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Guide for Inspecting Chain Slings

Posted by Tim Murphy on 4 PM

For overhead lifting applications, chain slings, like any lifting sling, have an extremely important job. Visual inspection prior to each use is mandatory. Unless a chain sling is inspected - damage, deterioration, and other problems potentially could cause failure. With damage/deterioration present in the sling, as a load is lifted, there is the potential for the sling to break. At that point, any persons or objects nearby, are at risk of damage or harm.

Conducting an Appropriate Inspection

Regular inspections are imperative. According to current standards, the inspection must include multiple steps. Prior to performing an inspection, each chain sling must be clean allowing for visual access to the links & hardware. Covered in dirt, with grease, or even paint hides damage, such as gouges, cracks, wear and nicks, making them invisible to the eye.

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Topics: chain, chain slings, slings, lifting, lifting sling

Different Types of Wire Rope Sling Terminations

Posted by Tim Murphy on 4 PM

Choosing the right end-fittings is just as important as selecting the right wire rope. Terminations are vital for maintaining the integrity and strength of the assembly of wire rope slings.

Flemish Eye Splice

The Flemish eye splice is popular. The rugged and durable sleeves secure the ends of the strands around the body of wire rope slings. For the construction industry and the majority of industrial sling applications, this is the preferred method.

Flemish eye splice is only performed on six-strand ropes. Loop end terminations used for non- and rotation-resistant wire ropes, as well as ropes with more than six strands, require aluminum or turn-back steel sleeves. If the sleeves are made from regular carbon or aluminum metal, an electrochemical reaction between the two metals has the potential to speed up deterioration. This can be accelerated if the slings are used in corrosive environments or saltwater.

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Topics: chain, chain slings, slings, lifting, lifting sling

Advantages of Chain Slings over Other Types of Slings

Posted by Tim Murphy on 8 AM

Chain slings are known for their durability, versatility and extremely long service life. Used in many different industries -- generally in rough, heavy duty applications, Chain Slings offer many benefits.  We will explain the benefits of Chain (link type) vs. other slings.

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Topics: chain, chain slings, slings, lifting, lifting sling

LOAD BINDERS – Different Types, Different Choices, Different Features

Posted by Tim Murphy on 5 PM

When using transport chains to transport cargo in or on your vehicle, Load Binders are necessary to maintain a secure load. Tiedown chains for cargo securement, without a Load Binder, will not secure cargo in place. Load Binders are strong and durable, are available in a number of styles & load ratings and are sized to match the chain that you are using.

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Topics: cargo control, transportation, Load binders, transport chain

What Are the 3 Basic Components of a Standard Wire Rope Design?

Posted by Tim Murphy on 8 AM

Used for suspension and hoisting, a standard wire rope has three basic components. This type of rope has one or more strands, which spiral around a steel or fiber core. Most common of wire ropes have six strands. The components vary in both configuration and complexity. For that reason, the manufacturer can produce ropes for different purposes and with specific characteristics.

The three components of a wire rope include wires, strands, and the core. Depending on the use and customer specifications, these ropes are made from stainless steel, iron, steel, bronze, Monel metal, and high-carbon steel, with the latter being the most widely used. The ropes are also available in grades, each with unique properties that relate to the basic curve.

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Topics: wire rope

Choose the Correct Tie Down Straps to Secure Your Cargo

Posted by Tim Murphy on 4 PM

Tie Down Straps are used for cargo securement on trucks & railcars, both flatbed and box, cars & trailers. These straps are commonly fabricated from Polyester Flat Webbing designed for the Transportation Tie Down application. Webbing for this use is woven in 1” through 4” widths. Heaviest application using 3” or 4” webbing will mount “winches” along frame or bed rails to store and tension the straps. Other applications use a Ratchet Tie Down Strap Assembly. These assemblies come made to length, complete with hook or link both ends, webbing and a ratchet to tension the web applied to the assembly securing the load.

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Topics: cargo control, tie down, ratchet straps