Samson helps develop industry guidelines for mobile-crane ropes

(FERNDALE, Wash.) — Samson, a worldwide leader in high-performance synthetic rope, was a participant on the working team that helped the FEM (European Materials Handling Federation) develop guidelines for use of high-performance synthetic ropes in mobile crane applications. The guidelines represent the first formal industry guidance for the use of synthetic rope for mobile cranes.

It is recognized by most as the first important step in the widespread advancement of synthetics in the crane and construction markets. Samson application engineer Dustin Heins, as well as research and development manager Greg Mozsgai, were contributors to the development of this document as participants on the FEM committee that drafted the guidelines.
Working in conjunction with other rope suppliers and crane manufacturers, Samson help produce the resulting document, which can be found at:
“Our participation in this committee, along with other similar industry association efforts globally, demonstrates our commitment to this market," said Michelle Jarvis, marketing strategy manager for industrial markets at Samson. "We believe our products offer improved working conditions and a safer operating environment for construction industry employees. This, coupled with the ability to recognize lower total cost of ownership for the operator and owner, is what drives Samson to continue to invest and innovate in this market.”
About K-100 synthetic hoist line for mobile cranes
This lightweight alternative to traditional steel-wire rope is 80 percent lighter, making handling, reeving and installation easier. At the same time, it provides the same line pull and load chart as wire, and can be used with a 5:1 safety factor. Because K-100 does not rust, it requires no lubing, and its unique construction eliminates kinking, birdcaging, and damage caused by diving on the winch drum. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff