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Sling Protection Basics: How to Properly Maintain & Store Lifting Slings

When you know how to properly care for your slings, you’ll extend the service life of the product and get a better return on your investment.

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Understanding how to properly care for your slings will help to extend the service life of the product, provide a better return on your investment, and help to avoid an accident or near-miss when performing overhead lifts.

Identification & Markings Compliance for Older Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices

A review of the applicable ASME B30.20 and ASME BTH-1 standards and acceptable markings for older below-the-hook lifting devices.

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It's possible that if you have a below-the-hook lifting device manufactured prior to 2008, it may not be in compliance with today's ASME B30.20 identification and markings requirements. In this article, we try to clear up some of the confusion as to what markings our inspectors look for when performing a periodic below-the-hook device inspection.

Buying a New Overhead Crane vs. a Used Overhead Crane: Which is Best?

If you're focused on price alone and think you can "make it work," you'll likely end up with more headaches and a potentially unsafe and problematic overhead crane system.

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There's no question that buying an overhead crane will improve efficiency, improve production, and make overhead lifts more ergonomic and safer. If you're thinking about buying a used overhead crane system, there are a number of important factors to research and consider before moving forward with a purchase.

What is the Best Kelly Line Rope for a Foundation Drilling Rig?

The Kelly line is one of the most used and abused components of a drill rig system because of the nature of drilling and the exposure to extreme environmental conditions.

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Swapping out or replacing a Kelly line wire rope is one of the biggest causes of work stoppage and equipment downtime on a drilling rig system. Because of the nature of drilling and the exposure to extreme environmental conditions, a Kelly line wire rope is often subjected to corrosion, degradation, fatigue, and broken wires and birdcaging.

ASME B30.10 Hook Inspection Criteria and Best Practices for Use

A look at the ASME B30.10 Hooks standard and what you need to know about the inspection and use of your hooks.

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Do you know how often you should be inspecting your hooks, who should be performing those inspections, and most importantly—what you should be looking for when you inspect a hook? In this article, we'll answer all of those questions, plus provide best practices when using hooks to move or secure a load.

What Information Must Be Included on a Sling Identification Tag?

A closer look at the identification tag requirements for each type of lifting sling.

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You could argue that a sling identification tag is the most important component of a sling assembly. Without it, you don’t have any frame of reference on the rated load and the sling’s capabilities in different hitch configurations and at different sling angles.

How Often Must Slings and Other Rigging Equipment Be Inspected?

Depending on the severity of the operating environment and frequency of use, your business may choose to integrate a more thorough and more frequent rigging inspection program.

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We often get asked, "How often do I need to inspect my slings and other rigging hardware?" Fortunately, OSHA and ASME have strict requirements on what needs to be inspected and how often it should be inspected. In this article, we'll break down the different types of inspections that occur during the service life of a sling or other piece of rigging equipment.

Mazzella Companies Launches Online Course Designed for Overhead Crane Buyers

Cranes 101, the first online course in Lifting U™, is designed for anyone purchasing their first overhead crane or adding another overhead crane to their facility.

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By enrolling in this newly-developed online course, you'll learn how to select the right type of overhead crane for your needs, specify the design and components of your crane system, prepare for installation, and future-proof your investment in your new equipment.

What is a Rigid Rail Fall Protection System? Different Types & Design

A rigid rail fall protection system helps reduce workplace risks and protects your workers at height from fall hazards.

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Rigid rail systems are modular in design and can be configured in virtually endless lengths, spans, and fall protection coverage areas. A variety of track styles, mounting styles, and specifications allow you to create a durable and low maintenance fall protection system that will protect one or more workers at height.

Who Are The Best Overhead Crane Manufacturers in Detroit / Michigan?

A look at overhead crane companies that meet the level of quality, service, and dependability that Michigan business owners expect from their equipment suppliers.

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Keep in mind that price should never be the only factor when selecting an overhead crane company to partner with. An overhead crane system is a complex and critical piece of equipment used to improve your business’ efficiency and production. You should only partner with a company that you truly feel comfortable with and one that you feel will provide the best service and the most value.

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