Help a Worthy Cause by Simply Choosing Crosby® Wire Rope Clips

Make a difference in the lives of military children who have lost a parent by simply choosing Crosby® brand wire rope clips.

From now through the end of June, you can make a difference in the lives of military children who have lost a parent by simply choosing Crosby® brand wire rope clips.

Crosby®, the world’s largest manufacturer of lifting, rigging, and material handling hardware, is dedicated to donating up to $25,000 to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation based on sales of its popular wire rope clips.

The Cause

The Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and education counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

According to Fallen Patriots, approximately 20,000 children have lost an active duty parent in the military over the last 35 years. Of those, 97% of casualties are men, leaving behind single mothers to care for their families, and 60% report having trouble making ends meet.

Fallen Patriots has enrolled thousands of children and granted millions in scholarships to hundreds of students. Now it’s your chance to step up and help this great cause continue to do what they do, while also getting a high-quality wire rope clip from a trusted hardware manufacturer.

The Clips

Wire rope clips have a wide variety of uses in many different industries including oil & gas, construction, and manufacturing. Not only is Crosby® a trusted manufacturer of wire rope clips, but it was, in fact, Oliver Crosby who invented the wire rope clip back in 1888.

Today, their two most popular clips are the G-450 Galvanized Wire Rope Clip and the G-429 Fist Grip Wire Rope Clips.

Crosby® G-450 Wire Rope Clip

traditional wire rope clip from crosby

This popular drop forged, galvanized wire rope clip features Crosby’s signature Red-U-Bolt® for quick identification. With its traditional U-bolt style, saddle, and nuts – the versatile G-450 is suitable for a wide variety of heavy-duty rigging jobs. Available in a range of sizes from 1/8″ up to 3-1/2″.

Crosby® G-429 Fist Grip Wire Rope Clips

small wire rope clip fist grip style forged steel

Unlike traditional wire rope clips, the Crosby® Fist Grip Clip is comprised of bolts and heavy hex nuts. The bolts are an integral part of the forged steel saddle and the nuts can be installed in a way that allows the rigger to swing the wrench in a full arc for fast installation. Sizes range from 3/16″ up to 1-1/2″.

In past blog articles, we give more details about how to safely use wire rope clips and share some of the unique things our customers have built with wire rope clips.

The Contest

As a way to give everyone a chance to show their support for Children of Fallen Patriots, Crosby® has also launched a photo contest that awards two winners each week with a free Fallen Patriots polo shirt and Crosby® hat.

All you have to do is upload your photo of a Crosby® clip application to riggingforthetroops.com and then follow Crosby® on social media to see the weekly winners.

If you use wire rope clips, support this worthy cause by choosing Crosby® wire rope clips. Crosby® clips are available through USCC here.

How to Safely Apply Wire Rope Clips to Wire Rope Assemblies

This video shows you how to safely apply wire rope clips to wire rope assemblies. Depending on the size of your assembly, two to three wire rope clips are generally required. See below for a full transcript of the video. 

 

 

For more information on the differences among wire rope clips and how to choose the correct one, see our How to Use Wire Rope Clips post.

Safety Notes: Always inspect wire rope for wear and abuse before applying wire rope clips. Apply wire rope clips over bare wire rope only. Use wire rope thimbles to protect the eye from being crushed and to prevent wear and abrasion on the rope.  Never use a wire rope clip to directly connect two straight lengths of wire rope.
 

An important phrase to remember when applying a wire rope clip is “Never Saddle a Dead Horse”. This means you should never apply the saddle side of the clip over the dead end of the rope – the live end should always rest in the saddle. See above video for a demonstration. 

Step 1.   

Turn back the specified amount of rope from the thimble. Apply first clip one base width from the dead end of the rope. Tighten nuts evenly, alternating from one nut to the other until reaching the recommended torque. 

Step 2.  

If only two clips are required, apply the second clip as near the loop or thimble as possible. Remember, U-Bolt over dead end. Tighten nuts evenly, alternating until reaching the recommended torque.  

When applying more than two clips, apply the second clip as near the loop or thimble as possible, turn nuts on second clip firmly, but do not tighten.  

Step 3.   

Space additional clips equally between the first two. Apply tension and then tighten the nuts on each clip evenly, alternating from one nut to the other until reaching recommended torque. 

 

Purchase Wire Rope Clips and more from US Cargo Control 

From wire rope, wire rope clips, and wire rope thimbles, to chain hoists and material handling equipment, US Cargo Control has your rigging and lifting equipment needs covered. Visit US Cargo Control.com or call 866-444-9990.  With teams of dedicated consultants, we make sure you get what you want, when you need it.  

Wire Rope Clips from USCC Used to Construct 100+ Foot Suspended Bridge

In October 2017, US Cargo Control received an order for over 300 wire rope clips from an engineer in northern Connecticut. 

Lacy Curtis, a Business Development Consultant on the Red Team here at US Cargo Control made sure the customer got exactly what they wanted, when they needed it. 

It turns out the wire rope clips were used to assemble a 100+ foot suspended footbridge over the Hockanum River in Vernon, Connecticut. 

