Tethers secure radios and GPS systems

Gear Keeper's retractable tethering systems offer easy use and security when handling portable electronic instruments.

Ventura, Calif., August 11, 2010—Workers at retail stores, shipping companies, supermarkets and warehouse operations handle bar code scanners on a regular basis, but while these instruments are critical to inventory and tracking systems, they are easily broken when dropped and often misplaced or not available when needed. However, instrumentation tethers from Gear Keeper can prevent loss and damage while making the devices easier to use.

Gear Keeper instrument tethers are designed to hang from a belt or shoulder strap. The devices come in multiple forces to match the weight of any instrument and can be configured with a variety of clips or straps depending on needs.

“Electronic instruments like bar code scanners, GPS systems and portable radios are expensive and because they are hand-held they can be easily dropped,” said John Salentine, vice president and co-founder of Hammerhead Industries, which manufactures Gear Keeper systems. “It not only makes financial sense to secure these types of devices with a tether, but it also makes them easier for your employees to use.”

Gear Keeper instrument tethers are designed for heavy-duty industrial use with maximum breakage strength and durability. The devices are virtually jam-free with a patented flushing system that self clears sand and other debris from the retractor mechanism and with more than one million systems in use the devices have a failure rate of less than .001 percent.

The company’s instrument tether line comes in a variety of lengths and retraction forces and is suited for a wide assortment of electronic devices including bar code scanners, voltmeters, medical instruments, GPS systems, portable radios and more. Belt clip or small hanging tether systems are designed to hold up to 36 ounces while heavy duty and shoulder strap models can easily hold a device as heavy as 68 ounces.

Gear Keeper instrument tethers can be used in retractable or non-retractable versions. Retractable tethers are most often used when the user simply wishes to grab the instrument, and then let it go when they are done. Non-retractable versions provide minimal resistance to suspend and secure an instrument during use.

“The devices are extremely flexible and can be configured for a wide variety of uses,” said Salentine. “The belt clip system provides a secure mount that allows the Gear Keeper to rotate a full 360 degrees, while the shoulder strap system offers a comfortable solution that when used with our innovative Gear Slide feature allows the device to move on the strap without the strap moving on your body. This is a great option for heavy-use applications.”

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