?

The D/d Ratio has a tremendous impact on sling capacity when using slings like wire rope, chain, polyester round slings, and nylon slings. It can determine the sling’s efficiency or capacity reduction, and allow you to make corrections before continuing the lift. If you see a tight bending of the sling, this means there’s a smaller than recommended D/d Ratio.

Using a smaller D/d Ratio that’s not recommended for your lift can aggravate the bending motion. This can result in fatigue, irregular wear, and increased deterioration. Once this occurs, you’d have to perform frequent inspections and go through costly wire rope replacements.

Each sling type has different strength efficiencies, which is why we included a table below that describes the efficiency of various sling constructions with standard D/d Ratios:

Mechanically spliced, single-part slings25 times rope diameter
Hand-Spliced, single-part slings15 times rope diameter
Braided multi-part slings of 6 parts25 times component rope diameter
Braided multi-part slings of 8 parts25 times component rope diameter
Helically laid multi-part slings25 times component rope diameter
Hand-tucked grommets and mechanically joined grommet5 times sling body diameter
Union Rope’s Rated Capacity, Design Factors, and D/d Ratios

What Will Sling Damage Look Like?

wire rope damage

When a sling is tightly bending around another object, there is a loss of sling capacity. As D/d Ratio decreases, this capacity loss becomes greater and the sling will become less efficient. There is a direct correlation between D/d Ratio and the efficiency of the sling (or rated capacity).

Not only is it important to understand the D/d Ratio of the lifting sling, but it’s also equally important that fittings and rigging hardware used in connection points are adequately strong and spatially correct. For instance, if smaller, alloy shackles are used, the webbing edges can get damaged and sling efficiency is lowered due to the bunching of the webbing.

When not used correctly, this could result in bunching, and being crammed into a space will reduce sling efficiency and capacity. Basically, putting too many slings in an undersized shackle or another fitting can result in lost strength.

To understand what slings or fittings should you use for your job, give our team a call at 800-404-7068, and we’ll be glad to assist you.

Different Type of Slings

Now that you have an idea of what D/d Ratio means, continue reading on what lifting slings you should use that’s worth the investment for your lifting situations.

nylon lifting slings

Nylon Slings

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.

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.

chain lifting sling
Polyester round sling

Polyester Slings

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!

Wire Rope 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 sling

To understand what lifting slings you should use for any lifting operation, read 3 Factors to Consider When Choosing Lifting Slings.

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 can lift heavy loads safely and efficiently.

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.

10 Best Apps for Truck Drivers to Use in 2021 – For On and Off the Road

Read to find what trucking apps you should use in 2021.

As we all know, there’s an app for everything these days. There are especially trucking apps that truck drivers can use on and off the road, whether it efficiently improves your job or your well-being. There are many factors that go into the day of a trucker – from planning routes, executing hauls, and finding parking availability when done for the day.

Luckily, there are many trucking and lifestyle apps to choose from. You can compare fuel prices, find truck stops and read reviews on them, and stream music or audiobooks from your phone.

Whether you’re new to the trucking industry or you’re curious if some apps can help you to the best of your ability, we have some recommendations for you to use for the long haul. Continue reading the best apps that every trucker should use in 2021.

Trucker Path

This is the most popular and ultimate truck driving app in North America. You can get relevant information that you need in one app, and you’re able to read information and reviews from truckers for over 40,000 truck stops.  Some features include a mapping system that you can use to avoid low bridges, find the nearest fuel stops with truck clearance, compare fuel prices, and record hours of service. You’re able to plan a multi-day trip in advance!

Special Features:

  • Includes information for more than 7,000 truck stops in the U.S. and Canada
  • Updates on parking availability
  • Truck drivers’ forum
  • Information on weight station and scales
  • Trip planner option 
  • Find fuel stops with truck clearance 

Weigh My Truck

Weigh My Truck was created to save drivers time while at weigh stations. This is an app made by the CAT Scale Company where truckers can use the app to weigh their trucks automatically. The app locates the CAT scale you’ve arrived at and allows you to pay with your phone, sending a PDF receipt of the ticket and weight information to your email. You don’t have to leave your truck now!

Special Features:

  • Avoid wasting time walking inside to pay at weigh stations, or waiting to bypass a station
  • Weigh your trucks automatically 
  • Allows you to pay with your smartphone 
  • Receive PDF receipts of the ticket and weight information to your email

GasBuddy 

This neat fuel app has a database of more than 150,000 fuel stations across North America that you can access to find the cheapest fuel prices. Anytime that you can save money is a win. This app includes a trip cost calculator, station outage tracker, gas price map, and a place to track fuel purchases. 

