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What Are the Different Grades of Chain?

Welded chain comes in several different levels of strength, known as grades. Grade is especially important when it comes to the difference between carbon and alloy chain.

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What exactly does the number in the grade of a chain or chain sling stand for? Understanding the differemt grades of chain will help you understand how to use chain products correctly and safely in lifting and tie-down applications.

Forklifts vs. Overhead Cranes: Which is the Best for Your Business?

While forklifts and overhead cranes are both used in material handling applications, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages to both.

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When it comes to material handling there are two standard options for lifting and moving loads—overhead cranes and forklifts. While these two types of machines perform similar functions, there are also distinct differences between the two—especially when it comes to safety and efficiency.

9 Common Rigging Problems and How to Prevent Them

Understanding the most common rigging problems (and why they occur) is the first step in learning how to prevent them in your shop.

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Failing to check for simple things like the capacity of a shackle, or the weight of the load, are common mistakes when rigging a load. Preventing mistakes—especially the common ones—is an important step in keeping your employees and facility safe.

What is the Cost of Lifting and Rigging Training?

Depending on who you ask, the price of lifting and rigging training can range anywhere from free to over a thousand dollars per attendee per class.

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One of the questions we're most frequently asked by customers is, "how much does your training cost?" While that answer depends on where you go and what your needs are, we can tell you more about our training program and some factors that affect training costs.

A Brief Rigging Glossary: Basic Industry Terms You Should Know

Getting started in rigging can be difficult, especially if you're unfamiliar with the terminology. Use this glossary as a guide to understanding some of the common terms you might hear.

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Understanding common lifting and rigging terms can be critical to the success of planning and executing an overhead lift. Use this rigging glossary to learn more about some of the basic and common terms you might hear on the job.

How Do Twin-Path® Slings Compare to Wire Rope and Alloy Chain Slings?

High-performance Twin-Path® roundslings combine the strength and toughness of a wire rope or chain sling, with the weight-savings and ergonomics of a nylon or polyester sling.

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With standard capacities up to 400 tons, Twin-Path® high-performance roundslings are as strong as steel, but are only about 10% of the weight of a comparable wire rope or alloy chain sling.

Considerations for Maintaining Load Control When You Rig Your Next Lift

Maintaining control of your load during an overhead lift is critical to a safe, successful rigging plan.

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Even if a load is perfectly rigged according to its weight, without proper load control, the lift could fail and cause serious injury and damage. In order to safely and successfully rig and lift a load, it is imperative for the rigger to ensure load control is maintained.

Ball Bearing and Positioning Swivels: What They Are and How They’re Used

Swivels are used to position a load or to swivel under its weight. Learn the difference between ball bearing and positioning swivels.

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A swivel is a piece of hardware used to accommodate load movement and twisting and is particularly useful in situations where a load may sway or spin. Positioning swivels and ball bearing swivels have slightly different functions, parts, and capabilities.

Mazzella Offering 30-Minute Live Rigging Tool Box Talk on YouTube Live

Adam Franz, winner of Crane Hot Line’s 2019 Corporate Top Trainer award, will be presenting the tool box talk.

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On Tuesday, April 28th and Friday, May 1st, Mazzella will offer a 30-minute live rigging tool box talk for anyone interested in learning more about the basic principles and best practices of lifting and rigging.

Alloy Chain Sling Assemblies: Parts, Configuration, and Terminology

Among the most versatile types of lifting slings, chain slings come in a wide variety of configurations. Learn more about the different parts and terms associated with chain slings.

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We often find there is confusion around the different terminology used to describe alloy chain slings. In this article, we'll look at the different parts of a chain sling and some of the terminology used to classify different chain sling assemblies.

Master Links and Rings: What Are the Types and How Are They Used?

Links and rings are a basic but essential part of rigging and sling assemblies.

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Links and rings can also be used as a connection point between virtually any two parts of a rigging assembly. If you’re new to the rigging industry or haven't used a link or ring before, it may not be entirely clear why these simple devices are so essential when rigging an overhead lift. 
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