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How to Inspect Your Metal Mesh Lifting Slings to ASME B30.9 Standards

Understanding ASME inspection standards will help to ensure the safety of the users, help extend the service life of the slings, and help reduce loss of production due to equipment downtime.

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Metal mesh slings are widely used in demanding environments like metalworking facilities and steel processing facilities where the loads may be abrasive and hot. However, if there is evidence of even one broken wire in the sling, the entire sling needs to be removed from service.

How to Calculate the Weight of a Load Before an Overhead Lift

Planning an overhead lift all starts with understanding the weight of the load you plan on lifting and moving.

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Planning an overhead lift all starts with understanding the weight of the load you plan on lifting and moving. Everything else should fall into place if you follow lifting and rigging best practices and put a lift plan together prior to any load being raised into the air.

Single-Part vs. 7-Part™ Wire Rope Slings: Which is Best?

One of the main complaints against wire rope is that it can become unruly and hard to rig—and ultimately has to be removed from service— when it develops kinks and bends in its structure.

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There are plenty of options when it comes to buying wire rope and wire rope slings. In this article, we compare traditional single-part wire rope slings and a 7-Part wire rope sling to help you determine which type of wire rope sling might be best for your lifting application.

How to Inspect Synthetic Web Slings to ASME B30.9 Standards

Web slings are some of the most used and abused pieces of rigging equipment you’ll find on a job site and not a lot of consideration is given to sling protection or rigging best practices.

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In this article, our goal is to help you understand what is required for your web slings to meet ASME B30.9 standards, which in turn, will help to ensure the safety of the users, help extend the service life of the slings, and help reduce unnecessary equipment repair costs and loss of production due to equipment downtime.

OSHA Definitions of Competent, Qualified, Designated & Certified Persons

Do you know which of your riggers are competent or qualified? What requirements do you use to make that determination? Could you provide proof that your employees meet those requirements?

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Do you know what the difference is between Certified, Qualified, Competent, and Designated? These terms are frequently used in everyday conversation, but as it relates to the rigging and lifting industry, OSHA and ASME have very specific definitions and implications for each one.

13 Rigging Best Practices for Your Next Overhead Lift [Infographic]

Never gamble with your safety - Download our Lifting & Rigging Best Practices Infographic!

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Don't take risks...be a rigger with a plan. Good crane operation and good rigging practices require having a plan and executing that plan for every lift. Practice good risk management by identifying, addressing, and controlling any risks that may exist prior to, during, or after an overhead lift.

Why Pay for Lifting and Rigging Training When You Can Get it for Free?

Providing the best training for your employees has become a bigger part of developing a culture of safety and creating a safe work place. Can something so important be free?

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The key to a safe working environment has always been training, inspection, and knowledgeable employees. More frequently, we’re seeing customers that are genuinely concerned for the safety and well-being of their employees and are willing to invest in proper training.

What is a Gantry Crane? A Closer Look at the Different Types and Design

Unlike a bridge crane, a gantry crane does not need to be tied into a building’s support structure—eliminating the need for permanent runway beams and support columns.

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In this article, we'll break down the different types of gantry cranes, as well as discuss considerations that affect the design and specifications of full gantry, semi-gantry, and portable gantry crane systems.

The 6 Most Common Problems Found During a Rigging Gear Inspection

No matter what the production process is, what’s being moved through the facility, or what type of rigging practices are being used, these are the most common problems we discover during the course of a rigging inspection.

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It’s not a stretch to say that some companies are more proactive in training their employees and inspecting their rigging gear than others. If you were to compare your most recent rigging inspection report to a similar company in your industry, how would you compare when it comes to failed equipment and compliance?

Overhead Cranes: Modular Cranes vs. Engineered Process Cranes

The amount of engineering and fabrication to meet your specifications can determine whether a modular system or an engineered or process crane system is right for you.

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Modular bridge crane systems use off-the-shelf packaged components and are designed to be general purpose material movers. Meanwhile, an engineered or process crane uses more robust components designed to withstand the rigors and repetition of performing a critical lifting action over and over again.

Synthetic Slings: Web Slings, Roundslings, and Polyester vs. Nylon

Synthetic slings are made from soft materials, but are strong enough to lift heavy loads and protect expensive and delicate loads from scratches and crushing.

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If you’re lifting highly finished parts or delicate materials, then a synthetic lifting sling can provide the flexibility, strength, and support you need to support a specialized load. Synthetic slings can be made from polyester, nylon, or high-performance materials and are lightweight, easy to rig, and extremely flexible.

How to Get More Out of Your Rigging Training and Lift Training Courses

If your employees think training means nothing more than free donuts and time away from work, then it won’t be effective.

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If you take a step back and look at the big picture, it’s not about the certificate you receive at the end of the training. It’s about the actions you take to ensure you and your co-workers create a safe lifting and rigging environment to work in.

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