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ASME B30.26 Shackle Inspection Requirements and Best Practices for Use

Learn more about ASME B30.26 inspection requirements, removal for service criteria, and best practices for use when rigging a load using shackles.

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Are you looking for OSHA and ASME requirements for shackle inspection? Do you need to know how often and what to look for when inspecting your shackles and other rigging hardware? In this article, we help you understand shackle marking requirements, inspection frequencies, removal from service criteria, and best practices when rigging with shackles.

Different Types of Shackles: Anchor vs. Chain and Screw Pin vs. Bolt Type

It can be confusing to understand the correct type of shackle to use for your application, but you don’t want to guess or choose incorrectly. Learn more about the right type of shackle for your application.

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Just like lifting slings and sling hooks, shackles come in a number of different designs and configurations. Careful consideration must be given to the type of shackle body style and pin that is used for your application. In this article, we’ll break down the differences between the shape (bow) of the shackle as well as the different types of pins that are used for load securement.

7 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Below-the-Hook Lifting Device

Special consideration must be given to the environment it will be used in, the type of load it will be lifting, and how often it will be used.

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Some products just can’t be bought off of the shelf or picked out of a catalog. Below-the-hook lifters tend to fall into this category. In this article, we'll walk you through the process of designing and buying a below-the-hook lifting device. Learn more about the engineering, quotation process, and how you can make your process go as smoothly as possible.

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.

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