other manufacturers, Tylaska pursues a different product mission.
Instead of looking for ways to cut corners and skimp on quality,
Tylaska shackles are aimed to be the best possible product made
based upon physics and not economics. Many extra and exotic
processes are used differentiating the Tylaska shackle from the
normal piece of hardware.
First, every structural part is run
through a procedure called hipping (high isostatic pressurization),
which is a process normally only reserved for spacecraft and
critical aerospace parts. This consists of heating the component to
near melting point in a vessel containing inert gas. The gas is then
pressurized and the softened component is squeezed and compressed to
seal and collapse any underlying void or imperfection.
Next, heat treating is done in vacuum
furnace to eliminate any chance of contamination. Several testing
processes are implemented such as zyglo and magnifluxs to identify
any microscopic surface flaws or cracks that could go unseen by the
Then, each and every snap shackle is
tension pulled to 50% of its breaking strength and also released
under load. This is not a random statistical process, every single
snap shackle is pull tested and verified as to holding the stated
The result is a shackle that could
pass as a piece of jewelry and exceeded the specifications for a
part used in the space shuttle. Tylaska shackles are not the least
expensive, but they are quite possibly the best. Some people may
call it overkill but we call it security and peace of mind for
applications where failure is not an option.