GasBuddy can tell you when the price of diesel is increasing so you can fill up your tank before it happens. It can also monitor your driving habits to inform you if you’re wasting gas and money. 

Special Features:

  • Includes more than 150,000 gas stations in North America
  • Helps find the cheapest fuel price
  • Fuel Rewards
  • Access reviews of gas stations
  • Alerts when you’re wasting fuel 
  • Provides information on fuel stops with shower and food

Google Maps

Although an app everybody can use, this has some great features for truckers. It has a satellite view, where you can see from an overhead position if you need to see any obstructions, driveways to follow, and how to find the dock. You can also switch to street-view to get a 360-degree angle view of different locations on the map.

Basically, you can see exactly how a place looks like before you arrive at the destination to avoid any surprises! Technology is truly amazing. 

Their real-time traffic updates and search navigation are also helpful for receiving traffic alerts while driving or when you want to search restaurants, rest stops, and other spots in the area. The downside is Google Maps doesn’t prioritize truck routes, so a trucker GPS will be your best bet in getting accurate routes. You can still use them both simultaneously!

Special Features:

  • Panorama street view and satellite view to check parking spots, docks, and other locations
  • Real-time traffic updates
  • Updates on businesses that are open and closed 
  • Search for restaurants, fuel stations, rest areas, and more
  • Voice assistance feature

My Fitness Pal

Eating well on the road can be difficult, but My Fitness Pal can help you make smarter choices about what to eat and how to exercise. You can log your meals on the app and use its nutritional insights to plan future meals or make healthier choices when ordering out. If you’re curious about your calorie intake, you can log food by scanning barcode labels or choose items from its database to understand an idea of what or how much you should eat in a day. 

Special Features:

  • Track meals and your movement 
  • Log meals to gain nutritional insights and calorie intake
  • Log food by scanning barcode labels or choosing items from its database
  • Plan future meals

Weather Channel

Be secure with where you’re driving to with the Weather Channel app. 

Their rain forecast is usually precise, letting you know when it will rain in advance, and you can get weather updates wherever you are. You can also use their radar to check how serious the weather will be ahead of time. If you’re a trucker, you know weather and wind speed will affect your driving, so this app will be extremely helpful for getting accurate information. 

Special Features:

  • Current weather reading in your location
  • Get alerts of expected weather 
  • Animated live radar to track weather currently or ahead of time
  • Information on wind speed 
  • Warning when there is expected thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes


Audible

If you enjoy listening to audiobooks while driving, Audible is a great choice. You can get access to thousands of audiobooks, so you’ll never get tired of listening to a variety of genres! Users can sign in with their Amazon account, and if you’re a new member, you can enjoy a 30-day free trial. 

The best part is you can personalize your library and download the audiobooks to listen offline. 

Special Features:

  • Wide collection of audiobooks 
  • Customize your library 
  • Listen to audiobooks offline
  • Sign in with Amazon account
  • Free first-month trial 

Spotify 

Listen to your favorite music or podcasts as you drive. You can create your own playlist or listen to Spotify’s curated playlists based on artists, moods, or genres. 

Spotify is a huge music streaming service, and its huge library makes it perfect to listen to music on the road without getting bored. You can choose the free version (you’d have to stick with their ads), or the premium version with no ads. 

  • Wide library of music, podcasts, and more 
  • Create your playlist
  • Easy to search interface
  • Free version available 

Calm

This is a great app to use when you’re on a break, meditating, or sleeping.  The app comes with more than 500 HD audio channels to stream relaxation music. The only con is the ads may interrupt your sleep with the free membership, but you can pay the membership to listen freely with no ads.

You can enjoy all types of relaxing genres like jazz, classical music, country music, pop-rock, and adult contemporary, as well as nature sounds in the background. 

Special Features:

  • A lot of music channels
  • Meditation music 
  • Sleep timer
  • Nature sounds in the background to help you relax 
  • Unlimited listening 

Rolling Strong

Rolling Strong is a free health and wellness app from a company dedicated to the well-being of truck drivers. The app offers nutritional guidance by suggesting meals and exercise programs based on your daily sleep, exercise, and water and calorie intake. Since you’re on the road frequently, the app can show you the nearest fitness spots with truck parking spaces available based on your locations, and you can watch exercise training videos to help you get moving. 

Special Features:

  • It tells you the nearest fitness stops
  • Monitors your sleeping pattern
  • Can track calories 
  • Redeem points for rewards 
  • Online coaching to get fit
  • Remind you to hydrate

Great Reads for Truckers

We have some great reads for you to improve your habits and well-being while driving for the long haul!

