Samson Rope Technologies


Chafe-Pro is pleased to be the manufacturer of the protective jacket associated with the AGILE™ LIFTING SYSTEM

Samson Debuts AGILE™ LIFTING SYSTEM at 2016 Offshore Technology Conference

FERNDALE, WA. – April 22, 2016 – Samson will launch the AGILE™ Lifting System at the Offshore Technology Conference on May 2, 2016. This next generation of heavy-lift slings was developed to meet the unique needs of lifting contractors and lift planners conducting engineered lifts.

Utilizing the high-performance synthetic ropes that Samson is known for, AmSteel®Blue and AS-78™, AGILE is a hybrid product that combines the advantages of both round and rope slings into one lightweight, easy-to-handle rigging system for heavy offshore payloads. The new system is available from 50t to 4,000t MBL.

“The AGILE Lifting System is more than a new type of lifting sling that utilizes synthetic ropes,” said Joe Mazzacano, VP Sales and Marketing at Samson. “Samson has developed a streamlined process that includes proprietary configuration software, which factors the lift parameters to quickly and accurately engineer the most effective sling design for the job. Agile slings are a clean, easy-to-handle design that can be fabricated in just days. Heavy-lift slings made of large diameter rope that used to take weeks to manufacture can now be produced in a matter of days using smaller diameter AmSteel-Blue and AS-78, which Samson distributors stock all of the time.”

The AGILE Lifting System is designed to match the strength and light weight of Samson’s proven synthetic rope slings, with a form factor similar to smaller-capacity round slings. A continuous length of high-performance synthetic rope is looped within critical length tolerances, organized to maintain balance internally, and finished with a sheath that protects the line from damage. The protective cover can be opened so the rope can be easily inspected. The design offers flexibility, allowing the same sling to be configured with different wrap counts or lengths, to further maximize the value.

“Currently, there are basically three types of slings available for lifting heavy loads, including steel wire cable-laid slings, traditional rope slings and fiber round slings, all of which have various drawbacks to their designs,” said Mazzacano. “The AGILE Lifting System offers another option for critical engineered lifts.”

In particular, because they are 80% lighter, AGILE trumps cable-laid slings that add even more weight to already heavy packages, and can also damage sensitive equipment. AGILE also offers advantages over traditional rope slings in some situations, like lifts that require short lengths. Also, lifts that require the strength of large diameter ropes can have long lead times to produce, and the sheer bulk of these large ropes make fabrication cumbersome and sometimes requires multiple adjustments to achieve precise length tolerances. Compared to fiber round slings, AGILE is able to achieve greater strength, greater durability and increased cut resistance.

After extensive field trials and tests, the AGILE Lifting System is a proven strong and durable option. After a 10-month trial at a multi-use operation, inspections revealed no damage other than cosmetic scuffing of the covers, and residual strength tests show that AGILE slings retained 90–100 percent of their rated strength.

AGILE can be seen at OTC, Reliant Center Booth #2771.


(FERNDALE, Wash.) — Samson Rope Technologies has announced the addition of Chafe-Pro FS to its line of chafe products. Chafe-Pro FS provides critical protection for high-performance mooring lines. It has the same Chafe-Pro material, but is custom designed specifically for Samson Rope Technologies to have a free-sliding fit.

Jul 9, 2015 01:38 PM
Contact: Charlotte Wells
Tel: 360.325.7909

It is durable, easily installed either before the lines are deployed or after. Chafe-Pro FS is built to last. Multiple layers of specially formulated, heavy-duty nylon and extremely durable thread provide maximum flexibility. It is easily positioned wherever lines pass through chocks or across fairleads anywhere the lines may be subject to abrasion. A simple hook-and-loop closure allows the Chafe-Pro FS sleeve to be quickly installed or repositioned where needed. There are attachment points at both ends for tag lines to keep the sleeve in position.

For more information or a product datasheet, contact customer service at (360) 384-4669.