Ancra International and B.C.-based Traction Technologies have teamed up to manufacture, market and distribute the Cinch, an air-powered winch that we first wrote about last July. At that time, Traction told us the device would be in very limited production until this year. Things have changed since then in that an agreement has been reached with load-securement specialist Ancra, which will handle manufacturing, sales and distribution. Traction Technologies will remain active in gauging market response, the companies say.

The revolutionary device uses air pressure to tighten and maintain tension on load straps, and Ancra calls it “a
crucial improvement in our industry.” The deal between the two companies means the Cinch will now be widely
available to the flatbed hauling industry.

Because it allows operators to tighten their loads with just a two-button operation, it’s claimed that more
drivers, regardless of size or strength, will be able to fill flatbed jobs than before.

The Cinch was actually developed to prevent load-shift related roll-overs. Traction Technologies’ parent firm,
Forensic Dynamics, one of Canada’s leading forensic engineering firms, had studied such mishaps as part of
its accident reconstruction activities. And Cinch was an interesting result.

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