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An Introduction to Slings

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This Jaguar blog provides a brief introduction to the 3 main designs of lifting slings, with a YouTube channel link at the end to explore more. The 3 main designs are:

  • Wire rope slings

  • Synthetic slings

  • Chain slings

Modern material science and manufacturing technology has enabled many variations on these material designs, however, these remain the most commonly found. A summary of each follows.

Synthetic Slings

This is the most versatile kind of sling, typically made from either nylon or polyester fibers. Their properties make them an ideal choice by riggers for many applications, with the following properties:

  • Lightweight, flexible, easy to handle and manipulate

  • Easy to store

  • Ideal for securing and lifting breakable or delicate loads

  • Not suitable for extreme or rugged conditions

  • Subject to wearing more quickly than metal based designs

Chain Slings

Chain slings are the strongest and most durable type of sling, making them especially suited to heavy-duty construction, mining, and manufacturing operations, with the following properties:

  • Durable and less subject to damage, useful in construction environments

  • Can be heavy and difficult to handle, move and store e extremely hot loads

  • Generally more expensive than other options that may be available

  • A preferred design for lifts in extremely hot temperatures or securing hot loads

Wire Rope Slings

More durable than synthetic slings and more cost-effective than chain slings, wire rope slings are widely used in many industries. Wire rope slings are made by weaving individual strands of wires around a core, forming a sort of braid, with the following properties.

  • Extremely strong and resistant to abrasion or cutting

  • Available in a wide variety of materials, designs, diameters, and configurations….

  • Which means there are many options that can be tailored to the job

  • Are susceptible to kinks and twists

For all slings, it is important to follow regulations for inspection, testing and replacement. For riggers, it is critical to perform a quick visible inspection before making a lift. .

For those who want to learn more there is an excellent YouTube channel: The Lifting Channel ‘For handling and rigging professionals’

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