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A Synthetic Sling Can Provide Significant Rigging Benefits

There are various lifting and rigging operations that can benefit from the use of synthetic slings. Several of the most commonly used synthetic web slings are manufactured with nylon or polyester. Other than these two materials, there are other materials that may be used to create the slings. At Kennedy at Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Co., we offer synthetic slings solutions for your lifting needs.

A synthetic sling allows you to achieve a secure grip by varying the load contour as required. This enables you to ensure the protection of your load froKennm potential damage – something that is beneficial when there are delicate loads that must remain safe from scratching an impact. These slings, which are highly shock absorbent, are available in many different widths.

Rated Load Capacity

In general, a mark is placed on the synthetic sling by the manufacturer which indicates the rated load for the specific hitch and web material involved. The manufacturer may also include a mark that indicates the stock number or manufacturer’s code as well as the trademark or name of the manufacturer.

The nominal breaking strength of the material, among other factors, is indicated by the rated capacity of the sling.

Synthetic Sling Inspection & Safety Checklist

Before any lift is executed, it is important to conduct a visual inspection of the lifting equipment and the lifting configuration. This is necessary in order to ensure the entire setup is safe for successful lift of the required load. Only professionals were qualified to evaluate such configurations should conduct inspections of the lifting equipment involved, including the slings. An inspection and safety checklist may include it evaluating the number of times the sling has been used in the nature and severity of the service activity lifting conditions.

An inspector may evaluate different items, including:

  • Abrasive wearing and tearing
  • Holes, tears, snags, or cuts
  • Worn or broken stitching of the load bearing splices
  • Damaged end fittings
  • Knots in any portion of the synthetic sling
  • Any additional or other visible damage that creates doubt her concern regarding the capability and strength of the sling to carry out its function in the lift safely and at 100 percent capacity.

Synthetic and any other sling made of any material must be subject to a regular inspection in accordance with synthetic sling inspection & safety checklist, along with every required and applicable code and standard.

It is also important to make sure slings are kept clean and completely free of foreign material and dirt. They should be stored in a dark, cool, and dry space.

For all the synthetic slings you need for your lifting projects, contact us today at Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Co.