Design standards Some giant winches are used for offshore applications, particularly for installing oil and gas pipelines. This type of application may require significant traction, and the gearbox must be of sufficient strength and mass to provide reliable service. It is essential to ensure that each winch is specially designed to meet the needs of each application and that the design complies with various industry standards, such as those developed by the European Material Handling Federation (FEM), which aims to develop technical standards for material handling equipment throughout Europe. Many of FEM’s recommendations have been incorporated into national, European and international standards. Ship approval bodies such as DNV – now merged with Germanischer Lloyd to form DNVGL- require certain Marine equipment to be certified; Basic product and manufacturer requirements are specified in their guide. The designation of DNVGL type certification equipment improves Marine safety and helps prevent Marine pollution; It also allows the free movement of equipment within the European Economic Area (EEA), which is made up of EU and AFTA member states. The Dana manufacturing facility has been independently inspected and type-certified by DNVGL and ABS for these standards and their manufacturing processes. These certifications cover the entire product range and demonstrate the high manufacturing standards maintained. In addition, full traceability of raw materials can be provided upon request, which will satisfy most maritime and some military requirements. Regardless of the size of the winch, it is essential to ensure that the fundamental aspects of the design are suitable for the application to provide a reliable end product. Working with a manufacturer that can design and produce complete components will also ensure maximum efficiency and optimized drivetrains for applications. Of course, all of this must be done while meeting the relevant standards applicable to the application.