How to Clean, Lubricate and Inspect Your Wire Grips

How to Clean, Lubricate and Inspect Your Wire Grips

To keep your wire grips in good working condition, it’s important that you properly clean, lubricate and inspect your wire grips on a regular basis. This will help prevent issues and potential accidents out in the field. Follow the procedures below to ensure your grips are properly cared for. Cleaning and Lubrication Step 1: Clean …

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How to Properly Inspect Your Lever Strap Hoist

How to Properly Inspect Your Lever Strap Hoist

When it comes to lever hoists, utility professionals rely on a variety of different hoists to get the job done. One of the most popular hoists for utility applications is the lever strap hoist. When using a lever strap hoist, it’s important to inspect it regularly to prevent accidents or product failures. These inspections are …

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4 Steps to Select the Right Wire Grip for Your Application

4 Steps to Select the Right Wire Grip for Your Application

When working with wire in utility applications, safety is of utmost importance. That’s why it’s critical to choose the correct wire grip for the task at hand. Here are four steps to help you choose the best grip for your application. Step 1: Determine what type of wire is being used. What wire size are …

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Chain Sling Wear and Stretch: Are They the Same?

Chain Sling Wear and Stretch: Are They the Same?

Frédéric, a mechanical engineer for the auxiliary equipment unit of a Canadian public utility company and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question about chain sling wear: “You said a sling should be removed from service if it stretches. But, you also said that 10% of wear is permissible. Does this mean that a stretch of …

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Yale Hoist Used in Raising of Hazelmere Dam Wall in South Africa

Yale Hoist Used in Raising of Hazelmere Dam Wall in South Africa

Last year, the North Coast Region of South Africa experienced a drought that exposed the inadequacies of the region’s current water storage. As part of an intervention to address this issue and the growing demands of the North Coast Region, the Department of Water Affairs decided to look at ways to improve the dam located on the Mdloti River. …

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When Your Chain Sling Tag is Missing

When Your Chain Sling Tag is Missing

Norris, a CMCO distributor sales representative, and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question about chain sling inspection: If the tag is missing upon inspection, can the chain sling be retagged for service without knowing the original sling length? Henry Brozyna, CMCO trainer and safety webinar presenter, answers: No. If the chain sling tag is missing, …

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Going to InfoComm? Stop By and Visit Columbus McKinnon

Going to InfoComm? Stop By and Visit Columbus McKinnon

The annual InfoComm show kicks off next week. With 1,000 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees, InfoComm 2017 is the largest annual conference and exhibition in North America for the audiovisual market. The InfoComm show is produced by InfoComm International, the association for commercial AV professionals worldwide. This year’s conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center on June 14-16. Visit infocommshow.org to …

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New CM Shackle Markings and Pins Lead to Improved Operator Safety

New CM Shackle Markings and Pins Lead to Improved Operator Safety

Over the past few years, our forging operations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have been working vigorously to improve product quality and deliveries. As you have seen with our In-Stock Guarantee, we remain committed to manufacturing the highest quality products in the market, stocking over 275 of our most popular chain and forged rigging attachment products and guaranteeing …

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Understanding DIN 15400 Specifications for Shank Hooks

Understanding DIN 15400 Specifications for Shank Hooks

When hooks and components are produced in accordance with the DIN 15400 specification, you can rest assured that the manufacturer has met stringent production criteria to produce a high-quality product. DIN 15400 is the “Standard of Excellence” used in the heavy crane industry. Our heavy-duty crane hooks produced by our Stahlhammer Bommern GmbH (STB) business in Germany are …

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Shackle Inspection Checklist: Six Items to Inspect Before Use

Shackle Inspection Checklist: Six Items to Inspect Before Use

Improper use or care of shackles can result in serious accidents that not only injure employees but damage property as well. To avoid this, shackle inspection is critical. In accordance with ASME B30.26, shackles should be visually inspected before every use. If any of these six conditions are apparent during shackle inspection, the shackle should be …

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