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What Are the Different Grades of Chain?

Welded chain comes in several different levels of strength, known as grades. Grade is especially important when it comes to the difference between carbon and alloy chain.

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What exactly does the number in the grade of a chain or chain sling stand for? Understanding the differemt grades of chain will help you understand how to use chain products correctly and safely in lifting and tie-down applications.

9 Common Rigging Problems and How to Prevent Them

Understanding the most common rigging problems (and why they occur) is the first step in learning how to prevent them in your shop.

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Failing to check for simple things like the capacity of a shackle, or the weight of the load, are common mistakes when rigging a load. Preventing mistakes—especially the common ones—is an important step in keeping your employees and facility safe.

A Brief Rigging Glossary: Basic Industry Terms You Should Know

Getting started in rigging can be difficult, especially if you're unfamiliar with the terminology. Use this glossary as a guide to understanding some of the common terms you might hear.

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Understanding common lifting and rigging terms can be critical to the success of planning and executing an overhead lift. Use this rigging glossary to learn more about some of the basic and common terms you might hear on the job.

How Do Twin-Path® Slings Compare to Wire Rope and Alloy Chain Slings?

High-performance Twin-Path® roundslings combine the strength and toughness of a wire rope or chain sling, with the weight-savings and ergonomics of a nylon or polyester sling.

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With standard capacities up to 400 tons, Twin-Path® high-performance roundslings are as strong as steel, but are only about 10% of the weight of a comparable wire rope or alloy chain sling.

Considerations for Maintaining Load Control When You Rig Your Next Lift

Maintaining control of your load during an overhead lift is critical to a safe, successful rigging plan.

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Even if a load is perfectly rigged according to its weight, without proper load control, the lift could fail and cause serious injury and damage. In order to safely and successfully rig and lift a load, it is imperative for the rigger to ensure load control is maintained.

Ball Bearing and Positioning Swivels: What They Are and How They’re Used

Swivels are used to position a load or to swivel under its weight. Learn the difference between ball bearing and positioning swivels.

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A swivel is a piece of hardware used to accommodate load movement and twisting and is particularly useful in situations where a load may sway or spin. Positioning swivels and ball bearing swivels have slightly different functions, parts, and capabilities.

Alloy Chain Sling Assemblies: Parts, Configuration, and Terminology

Among the most versatile types of lifting slings, chain slings come in a wide variety of configurations. Learn more about the different parts and terms associated with chain slings.

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We often find there is confusion around the different terminology used to describe alloy chain slings. In this article, we'll look at the different parts of a chain sling and some of the terminology used to classify different chain sling assemblies.

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.

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