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Contact: Charlotte Wells, Samson
Phone: 360.384.4669
 

Samson Awarded 11th Patent

Ferndale, WA – August 10, 2011 – Samson, the worldwide leader in high performance synthetic rope, has been awarded a patent titled Line Structure for Marine Use in Contaminated Environments.  This cutting edge technology was developed by Samson while partnering with Delmar Systems on its patented Omni-Max™ gravity-installed anchor system.   
 
Proper deployment of the new anchor design would have been hampered by the use of traditional anchor chain in this application. The additional weight of chain affects the trajectory of the anchor causing insufficient embedment into the seabed.  To address this issue, Samson engineers developed a synthetic alternative that replaces the anchor chain. One of the biggest challenges in this application was protection of the synthetic rope from the damaging effects of outside contaminants it comes in contact with during use. This is a very unique application, and is the first time any synthetic has been used under the mud-line for an offshore mooring.
 
Samson engineers developed M-8, an 8-strand plaited construction. Each of the 8-strands is composed of a 3-strand, all Dyneema® fiber core covered with a filter barrier to resist soil infiltration, and protected from abrasion by a braided Dyneema® fiber cover. 
 
The patent encompasses the use of this particular design in any marine environment in which the strength members are subject to damage from outside contaminants during use in offshore mooring systems.  The design provides protection to the strength members and the ability to easily inspect the rope, which is different from other “filtered” ropes.  Congratulations to Samson’s Justin Gilmore, for the creativity and ingenuity to design and engineer this state-of-the-art construction. Manufacturer of the rope was accomplished by the combined efforts of Samson’s Ferndale, Washington and Lafayette, Louisiana facilities. 
 
This patent represents the continuance of Samson’s commitment to partnering with its customers to provide custom engineered solutions.  This is Samson’s 11th patent in 8 years.
 
About Samson:
For over 130 years, Samson has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance ropes. Among its many innovations, Samson invented the double braid and pioneered the first high modulus polyethylene fiber ropes. Today, Samson engineers continue to pioneer the use of new fiber technology and the development of innovative coatings and constructions to produce ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics. Samson’s research and development team is meeting an ever expanding market need for products with exceptional performance in critical applications. Samson is part of Wind River Holdings™ portfolio of operating companies. For more information about Wind River Holdings™ visit www.windriverholdings.com.
 
To find out more about Samson call 360.384.4669 or visit our website: www.samsonrope.com
 
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