Yale Cordage Partners with DSM Protective Materials to Create a ‘Green’ Synthetic Rope Product
[November 18, 2020] Yale Cordage announced its newest product Sierra 78, created with bio-based ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene Dyneema® SK78 fiber. This marks one of the first partnerships with DSM Protective Materials to create a ‘green’ synthetic rope product manufactured in the USA.
Sierra 78 is a 12-strand single braid of bio-based Dyneema® fiber that will be utilized by companies across industries such as Electrical Utility, Industrial, Mining, and Arboriculture. In addition to sustainable manufacturing with the lowest carbon footprint, this product provides the following features compared to others made with base UHMPE fibers:
· 3 times the service life thanks to improved fatigue performance
· 4 times the creep life
· 4 times better abrasion resistance
The innovation behind this product’s sustainability factor is in the utilization of the mass balance approach, which reduces reliance on fossil fuel-based resources. By applying a mass balancing approach, bio-based Dyneema® fiber delivers the same consistent durability and performance with a reduced environmental impact.
“Here at Yale Cordage, we recognize that selecting the best fiber is as crucial to product performance as our engineering and design process,” says Bill Putnam, President of Yale Cordage. “That is why we are proud to have DSM Protective Materials as our UHMPE fiber provider of choice.”
Embracing this new fiber technology and incorporating it into a synthetic rope product allows Yale to provide the best value for the customer in strength, fairlead life, and sustainability.
Along with the debut of Sierra 78, Yale Cordage is also offering two other products in the same likeness, Sierra 75 made with Dyneema® SK75 and Ultrex with DSM Protective Materials globally sourced UHMPE. Both are 12-strand single braid products manufactured with select DSM Protective Materials fibers that lend themselves to many applications.