8 Green Cargo Control Products for St. Patrick’s Day

Check out 8 green cargo control products we carry at US Cargo Control and find your lucky charm!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Is your favorite color green, or do you want to rep your company colors? Do you want to get something green so you can be in the pinch-free zone? You’re in luck (no pun intended) because US Cargo Control has compiled a list of 8 green cargo control equipment for St. Patrick’s Day!

We categorized each product into one of the three industries that we serve in so you can find what you are looking for quickly. Whether it’s trucking and transportation, lifting and rigging, or moving equipment, check out the green products we carry in each industry.

Repping Green for Trucking

Green Ratchet Straps

US Cargo Control sells green ratchet straps

We carry ratchet straps in many sizes and styles, and they come in many colors such as blue, red, gray and more. We’re just lucky we carry them in the color green, as well in darker green and camouflage. If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can always get a ratchet strap customized to your needs.

Green L Tracks

L track rail

Installing L-Tracks on your truck or trailer will give you more secure tie down points where you need them. Made from aluminum, this light, sleek product will help hold your heavy, bulky items in place while you are driving. We carry 12″ L-Track and 24″ L-Track, and these items are designed to secure motorcycles, ATVs, utility tractors, and more.

Check out the video below if you would like to learn how to install an L-Track.

Source: US Cargo Control

Green EasyKlip Midi

easyklip for quick release fastener

The EasyKlip grip clips are easy clips to use when you need a quick release fastener on a grommet-free fabric or plastic surface. This means you can use the clips on tarps, banners, car or motorcycle covers, canopies, and more. Each clip can hold up to 220 pounds, and we offer them in a 4-pack and 10-pack.

Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Tightening Handle

the greenest Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Tightening Handle

For anyone that uses ratchet straps, are you looking for a way to secure loads safer and smarter? Consider the Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Tightening Handle that will make your job easier by giving you three times the leverage. We offer this product in the color green, what a coincidence!

We understand this is a little different from tightening the ratchet strap yourself. We included a video for you to see how to do it in action.

Source: US Cargo Control

The Greenest, High-Quality Lifting Products

Green Screw Pin Anchor Shackles

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Van Beest Shackles

Made in Holland, this Van Beest Screw Pin Anchor Shackle has the trademarked green pin that attaches and detaches quickly, making them perfect for temporary or non-permanent lifting jobs. If you are looking for a shackle for quick or repeated connections or releases, this is the one for you!

Green Van Beest Bolt Anchor Super Shackle

bolt type shackle or bolt shackles
Van Beest Bolt Type Bow Anchors

If you need a shackle with more of a permanent or long-term installation, the Van Beest Bolt Anchor Super Shackle will do the job for you. Also known as a Bow Shackle, these Super Shackles are 50% stronger than a standard shackle.

When you are researching bow shackles, you will notice that these shackles have a larger O-shaped look, compared to chain shackles and D shackles. The larger O-shape will allow larger slings or straps to fit easier. If there is an application that requires a smaller loop, it is recommended to use anchor shackles and chain shackles.

Green Endless Polyester Round Lifting Sling

also known as an endless sling

Our versatile polyester round slings are convenient and reliable to use for delicate cargo. The Endless Polyester Round Lifting Sling has many benefits for your lifting needs, such as flexibility, durability, strength, and cost-effectiveness.

When researching whether you should invest in a polyester sling or nylon sling, read Polyester Slings vs Nylon Slings: Which Web Sling Type is Better?

Green Equipment to Keep You Moving

Green Rubber Bands

large rubber bands, or known as heavy duty rubber bands

Our green, large rubber bands are perfect for securing your furniture while you are moving or storing items. Stretching to double the size, these 30″ bands are ideal for securing moving blankets, holding can liners, and keeping drawers closed. If you have multiple rubber bands and would like to keep them organized, check out our Mover Band Holder!

If you would like to learn more about the products we carry at US Cargo Control, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990 and we will be here to help you.

