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The Value of a Web Sling Certificate

Web slings are useful pieces of lifting equipment, making a great alternative to other products such as wire rope. But, despite being different, they will still undergo similar pressures from heavy lifting tasks, and are still bound by the same rules and regulations. Part of these rules cover the ownership, inspection and servicing of web slings, all of which will provide you with a web sling certificate. Below we have covered the value of these.

Fake web slings

Unfortunately, the market of fake goods continues to be as prevalent as ever, with the BBC finding that the number of confiscations of fake goods rose by 76% between the years 2014 and 2015.

While buying fake luxury goods doesn’t impact the safety of the buyer, buying fake lifting equipment could be potentially life-threatening if it hasn’t been manufactured properly. And, with a big market for buying reused or second-hand goods, it’s important that proper documents can be shown to authenticate the equipment on offer.

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It’s important to have authoritative documents

This is why a certificate, provided by a reputable and knowledgeable organisation, holds so much value in this industry.

Inspections and servicing

Government guidelines, found in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), requires that, by law, all lifting equipment must be regularly serviced and maintained.

These inspections can be carried out by you at your workplace, and it is recommended that you do so before each lifting operation. However, LOLER also requires that all equipment is both inspected and serviced by a professional at least once a year; sometimes more frequently depending on the type of gear.

Once these inspections are completed, the owner of the lifting gear will be provided with a certificate that contains acknowledgement of the recent testing and confirms that it is safe to use.

These certificates have value because they show all workers when the last testing date was complete, and when the next one is due, as well as keeping your organisation compliant with all relevant government regulations. Should any troubles arise, these certificates will show that all necessary steps were taken with the operation with regards to the safety of the web slings that you are using.

Find out more about a web sling certificate

If you want to find out more about web slings, or the range of services that we can offer you to provide you with a web sling certificate, please get in contact with us here.

 

 

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Wire Ropes in the Future

Wire rope has become an absolutely essential piece of equipment used in the modern world. It’s wide ranging number of capabilities and benefits, and adaptable nature has seen it adopted by dozens of industries around the world for a huge amount of applications. It has quickly developed from a simply lifting and lowering tool to power the way in which we communicate, travel and even live. With a long and detailed past and plenty of present day usage, it’s clear that this special rope has a future ahead of it too. We’ve laid down some of our own predictions for wire ropes in the future below.

The history of rope

There are plenty of studies and support evidence to show that rope has a long history dating back to around 5000 BC. It was used at key moments in the ages that follow this period, helping mainly with various construction projects.

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Rope has helped to build some extremely historical buildings!

However, it was towards the end of the Industrial Revolution, around 1830, that things really changed for this piece of equipment, when it began to feature in “Steam Ploughs”. It was at the same time that Wilhelm Albert, a mining engineer in the German mountains, discovered a new way to manufacture this equipment, greatly increasing its strength and usability.

This invention, although almost 200 years ago, still forms the basis for what is used in the modern era today.

Where do we see this equipment being used today?

Now, steel-based rope is a staple part of dozens of industries around the world for many different applications. To name just a few:

  • Used as the lifting medium for lifting and lowering loads
  • Used as undersea cabling for communication lines
  • Used as internal structuring for buildings
  • Used to pass force and motion throughout an aircraft

For more information on some of the many industries where you’ll find this equipment being used, please read our detailed article here.

So what does the future hold for wire rope?

There is plenty of talk regarding where the future may take us. There is heavy discussion about the use of carbon nanotubes as the chief material rather than stainless steel, a material that would offer heavier strength but in less material.

Could carbon nanotubes be the future of wire rope?

 

Given that the material that we currently use has helped to construct many of the buildings that we live in and work in, as well as forming its internal structuring, as well as form dozens of the other infrastructure that we use, where could a new material take us?

It’s not just around us that it plays a big usage either; cranes and lifting equipment is even used in space! There is a crane permanently attached to the International Space Station (ISS), and it’s predicted that lifting equipment will also help us to explore Mars. And perhaps other planets too!

Without getting too wildly ahead of ourselves, some more obvious predictions are that we are likely to see an increased use of wire rope in factories and manufacturing plants around the world. As it continues to make processes more efficient and quicker, this seems like a natural progression; especially as more and more robots are beginning to dominate the workplace instead of humans.

Speaking of robots, there has been much research conducted into things such as bionic arms recently, and strong cabling or wiring seems like the natural choice for connecting all the parts!

Are you ready for wire ropes in the future?

If you’re interested in being involved in the future making with our equipment, then we’d love to have you on board! You can get in contact with us here.

 

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