Monthly Archives: March 2014


Secure Bar Code Scanners, Radios, GPS Systems and Other Heavy Instruments Against Loss or Damage with Gear Keeper® “Magnum®” Retractable Lanyards While Minimizing The Danger of “Dangling Tether” Entanglement.

Eliminating entanglement issues, Gear Keeper’s new Magnum series of low profile heavy-instrument retractable lanyards safely tether instruments weighing up to 2 Kg.. Designed for maximum productivity the new Magnum retractables keep instruments close to the body when stored while still allowing complete accessibility when in use. This is particularly important when working in close quarters or climbing. The Magnum retractable lanyards are available in three forces to match the weight of the instrument.

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Gear Keeper instrument tethers are designed for heavy-duty industrial use with maximum breakage strength and durability.

Workers at retail stores, shipping companies, supermarkets and warehouse operations handle bar code scanners on a regular basis, but while these instruments are critical to inventory and tracking systems they are easily broken when dropped and often misplaced or not available when their needed. However, instrumentation tethers from Gear Keeper can prevent loss and damage while making the devices easier to use.

Like other retractable tethers in the Gear Keeper line, the Magnum series is engineered so that the instrument, application and recoil/retraction force are in balance. When the lanyard is extended for use, only minimal force is necessary thereby avoiding worker fatigue or in the reverse, causing a ”kick” when the instrument is automatically guided back to its stored position.

“Electronic instruments like bar code scanners, GPS systems and portable radios are expensive and because they are hand held they can be easily dropped,” says John Salentine, Vice President and co-founder of Hammerhead Industries, which manufactures Gear Keeper systems. “It not only makes financial sense to secure these types of devices with a tether, but it also makes them easier for your employees to use.”

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Photo: RT3-4548

The RT3-45XX series (Euro 54.99 each) includes a carabiner to attach to a D-ring or belt loop and a carabiner that attaches to the instrument. The models include; RT3-4548 with a 56 cm reach for instruments up to 1.3 Kg.; RT3-4558 with a 56 cm reach for instruments up to 1.6 kg and RT3-4568 with a 40 cm reach for instruments up to 1.9 Kg.
With millions of systems in use, Gear Keeper devices have a failure rate of less than .001 percent.

The full line of Gear Keeper instrument tethers and accessories are available on the s website at or


Gear Keeper® Modular Wrist Lanyard Systems For Small Hand Tools Offers Many Tethering Options.
Gear Keeper’s new retractable and non-retractable wrist lanyard systems for tools up to 2.5 Kg. are particularly valuable when a short drop length is critical or when climbing or working in close quarters. Productivity is increased by the company’s patented Quick Q/C and Q/C-II Connect tool attachment connectors that permit secure, fast and easy connection / disconnection of tools. Users can change out and use many tools with just one lanyard by fitting additional male connectors to all tools being used and merely unclick one tool and attach another.
The modularity of Gear Keeper tethering system offers the flexibility needed to safely and specifically match the tool, worker and application. Unlike an ‘off-the-shelf’ lanyard, which can actually become a safety hazard, all Gear Keeper tethering systems insure dependable safety and quality by the company’s stringent quality control systems. QA includes dynamic and static testing, drop load testing with up to a 100% safety margin and cycle testing for safe productive use and long-life.
Two Gear Keeper wrist lanyards that are among the popular choices of safety engineers are the model TL1-2006 Retractable Wrist Lanyard for tools up to 0,5 Kg and the non-retractable model #TL1-2007 Deluxe Wrist Lanyard for tools up to 2,5 Kg. Both types offer Velcro wrist straps and are available in high visibility safety orange with serial numbers to satisfy traceability standards.


The TL1-2006 Retractable Wrist Tether offers a 100cm extension and comes complete with the model #ACO-0926 Q/C II Elastic Lanyard Connector. Suggested retail for the TL1-2006 Retractable Wrist Lanyard is € 32,49. Additional connector accessories include a 7,5 cm Load Bearing Aluminum Carabiner model #3-0069-03 – € 2,79, and extra male Q/C II elastic lanyard connectors model #ACO-0926 are € 4,99 each.


The TL1-2007 Deluxe Wrist Lanyard (non-retractable) comes complete with the model #ACO-0206 a 33 cm Nylon Lanyard connector. Suggested retail for the TL1-2007 Deluxe Wrist Lanyard is € 16,49.

Accessories include a 7,5 cm Load Bearing Aluminum Carabiner model #3-0069-03 – € 2,79, and 15 cm and 33 cm lanyard nylon connectors for € 4,99 (15 cm reach) and  € 5,99 (33 cm reach).


1Photo: Midland XTC-260, p/n CTE C1144

Midland widens the range of its XTC line with the addition of model XTC260, a new 720p HD Ready Action Cam.

XTC260 is a wearable camera designed for outdoor activities and perfect for capturing your everyday experiences or sport adventures; extremely light with its 88,7 gr and limited dimensions with only 8,5 cm of length, XTC260 is the smallest HD Ready action cam on the market today.

As for all Midland action cameras, also for XTC260 the ease of use is the point of strength: with a single switch that simply slides on, you turn on/off the camera and record your videos.
Essential and convenient, XTC260 guarantees top performances at low cost.
The packaging includes a Li-Ion battery pack 3,7V, 2 fixing kits to the helmet, USB cable and a submersible case 30mt that protects the action cam from water, dust and other substances that may damage it.


