Rigging

Chain slings are a combination of chain, hooks, rings and other attachments used primarily for overhead lifting applications. Slings are often used in conjunction with cranes and other lifting devices and allow riggers to create custom configurations to lift loads depending on the needs of that specific application. Standard chain sling configurations consist of chain […]

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Is there anyone out there who’s having to do more with less? Do you have a large inventory to manage or equipment to inspect, and all of it requiring thorough documentation to comply with regulations? Are you having a difficult time finding a good inspector or ensuring your inspectors are doing a quality job? Well […]

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Crane & Rigging Hot Line recently published an article on plate clamp inspection and operation based on a presentation given by one of Columbus McKinnon’s corporate trainers, Chris Zgoda, at the ACRP Conference in San Antonio, TX.  Below are a few of the highlights: Plate Clamp Operation Plate clamps are most often used to lift and […]

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Columbus McKinnon recently opened “CMCO University” in Mexico. The facility will be used to give training to customers, channel partners, and employees. The campus is located within the Santiago Tianguistenco manufacturing plant, near the city of Toluca. It includes 80 square meters of classroom training space and 300 square meters of laboratories and workshops. “CMCO University […]

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This question is one that I have been asked many times. To properly explore the answer, let’s first consider the process of each. Forging and casting are two very different manufacturing methods. When something is cast the material is heated above its melting temperature and poured into a mold where it solidifies. When something is […]

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Our customer asks: “Why did you develop a CM Series 653 ratchet lever hoist with a shorter handle? What are the advantages of the shorter handle?” Answer:  We are continuously looking to improve existing products. The main reason why we redesigned our lever hoist with a shorter handle was to facilitate usage in confined spaces, a […]

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Over the past few weeks and months, our Chattanooga, Tennessee Forge Operations has been working vigorously to improve product quality and deliveries. As you have seen with our In-Stock Guarantee, we are committed to manufacturing the highest quality products in the market, stocking over 155 of our most popular chain and forged rigging attachment products and […]

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Many of you work with chain and rigging equipment every day.  At Columbus McKinnon, the safe and proper use of all rigging products is a top priority. We have been busy developing training resources to help promote occupational safety with the products that we make, and the know-how we have garnered over the last 138 […]

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Columbus McKinnon has recently extended its offering of DNV Type Approved and Certified Shackles to meet the growing needs of the offshore oil and gas industry.  Backed by the strong CM brand name, these Bolt & Nut style carbon anchor shackles provide reliable performance in the harshest environments. Below are a few key features of these shackles: […]

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  Jason asks: Who is responsible for putting tags on chain slings?  Can I retag my chain slings with missing tags?  Do I have to load test a sling after I retag it?   Peter answers: It is the sling manufacturer’s responsibility.  The sling manufacturer is a person or company assembling or fabricating sling components […]

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