Drop Testing Application
Drop testing is one of the most popular uses for the Sea Catch. There are a couple issues to consider when choosing a Sea Catch model for drop testing applications. This includes evaluating damage by dropping a load onto your product or simply dropping your product (load).
1. Rotation of load being released.
If it is important that your load not rotate after it has been released (in order to ensure the load comes straight down onto its bottom side), it is recommended that you use cylinder-driven Sea Catch units such as the TR3AIR or TR3RAM (for loads under 1,300 lbs.). These units do not generate side pull during activation which would cause the load to start rotating. Plus there are the added safety benefits of being able to release remotely via air or hydraulic hoses and keep the operator out of harm's way.
If load rotation is not critical, the standard units (such as the TR3) or the reverse lever (RL) units can be used. However, operator must stay well clear of objects being dropped under load.
2. Connecting links falling on load.
Standard Sea Cath units as well as the reverse lever (RL) units typically use shackles as connecting members. If you do not want a shackle falling on top of the product or load being dropped, you may consider using a strap which is softer. In this case you will need to use the LM series of Sea Catch releases which are designed to secure and release a line or strap rather than a shackle at the jaw end of the device.
We have Sea Catch models available for most drop testing applications, regardless of the weight of the loads being dropped.
Please contact us if you have further questions or concerns about your specific application.