Knowing how to take care of your slings and extend the time you can use them can be a good return of investment.
Who does not want to enjoy a product or service for a more extended period!? Along with the products’ quality and features, your maintenance and care significantly impact its performance. Spending a lot of money on any product is not enough unless you don’t plan to take proper care of it. That is why it is essential to look for the details to know and understand how to take care of your slings.
If you are not sure not about what to look for, choosing the right tool or products for lifting and rigging loads, it is pretty evident that you will end up wasting your money. If you don’t want any accident while lifting loads, it would be best to choose the right one according to your suitability.
No matter whichever lifting slings you choose, you will still have to focus on its maintenance and protection as well. Otherwise, it will just enhance the possibility of accidents. Someone might get injured, or the loads might fell off, damage it entirely, and so many more.
You get different varieties of options for lifting slings, including synthetic slings, wire roping slings, chain lifting slings, round slings, metal mesh slings, and so many more. All these kinds come in different quality and require additional maintenance for providing durable and more extended periods of service. All these slings ensure excellent safety, moving and positioning of loads, incredible lifting support, etc.
Which kind of lifting sling will be suitable for you can be a tricky question as it depends on many factors and so many things. Before deciding the kind of lifting slings, you must have enough knowledge about the functioning of these slings, their application, suitable environment, etc. You will also need to have a fair understanding of the sling set up and load lifting features.
Here I am going to describe the features and details you can follow to maintain, protect, and extend the durability and reliability of your sling.
Sling Protection: Ensure extended life span of Your Lifting Slings
You will have to be careful while using your sling and also while it is in between lifts to ensure secured protection. Here are some tips that can help you keep your slings in good shape and last longer.
Weather & Temperature exposure:
It might damage the material or decrease the slings’ loading capacity, reduce the sturdy strength, durability, and longevity of the product, and so many more.
Different materials react differently to various conditions. The sturdy built materials can lose the strength, quality because of extreme exposure to heat or cold. For example, wire rope, wire mesh, etc., made slings are designed for the high-duty, sturdy job. But continuous exposure to heat and cold can damage these materials’ quality (soft, brittle).
On the other hand, for synthetic material, you have to ensure double protection. Polyester or Nylon slings will melt or char if you put them near too much heat.
Prevent Chemical Exposure and avoid Chemically Active Environments:
Many of the slings use different coating technologies to bring change in the quality of the slings for better results. These chemical coatings are used to enhance the quality of the material or induce additional resistance and strength for a more extended period. Like, stainless steel coatings are resistant to rust and corrosion, keeping it a new look alike for many years.
Be cautious about Frequent Exposure to Sunlight and UV Light
As I already have mentioned before how synthetic materials transformed completely in extreme weather conditions. UV light, sunlight reacts on synthetic composure including shape, size, color, etc.
If you are going for a web sling, rope sling, or round sling, remember that they are constructed with synthetic materials. If you use them outside directly under the sun, exposing them to UV lights for longer will not only degrade the quality of these materials, it might even change the appearance and functioning to a great extent.
For example: because of too much UV light exposure to your web slings, gradually, you will notice a change in color like faded spots or your web sling. It might even turn completely white.
Keep checking your sling’s functioning and performance on a fixed interval. But it is best if you check the quality of your synthetic slings on a regular basis. For taking a right protective measure, you will have to know beforehand what kind of damage you are dealing with.
If you see faded areas in your sling, inspect properly to check if the material is getting stiff or brittle, which can be a sign of UV light damage.
Look out for Edges and Rough Surfaces – Use Edge and Cut Protection
You will have to be careful about the corner, sharp edges, unsmooth surfaces while lifting loads or using the sling. Whether you choose or how excellent your sling quality is, you will end up damaging your sling even more, if you don’t apply the right cut or edge protection. That is why it is essential to have a smooth surface of the sling for better load-lifting without any damage.
Ensure Your Slings’ neatness and keep it Free of Debris:
Most of the load-lifting tools lose their quality, strength, and effectiveness if you keep them inactive. That is why you must keep your slings clean and organize the tools neatly when you are not using them.
When it is not in use, the possibility of sun, dust, dirt, moist exposure increases, which affects the quality of the sling to a great extent. It causes dampening the quality, functioning, and parts of the sling, dampening the material, which might lead to permanent damage to the product’s service and performance.
That is why make sure you take proper care of your slings according to the material of the product. Like, for the synthetic slings users, they need to ensure continual maintenance for extended performance. You will have to look out for the little details to keep it always clean and organized. After every use, you need to get rid of the dirt, stones, debris to prevent crystallizing and abrasive.
You will also have to be careful so that nothing gets stuck in the sling to eliminate any friction or other issues on the tool. It has a permanent damaging effect on the tool.
The team of Capital Hoist & Crane