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Dyneema Slings from Sterling Rope

When working at height, or in situations that require mechanical lifting, the gear you use is paramount in the safety of you and your crew as well as the success of the job. Knowing that your gear is up to the task can truly make the difference. Our Gear Experts® are going to break down Dyneema Slings from Sterling Rope.  

Slings


    Slings are an extremely useful tool for any job that requires mechanical lifting or work at height. The reason why they are so useful is that they give workers the flexibility to make safe lifts. And, they can be used as secure anchor points. Not all slings are equal, though. Slings are available in a wide variety of materials - each with their own advantages. One of those materials is Dyneema - which Sterling uses in their Dyneema slings.  

Dyneema - What is it?


    Dyneema has a few advantages over traditional materials used in runners. Dyneema is an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) or high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) fiber. This material has gained a reputation for being the lightest, strongest fiber in the world. In fact, it is 15 times stronger than steel. Plus, it’s hydrophobic - meaning it doesn’t get wet easily, it’s cut resistant, and it’s resistant to UV rays and chemicals. All of these features help increase the lifespan of the sling.  

Sterling Rope Dyneema Slings


    Sterling Rope’s Dyneema Slings are a 1/2” (12 mm) wide and are extremely strong. Boasting an MBS of 5,170 pounds (21 kN) in a straight pull, these slings are up for nearly any job. While their strength and weight ratings are impressive, it’s important to note that because of their resistance to elongation, they shouldn’t be used in dynamic falls. Not all jobs are the same and Sterling kept that in mind when making these slings. They come in a variety of colors and lengths so you can customize your set up. They are available in 10”, 24”, 30”, and 48” lengths. The 10” version is available in blue, the 24” version I available in black or orange, the 30” version is available in blue, and the 48” version is available in black.   → Click here to see the Sterling Rope Dyneema Slings → Click here to see our full selection of Sterling Rope gear   **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. The manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.  

Dyneema Slings from Sterling Rope: The Video


   

 

Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.    

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Top 3 Types of Telecom Tech

  Technology has become an intricate part of every industry across the globe and telecom is no different. But, when it comes to telecom tech, what are the top 3 things that technicians can have to keep them safer and make their jobs easier? Our Gear Experts® are going to outline the top 3 pieces of tech every tower technician should have.  

RF Monitor


  When it comes to safety while climbing, some hazards can be seen – but some can’t. Radio Frequency or RF poses a non-visible threat that often can’t be detected by humans until it is too late. The type of RF monitor that you should use will depend on the jobs at hand.  

Narda RadMan 2 XT RF Monitor

  Narda-RadMan-Top-Telecom-Tech-GME-Supply-Blog   $1,195.00 | Shop Now  

 

FieldSENSE 2.0 Personal RF Monitor

  Fieldsense-Top-Telecom-Tech-GME-Supply-Blog   $599.99 | Shop Now  

  Our Gear Experts® have covered RF in previous blog posts. → Click here to learn more about RF → Click here to learn more about the Narda RadMan 2 XT RF Monitor → Click here to learn more about the FieldSENSE 2.0 Personal RF Monitor  

Antenna Alignment Tools


  Antenna alignment tools make the difficult task of antenna alignment easier, faster, and more accurate. They save time and labor and prevent unnecessary mistakes. With different options like apps, connection methods, reporting methods, customization options, and reporting options, the versatility of antenna aligners ensures that no matter what the job requires, you’ve got the equipment you need.  

Smart Aligner Antenna Alignment Tool with Case by Multiwave

  Multiwave-Smart-Aligner-Top-Telecom-Tech-GME-Supply-Blog   $5,995.00 | Shop Now  

 

3Z  RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool

    Starting at $6,995.00 | Shop Now  

  Our Gear Experts® have covered antenna alignment, antenna aligners, and accessories extensively in previous blog posts. → Click here to learn more about the Multiwave Smart Aligner → Click here to learn more about the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner  

Two Way Radios


  Rounding out the top 3 telecom tech items is the two way radio. Two way radios help keep crews in communication over long distances without having to worry about the drawbacks of a cell phone. With both digital and analog options, tons of accessories, and specific radios for specific reasons, you can custom tailor your team’s radios to meet your needs.  

Kenwood Two Way Radios

    Radios starting at $209.00 | Accessories starting at $9.35 | Shop Now  

 

Motorola Two Way Radios

    Radios starting at $209.00 | Accessories starting at $17.99 | Shop Now  

Whether you’re looking for comparisons about digital vs. analog, or looking for more information about specific radios, our Gear Experts® have covered two way radios in past blog posts. → Click here to learn more about digital vs. analog radios → Click here to learn more about various Kenwood radios **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.  

