May 2018

  1. The Importance of Rope Wash

    We talk a lot about rope, but that’s because rope is so important. We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: in at-height work, many times, your rope is literally your lifeline. This week our Gear Experts® are going to outline rope wash and offer a refresh on proper rope inspection.

    Rope Wash


     

    What is rope wash? Well, the name is self-explanatory, it is a washing solution for your rope. Rope wash is important because it helps keep your rope clean by removing dirt and grime. A clean rope typically lasts longer than an unclean rope so, not only does it help keep you safe, but it also helps save you money. All of the rope wash we offer (single packs and a case of 20) are chemical free. Chemical free rope wash will not break down any of the fibers in your rope, this ensures that no damage is caused by the washing process. For optimal care results rope should be washed after approximately 30-40 uses. Each packet of rope wash has enough soap for one wash and can be used to wash your rope by hand, washing machine, or in a tub of water.

    Inspection


     

    Each time you use your rope, you should perform a visual inspection to ensure it’s safe to use. Check for cuts, nicks, burns, excess fraying, flat or uneven spots, glossing, discoloration from sun exposure or chemicals, or inconsistencies in the rope. Refer to the manufacturer's recommendations for complete inspection and usage instructions. When inspecting your rope, it is much easier to keep track of your inspections with a Rope Inspection Log. Some manufacturers provide logs with their rope, but if your rope doesn’t come with one, or if you lost it, click here to download one for free from our knowledge base.

    Got more questions about rope wash? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®!

    **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.

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    Click here to check out our Rope Inspection 101 blog post

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    Click here to check out our free Rope Inspection Log

    How To Wash Your Rope


     

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  2. 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool Accessories

    A few weeks ago, we featured a buying guide for the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool. That post was the first in a 4-part series outlining the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool. This tool reinvents antenna alignment, but for those special situations, accessories can really help make your job a breeze. This week our Gear Experts® are going to discuss some of the awesome accessories that are available for the 3Z RF Vision.

    What Kind of Accessories Can I Get?


     

    There is an accessory for almost every possible scenario you can think of. Some of the available accessories are:

    Ericcson Air Mount AIR32 Bracket
    Strap Clamp
    3Z Torque Wrench
    Antenna WASP Sensor
    Data Collector
    Lip Clamp
    Nokia FASb Standoffs
    3Z Ground Verification System

    The Details


    Ericsson Air Mount AIR32 Bracket 

    The AIR 32 bracket is a lightweight, easy to use, mounting solution for AIR32 antennas. It allows you to quickly install the aligner and features a modular design so that it can be installed in forward, reverse, and +90/-90 degree orientations.

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    Strap Clamp

    The Strap Clamp provides the ability to quickly mount your aligner to a wide variety of antenna types. It features a double strap ratcheting system for secure fastening.

    **The Strap Clamp comes standard with the purchase of your antenna aligner – this is a replacement accessory.

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    Antenna WASP Sensor

    The Antenna WASP Sensor is a nifty piece of equipment that helps you monitor your antennas. The WASP is a Wireless Antenna Sensor Pod that can be attached to an antenna to monitor the alignment in 3 dimensions: azimuth, down-tilt, and roll. Undesired results will be reported, and a history of changes can also be viewed.

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    3Z Torque Wrench

    The 3Z Torque Wrench has been specifically designed to install the Antenna WASP Sensor. This tool allows you to attach the sensor with the correct seal while preventing damage to the unit.

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    Data Collector

    The Data Collector works in conjunction with the Antenna WASP Sensor. It forwards the information collected by the sensor to a variety of different sources. You can send information to wireless carriers, NOCC, operations staff, and RF engineers. It’s easy to install and is placed at the base of the tower.

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    Lip Clamp

    Microwave dishes still have their place on towers. But sometimes, they can be difficult to attach aligning equipment to, because of their shape. That’s where the 3Z Lip Clamp comes in. It was designed to allow you to quickly mount your aligner to a wide variety of microwave parabolic dishes. It features an adjustable clamping system, is compact and lightweight, and easy to use.

