Common Mistakes People Make When Looking for Web Slings

Common Mistakes People Make When Looking for Web Slings

Web slings are used in a variety of industries and applications to help businesses lift and support heavy loads. If you are not aware of the different configurations of this synthetic material, you could be choosing the wrong one for your job. Don’t make the same common mistakes people make when looking for web slings—look at our list to understand better what mistakes you should avoid.

Choosing the Wrong Ply for Lifting

The ply is the number of layers a synthetic web sling may have—one, two, three, or four. The more plies on a sling, the stronger the rigging equipment will become. Someone might accidentally choose the wrong sling because they didn’t calculate the ply or strength necessary to lift or pull a load. Remember, the higher your load capacity, the more layers you need in your straps or slings.

Using a Web Sling for the Wrong Application

When people shop for web slings, looking for the wrong material is a common mistake. Web slings are great for manufacturing shops or cleaner environments. Never purchase this rigging equipment if you work in excess heat or water; these environments can cut, melt, and degrade the material on the equipment. Ensure the application you’re conducting is appropriate for this type of material.

Not Taking Accurate Measurements of Their Load

Rigging straps come in a variety of measurements to fit your load. If you do not measure your load correctly or accurately, you could purchase the wrong sling for the job. To determine the length you need for a job, measure from the top load-bearing point to the bottom point; this measurement will help you decide the appropriate strap length.

Deciding Between Polyester & Nylon

Again, the environment you work in, the type of load you’re bearing, and the weight of the load can all affect what type of synthetic material you choose for your web sling. Polyester gives you less bounce, so you’ll have more control over a load. Additionally, polyester is resistant to acid and bleaching agents. Nylon, however, is resistant to alkaline environments, whereas polyester is not. Nylon rigging straps are also great for stretching further to reduce shock from a heavier load.

Be mindful of your restrictions when looking for web slings. When you’re lifting heavy objects or working in various environments, the rigging strap you choose can help or harm your application. Visit American Cable Rigging’s website to browse our selection of rigging slings to fit the job you’re performing.