Various tie downs are known for securing equipment to the interior or exterior of a vehicle. Some tie downs use reinforced fabric straps with ratcheting buckles, netting, and elastic (bungee) cord. Tie downs vary in safety, adaptability to different vehicles, and ease of use. And in many environments, stowage of equipment and gear is a critical issue because the available space is limited. Furthermore, failure of the tie down can result in property damage, human injury, or death.
Army engineers have developed a universal tie-down system that utilizes a commercially available buckle, straps interwoven with Kevlar, carabineers and metal loops. The buckle is designed to be able to be opened under load. In one configuration, the anchor end is looped through a support member and then the two buckle components are connected together. Multiple straps can be connected together in a clothesline manner. This universal tie down system is ideal for industrial uses, camping or RV applications, forestry work, off-road, and military-specific vehicles.
- Extreme working load of 667 pounds for the 1" and 1,667 pounds for the 1.75" tie-down
- Strength rating of 2,000 pounds with 1" strap variant
- Easy attachment and release under load
- Businesses can license US patent 8,572,815 for development into new products
- Prototypes produced in different widths