Extracting a Stuck Vehicle

When extracting a stuck vehicle, many factors can affect the actual pulling force needed. Read on to learn what they are.

How to Calculate Minimum Winching Effort & Minimum Working Load Limit

extracting a stuck vehicle calculation formula

When extracting a stuck vehicle, many factors can affect the actual pulling force needed, as well as selecting recovery equipment with high enough load ratings.

During a recent Iowa Corn Growers Event hosted at US Cargo Control headquarters, Tim Sanders, a Trucking and Transporation expert, and USCC business development specialist, gave an informative overview of what goes into effectively extracting a vehicle that’s stuck in the mud, sand, gravel, snow, etc.

When work needs to get done, it may seem tempting to just grab a strap or chain and pull until something happens. However, if you take a few minutes to do some simple calculations, you’ll likely save time in the long run and more importantly, help ensure the safety of those around the extraction scene.

The formula for calculating the required minimum recovery capacity

Total vehicle weight (W), additional rolling resistance (ARR), and additional gradient resistance (AGR). Once you have these calculations, you can quickly determine the recovery equipment strength you will need:

  1. What does the stuck vehicle weight, including all cargo, attachments, trailers, etc.?

    This is the “W” part of the formula.
  2. What factors will add to the pulling effort and safe working load limits required to pull the total weight of the vehicle?

    When we say “additional factors” we’re mainly talking about two things: additional rolling resistance (ARR) and additional gradient resistance (AGR)

Minimum Capacity Required = W + ARR + AGR

tim sander USCC sales and trucking gear expert
USCC Business Development Specialist, Tim Sanders, shares how to determine the minimum recovery equipment capacity required for extracting a vehicle to a crowd of Iowa Corn Grower Members

Calculating additional rolling resistance

Additional rolling resistance (ARR) is essentially the surface in which the vehicle is stuck or will need to get over in order to become free. Different surface types have different multipliers that, when multiplied by the total vehicle weight, give you the “ARR.”

Keep in mind that these calculations assume the wheels are level with each other.

how to calculate additional rolling resistance by surface type
This chart shows the multipliers for different surface types. Multiply the total weight of the stuck vehicle by the appropriate multiplier to get total “ARR.”

Calculating gradient resistance

Gradient resistance (AGR) is simply the degree of slope that the extraction may take place on. The greater the slope, the higher the multiplier. Again, you will take the total weight of the stuck vehicle and multiply by the appropriate multiplier.

chart for calculating gradient resistance when extracting a stuck vehicle
This chart shows the multipliers for different degrees of slope. Multiply the total weight of the stuck vehicle by the appropriate multiplier to get total “AGR.”

Example Calculation

Let’s say the total weight of the stuck vehicle is 42,000 lbs., and it’s stuck in the snow with a 15-degree slope. Can you figure out the minimum capacity required? Remember the formula is:

Minimum Capacity Required = W + ARR + AGR

See below for the answer.

example calculation of minimum capacity required
Assuming all the factors on the left side of this chart, here is how to calculate the minimum capacity required for extracting a vehicle

Selecting the right recovery straps

Make sure the working load limit of the recovery equipment is greater than the minimum capacity required. Additional resistance could be encountered when the stuck vehicle is deeply submerged, or there is damage to the vehicle that prevents it from moving. When in doubt contact a vehicle recovery expert.

More Vehicle Recovery Resources

If you’re needing to pull an automobile out of snow that’s close to a public roadway, there are specific steps to take to ensure safety beyond just recovery capacity. Click the link above to learn what they are.

We also have resources that cover the common questions our team gets like how to choose a recovery strap and auto-recovery straps vs. tow straps.

If you have further questions on recovery straps and safe vehicle extraction, give Tim or anyone on our team a call at 800-969-6543.