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    Nokia FASb Standoffs

    The strap clamp is a great resource when you have to align multiple antennas, but Nokia FASb antennas are a little different. The Nokia FASb standoff was designed to add on to the strap clamp so that you could utilize your antenna aligner with Nokia FASb antennas.

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    3Z Ground Verification System

    Figuring out if antenna alignment is causing whatever problem you are having can be costly if you have to dispatch an entire crew every single time. With this convenient tool, you can insert your aligner and your laser rangefinder to verify your antenna alignment from the ground.

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    Not sure which accessories you need? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®

     

    The Importance of Antenna Alignment


     


     

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  3. Product Spotlight: Skylotec Claw

    This week here at GME Supply we’ve got fall arrest on our minds and we are going to talk about the Skylotec Claw Vertical Fall Arrest Sleeve. The Skylotec Claw is a fall arrest device built to be safe, smooth, and easy to use. In this week’s blog, our Gear Experts® are going to give you the full scoop on the Skylotec Claw.

    The Details


     

    The Skylotec Claw Vertical Fall Arrest Sleeve has been specially built to travel smoothly along a vertical system while providing fall arrest when needed. This unique solution is for permanently installed climbing protection systems and allows safe access when working at height. It has been engineered to fit 3/8 and 5/16 inch solid core wire rope and features an anti-gravity locking system.

    The Claw is a high-quality, lightweight, stainless steel device that has redundant safety features to reduce your risk of improper installation. Two hands are required to operate this device to prevent the unintentional opening of the sleeve. The skull symbol stamped into the devices indicates incorrect installation and the up arrow indicates proper installation.

    What’s Included?


     

    The Skylotec Claw comes with a replaceable shock absorbing pack – allowing the equipment to maintain a longer lifespan if routine equipment checks are passed. There is also a swivel carabiner which allows you freedom of movement and maximum ease of use.

    How it Works & Industries


     

    In the event of a slip or fall, the locking cam pivots downward instantly and the Claw locks onto the cable. The built-in shock absorber pack reduces the impact force. The Claw is perfect for use when providing maintenance or other services in the wind energy, telecom, electrical utility, and/or oil & gas industries.

    Standards


     

    Standards are always something we keep at top of mind because safety will always be a priority for us. The Skylotec Claw meets a range of standards including ANSI A14.3-08, CSA Z259.2.5-17, and OSHA regulations.

    Looking for more information on the Skylotec Claw? Click here to talk to one of our Gear Experts®.

    **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.

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    The Skylotec Claw


     

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  4. Two Way Radio Accessories

    Two Way radios are great. For many in the at-height industry they are must-haves because they give you the ability to speak to your team over long distances with relative ease. Sometimes, though, having to pull a radio out of your pocket or a pouch can be difficult or downright dangerous. That’s why GME Supply offers a full line up of two way radio accessories to help you stay safe and provide added convenience while on the job. This week our Gear Experts® have put together a guide for some of the most useful Kenwood two way radio accessories.

    Kenwood KMC-45 Compact Speaker Mic


     

    The Kenwood KMC-45 Compact Speaker Mic plugs into your ProTalk radio and makes it easy to communicate while your radio is in your pocket or on your belt. The low profile compact design stays out of the way and easily clips to a harness, strap, or other gear. There is also a swivel on the back to offer versatile placement. One thing to make sure to do is use the included clip to clip in the connection to your radio. This ensures that you don’t accidentally pull the plug and disconnect the mic from the radio and miss an important message.

    Kenwood KHS-31C


     

    The Kenwood KHS-31C is a c-ring ear hanger that features an in-line push to talk mic for clear communication. The lightweight design is comfortable and balanced. This makes wearing the mic all day much easier. The job site isn’t always the quietest place, and hearing what people have to say isn’t always easy. That’s where this mic truly shines. Since the mic rests right on your ear it is perfect for situations where there is a lot of noise or where communications are sensitive. The ear piece can also swivel which provides additional comfort and customization.

