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6 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Synthetic Web Sling

When ordering a new web sling, it can be difficult to understand the part numbering system and specifications provided on a web sling tag.

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We often find that when customers want to order a new web sling, they aren’t aware of all the different configurations that exist and may not know how to order a direct replacement. Our goal is to help you understand some of the terms used with synthetic sling construction and what information you can provide during your next order experience.

Wire Rope End Terminations: Sockets, Wire Rope Clips, and Splices

As a rigger or end-user of wire rope, it's important to understand the types of end terminations that can be used at the end of a length of wire rope.

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Are you confused about the difference between a swaged socket and a spelter socket? Need to know what type of wire rope clips you should be using? In this article, we walk you through the different types of fittings and splices used to terminate the end of a wire rope cable or sling assembly.

What is the ASME B30 Safety Standard for Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging?

A look at each volume of the ASME B30 Safety Standards as they apply to material handling equipment, cranes, hoists, rigging equipment, and below-the-hook lifting devices.

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If you work in a job that utilizes a crane, hoist, derrick, or cableway to lift and move material, you’re operating under rules and regulation that likely originated from the ASME B30 Safety Standard. The guidelines set forth by the experts on the B30 committee and sub-committees can help employers, manufacturers, end-users, and contractors keep themselves out of harm’s way and improve safety performance and compliance.

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.

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.

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.

How Do I Inspect Synthetic Rope 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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Synthetic rope slings are preferred in certain lifting applications in the construction, shipyard, and offshore and deepwater industries. However, synthetic rope slings can be more prone to damage from heat, chemicals, and abrasion or cutting when lifting loads with sharp corners or edges. So, regular inspection is key when forming synthetic rope into slings for lifting applications.

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