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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.

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.

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