5 Tips for How to Sleep Better in a Semi Truck

4 Important Nighttime Driving Tips for Truck Drivers

5 Fun Things for Truck Drivers to Do When on the Road

6 Types of Truck Driver Cooking Equipment That Will Make Your Life Easier

5 Money-Saving Tips for Truck Drivers on the Road

Long-Haul Truck Drivers Share The Most Scenic Drives in America

At US Cargo Control, we care about our customers and getting them what they want, when they need it. If you have any questions about our products, give our a team a call at 866-444-9990.

To the Truckers Across the Country and the World, Thank You!

In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, thank you truck drivers for making daily life possible.

You know the saying, “if you got it, a trucker brought it to you!”

This week is a special week – it’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and it’s dedicated to honoring all truckers across the country that keep us moving forward. Almost every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources we need.

The professional men and women behind the wheel have one of the most demanding and important jobs, and we thank them for their continued commitment and service to the industry. This week is a way to show appreciation to the 3.6 million+ truckers who not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, but also keep our highways safe. 

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is running from September 12th-18th, so let’s express our gratitude to all truckers this week.

To the truckers, thank you! Read below on some of the special deals businesses are doing for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Businesses Giving Back

Truck driver at gas station

Truckers, get ready to be appreciated greatly this week! There are many businesses that are giving back because you deserve it. 

C.H. Robinson

C.H. Robinson has sweepstakes this week, and they’ll be giving out $1,000 to 10 winners daily between September 13th-17th. If you’re a truck driver, all you have to do is register, and you will have 50 chances to potentially win a prize!

If you’re not a truck driver but you still want to help them, you can submit a thank you note and C.H. Robinson will donate $1 to St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.

Jubitz

Jubitz is hosting their annual Driver Appreciation Day event on September 15th at their main campus in Portland, Oregon. If you’ve been there – then you know this is an amazing treat. This year’s event will have a free barbecue lunch for anyone with a CDL from 9am to 2pm. You can also RVSP for the event on their website

They will also be giving away free swag bags and giveaway opportunities while supplies last, so if you’re nearby – make sure to stop there!

Love’s 

Love’s is celebrating NTDAW all September long with amazing giveaways and deals! They’re giving away 14 million My Love Rewards points during this month, including hundreds of daily winners and a 1-million-point winner at the end of the month. (This is super impressive!)

Drivers can take advantage of deals on fresh food, snacks, drinks, free food with an oil change, and even more from now until the 18th. Just make sure you are a My Love Rewards member to get these advantages!

Each time drivers swipe their My Love Rewards card during the month of September, they’ll be entered for a chance to win 1,000 or 2,000 My Love Rewards points daily. They’ll also be entered for a chance to win 1 million My Love Rewards points at the end of the month.

Other offers Love’s are doing include:

  • Free Hot to Go sandwich or Fresh to Go salad with any oil change at Speedco or Love’s Truck Care (Sept. 12-18).
  • Free Love’s hat with the purchase of two pairs of gloves for $24.99.

Pilot / Flying J

Pilot / Flying J is rewarding professional drivers all month long with free drinks, bonus loyalty points, and many more perks! If you use Pilot’s myRewards Plus app, you can redeem a free drink of choice from each day’s brand family or beverage category on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays all September long.

You can also get free showers all month with shower power after one 50+ gallon commercial diesel fill, and earn bonus points with several ways to boost loyalty earnings throughout September. 

Also, Pilot is accepting nominations throughout September for their Road Warrior contest. The annual Road Warrior contest honors truck drivers who have gone above and beyond to keep America moving, and the hardworking haulers will be awarded a grand prize of $10,000, $5,000 for second place, and $2,500 for third place. If you know someone that fits the description perfectly, nominate them through Pilot’s 2021 Road Warrior contest!


Are there other businesses that are doing something special for truckers this week or throughout September? Write in the comments below and let us know!


Simple Ways to Thank a Trucker

national truck driver appreciation week 2021

If you know a trucker or see one this week, thank them for their continued hard work! We have some simple ways that you can do to give back to truckers.

Thank a Trucker In-Person at a Gas Station or Rest Stop

There are a few ways to express your gratitude when you see them in person. Say thank you when you see a trucker and consider giving them a gift card for gas, a local store, or a restaurant. You can also pay for their drink or meal when they’re taking a break! 

Thank a Trucker on the Road

When you see a trucker on the road, give them a wave, thumbs up, or even gesture to have them pump the horn! 

Most importantly, be considerate when sharing the road with a truck driver. They’re hauling heavy cargo in an 18-wheeler, so be respectful of the truckers when you’re driving. When passing a truck, make sure to signal, provide room ahead of the truck, and be aware of the trucker’s blind spot. 

