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REEL-X began as an ergonomics project in consultation with electricians. Greenlee
discovered too much energy was being wasted unjamming the fish tape before
work even got started. They also identified that electricians were experiencing wrist
and shoulder strain while fishing, as well as the tape jamming and binding during
use, taking time away from the job. Greenlee's new design removed the fish tape
handle so that it was easier to tuck under the arm when fishing. They also changed
the way the wire sits in the wheel, removing the hub so there isn't a chance for it to
bind.
" REEL-X was designed to make using a fish tape easier, " said Adele Hendrix, product
manager, Greenlee. " A┼┐ter talking with customers, we learned that making it
easier for them meant addressing problems with current fish tape designs. The top
issue is the tape would bind or jam during use which would impact productivity and
may damage the fish tape. "
The new steel fish tapes include laser-etched measurement markings every foot,
allowing the operator to measure and fish in one step. It's available in 1/8-inch and
1/4-inch sizes and come in various lengths from 65 to 240-feet and are suitable for
general fishing or when measurement is required during the installation process.
There is also a stainless-steel option that protects against corrosion, suitable for wet
environments.
In line with their ergonomic theme, last year Greenlee introduced
Pull Assist, a new puller accessory that increases the ease of completing
pulls and helps by giving trade professionals the option to make
their pull hands-free and consistent. This allows users to stay out of
the 'danger zone' while increasing productivity and decreasing
strain and fatigue. The Pull Assist provides up to 85 pounds of tailing
force and enables users to set up in challenging locations while still
standing 6 feet away from the capstan.
" Pulling is one of the most dangerous parts of cable installation.
Greenlee's new Pull Assist lets users stand farther back, keeping them
out of the danger zone, " said Adele Hendrix, Product Manager,
Greenlee. " Traditionally, pulling is a labor intensive, time-consuming
job that puts extensive strain on the body. Hands-free pulling minimizes
strain and fatigue on the body, so you can feel better and get
more done. "
When it comes to developing new products, Greenlee is continuously
focused on utilizing customer feedback, while also actively looking
for ways to improve ergonomics on existing tools to help reduce
strain for trade professionals to make their work more efficient and
profitable.
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