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Fibre Rope Lifting Slings have been recorded as one of the first implements used in lifting applications from the beginning of history and they are still found in general use today.
We at RopeServices UK have many years experience in the manufacture and make-up of fibre rope lifting slings and assemblies from natural fibre ropes such as Grade 1 Manila, Sisal, Hemp and Cotton and man-made fibre ropes such as Polypropylene. Polyamide (Nylon) and Polyester (Terylene).
The most widely used fibre rope for slinging applications and having the lowest strength of the man-made fibre ropes is Polypropylene of which we offer three qualities, PP Yarn, PP Staplespun and PP High Tenacity all of which are excellent for general purpose lifting but having differing properties of wear resistance and strength.
Where Polypropylene Slings are not suitable for certain lifting applications, i.e. heavier loads - we can also offer Polyamide (Nylon) and Polyester (Terylene) for specialist lifting applications.
The two most popular formations of made up slings are:
Unless otherwise advised, soft eyes are spliced as standard in single leg slings.
(N.B. THIMBLES ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO BE FITTED IN THE EYES OF SLINGS THAT ARE TO BE CONNECTED TO OTHER FITTINGS).
All our slings are manufactured from fully certified quality ropes at our site in Sunderland, to the requirements of the current British Standard – BS EN 1492 Part 4 – 2004 and comply with the Machinery Directive 98/37/EEC.
All our slings are marked with an indestructible label showing all relevant information and colour coded to easily identify the quality of rope used.
**INFORMATION WHICH SHOULD BE EXCHANGED BETWEEN USER, SUPPLIER OR THE MANUFACTURER**
If the rope slings are used for multipurpose lifting applications, it is unusual that the precise details of the load and mode of use are available. The following information should be taken into consideration as only a general specification can be given.
1) Type of sling required – single leg, multi-leg or endless.
2) Type of eye – soft eye, thimble or hook etc.
3) Gross weight and dimensions of load or the maximum working load.
4) Effective Working Length - EWL
5) Mode of Lift – Straight pull, choke hitch etc.
6) The temperature range and any exposure to chemicals.
7) Conditions of loading – Hazardous loads, likelihood of shock load,
area of transportation of load.
8) Quality of rope to be used in manufacture.
9) Protection required – sleeving, lengths and quantities.
10) Any special markings and instructions.
In the absence of any specific information, the manufacturer will assume that the circumstances of use are suitable for the sling to be used at its maximum working load limit (WLL) and the slings will be marked and certified on that basis.
We strongly recommend that when choosing the correct lifting sling for your application, that the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Lifting Equipment – Section 17 should be consulted for further information.