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Master Links and Rings: What Are the Types and How Are They Used?

Links and rings are a basic but essential part of rigging and sling assemblies.

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Links and rings can also be used as a connection point between virtually any two parts of a rigging assembly. If you’re new to the rigging industry or haven't used a link or ring before, it may not be entirely clear why these simple devices are so essential when rigging an overhead lift. 

What is a Turnbuckle? A Look at the Types, Parts, Installation, and Uses

A turnbuckle is a basic piece of rigging equipment that can be used in a diverse set of tension-related applications.

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Turnbuckles are a diverse product line that are used in a variety of applications across many different industries. They can be used in applications as simple as providing tension in a fence or perimeter cable, or something as complicated as the construction of a suspension bridge.

Do You Know What Damaged and Unsafe Rigging Equipment Looks Like?

Identifying and removing unsafe lifting and rigging equipment is critical to a safe work environment and avoiding accidents and costly fines.

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While the information in the ASME B30 Safety Standards is invaluable—especially when it comes to inspection frequencies and removal from service criteria—we often hear that there aren’t enough examples to show end-users real damage to equipment that warrants removal from service.

What are the Different Types of Cranes Used for Construction?

A look at the different types of crane equipment used in construction and industrial applications.

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Do you know the difference between a tower crane and a crawler crane? Wonder what the difference is between an all-terrain crane and a rough terrain crane? In this article, we look at static style cranes and mobile cranes and break down the differences in design and common applications.

Announcing The Lifting & Rigging Channel for Material Handling Professionals

We officially announce the newly branded The Lifting & Rigging Channel, recap our favorite projects from 2019, and forecast some projects in 2020.

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We're excited to announce The Lifting & Rigging Channel, which will serve as the new home base for all of the educational videos we make for the material handling industry. We made the switch to the Lifting & Rigging Channel because we wanted its name to reflect better its purpose: to provide relevant and helpful lifting and rigging videos to the material handling industry.

What Are The Different Types of Eye Bolts?

Eye bolts are commonly used in industrial applications, but they’re also commonly misunderstood or used incorrectly.

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It can be confusing to understand what type of eye bolt to use for your application in conjunction with your other rigging gear. We often get asked about usage and what type can be used for a certain lift. In this article, we'll look at the different types of eye bolts, the types of eye bolts that can be used for angular loading, and how that affects the working load limit.

Mazzella Companies Launches Online Sling Inspection Course

Sling Inspections, an online Lifting U™ course, is designed for anyone looking to learn how to inspect their lifting slings to OSHA & ASME standards.

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Do you know how to inspect the lifting slings used on your job site? Enroll in this free course and learn how to inspect the different types of lifting slings via hands-on video demonstrations. You'll also learn more about inspection frequencies, and ASME inspection and removal from service criteria.

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.

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