Heavy loads pose a great challenge for manual workers and can take loads of time to move around without the help of loading equipment. Textile slings are designed to make this work easier and they have been largely effective on this end. They are hooked to hoists and provide handling capabilities for heavy loads. They are used extensively on construction sites especially when the building under construction is bound to have at least a couple of floors.
Colour code of lifting slingsWebbing slings are flat belts, usually manufactured to duplex level featuring double layers for extra safety. These slings are one of the most essential and common lifting accessories. Eye and eye, and endless webbing slings are the most popular and can be easily found in the market. These two types of webbing slings can assist your lifting project and can be used with many different configurations as explained below.
Eye and Eye webbing slingsRound slings are an all-purpose lifting sling enabling a strong and non-damaging lift of a load. They are extremely light weight and flexible in multiple directions, allowing easy and quick manipulation even when fragile loads are being lifted. Round slings are a continuous loop made from polyester yarn encased in a sleeve of polyester fabric. The sleeve is constructed, so that it protects the internal rows of yarn filament and keeps them in a parallel formation at all times. The yarn fibre (core) is free to spread out where the round sling is in contact with its load. This provides a broad support, which cushions the load against damage and reduces slipping. The low stretch characteristics of the polyester yarn also prevent ‘load bounce’ when lifting.
How to Use Ratchet Cargo Straps: Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide with Straps Pictures
Ratchet straps are cargo tie-down straps made of polyester webbing. They are run through a buckle that lets you loosen and tighten the strap, so you can lengthen the strap until you can pull it across your entire load, then tighten the strap until there’s enough tension to secure the load. Occasionally, we are asked how to use ratchet straps and what ratchet tie-down straps are for.
Ratchet cargo straps can tie down a load by securing it to the floor of a flatbed truck. They can also be used to tie down and secure a piece of cargo to the sides of the interior of an enclosed trailer. It can connect to anchor points in the side of a flatbed truck, like D-rings, and can also latch onto anchor points on the floor of the truck bed for easy tightening!A Cam Buckle Strap is one of the more unique types of tie-down straps as they don’t use a mechanism to secure cargo with such as a Ratchet Strap that uses a Ratchet to tighten the cargo. Cam Buckle Straps are tightened by using hand strength and can only be tightened as much as your hand force can physically tighten. Some of the major benefits of using a strap like a Cam Buckle is the fact that sensitive surfaces such as antiques, lightweight cargo with sensitive edges, or brittle valuables are rarely ever damaged when tightening these straps.Webbing is a woven fabric that is distinguishable by its various material compositions, strength variations and widths. The webbing process essentially involves yarns that are woven via looms to create strips. While it is generally comparable to rope for its harnessing function, webbing is an extremely versatile component used in an array of industry applications, ranging from military apparel to automotive parts. Typically, webbing is fabricated in solid or tubular form, with each type having different applications and functions. While ropes are typically thick in texture, webbing is produced in extremely lightweight parts. The primary materials used in the production of webbing include variations of polyester, nylon, and polypropylene. Cotton webbing is also available and is commonly used in commercial applications, including clothing apparel. Webbing is also customizable in a series of colors, designs and prints, and manufacturers can fabricate reflective webbing for safety applications.