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DICA to Buy Linton Edge Protector Product Line

March 25, 2020 -- DICA has reached an agreement with Ray Linton to purchase the assets of Linton Rigging Gear Supplies, LLC. After the acquisition, DICA will assume all ongoing operations. 

The timing of the announcement during the 2020 ConExpo-Con/Agg show could not be better. As a shipyard crane operator, crane and rigging supervisor, and lift planner, Ray Linton had attended several ConExpos in the 1990s seeking a solution for sling protection. Finding nothing, he devised his own solution. “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 DICA CEO Kris Koberg.

“We started with $1,000 and an idea,” said Ray 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 caused by sharp corners or load edges. They also increase D/d ratios, 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, so no tools are needed to install them.

ASME B30.9 and OSHA 29 CFR 1926.251(c)(9) require slings to be protected when they 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 Koberg.

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 on display along with DICA products during the 2020 ConExpo-Con/Agg show March 10-13 in Las Vegas.



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