Thank a Trucker with a Pre-Thought Gift

Gift a truck driver a personal care package filled with essentials, like water, snacks, hand sanitizer, etc, or leave them a thank you note on your front door. 

At US Cargo Control, we care about our customers and getting them what they want, when they need it. If you have any questions about our products, give our a team a call at 866-444-9990.

Heads Up! CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week 2021 is Here

Operation Safe Driver Week is July 11th-July 17th. Read what the program is about, and how to prepare for it.

Do you know that speeding is a factor in a quarter of crash deaths since 2008, and it’s the most frequent driver-related crash factor for drivers of commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles? Speeding is also a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2018, killing 9,378 people or an average of more than 25 people per day.

This is why CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week exists. 

This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week has started and will continue to run until July 17th, 2021. This year’s focus is on speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors. During this time, law enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in risky behaviors in or around a commercial motor vehicle. 

Unsafe drivers will be pulled over and issued a citation or warning. Continue reading what the program is about, and how to prepare for it.

What is CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week?

Law enforcement during operation safe driver week 2021

Operation Safe Driver Week helps reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. The goal behind this program is to improve drivers’ behaviors through educational and traffic enforcement strategies. 

Most crashes are caused by drivers’ actions, and research shows that interactions with law enforcement change the driver’s behaviors. 

What to Know about Operation Safe Driver Week 2021

Prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week 2021

What you need to know if you’re pulled over for speeding, officers will deeply investigate you and your vehicle. You may receive a warning or citation if you engage in speeding or other risky driving habits.

The other problematic driving behaviors officers will track but not limited to are:

Results from the Past Few Years

CVSA selected speeding as its focus this year because even though there was a drop in road travel last year due to the pandemic, traffic fatalities still increased nationally.

Surprisingly, the estimated rate of death on roads last year increased 24% over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven were dropped to 13%. This is the highest estimated year-over-year jump NSC has calculated in 96 years.

Tips for Truckers

Safety tips for operation safe driver week 2021

To prepare yourself during and after this week, follow the tips below for best practices.

  • Follow the speed limits.
  • Abide by common traffic laws, obey traffic control devices, and wear your seat belt.
  • Don’t engage in dangerous driving behaviors and practice defensive driving.
  • Continue to operate within the Hours of Service regulations to ensure you’re well rested and alert when driving.
  • Allow additional time to get to your destination safely.
  • Avoid tailgating.

At US Cargo Control, We Care About Your Safety

By spreading awareness about Operation Safe Driver Week, we want to make sure truckers are prepared during and after this event. It may be easier to speed so you can reach your destination faster, but that comes with a risk. It’s better to get there safely, than not get there at all.

Stay safe out there, and use defensive driving skills!

Other Reads for Truckers:

Long-Haul Truck Drivers Share The Most Scenic Drives in America

5 Money-Saving Tips for Truck Drivers on the Road

6 Types of Truck Driver Cooking Equipment That Will Make Your Life Easier

5 Fun Things for Truck Drivers to Do When on the Road

5 Tips for How to Sleep Better in a Semi Truck

9 Free Ways for Truck Drivers to Save on Fuel

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. We appreciate your hard work to deliver the goods that we consume every day. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

Heads Up! CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2021 is Approaching

Read how to prepare for the two main inspection categories of the North American Standard Level I Inspection.

Every year, CVSA hosts its Annual International Roadcheck, which is the largest enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. The roadcheck runs during a 72-hour period with about 15 trucks or buses inspected every minute across the United States, as well as vehicles being inspected in Canada and Mexico.

This year’s International Roadcheck will happen on May 4th-6th with a focus on inspecting trucks’ lighting devices and the drivers’ hours of service. Continue reading the importance of the International Roadcheck, and what the inspection will be.

The Importance of CVSA’s International Roadcheck

CVSA roadcheck official inspects truck for violations

The International Roadcheck occurs every year to increase the awareness and importance of commercial motor vehicle safety. Not only are the inspectors making sure that your vehicle is safe to drive, but they’re also making sure you and other drivers are safe as well. The dates are shared in advance to prepare motor carriers and drivers and to be aware of proactive vehicle maintenance and readiness.

CVSA’s President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police states that the International Roadcheck “aims to raise awareness of the North American Standard Inspection Program and the essential highway safety rules and regulations in place to keep our roadways safe.”

This year, the inspection will focus on two categories. For the driver portion, inspectors will focus on the hours of service and the lighting devices during the vehicle portion.

What Will the Inspection Be?