NOTE: This article contains important safety information about the use of synthetic web slings. However, it does not contain all the information you need to know about handling, lifting, and manipulating materials and loads safely. Sling use is only one part of a lifting system and it is your responsibility to consider all risk factors prior to using any rigging device or product. Failure to do this may result in severe injury or death due to sling failure and/or loss of load

Snap Shackles: What Can I Use a Quick Release Shackle for?

A snap shackle has unique features, like a captive pin, which makes it great for certain applications.

What is a Snap Shackle, how are they used, and what are their similarities and differences?

We carry many different types of shackles, but a snap shackle is not like an anchor shackle, d shackle, bow shackle, etc. While these other shackles are more heavy-duty and powerful, a snap shackle has unique features, like a captive pin, which makes it great for certain applications. The captive pin on these stainless steel shackles allows you to use them without worrying of dropping or losing the pin. This makes them great for many rigging and lifting applications, especially those near water or marine-like environments.

The Similarities Among Snap Shackles

First, it is important to know that all snap shackles we carry have certain similarities. They each contain a spring-loaded captive pin, which stays locked and cannot be removed from the body. In order to open this pin, you must pull to engage the opening.

These shackles are made of Stainless Steel Type 316, also known as Marine Grade Stainless Steel. Obviously, this also makes them great for marine use and nautical applications. Type 316 contains an element called molybdenum, which helps prevent against corrosive damage from saltwater. Another distinctive characteristic is you can use these shackles quickly with one hand, which is excellent for jobs where speed is important.

So, What Are the Differences?

The Eye Swivel has a circular shape, or eye shape, on one end. Note that this end has no opening. In order to use this swivel shackle, you can simply clip something to it. The Jaw Swivel has a screw pin on the end, instead of an eye-shaped opening. The pin is kept in place by a “keyring” that must be removed before the pin can actually remove from the body.

Both swivel snap shackles have a swivel on one end that can rotate 360 degrees. This helps prevent tangling, which makes it ideal to use with high-movement items. These shackles come in the following sizes: 2-3/4″, 3-1/2″, and 5″.

stainless steel eye swivel snap shackle
Eye Swivel Snap Shackle

quick release jaw swivel snap shackle
Jaw Swivel Snap Shackle

Fixed Snap Shackle and Rope Sheet Snap Shackle

The end of a Fixed Snap Shackle has an identical circular shape like the eye swivel, but it functions differently. The end is non-twisting, so the fixed snap shackle is not recommended for applications that require twisting and spinning movement. The Rope Sheet Snap Shackle has an end that is “rope friendly” for your marine and sailing applications.

The fixed snap shackle comes in sizes 2″, 2-3/4″, and 4″, and the rope sheet snap shackle comes in sizes 2″, 2-1/2″, and 3-3/4″.

stainless steel fixed snap shackle
Fixed Snap Shackle

rope shackle
Rope Sheet Snap Shackle

What Can I Use Snap Shackles For?

You can use a snap shackle in several ways. You can apply these quick release shackles for your lifting and rigging needs, or marine applications. Or, you can even use them for personal use, such as using it as a dog leash clip, for halyards (line of rope used to hoist a ladder, sail, or flag), or even on a gate.

The key to remember is that the swivel shackles are used for frequent spinning movements, while the fixed snap shackle and rope sheet snap shackles are suitable for more straight-line applications.

Keep in mind that it’s extremely important to check the working load limit (WLL) of the clip or hook to ensure it will work for your intended use. These snap shackles are designed to be quickly and easily opened, so we recommend that you consider these shackles to meet your application’s workload before purchasing them. Also, we advise that you do not use these to lift heavy loads, so be cautious.

Learn More About Shackles in this Video

In this short video, Lacy talks about other types of shackles and brands we have available.

source: US Cargo Control

If you would like to know more about these snap shackles or the other shackles, check out the complete shackles section of the USCC website, or call our team of experts at 800-404-7068.

Inside NATE’s Advanced Rigging Principles Training Hosted at USCC

In all, about 55 industry professionals attended the day-long event.