Telecom Tech: The Playlist


In the playlist below, we've compiled videos from some of our favorite telecom tech.  

 

Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


  If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.  

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Product Spotlight: PMI Strikeforce Helmet

  Protecting your noggin is an important part of staying safe on the job. Helmets are an effective way of protecting your head in a range of different industries and applications. But, not all helmets are created equal and not all helmets are intended for all industries or applications. Our Gear Experts®  are proud to introduce the all-new Strikeforce Helmet.  

Built for the Elite


  The name “Strikeforce” says everything you need to know about the purpose of this helmet. It was designed by PMI to be tough and stealthy. As the first choice among elite combat, fire, rescue, and enforcement teams, this helmet is built to handle the harshest of environments. It features a solid black no-shine industrial finish. And, to stay stealthy, there is no visible logo or reflective material on the helmet. It even has a black chin strap, liner, and hardware. The headlamp holders and ear protection clips are also black.  

Premium Features


  While the PMI Strikeforce Helmet was designed to offer superior protection and unmatched stealth, it also has a handful of useful features. This helmet is fully adjustable and has a super comfortable three-point chinstrap. The headlamp retainer makes attaching a range of headlamps simple. And it features both a goggle mount and clips to attach earmuffs.  

Specifications


  Helmets can be tricky because no one’s head is the same. But, the PMI Strikeforce offers a wide range of head sizes a comfortable fit. Referred to as the “one size fits all” approach, this helmet can comfortably adjust to fit on heads with a circumference ranging from 52 to 64 centimeters. It’s lightweight, too. At just 1 pound 4 ounces you don’t have to worry about this helmet weighing you down while you’re getting the job done. But, don’t let the lightness fool you - this helmet is tough. It meets ANSI Z87.1 standards and is Type 1 Class G (for up to 2,200v). And it meets NFPA 1951 the Utility Technical Rescue Protective Helmet Standard. For our friends across the pond, it meets the EN 397, AN/NZS 1801 (1997) Type 1 and Type 2 standards as well. → Click here to see the PMI Strikeforce Helmet → Click here to see our full selection of PMI Helmets → Click here to see our full selection of PMI Gear   **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.  

Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


  If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.  

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Fall Clearances 101

  When working at-height falling is a constant danger. That’s where fall protection equipment comes in. But, just having fall protection equipment isn’t enough. Knowing how much fall clearance you need to prevent injury is an important part of staying safe in the event of a fall. Our Gear Experts® are going to talk about fall clearance and how to ensure that in the event of a fall, you’ve got enough room to be saved by your equipment without injury.  

Fall Clearance


  Fall clearance is the height needed to safely arrest the fall of a person at-height. This includes a calculation of a safety factor, including the stretching of fall protection equipment like lanyards. It’s important to note that fall clearance changes depending on anchorage location. For example, with a foot level anchor point, some equipment requires more deceleration distance to properly arrest the fall. Fall clearance is calculated using five main factors.
  • Free Fall Distance
  • Deceleration Distance
  • Height of Dorsal D-Ring
  • Harness & D-Ring Shift + Safety Factor
  • Swing Fall
 

Free Fall Distance

  Free fall is the distance covered before the fall arrest device engages or catches you. This distance varies for a couple reasons. Different devices take longer than others to engage. Your anchorage point also plays a part.  

Deceleration Distance

  Deceleration distance is the distance required to fully arrest the fall. Once the device has caught, its energy absorber will require time and distance to stop you. Again, depending on the type of device, this distance can be just a few inches to multiple feet.  

Height of Dorsal D-Ring

  This is the typical average height of the dorsal D-Ring on a user’s full body harness measured up from the walking working surface.  

Harness & D-Ring Sift + Safety Factor

  This is the combined amount of harness webbing elongation and dorsal D-Ring up-shift during the entire fall event. It’s recommended to consider this additional distance as a safety factor.  

Swing Fall

  Swing fall occurs when your anchorage is not directly above you. This hazard is typically most associated with SRLs since you’re able to work much farther from your anchorage point. The device will stop a fall in the required distance, but the worker may still swing a great distance - similar to a pendulum. This potentially puts obstacles, walls, or even the ground in the path of the worker. It is recommended to always work within a 30 degree safe zone from your anchor. If you must work farther away than this 30 degree safe zone, you must either transition to a different anchor, or consider using a mobile anchor.  