The Vehicle Portion

The inspectors are paying close attention to your truck’s lighting devices to ensure they are operating well. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “the lighting violation ‘lamps inoperable’ was the number one vehicle violation in 2020 – which accounted for approximately 12.24% of all vehicle violations discovered that year.”

Lighting devices include:

  • Headlamps
  • Tail Lamps
  • Clearance Lamps
  • Identification Lamps
  • License Plate and Side Marker Lamps
  • Stop Lamps
  • Turn Signals and Lamps on Projecting Loads

Along with the importance of your truck’s lighting, they will be checking the components of your truck to ensure everything looks good to go. Components include:

  • Brake Systems
  • Cargo Securement
  • Coupling Devices
  • Driveline/Driveshaft Components
  • Driver’s Seat
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel Systems
  • Lightning Devices
  • Steering Mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Van and Open-Top Trailer Bodies
  • Wheels
  • Rims
  • Hubs and Windshield Wipers are Complaint

Inspections of motorcoaches, passenger vans, and other passenger-carrying vehicles also include emergency exits, electrical cables, and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

The Driver Portion

During the driver portion, they will be examining you, your driving requirements, and hours of service documentation. The hours of service documentation is critical this year to ensure hours are regulated well so drivers have rest time between driving shifts. Hours of service was the number one driver out-of-service violation, accounting for 34.7% of all driver out-of-service conditions.

Inspectors will also check your operating credentials, seat belt usage, and alcohol and/or drug impairment.

If you pass the vehicle and driver portions of the inspection, you will receive a CVSA decal.

International Roadcheck CVSA sticker 2021

Download the PDF to learn more about the driver’s and vehicle’s requirements.

What Happens if You Don’t Meet the Requirements?

Unfortunately, if there are any violations during the vehicle and driver portions, you and/or your truck will place out-of-service. When this happens, you and the vehicle cannot operate until the identified out-of-service conditions are correct.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Just the same as last year, the law enforcement personnel will conduct inspections following their departments’ health and safety protocols during the 2021 International Roadcheck.

In addition, as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out, inspectors will do their best effort to allow vaccine shipments to arrive to their destination, quickly and safely. COVID-19 vaccine shipments will not be held up for inspection unless there is an obvious serious violation.

Cargo Securement as a Frequent Vehicle Violation

load securement for CVSA international roadcheck

Last year, more than 15,000 trucks were placed out-of-service in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Cargo securement was one of the top five violations, where 1,586 drivers were placed out-of-service. We have some tips for you to safely secure your load so you can avoid this violation this year:

  • Always keeping multiple pieces of cargo tight together in the center of the trailer to prevent load shifting.
  • Making sure to have the appropriate number of tiedowns and that they are correctly used to prevent the cargo from moving forward, rearward, or laterally.
  • Always knowing the weight of the load to ensure you have the right number of tiedowns.
  • Inspecting tiedowns prior to each use and remove from service any tiedowns that are frayed, cut, damaged, knotted, etc.
  • Making sure web tiedowns are properly tagged with WLL in lbs. and kgs.
  • Making sure chain and binders have grade markings, WLL, or Breaking Strength.
  • Using edge protection like corner protectors to prevent cutting, abrasion, and premature wear from sharp or abrasive surfaces.

We carry trucking and transportation equipment so you can secure your cargo without any worries. You can shop by trailer type, which we have enclosed trailer accessories and flatbed trailer equipment that has everything you need to outfit your truck.

Learn more about load securement:

The Dos and Don’ts for Load Securement on Trailers

Working Load Limit, Breaking Strength, and Safety Factor: What Do They Mean?

How Many Tiedowns Do I Need to Secure My Cargo?

A Simple Guide on How to Use a Ratchet Strap and How to Release It

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

How to Select a Load Cell

Ask these 4 simple questions to pinpoint the exact load cell you need

You don’t have to be an expert in load cell technology to select the one you need and feel confident that it will get the job done right.

The technology found in many modern load cells can seem overwhelming at first, but in industries where precision is a must, choosing and properly using an appropriate load cell could mean the difference between another successful day at work and an expensive or potentially dangerous miscalculation.

Luckily, we’re in 2021. Once you select the load cell that’s right for your application, you can enjoy enhanced safety, accuracy, and efficiency through the use of simple software and load cell readouts that fit in the palm of your hand, function from nearly a mile away, and provide +/- 0.1% accuracy.

Despite the many brands and types of load cells available on the market today, choosing the exact right one for your needs is fairly simple when you break it all down. Let’s walk through the 4 simple questions that will guide you in selecting the right load cell.

selecting load cells
Tension load cells from Straightpoint can handle tension reading capacities ranging from 1-ton up to 500-tons.

