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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.

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.

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?

Lifting and Rigging Solutions for Die Handling and Automotive Stamping

Die and mold handling can be complicated and dangerous. Learn how to assess your lifting practices and the equipment your team is using to handle dies and molds.

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There are a number of different lifting and rigging challenges when performing die handling and stamping procedures. This article will expose you to some of the solutions that are available for these unique lifting and rigging processes.

What Makes My Below-the-Hook Lifting Device OSHA Compliant?

ASME B30.20 and ASME BTH-1 are the two most important standards when it comes to the design and markings of a below-the-hook lifting device.

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Below-the-hook devices are sometimes an afterthought when safety and production personnel self-assess their lifting and rigging programs for compliance. It’s not that uncommon to see below-the-hook devices get overlooked, even when a company who has taken the steps to evaluate their overhead cranes, mobile cranes, and slings or rigging equipment for compliance.

Spreader Beams vs. Lifting Beams: Definitions, Differences, and Design

While spreader beams and lifting beams are the most popular types of below-the-hook lifting devices, there is a lot of confusion about the differences between the two in terms of how they’re designed and what they’re used for.

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Are you confused about whether to use a spreader beam or a lifting beam for your next project? There is a lot of confusion regarding the proper use and the differences…

What is a Below-the-Hook Lifting Device? Definition, Types, and Design

Sometimes, using a traditional wire rope sling, alloy chain sling, or synthetic sling just isn’t enough to safely and securely move a load from one location to another.

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What do you do if you feel like your crane isn’t performing as efficiently or as safely as you think it can? Maybe it takes too long to secure or remove each load using traditional rigging slings and hardware. Or, maybe something just doesn’t seem right about the way the load is balanced or moves once it’s up in the air.

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