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Tags and Markings on Webbing Slings

You’ll find that all lifting equipment and gear have some tags and markings on them, and these can relate to varying things such as how many people a piece of lifting equipment can lift, or how strong it is. We’ve covered the specific tags and markings relating to webbing slings below.

The colour coding system for webbing slings

The first thing to note about webbing slings that differs them from other pieces of lifting equipment is that they are all colour coded. This is not to be confused with the colour markings that you may find on other pieces of equipment that relate to the time that a piece of equipment was last inspected for safety.


You can expect to see the CE marking on webbing slings

This is the colour coding system for webbing slings:

  • Purple = 1 tonne lifting strength
  • Green = 2 tonne lifting strength
  • Yellow = 3 tonne lifting strength
  • Grey = 4 tonne lifting strength
  • Red = 5 tonne lifting strength
  • Brown = 6 tonne lifting strength
  • Blue = 8 tonne lifting strength
  • Orange = 10 tonne lifting strength

CE markings

All webbing slings should have a ‘CE’ marking on them, which is an abbreviation of the French term “Conformite Euroeene’, which means European Conformity. A CE mark means that the piece of equipment at hand conforms to all necessary European standards and directives of quality.

Markings of capability

Your webbing slings should also have several markings on it that relate to its capabilities as a piece of lifting equipment. This will mean things such as the working load limit, the length in metres, a code of traceability and the year of manufacture.

You’ll also find the manufacturer’s name or symbol marked onto the webbing sling too alongside an ID number.

Find out more on webbing slings

For more information on webbing slings, please get in contact with us here.



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The Best Lubrication Methods for Wire Rope Applications

Wire rope is our best-selling product. It’s innovative structure, high level of strength, and good resistance to corrosion and the elements has made it one of the most widely used pieces of lifting equipment around the world. It’s used for hundreds of different applications across dozens of industries. It’s regular use means that you need to keep it well lubricated to keep it working at its very best! Below we have explained the best lubrication methods for the lifting medium, as well as its applications.

Preforming wire rope

It is constructed from metal, mostly steel, and it is common for metals to be lubricated in many industries to keep processes flowing smoothly and to prevent friction. Steel rope by nature is stiff and hard, and this will further cause friction.

Before it is even lubricated, it is important that it is preformed, which helps to keep the strands in place and prevent any wires sticking out, which can cause a safety hazard.

Why does it need to be lubricated?

Once the equipment has been preformed, it’s important that you consistently lubricated to keep it working smoothly. There are two main reasons for keeping the equipment lubricated, one of which we touched upon earlier:

Reducing friction

As steel rubs on steel, there is a natural cause of friction; lubricating helps to reduce this level of friction. Friction can cause heat damage and wear and tear, which could lead to your rope snapping, so it’s important that this is prevented.

Reducing corrosion

Another crucial reason for lubrication is to enhance the level of corrosion resistance that it has. The lifting medium is already designed with a strong level of corrosion in mind, but lubrication further adds to this, increasing its service life.

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Lubrication helps to reduce the risk of the equipment being corroded


This is especially important if it is to be working in elements where there may be chemicals or moisture present.

The types of lubrication available

There are two types of lubrication available; penetrating and coating. The former will continue to the inside of the lifting medium, providing internal lubrication too, while the latter is just for the rope’s exterior. The type you use will depend on how heavily exposed your equipment will be to corrosion.

Looking for more information?

If you’d like more information on best practices, then you can contact us here.


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How to Measure Wire Rope Assemblies Perfectly

The wire rope that we stock at Rope Services Direct is designed to be used in conjunction with a number of assemblies, all that turn the equipment itself into a useful piece of lifting equipment. Below we have explained more on rope assemblies themselves, as well as how to measure assemblies perfectly.

What are wire rope assemblies?

The assemblies are the finished product of rope and end termination; an assembly of the lifting medium and some other item or object such as a hook. Without the assembly, the equipment itself wouldn’t be able to do much lifting or lowering!

What assemblies do you stock at Rope Services Direct?

Here at Rope Services Direct, we stock the following assemblies:

Rope slings

A rope sling is used as a great alternative to a chain sling.

Bespoke assemblies

Bespoke rope assemblies are similar to rope slings, but are manufactured with a specific purpose in mind and to the customer’s exact specifications.

Gym cables

Gym cables make up the pulley systems that are used throughout gyms to control the lifting and lowering of the weight stacks on fitness machines.

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The equipment is utilised in machines at gyms

Trailer ropes / tail lift cables

Trailer ropes and tail lift cables are the strong and sturdy assemblies of rope that are used in the transport industry to attach lorries to loads.

Winch cables

Winch cables are used for, quite simply, winching.

Crane ropes

Crane ropes are the rope assemblies that are used within the lifting and lowering industry, and are utilised with cranes to help with the lifting of heavy loads.

How can you measure assemblies perfectly?

Obviously when the equipment is working with such heavy loads and objects, it’s important that the assembly is perfect and measured properly. There is a good system in place for doing this, especially when it comes to bespoke assemblies.

There are two ways that we take measurements:


–          Measuring both the strand and rope under tension using certified and tensioned steel tape

–          Using reference marks, which have been predetermined, as well as a fixed gauge which allows us to position sockets accurately

We measure the diameter of the equipment by measuring the absolute extreme outer limits of wire rope, that is the full circle, rather than only one strand; this would give a smaller dimension.

For more information on our lifting tool, or how to measure assemblies correctly, get in touch with us here.



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