1. What is your application environment?

First, it’s important to consider the general environment in which you’ll be using the load cell. In terms of durability, there’s a wide spectrum ranging from low-capacity, unsealed load cells to weatherproof multi-ton options.

If you’re needing load cells for industrial applications involving cranes or heavy loads, you’ll want to select a trusted load cell brand that’s been rigorously tested and proven to have high manufacturing standards. If the load cell could be exposed to water you’ll want one rated for common environmental protections like IP67 or NEMA6.

2. What are you needing to measure?

Next, what is the specific goal you’re trying to accomplish with a load cell? Tug testing? Structural weighing? Laying cable, or maybe something else? “Load cell” is a broad term that encompasses many different electronic measurement tools including tensiometers, dynamometers, load shackles, and even common crane scales. Of course, you’ll want to get a load cell that’s designed to safely measure whatever it is you’re working with. Still, keep in mind that there is some crossover in what these load cell types can do. Below is a list of common load cell types found in the rigging and lifting industry, plus their common application.

Compression Load Cells – structural weighing and the confirmation of mass or center of gravity


Tension Load Cells – measures tension levels, commonly used for overhead weighing and heavy lift applications


Crane Scales – weighs pretty much anything that can be fasted to its hanging hook, crane optional


Shackle Load Cells – common in industrial crane applications, especially limited headroom or super heavy lift projects

Towcells – monitors tensile towing forces, engineered for emergency/rescue services, salvage, 4X4 events, and other vehicle load monitoring applications


Running Line Dynamometers – measures tension, line speed, and distance for wire rope, electrical cables, and synthetic rope


Clamp On Line Tensiometers – measuring guy wire and wire rope tension

wire rope tension load cell from straightpoint
The Straightpoint COLT clamp on line tensionmeter is a fast and accurate tool for measuring guy wire and wire rope tension up to 11,000 pounds with up to 1-inch diameters.

3. How do you want to transmit and check load cell readouts?

If you have a smartphone in your pocket, you know just how far wireless technology has come over the past few years. Load cells are no exception. In fact, many modern load cells such as industry-leading Straightpoint load monitoring load cells, are compatible with your cell phone or smart device via Bluetooth or by simply downloading a free load cell monitoring app. These advanced wireless load cells work from long distances for increased safety and can also sync with a larger computer or a special wireless handheld reader to remotely read and adjust load cell setups. Of course, wired load cell options still exist, but it’s important to understand there are many more options in the field these days that could bring you added benefits.

4. What weight capacity and dimension requirements do you have?

Finally, once you know the level of durability you need, the type of load cell that measures your workload, and whether you want wired or wireless transmission, you’re almost finished. The final step in how to select a load cell is to ensure you get one that can handle your application’s weight capacity and physical dimensions. Whether it’s in pounds, kilograms, tons, inches, or centimeters – check the spec sheets carefully to ensure the load capacity and physical dimensions of the load cell itself align with your application. You shouldn’t have any doubt in your mind that what you order can handle your load safely and effectively.

Summary

Whether you have old load monitoring load cells that need to be replaced or are investing in these intelligent tools for the first time, selecting the proper load cell is important. Professionals in many different industries rely on these tools to provide precise measurements that could otherwise mean costly mistakes. First, decide on the level of durability you want. Then, consider what you’re needing to measure and the way you’d like to transmit those measurements. Finally, narrow in on the load cell specs to find one that’s able to comfortably handle your application.

Still have questions? Give our rigging and lifting product experts a call at 800-404-7068.

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.

CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2020 is Approaching

If you haven’t already, read how to prepare your vehicle and yourself for a North American Level I Inspection.

If you haven’t already, read how to prepare your vehicle and yourself for a North American Level I Inspection.

After the International Roadcheck 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19, CVSA has now rescheduled the event for September 9th-11th. During the 72-hour inspection, law enforcement will verify your driving requirements and examine your vehicle’s components.

What Will the Inspection Look Like?

truck driver on the radio

This year’s focus will be on the driver’s requirements during the roadside inspections. The North American Standard Level I Inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes two main categories: the driver portion and the vehicle portion. There may be a third category of the Level I Inspection which is on hazardous materials and dangerous goods.

The inspections will occur at designated fixed locations or as part of roving mobile patrols.

The Driver Portion

Inspectors will be examining your driver’s license, Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate, and record of duty status and vehicle inspection reports (if applicable). Some of the top violations have been the failure to use a seat belt, operating a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL, and not carrying a medical certificate.