Regulations


  When calculating fall clearances, it’s important to know the regulations of the equipment being used.  

OSHA 1910.140

  OSHA 1910.140(c)(5) covers SRLs. More Specifically, self-retracting lifelines and lanyards that automatically limit free fall distance to 2 ft (0.61 m) or less. OSHA 1910.140(d)(1)(ii) covers personal fall arrest systems. It states that personal fall arrest systems must bring the employee to a complete stop and limit the maximum deceleration distance the employee travels to 3.5 ft (1.1 m).  

OSHA 1926.502

  1926.502(d)(16)(iv) covers personal fall arrest systems as well. It states that personal fall arrest systems, when stopping a fall, shall bring an employee to a complete stop and limit maximum deceleration distance an employee travels to 3.5 ft (1.07 m).  

Standards


  In addition to regulations, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has requirements for personal energy absorbers and end energy absorbing equipment.  

ANSI 3.1.8.1

  ANSI 3.1.8.1 states that 6 ft free fall personal energy absorbers shall have a maximum deployment distance of 48 inches.  

ANSI 3.1.8.2

  ANSI 3.1.8.2 states that 12 ft free fall personal energy absorbers shall have a maximum deployment distance of 60 inches.   → Click here to download a free copy of our Fall Clearance 101 downloadable poster. In the below image, blue represents free fall distance, orange represents deceleration distance, yellow represents the height of the dorsal d-ring, green represents the harness & d-ring shift + safety factor, and red represents swing fall.   **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.  

Fall Clearance 101: The Video


 

 

Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


  If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.    

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The All-New Multiwave Smart Aligner

As the 5G roll-out continues across the globe, proper antenna alignment is becoming more important than ever. The Multiwave Smart Aligner has long been a staple of antenna alignment. And, the all-new version includes a ton of upgrades, better connection capabilities, and increased antenna compatibility. Our Gear Experts® are going to highlight some of those changes.  

Upgraded Specs


  As technology progresses and alignment requirements become more strict, having the best technology available is key to getting the job done right the first time. The Multiwave Smart Aligner doesn’t disappoint. With a range of upgrades including battery, connectivity, toughness, and reporting, this device is ready to meet every challenge.  

Battery

  Nothing is more frustrating than a battery dying before the job is completed. You won’t have to worry about that with this device. It features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that comes with both a wall and car charger. And, with over 10 hours of battery life, it can ruin the entire workday.  

Connectivity

  We live in a world of technology. But, with the Smart Aligner, you won’t have to worry about what devices you can connect to, because they’ve covered them all. It features Bluetooth, WiFi, and a USB cable so you can connect to any device you need to. Plus, you can save alignments on the tool to transfer them to your device of choice later if needed. You can use the Bluetooth and WiFi to connect to both Android and iOS. A nice feature of Bluetooth is that your connection won't be affected by crowded WiFi environments.  

Environmental Improvements

  Working at-height and in the elements is no easy task. That means the equipment you use needs to be as tough as you are and this aligner doesn’t disappoint. It can operate at temperatures ranging from -22° F to 158° F (-20° C to 70° C). The aligner also features a NEMA 4X IP63 rating on the seal holding the device together. That means it can handle almost anything you throw at it. And, with shock/vibration ratings it can handle any bumps that might occur during normal work.  

App Updates

  With the Multiwave smart aligner app, it makes this nifty device future proof. And, with the new "Alternate Bracket Mounting" feature, this app is better than ever. The Alternate Bracket Mounting feature is located in the app settings and gives the user the ability to mount the bracket on any part of the antenna. For more information about how the Multiwave app works, click here. [insert link here]  

Antenna Versatility 


  Not all antennas are built alike, but the Smart Aligner can fit a wide range of antennas. Antennas it is compatible with include:
  • AIR21
  • AIR32
  • AIR1641
  • AIR5121
  • NOKIA DASB
  • RF Elements Horns
  • Cambium
  • Ubiquiti
It also features a custom insert for your antenna. With the Multiwave Smart Aligner, incompatibility won’t stop you from getting the job done. For more information on custom-designed solutions, please contact one of our Gear Experts®.   → Click here to see the all-new Multiwave Smart Aligner Antenna Alignment Tool → Click here to see the full selection of Multiwave Smart Aligner accessories → Click here to see more information about the Multiwave Smart Aligner → Click here to learn more about Smart Aligner app available for Android and Apple devices   **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.  

The All-New Multiwave Smart Aligner: The Video


 

Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


  If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.    

Get Social


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