This bridge grants a direct connection for hikers to cross between two growing trail systems along the Hockanum. 

In his Hartford Courant Newspaper article, reporter Peter Marteka describes it as “the kind of bridge you want to build when you are out blazing trails in the woods as a kid.”

The construction site was once a trolley bridge crossing.

What did it Take to Construct? 

The job took 16 ¾” Drop Forged Style Stainless Steel Wire Rope Clips, and 320 5/16″ Type 304 Stainless Steel Wire Rope Clips 

Vernon town engineer, Dave Smith, led the design and execution of the project with some help from Bridges to Prosperity; a Denver-based company that has built over 200 footbridges in 20 countries. 

Then, teams of local volunteers came together and put in over 1,300 hours to help Smith complete this project.

Over 1,300 volunteer hours went into this impressive project.

The Volunteers 

Vernon Greenway Volunteers is a group of dedicated individuals who assist the Town of Vernon through the maintenance, enhancement, and proper use of the 30+ miles of trails in Vernon. 

Friends of the Hockanum River Linear Park is a non-profit organization that brings awareness to the importance of clean rivers through public education.

Now it’s Your Turn.  

This was an impressive project and USCC is grateful to have been a small part of. Thank you very much to Dave Smith for sharing all these photos with us. 

Show us what you’ve done with USCC products and you could be featured in our next post. Big or small, we love seeing our products in action. 

Email us your story here, or message us on our Facebook page! 

To learn more about the differences among wire rope clips, and how to choose the correct one, see our How to Use Wire Rope Clips post.

How to Use Wire Rope Clips

A wire rope clip, sometimes called a u-bolt clamp or u-bolt clip is used to clamp the loose end of a length of wire rope, once it has been looped back to form an eye. These fittings consist of a u-bolt and has a saddle secured by two nuts. Generally, wire rope assemblies need at least two or three wire rope clips to secure the ends properly to the length of the rope.

Drop forged wire rope clips vs. malleable wire rope clips

image of wire rope clips from US Cargo ControlWhile wire rope clips are not designed to be used in an overhead lifting situation (swage sleeves should be used instead), drop forged wire rope clips are a heavy duty wire rope clip that can be used for sustaining overhead loads. Examples include guy lines, support lines, scaffolding, etc. Drop forged clips are galvanized, meaning they have a heavy coating of a zinc solution that will hold up to worksite abuse and the elements for a long time. Drop forged steel are excellent for use as guy wire clamps for heavy duty guying applications because they are both strong and resistant to corrosion.

Malleable Clips are a light duty wire rope clip and are not for anything overhead. As the name “malleable” indicates, it is a softer wire rope clip, thus a lighter duty option. They can be used for fences and other applications that do not sustain loads overhead.

Overhead lifting vs. sustaining overhead loads

The ‘overhead lifting’ versus ‘sustaining overhead loads’ can be confusing, but a good rule of thumb to ask is: “Is the object being moved or being held in place?” If it is being moved, then wire rope clips are not to be used. If it is being held in place, then the next question is: Is it above ground (suspended from ceiling, an awning, scaffolding, etc…) or will it be on a fence or on another object near the ground? If it is above ground, heavy duty drop forged is the best choice. If on a fence near the ground, malleable clips are acceptable.

It’s important to note that wire rope clips diminish the working load limit of the wire rope to generally about 80% of its original strength.

How to use wire rope clips

The proper way to use wire rope clips can be remembered this way: “Never saddle a dead horse.” The saddle of the clip is the piece that fits into the U bolt. The dead end of a wire rope is the end of the eye that contains the cut side. The U bolt should always be in contact with the dead end, while the saddle should be on the live end. To see a video demonstration, see our post on How to Safely Apply Wire Rope Clips to Wire Rope Assemblies.

wire rope image

 

Wire Rope Clips and Safety

At US Cargo Control we offer a variety of wire rope clips. It is crazy that such a simple device could be so complicated! There are multiple types of wire rope clips for different applications and there is a right way to use them. Hopefully this clears up some issues on how to use a wire rope clip and what type of wire rope clamp is right for you. More information about the products and the types of clips are also available on our website.

Wire Rope Clip Safety

Wire rope clamps are used to secure the ends of wire rope but it is important to use the steel clamps in a way that secures the rope. The saddle and the nuts should be on the opposite side from the terminated end. In other words, make sure that all of the wire rope clamps are on the same side and that the loops are on the side of the terminated end. For more information on how to tie down wire rope, please call our product experts at 800-660-3585.

Drop Forged vs. Malleable Wire Rope Clips

The wire rope clip strength  is one of the most important factors in determining which type is best for your application. Drop forged steel cable clamps are designed for heavy duty applications. Drop forged steel is strong because the process of pressing the hot steel into dies creates one piece of strong steel. Malleable wire rope clips are designed for lighter loads but offer considerable cost advantages. Applications that malleable wire rope clamps can be used for include fencing, guard rails, hand rails, etc. As a rule of thumb, if it is an overhead or critical system, drop forged or precision cast steel wire rope clips should be used.