(and where to find free upcoming training sessions)

A few weeks ago, a large section of the USCC headquarters in Urbana, Iowa transformed from cafeteria to classroom in order to hold an important rigging principles training event for professionals in the communication tower industry.

In all, about 55 members of the industry attended the day-long event, all with the goal of advancing their knowledge of key rigging principles including using synthetic rope, rope inspection, rigging forces and lift systems, plus communication and execution of hoisting operations per the ANSE/ASSE 10.48 Standard.

rigging principles attendees at US Cargo Control headquarters
Attendees of the Advanced Rigging Principles training got together for a picture at the end

How it Happened

The free training was provided by The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), a non-profit organization that USCC is proud to be an active member of. They’re experts in the wireless and broadcast infrastructure industries and are always looking for ways to spread information and education. In the past, we’ve shared info about the NATE UNITE conference and trade show in Nashville, which some of our rigging product sales specialists attend annually and always learn a lot from.

A NATE representative was recently visiting USCC headquarters and after seeing our facility, suggested to the NATE office that they use our space. There were 12 locations picked all across the country, with the next closest ones taking place in St. Louis and Milwaukee.

Sections of the Advanced Rigging Principles Training

The Advanced Rigging Principles curriculum is organized into six sections:

• Section 1: Introduction to NATE and OSHA
• Section 2: State of the Industry
• Section 3: Primary Regulations, Codes, Standards, and Policies
• Section 4: Synthetic Rope
• Section 5: Rigging Forces and Lift Systems
• Section 6: Communication and Execution of Hoisting Operations

advanced fundamentals of rigging principles class hosted at USCC
During a break in the training, attendees chatted and ate lunch catered by USCC

Interested in Attending?

There are still a handful of opportunities to attend this free class at other locations across the United States. See the chart below for dates, locations, and how to register now.

Thursday, June 13, 20199:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
Hilton New Orleans Airport
901 Airline Drive
Kenner, Louisiana 70062
Register Now
Monday, July 15, 20199:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PDT
Hyatt House Seattle/Bellevue
3244 139th Ave SE
Bellevue, Washington 98005
Register Now
Thursday, August 8, 20199:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
315 Chestnut St
St Louis, Missouri 63102
Register Now
Friday, August 23, 20199:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
ENSA Access & Rescue 
727 East Veterans Way
Mukwonago, Wisconsin 53149
Register Now
Monday, September 16, 20199:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Sheraton Needham Hotel
100 Cabot Street
Needham, Massachusetts 02494
Register Now

Class not for you, but still need rigging gear? USCC has you covered. Browse our selection of lifting and rigging gear today, and reach out to one of our sales specialists if you have any questions.

Why use a wire rope thimble?

Wire_rope_with_thimble_and_ferruleAnytime a wire rope is bent so it can be attached to a hanging point, there is a risk that the eye could be crushed. The addition of a wire rope thimble to the eye protects the rope by guiding it into a natural curve and creating an extra layer of support.

Adding this protection not only provides a measure of safety, it also lengthens the working life of the wire rope. Wire rope thimbles are available in a range of strengths and materials:

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Standard/light duty zinc plated thimble

Standard/Light Duty. Our line of standard to light duty thimbles are zinc plated and available in multi-packs.

Heavy Duty. Heavy duty wire rope thimbles are also zinc plated like standard or light duty thimbles, but are hot dip galvanized, which creates a thicker coating than on standard/light duty models.

Type 304. A type 304 indication mean the thimble is manufactured in stainless steel which offers resistance to corrosion on the surface.

Regular/Light Duty 316. Standard/light duty thimbles are sold in multi-packs, but offer a 316 stainless steel material to make them resistant to high moisture or corrosive environments, particularly in marine applications.

Heavy Duty 316. A corrosion-resistant 316 stainless steel combines with heavy duty design, great for tough applications in marine environments.

