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Practical Tips on Choosing Chain Slings

Chain slings are used often in commercial settings as a way to move large and heavy objects. Protective measures are in place in any kind of chain sling because of the nature of its function, and these measures must be followed to ensure the safety of the workers. However, specific factors must be considered when choosing chain slings to be sure you are getting the right tool.

Below are the main considerations when choosing chain slings:

Lifting Capacity

Sling capacity is one of the most important aspects you need to check first. Choosing the wrong chain sling can cause your load to fall or break. 

To avoid this, identify the maximum load weight and size, as well as the number and angles of the lifting points. Based on this, choose the sling with the relevant lifting capacity. Providing complete load support and selecting strong rigging is a must. 

Sling Industrial Standards

Female metalsmith attaching metal to chain hoist in workshop

Chain slings should be flexible enough to adjust the gravity center of the load. This way, the load can be moved easily and safely from one point to another, avoiding potential danger. 

Identify the industrial ratings of the sling that matches your needs. Check for operational conditions, attachment points, and temperature limits. 

Lifting Points

Identifying the lifting points on the load is another important step. The correct attachment of the sling to the load's lifting point contributes to safer and easier load transfer. Check the number, size, and even distribution of lifting points to achieve an even distribution of the load weight. 

Protection from Wear and Tear 

Chain slings do a lot of heavy lifting, which can lead to rapid wear and tear. Don't compromise on sling quality. Choose the rigging equipment that will withstand the pressure of heavy lifting and will last for many years. 

Temperature Environments

If the working environment includes excessive temperatures, pay close attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations on temperature limits. Choose slings that fit the right temperature standards to avoid stretching or melting the slings. 

Chain slings are designed to withstand temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Southeast Rigging: Choose Chain Slings Tailored to Your Needs

The market is filled with a variety of lifting slings that suit different needs. Choosing chain slings requires a close look at the details and characteristics that match your needs. 

Southeast Rigging helps you choose the right rigging hardware, chain slings, and material handling equipment. Our rigging technologies are fit for any business need. Contact our expert team today to learn more!

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