The Web Sling & Tie Down Association is
headed for some northern exposure at the picturesque Fairmont Chateau
Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada for its 2012 Spring Meeting. This meeting
provides educational and networking opportunities, participation in
committee meetings that shape the future of the industry, and a chance
to explore the heart of pristine Banff National Park, in which Lake
Louise and the Fairmont resort are located.
The Spring Meeting also will feature a special panel presentation,
“RFID: Safety and Sling Management” on Wednesday, June 6. The
presentation will provide an overview of RFID: how it works, what
hardware and software are required for successful implementation and
use, and how it can help make your business more successful. Slated
panel presenters include RFID technology experts Somen Mondal of Field
ID, Tom Bamford of Infochip, and Jim Stradinger of Holland 1916. For
background information on RFID,
see related article in this newsletter.
You can find 2012 Spring Meeting schedule details and speaker
information, information about the hotel and optional events,
transportation options, and registration details by
Web Sling Safety 2.0: Using RFID and Inspection Software to
Digitize Web Sling Management
Airbus, Cisco Systems, Wal-Mart,
JCPenney Co., and several credit card companies have taken
advantage of a technology known as RFID. While it’s been around
for years, RFID has recently seen increased popularity and now
generates about $6 billion in worldwide revenue. Lifting and
rigging companies are increasingly adopting RFID to make jobs
like web sling management much easier.
Fall Meeting in Baltimore: Recap
Baltimore, Maryland hosted the WSTDA 2011
Fall Meeting, and provided a unique backdrop to a myriad of educational
and networking opportunities offered every time WSTDA comes together.
of "Component Parts" Are Not Generally Liable for Injury Caused By the
Under the “component parts doctrine,”
suppliers of raw materials to manufacturers usually cannot be liable for
negligence or under a strict products liability theory to the
manufacturers' employees who sustain personal injuries as a result of
using the raw materials in the manufacturing process. Only in
extraordinary circumstances—such as when the raw materials are
contaminated, the supplier exercises substantial control of the
manufacturing process, or the supplier provides inherently dangerous raw
materials—can suppliers be held liable.
Pulse Survey: A Useful Marketplace Gauge
4th Quarter 2011 Results Are In
WSTDA’s 2011 4th Quarter “Quick Pulse
Survey” points to growth, both in demand for products and employment.
For the second consecutive quarter demand for tie downs and component
materials/supplies has risen, while web slings and roundslings remain
stable, as do margins for all product types.
Welcomes New Members
WSTDA welcomed three new members since we
published the last issue of Uplifting News.
Acquires New Orleans Branch, Receives "Golden Hoagie" Award
In October 2011, Bishop Lifting
Products Inc. acquired Atomic Industrial Marine and Supply, a New
Orleans, LA sling fabrication and marine supplies shop.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick
In early January, Congressman Mike
Fitzpatrick toured the Chant Engineering Co. headquarters
in New Britain, Bucks County, PA to see first-hand an American business
success story. DETAILS
Approaches 40th Anniversary; Share Your Favorite WSTDA Memories
In preparation for WSTDA’s 40th
anniversary in 2013, which will be celebrated in beautiful Napa,
California, we are compiling photos illustrating the history of the
organization. If you have any convention or WSTDA community photos you
would like to share, please send them to us so that we can share them at
You can send photos by mail or email to Laura Izzo at WSTDA (see below).
Please let us know if you are sending us copies of your photos that we
can keep, or if you will need your photos or disks returned. Please
label the photos with names, year, place, or other descriptions with as
much detail as you can.
Thank you in advance for your time; we look forward to celebrating
WSTDA’s 40th anniversary with you at the Meritage Resort and Spa in
Napa, California, May 6-9, 2013.
2015 Laurel Bush Road, Suite 200
Bel Air, MD 21015