By Jay Koblun
By Jay Koblun
Ray Linton introduced a line of rigging supplies in the ‘90s that DICA says made a big impact on safety and functionality in the rigging industry. Such an impact that DICA recently purchased Linton Rigging Gear Supplies and will be adding it to its line of products.
“We just purchased Linton Rigging Gear Supplies and are in the process of finalizing the purchase agreement,” said Kevin Koberg, DICA marketing director. “Ray Linton, he was a crane operator in a shipyard for 40 years and could never get adequate sling protection on a lift, so when he retired over 20 years ago he developed this product line.”
DICA made the agreement with Linton and will assume all ongoing operations following the completion of the acquisition. DICA is a family-owned and operated company that specializes in building high performance engineered outrigger pads, crane pads, and cribbing blocks that are lightweight, easy to use, and long-lasting.
“We started with $1000 and an idea,” said Linton. “We are happy this idea became a product that reduces risk in the crane and rigging industry.”
Linton Rigging Gear edge protectors prevent sling damage and potential failure from sharp corners or load edges, and increase D/d ratios—the ratio of the diameter around which the sling is bent, divided by the body diameter of the sling—preserving sling capacity around corners. Made of solid nylon, the edge protectors are 1/7th the weight of steel and are available with Velcro straps to ensure slings stay in place. The patented edge protectors attach to metal surfaces with magnets, requiring no tools to install.
“Much as DICA was founded on the quest to build a better outrigger pad, the Linton edge protector was born out of an industry need,” said Kris Koberg, DICA CEO.
ASME regulations require slings to be protected in scenarios when slings are in contact with edges, corners or protrusions.
“Ray Linton’s design was a revolutionary concept when he introduced nylon sling protectors to the rigging industry nearly 20 years ago. Linton’s engineered products are designed to be lightweight, easy to use, and improve safety and productivity. These are the type of qualities customers expect from all DICA products,” said Kris.
Linton and his wife, Patty, who have operated Linton Rigging Gear Supplies as a team, are ready to retire. “We are glad the legacy of our work will continue under the care of DICA,” said Linton, who will serve in a consulting role with DICA to provide product support through the transition.
Regular, Heavy Duty, Plate Edge Groove and other examples of the nylon edge protectors were displayed along with DICA products at CONEXPO/CON-AGG.
At the show Kevin described the new product line to several potential customers and interested buyers.
“These are magnetic sling protectors,” Kevin said to customers. “They work with synthetic slings, wire rope, or chain. And you’ve got multiple sizes for different applications whether its I-beams or steel coil. The coating shouldn’t matter as long as it’s got a ferrous metal, iron, in it.”
For more information on DICA and their product visit dicausa.com.