DoRa Ratcheting Load Binder
Doleco USA, a manufacturer of lifting, sling and load-securing technologies, has introduced the patented DoRa Ratcheting Load Binder.
At just three quarters as long as a standard load binder, the DoRa fits into tighter spaces and expands, saving users time because they don’t have to detach and reattach chains when periodically retensioning cargo.
Load securement devices commonly slacken as cargo shifts during vehicle movement. Drivers are required to inspect both their cargo and its securement before driving their vehicle and after traveling 49.7 miles (80 kilometers) from where the cargo is loaded. Periodic inspections are also mandatory when there is a change in duty status for the driver, the vehicle has been driven more than three hours or the vehicle has been driven for 149.127 miles (240 kilometers).
Regular retensioning of cargo securement chains is a repetitive task for drivers and is crucial to keeping loads safely anchored to their vehicle platforms. But the job of retensioning can become far more cumbersome when a load binder becomes completely retracted. Unable to take up more slack, the user must fully loosen the binder in order to disconnect the chain, extend the spindles for more tensioning distance and then reconnect to a new link in the chain.
Removing the chain from a load binder’s clevis hook for tensioning can also present safety concerns, because at those moments, cargo is no longer fully secure and can become unstable. Cargo instability is of particular concern with loads of logs, pipe and materials with similar characteristics.
“With double the tensioning length, our patented DoRa Ratcheting Load Binder virtually eliminates the time and effort needed to disengage cargo securement chains for retensioning,” said Ralph Abato, president and managing director of Doleco USA. “And by engineering the DoRa to be 20 percent shorter than standard load binders, it can fit in spaces others simply can’t.”
The key to the DoRa Ratcheting Load Binder’s compact size and remarkable tensioning length is its patented spindle-in-a-spindle ratchet configuration. The unique design allows the ratchet housing to be significantly shorter, by enabling one threaded spindle to retract by screwing inside the other. When extended, the DoRa’s longer spindle length gives users twice the tensioning distance of other load binders, allowing users to start out with a tighter chain and to perform multiple retensionings without the need to disengage the binder’s clevis hooks from its chains.
“The DoRa’s longer spindles enable drivers to reach farther, so less exertion is required to remove slack from chains during initial tensioning,” Abato said. “The longer spindles also mean more reserve length is available for periodic chain retensioning.”
Since the majority of cargo securement applications will involve steel chains, the DoRa comes standard with clevis hooks. However, the DoRa Ratcheting Load Binder is also designed to work as a system with Doleco’s DoNova PowerLash Textile Lashing Chain, and for those applications can be ordered with a slip hook and keeper on both ends of its spindles.
Doleco’s revolutionary fabric chain is made of high-performance Dyneema fiber. Dyneema’s ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) material is 15 times stronger than steel chain by weight, and up to 85 percent lighter – so lightweight, in fact, that it floats on water. The DoNova PowerLash Textile Lashing Chain has extremely low moisture absorption, is self-lubricating, is highly resistant to corrosive chemicals, and is 15 percent more resistant to abrasion than carbon steel. The textile chain is available with a working load limit (WLL) as high as 22,000 pounds, more than that of half-inch steel chains and just under the 22,600-pound WLL of five-eighths-inch steel chain.