Product Development

Over the years, Sterling has worked very hard to create the right products for the challenging environments of rope rescue, industrial safety, rope access, fire services, military, and any work at height. Product development at Sterling begins in one of two ways: a customer request, or a need in the marketplace that we see and believe we can fill. It is an on-going process driven by innovation, a desire for continual improvement and the passion to develop the right rope for the vertical world.

Working closely with fire departments, certified trainers, and rope access technicians, we are able to create products that meet the high demands of professionals in the field. Sterling's FireTech 32TM, the official escape rope of the New York City Fire Department, was the result of collaborating with FDNY together we designed a critical component of their personal escape system. Product development, collaboration, and innovation have also allowed us to
create other unique products like our highly successful F4TM personal escape device, and the new FastBackTM lumbar bag.

Field-testing is a critical step in the product development process and one we take to the highest level. Finalizing a new product is more than just a tensile test or even third party certification, which are important, but don't tell the whole story. All of our products are tested in the field, often for months, by professionals prior to being certified by a third party. Combining our knowledge of rope manufacturing with feedback from the professionals who use these products, we are able to produce items that not only perform well when they are needed the most, but also often exceed expectations.

Product development is a core principal at Sterling Rope. It is built upon the desire to keep you safe in any technical rope application. Included in our process are fiber research and testing, prototype development, drop and tensile testing, gear compatibility tests, field-testing and finally product certification by third party organizations. This process itself has evolved and improved over the past 17 years helping to establish Sterling's position as a premier manufacturer of the highest quality, most durable ropes for life-safety in the market.


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