    Accessories


     

    We carry a full line of Kenwood accessories. There are a range of different mics, charging stations (charging racks), rapid chargers, carrying cases, and replacement batteries.

    If you’re not sure what kind of accessory you need while on the job our Gear Experts® are here to help!

    Click here to check out our full line of Kenwood products.

    Click here to check out our full line of two way radios

    Click here to check out our full line of two way radio accessories

    Click here to check out our blog post on the differences between Digital and Analog radios.

    Two Way Radio Accessories: Video


     

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  5. Rope Buying Guide

    When working in at-height industries your rope is literally your lifeline. Finding the perfect rope is something that most climbers take to heart. Here at GME Supply, we specialize in helping you make an informed decision and in this week’s blog post our Gear Experts® have put together a guide to help you buy the perfect rope.

    Construction


     

    When looking at the kind of rope you are going to need to get the job done it’s good to make sure that you know the differences between the 3 types of rope you will most commonly see. Those 3 types are Kernmantle, 3-Strand, and Double Braid Rope.

    Kernmantle

    Kernmantle rope consists of twisted parallel fibers (the kern) surrounded by a tightly braided sheath (the mantle). The core fibers provide the majority (about 70%) of the rope’s strength. The sheath is tightly braided providing significantly higher abrasion resistance. There are two distinct types of kernmantle: dynamic and static. Dynamic is used for recreational climbing due to its high shock absorption capabilities. Static kernmantle has very low stretch and works well for industrial applications. Due to its construction, it remains round through descent devices and allows minimal twist on the rope. The properties of static kernmantle make it ideal for use as a lifeline or descent line.

    3-Strand

    3-Strand ropes are an inexpensive rope option. They tend to have a lower breaking strength than double braid or kernmantle, so a larger diameter must be used to achieve the same strength. Due to their construction, 3-Strand ropes tend to rotate under loads and provide less abrasion resistance. These characteristics make it a poor load line. With regard to safety and working at height, 3-Strand is most commonly used as a lifeline due to compliance with OSHA requirements and compatibility with 5/8-inch rope grabs.

    Double Braid

    Double braided rope is a braided core surrounded by a braided sheath. The inner and outer braids are generally designed to share the load equally with very low elongation. Double braid rope remains round under tension, imparts no rotational force when loaded, and has a soft hand. These characteristics make it ideal for use as a load rope.

    Diameter


     

    The thicker a rope gets, the stronger it gets. But, there is a misconception that to be as safe as possible you should get the thickest rope available. In reality, your rigging is only as strong as your weakest component. The capstan, shackles, slings, blocks, and rope all must be considered. For example, if you’re using a 1,000-pound capstan hoist, most ½” double braid ropes have a MBS (Minimum Breaking Strength) high enough to safely handle the maximum load for the hoist; even with the safety factor, and loss of strength due to knots, termination plates, or sewn eyes. While a 5/8” rope has a higher breaking strength, it would not matter since the hoist is only capable of lifting 1,000 pounds. Another thing to consider is the sheave diameter of the block being used. There are many options which can handle ½” synthetic rope, but few exist that are strong enough to justify 5/8” rope.

    Inspection


     

    Each time you use your rope, you should perform a visual inspection to ensure it’s safe to use. Check for cuts, nicks, burns, excess fraying, flat or uneven spots, glossing, discoloration from sun exposure or chemicals, or inconsistencies in the rope. Refer to the manufacturer's recommendations for complete inspection and usage instructions. When inspecting your rope, it is much easier to keep track of your inspections with a Rope Inspection Log. Some manufacturers provide logs with their rope, but if your rope doesn’t come with one, or if you lost it, click here to download one for free from our knowledge base.

    **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.

    Click here to check out our Rope 101 blog post.

    Click here to check out our Rope 101 Knowledge Base PDF.

    Click here to see our full selection of Rope.

    Click here to download our free Rope Inspection Guide.

    Pelican Static Kernmantle Rope


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