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Attend BC Wire Rope’s Open House

BC Wire Rope & Rigging and the Crosby Group would like to invite you to our Open House Barbecue and Seminars on Tuesday, March 27th 2012 at our Tucson, Arizona location. Please come join us for food, fun, and training demonstrations.

The events at the open house will include a rigging class and computer training, which will take place at the Holiday Inn, as well as a fall protection authorized user training and open house barbecue demonstrations, which will take place at BC Wire Rope & Rigging.

Seminar Locations

Crosby Rigging Seminars
Tuesday, March 27th
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Holiday Inn
4550 South Palo Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85714
520-746-1161

Open House/Barbecue
Tuesday, March 27th
11:30 am – 4:00 pm

BC Wire Rope & Rigging
4060 East Michigan Street
Tucson, AZ 85714
866 523-8388

Confirm Your Reservation

Attend BC Wire Rope’s open house and confirm your reservation by calling (800) 669-5919.

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Important Campbell Safety Alert

Potential Safety Issue with Retainers for Campbell Quik-Alloy Coupling Links in Sizes 9/32″, 3/8″, and 1/2″. Death or Serious Bodily Injury Could Result.

We have recently determined that Campbell Quik-Alloy Coupling Links, 9/32″, 3/8″, and 1/2″, were shipped to our customers with retainers (a/k/a “snap rings”) that had not been properly heat treated by our supplier. This lack of heat treatment could result in the retainer having less holding strength on the pin. This could result in the pin falling out, which would cause the coupling link to separate and any suspended load to fall. A falling load could cause death or serious bodily injury.

In the interest of safety, Apex is replacing all affected retainers immediately, even if the retainers appear to be functioning properly. Apex will replace the retainers free of charge.

The part number and date codes of the coupling links with affected retainers are identified below. The date code is located on the base of the female flange of the coupling link as shown in the picture below. Replacement pin and retainer kits purchased after the dates listed below are also affected by this Campbell Safety Alert.

The Date Code is located at the base of the female flage and will consist of a letter followed by a number. This photo shows an example of an R2 date code.

FAQ for Product Safety Notice Regarding Campbell Quik-Alloy Coupling Link, Sizes 9/32″, 3/8″, and 1/2″.

Q: Why is Apex Tool Group/Campbell Chain issuing this Safety Alert?

A: We have recently discovered that retainers (a/k/a “snap rings”) in Quik-Alloy Coupling Links were not properly heat treated by our supplier. This reduces the holding power of the retainer on the pin and could cause a risk of the pin falling out of the coupling link. This could cause the coupling link to separate, and a suspended load to fall, which could result in death or serious bodily injury.

Q: When were the affected retainers manufactured?

A: The affected retainers were manufactured from April 2009 until September 2010 (for 9/32″ retainers), and from January 2010 until September 2010 (for the 3/8″ and 1/2″ retainers).

Q: How do I determine if I have purchased products subject to this Safety Alert?

A: The affected product can be identified by the forged date code located below the female flange on the coupling link bodies, as shown in the photo. The date codes on the QA coupling links that may contain the affected retainers are:

9/32″–Date codes R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, S1, S2, S3, S4, S5
3/8″–Date codes S1, S2, S3, S4, S5
1/2″–Date codes S1, S2, S3, S4, S5

Q: Where were the products made?
A: The Quik-Alloy Coupling Links are made at the Apex Tools Group/Campbell plant in Cortland, NY. The retainers were manufactured by a supplier in Manchester, PA.

Q: Should slings that contain Quik-Alloy Coupling Links with the listed date codes be removed from service?
A: Yes, immediately. As a safety precaution, we are recommending that all slings assembled with coupling links that could contain affected retainers be removed from service immediately until the replacement retainers are installed.

Q: Does the sling need to be re-proof tested or re-certified after replacement of the retainer?

A: No, it is not necessary that the sling be re-proof tested or re-certified. The retainer is not a load-bearing part of the coupling link. The load-bearing components of the coupling link were proof tested as part of the manufacturing process.

Q: What is Apex Tool Group/Campbell doing to fix the problem?

A: Meetings have been held with the supplier. All existing and replacement retainers are properly heat treated. All Apex/Campbell warehouse inventory of coupling links have been returned to the Cortland plant for re-packaging with the correctly heat treated retainers. The supplier is implementing additional quality measures as part of its manufacturing process to include not only heat treatment certification, but also certification from supplier’s management that all processes have been completed. The Cortland plant is also implementing additional quality verification as part of its Receiving Inspection process.

Q: When can I get replacement product?

A: We are working with our supplier to have replacement retainers and Quik-Alloy Coupling Links available as soon as possible. The supplier is heat treating all existing inventory, and is in the process of producing more retainers to meet the demand for the replacement retainers. As noted above, Campbell strongly urges that all slings assembled with couplings links that could contain affected retainers be removed from service until the replacement retainers are installed

Please contact Apex Tool Group with any questions:

Fran Barber
Manager, Quality Assurance
Apex Tool Group—Cortland Operation
45 Cleveland Street
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone 607.756.2821 Ext. 281
Fax 607.753.3722

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BC Wire Rope & Rigging Opens San Diego Location

BC Wire Rope & Rigging is thrilled to announce the opening of our newest location in San Diego. BC Wire Rope Santee will enable us to expand its coverage and better serve its customers throughout all of Southern California.

Our new office will be located in Santee, California, which is about 20 minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego. BC Wire Rope has served the rigging and wire rope needs for customers in California since 1974. These 30 plus years of experience enable us to provide our “quality-no compromise” approach to our valued customers. Our San Diego location will make it easier for those in San Diego to access our full line of quality wire rope and lifting products.

Visit Our New San Diego Location: BC Wire Rope Santee:

Come visit us at our new San Diego, California location. Call 866 523-8388 or email sales@bcwirerope.com.

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BC Wire Rope & Rigging Opens Las Vegas Location

BC Wire Rope & Rigging is proud to announce the opening of our Las Vegas location. We are excited to service the greater Las Vegas area, as well as other locations throughout Nevada, from BC Wire Rope Henderson — our new conveniently located office in Henderson, Nevada.

BC Wire Rope & Rigging has served the wire rope and rigging needs of customers from its Southern California location since 1974. We will utilize our 31 years of industry experience and our “quality-no compromise” approach while serving customers throughout Nevada. Our new location will make it easier for BC to provide our full product line to those throughout Nevada and the Western United States.

Visit Our New Las Vegas Location: BC Wire Rope Henderson

We’d be thrilled to have you visit our new Henderson, Nevada location. Get in touch with us: call 800-669-5919, email sales@bcwirerope.com.

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Proudly Celebrating our 30th Anniversary

BC Wire Rope & Rigging is proudly celebrating 30 years of service to our customers, beginning in 1974. All of us at BC Wire Rope would like to take this opportunity to thank our valued vendors, customers, and friends who have made BC the successful company that it is today. Without the relationships and support from these individuals, BC’s success wouldn’t have been possible.

Please be assured that we at BC will do our best to retain your confidence and are looking forward to continued success in the future.

If you have any inquiries about BC we’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to call us at (800) 669-5919 or email us at sales@bcwirerope.com to get more information about our locations.