Inspectors Will be Checking You for:

  1. Your age
  2. Commercial Driver’s license or operator’s/chauffeur’s license or permit
  3. Driver’s medical/physical requirements
  4. Sickness or fatigue
  5. Intoxicating beverages and drugs and other substances
  6. Driver’s record of duty status

Download the PDF to read more about the driver’s requirements and violations.

The Vehicle Portion

The other category, the Vehicle Portion, will consist of inspecting the vehicle’s components to ensure everything is running smoothly. Such items that will be inspected are brake systems, cargo securement, driver’s seat, and suspension. Read below for a checklist of what components inspectors will be examining.

Vehicle Cheat Sheet for International Roadcheck 2020:

  1. Brakes
  2. Coupling Devices
  3. Fuel and Exhaust Systems
  4. Frame, Van, and Open-Top Trailers
  5. Lighting
  6. Securement of Cargo
  7. Steering
  8. Suspension
  9. Tires, Wheels, Rims, and Hubs

Read more on how these components will be inspected.

CVSA’s Decals

If there are no critical violations found, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle. This means you successfully passed the inspection, and you are able to continue driving! If you did not pass the inspection, you will have to correct all violations before you may drive again.

Why Does International Roadcheck Exist?

truck driver staying alert and checking on his truck

This event increases the importance of commercial motor vehicle safety. Not only are they making sure your vehicle is safe to drive, but they are also making sure you and other drivers around you are safe. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data, of the approximately 3.36 million inspections conducted in 2019, 952,938 driver violations were discovered, of which 199,722 were out-of-service conditions.

“Although the coronavirus pandemic, understandably, shifted priorities and personnel during the spring, the commercial motor vehicle law enforcement community has reasserted its focus on the roadside inspection program and enforcement duties,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “Jurisdictions are nearly back to their pre-pandemic capacity with a strengthened concentration on identifying and removing unfit vehicles and drivers from our roadways using federal safety standards and the out-of-service criteria.”

At US Cargo Control, We Care About Your Safety

We placed an importance on Operation Safe Driver Week and Brake Safety Week, and we want to place the same critical importance on International Roadcheck 2020. With COVID-19 creating changes, we want to ensure our truck drivers are safe and aware of these events.

With cargo securement being one of the items that will be inspected, we have tips on how to secure your cargo. Read the Dos and Don’ts on Load Securement to keep others and yourself safe.

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

Heads Up! CVSA’s Brake Safety Week 2020 Has Started.

CVSA’s Brake Safety Week is running from August 23rd-29th. Read what this week is about, what to prepare for, and why this week exists.

Did you know that a Commercial Motor Vehicle traveling at 65 mph can take up to two football fields to come to a full stop? And that is with proper brakes. If you have poorly maintained brakes, you would have different results. Chances are you could be doubling that distance and are likely to be in serious trouble. This is why Brake Safety Week exists.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week started this week and will be running until August 29th. Brake Safety Week is an important week for truck drivers because properly functioning brakes are crucial for safe driving. The truck’s brakes can withhold tough conditions, but you must inspect your brakes in order for your truck to perform well through its life.

What is CVSA’s Brake Safety Week?

dot brake inspection week

Throughout the week, law enforcement officials will be conducting roadside inspections on commercial motor vehicles to identify any brake violations. If your truck has any violations, they must be corrected in order for it to stay on the roads.

If you pass eligible inspections, you will receive a passed-inspection CVSA decal.

What Will They Be Inspecting?

Officials will be inspecting the CMV’s brakes to make sure there are no violations. They will also pay close attention to the brake hoses and tubing, which must be attached, undamaged, have no leakage, and provide flexibility. Hoses and tubing are essential for the braking system, and if they fail, then it may be difficult to brake well.

Why Does Brake Safety Week Exist?

US Cargo Control brake safety week
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It’s part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Airbrake Program. This program focuses on improving brake safety throughout the United States. From the program, CVSA’s ultimate goal is “to reduce the number of highways crashed caused by faulty braking systems on commercial motor vehicles.” Although inspecting the brake system and its components are always part of the roadside inspection process, Brake Safety Week highlights the importance of brake system, brake maintenance, operation, and performance.

Just like how you would practicing being a safe driver, inspecting your brakes is equally important. CVSA reported that 13.5% of vehicles inspected during Brake Safety Week 2019 were removed from roadways for brake-related violations. Not only that, but CVSA also reported that brake systems were cited as the third most frequent vehicle-related cause in 2017, after other vehicles and tires.

What is the Best Way to Inspect my Brakes?