Photo: Submersible Case for CXTC-260

Main features:

  • One touch operation ON-OFF/REC* Image stabilizer
  • Resolution: 1280×720 pixel (30fps) / 640 x 480 pixel (60fps)
  • Field of view: 140° degree glass lens
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Battery pack: Li-Ion 3,7V 900mAh
  • Dimensions LxDxH: 85,5 x 30,3 x 42,2 mm
  • Weight: 88,7gr
  • Storage: up to 32GB micro SD card (not included)
  • Data transfer: USB 2.0
  • Recharge: USB cable or wall adaptor
  • Operating System Compatibility: Win XP, SP2, Vista & 7. Mac OSX x 10.4+
  • Video downloading from the Action camera to the PC through the USB cable
  • Data download only from the camera to the PC (it’s not possible to upload external data on the camera)

COLOR: Black and silver

What’s in the box:

  • Midland XTC-260 action camera
  • Li-Ion battery pack 3,7V 900mAh
  • USB cable
  • Submersible case 30mt
  • Universal fixing kit with 2 bi-adhesive bases

Optional accessories:

  • XTC Suction Cap Mount – cod. C980.01
  • XTC-Ski goggle mount – cod. C989
  • XTC- Velcro strap for bicycle helmets – cod. C991
  • XTC- Handlebar mount – cod. C992
  • XTC-Surf /Snowboard mount – cod. C1038
  • XTC-Head strap mount – cod. C1040
  • XTC- Cap mount – cod. C1012
  • Lateral slide – cod. R73161
  • XTC- Bi-adhesive support for helmets – cod. C990 (accessory included in the packaging)
  • RAM Roll bar mount – cod. C1042
  • RAM Magnetic mount – cod. C1041
  • RAM Moto and Quad mount – cod. C1052
  • Picatinny Rail mount – cod. C1039
  • XTC- Universal mount for rifles – cod. C1064.01
  • XTC – Rifle mount – cod. C1066
  • XTC- Tree mount – cod. C1062
  • XTC- Bow mount – cod. C1068
  • CC-XTC280 – Submersible case up to 60 m – cod. C976.01
  • Memory card 8GB – cod. C1067
  • Memory card 16GB – cod. C1067.01
  • Memory card 32GB – cod. C1067.02
  • XTC- Li-Ion battery pack 900mAh – cod. C1015
  • Emergency charger – cod. C920


When Selecting Tool Tethers, Shock Loads Are A Significant Concern For Worker Safety.
Three new Gear Keeper Super Coil™ tethering systems for anchoring tools up to 11 Kg.

Tethering heavy tools, generally over 5 Kg, is a significant safety concern.
A dropped 11 Kg tool that is tethered will have a shock load exceeding 150 Kg.
If tethered to a person, it is more than enough to dislodge the worker from his perch. The new, heavy-duty 2,5 cm (1”) Super Coil Anchored Tethering System is easily attached (anchored) to a fixed structure such as high-rise bucket or scaffolding. Anchoring the tether transfers the shock load produced by a dropped tool from the worker to the structure.

Designed for heavy tools and instruments up to 11 Kg, Hammerhead Industries, manufacturers of Gear Keeper industrial tool tethering systems, has announced three new 2,5 cm (1”) Super Coil anchored tool tethering systems.
Each of the new anchored tethers is intended for attachment to a fixed structure rather than to a person. Engineered to avoid or minimize entanglement, the three new 2,5 cm (1”) Super Coil Anchored Tethering Systems boast a short retracted length 104 cm.

Each of the Super Coil Tethering Systems provides an ample working radius for applications requiring tools like power drills, nail guns, power drivers and other heavier weight tools. The Super Coil’s inner coil system is fully enclosed in rugged nylon orange webbing that increases the tether’s overall strength and durability even under tough on-the-job conditions. The new Gear Keeper models are produced in high visibility orange color and feature a tag that shows the weight of the tool appropriate for the tether as well as traceability info such has date manufactured.

To suit a variety of tethering needs, the ‘Anchored’ tethers are available in three configurations. Options include a choice of drop lengths, and working area dimensions; Non-conductive stainless steel carbineers for tools with attachment points and a fixed loop attachment strap for tools that don’t – for example, when a large handled tool such as a chain saw needs tethering, the worker simply slip-knots the ‘fixed loop’ over the handle.
The model TL1-4025 is a flexible, low profile coil system that provides a 3 meter working radius for tools like power drills, nail guns, power drivers and other heavier weight tools.

For tools that have attachment points, the Model TL1-4021 (€ 46,99) has two stainless steel carabiners for attaching to the tool and the structure and provides a 3 meter working area; For tools that don’t have a suitable attachment point, the Model TL1-4025 (€ 42,99) with one stainless steel carabiner for attachment to the structure and a fixed loop for easy attachment to virtually any tool and also provides a 3 meter working area; For shorter drop lengths, the Model TL1-4026 (€ 39,99) with one stainless steel carabiner for attachment to the structure and a fixed loop for easy attachment to the tool; this model provides a 180 cm working area. The company offers bulk discounts for 50 or more units.

“All Gear Keeper tool tether ratings are load tested with up to a 100% safety margin, beyond the break point, to safely handle the shock load,” said John Salentine, VP of Hammerhead Industries. “Tool tethering is a site safety issue and safety starts with the proper mating of the tool, tether and application to ensure productivity and safety in the work environment.”