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Heavy duty Type 304 stainless steel thimble

Heavy Duty 304. Stainless steel offers corrosion resistance, ideal for general heavy duty uses where the thimble will be exposed to outdoor elements.

Extra Heavy Duty 304. While not as corrosion-resistant as type 316 stainless steel, these extra heavy duty stainless steel wire rope thimbles offer the highest strength.

To shop from our full selection of wire rope thimbles,  shackles, turnbuckles, and more, check out our Rigging Supplies & Rigging Hardware category.

 

Forged or Cast? What’s the Difference in Rigging Supplies?

With metal components in our rigging supplies category, you’ll often see the word “forged” or “cast,” but do you know the differences between these two methods of metal working?

Cast Metal

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Precision Cast Stainless Steel Shoulder Bolt

Casting is a technique where the metal is heated until it’s molten- or liquefied- by the head. Once in this liquid or molten state, it’s poured into a mold which will create the desired shape. After the metal cools it’s removed from the mold. The process can be compared to pouring water in a liquid state and becoming an ice cube after cooling in a freezer.

 

 

 

Forged Metal

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Galvanized Drop Forged Wire Rope Clip

Like casting, hot forging metal involves heating the metal to extreme temperatures. But rather than becoming molten or liquefied, the metal remains solid yet pliable enough to be formed into the desired shape. Cold forging is a similar process, but occurs at or near room temperature and generally utilizes only standard or carbon alloy steels. Forging dates back to the blacksmithing, and is one of the oldest forms of metalworking.

 

Casting vs. Forging

Advantages of casting:

  • Ideal for pieces that are large, more intricate, or have a design that requires internal cavities.
  • Can be used with a wide range of alloy choices.
  • Allows for customization since additional alloys such as nickel or chrome, which can be added during the molten stage.
  • Can create a smooth or textured finished surface.

Advantages of forging:

  • Offers exceptional strength.
  • More uniform in structure and shape than cast or machined pieces.
  • Eliminates shrinking, tiny air pockets, and porosity because the grain flows of steel remain continuous throughout the piece.
  • Excellent at handling impact.

If you have any questions about the metalworking process of any of our rigging supplies and rigging hardware products, give us a call at 800-660-3585. Our knowledgeable sales team is always happy to help.

US Cargo Control Employee Bio: David

David is part of our sales team, so you may have talked with him if you’ve ever called about a product or placed an order over the phone. He’s really become one of our rigging supplies experts, a category he enjoys because he likes the challenge of finding the right product for the customers’ needs. David was also recently recognized by ESPN- watch and find out why!

US Cargo Control Sales Team Profile: David

While our website offers hundreds of products, we also have product specialists ready to take your call if you have a question or would like to place your order by phone.

David Urlaub, USCC Sales Team

David is a member of our sales team that you may talk with if you call. He’s been with US Cargo Control for just over a year.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the challenge of the rigging category and finding the right rigging supplies and products for the customers’ needs.

Are there one or two most common questions you hear from USCC callers?
“What is the price for the 10’ e track?” “Will this wheel net fit my tire?” and “Yeah, where are you guys located?”

 

Have there been any memorable calls/customers?
One customer was looking for a very large custom cargo net to lift several tons of coconuts.

Hobbies?
Playing the guitar, woodworking, running, hunting, fishing, traveling.

What’s the last thing you had a really good laugh about?
I accidentally called Stairway to Heaven, “Stairway from Heaven.” I wonder what Freud would say…

Favorite sports teams to watch?
The Green Bay Packers and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Favorite sports to play?
Basketball, table shuffleboard, and bags.

What three words would your friends us to describe you?
Loyal, ‘Will Ferellish’ (those are three right?).

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A fighter pilot. A pastor. A forest ranger. A lawyer, A physical therapist. A chiropractor… The real question is what didn’t I want to be?

Favorite words of wisdom?
I love quoting Seinfeld. It’s the best show of all time and every situation in life can be found in a Seinfeld episode… “I’m out there Jerry and I’m loving every minute of it!”