One simple way to inspect your brakes is to demonstrate the “eyes, hands, and feet” routine you learned in studying the pre-trip inspection routine for your CDL exam. Here’s the routine to refresh your memory:

Eyes – look at how your tractor and trailer are sitting. If the vehicle is leaning or slouching to one side, you may have suspension issues or a flat tire.

Hands – During the pre-trip, use your hands to check that electrical cords, airlines, and glad hands between the tractor and trailer are all secure. There must be no abrasions, cuts, and air leakage. If the brake hoses are rough or twisting, you will be able to identify that by seeing or touching them.

Feet – Use your feet to conduct the three-stage brake test: applied pressure test, warning light and buzzer, and tractor/trailer protection valve pop-out.

At US Cargo Control, We Care About Your Safety

Again, just like how you would practice being a safe driver, inspecting your brakes is equally as important. Be aware of your brake system, just like how you would inspect other components of your vehicle. If you continue to do this, you will leave others and yourself safe from dangerous situations.

With a focus on safer driving behaviors, securing your cargo is just as important. Read the Dos and Don’ts on Load Securement to keep others and yourself safe.

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. We appreciate your hard work to deliver the goods that we consume every day. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

Operation Safe Driver Week 2020 is Here, and How to Prepare for it

Operation Safe Driver Week is July 12th-July 18th. Read what the week is about, and how to prepare for it.

Operation Safe Driver Week 2020 is here from July 12th to July 18th. It’s important that all truck drivers are driving carefully for the long haul. Read what this week is about, and how to prepare for it.

Note: This week is the first and one of the largest organized events since the coronavirus pandemic canceled CVSA’s annual International Roadcheck inspection in early May.

What is Operation Safe Driver Week?

officer during cvsa operation safe driver

During this time, CVSA and law enforcement across North America engage in traffic safety enforcement and education aimed to combat unsafe driving behaviors. With the coronavirus pandemic creating less traffic on the roads, this may encourage unsafe driving behaviors.

With less traffic on the roads, speeding is one of the leading unsafe driving behaviors. Due to recent data, CVSA mentions that “the average speed on interstate highways, state highways and expressways in those areas increased by as much as 75% compared to January and February.” Because of this alarming data, CVSA decided speeding should be the focus area for this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

What Do I Need to Know About Operation Safe Driver Week 2020?

truck driver driving for the long haul

What you need to know is if you are pulled over for speeding, it is an invitation for officers to deeply investigate you and your vehicle. Warnings or citations will be issued if you engage in dangerous driving behaviors. Other unsafe driving behaviors law enforcement will track are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt
  • Following too closely
  • Improper lane change
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices
  • Drunk or drugged driving

Speeding Results the Past Few Months

During the past few months, some results CSVA discovered are:

  • In New York City, transportation officials reported an increase of more than 60% in the number of speed camera tickets issued in March compared to a year ago. At the same time, traffic was down more than 90% compared to January.
  • In Washington, D.C., traffic decreased 80% in March compared to January, while officials recorded a 20% increase in March speeding tickets. Of those tickets, violations for driving 21-25 mph over the speed limit rose by nearly 40%.
  • In Minnesota, motor vehicle crashes and fatalities more than doubled compared to the same time period in previous years. Half those deaths were related to speeding or careless or negligent driving.
  • In Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska and Utah, police have clocked highway speeds of more than 100 mph.
  • Chicago and Los Angeles went from travel speed increases of 35-38% above average to 74-75% above average in just one week.

At US Cargo Control, We Care About Your Safety

With a focus on safer driving behaviors, securing your cargo is equally important. Last year, cargo securement was the number four violation! Read the Dos and Don’ts on Load Securement to keep others and yourself safe.

It may be easier to speed so you can reach your destination faster, but fatalities may occur. It’s better to get there safely, than not get there at all. Stay safe out there and use defensive driving skills!

Missed out on Truckers Jamboree? Watch their virtual event from this past weekend!

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. We appreciate your hard work to deliver the goods that we consume every day. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts 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:

Source: US Cargo Control

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.

WSTDA COVID-19 Guidance For Synthetic Slings and Tie Downs

WSTDA releases guidance for COVID-19.

The Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA) recently released guidance on disinfecting synthetic slings and tie-downs to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

In general, it is not recommended that web slings and tie-downs be washed or disinfected as it can lead to a loss of strength. Many chemicals and cleaners commonly used to disinfect other inanimate household objects could have adverse effects on synthetic slings and tie-downs.

We understand there are a lot of questions and unknowns when it comes to the Coronavirus pandemic and encourage our customers to read the full release from the WSTDA on their website.

At US Cargo Control, we care about our customers and getting them what they want, when they need it. If you have any questions about our products, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

Stay safe everyone!