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Rigging can be referred to as both a noun and a verb. As a rigging tool, it is a noun and as an act of fixing the tools on a heavy object or tieing the tool around the heavy object with the purpose of moving the object from one place to another through crane and other heavy weight lifting machines, it is a verb. Rigging as both a noun and a verb is very crucial for a smooth heavy weight lifting process. They ensure to firmly hold the heavy-weight object during the lifting and moving process. They are very useful and imperative for residential and commercial building construction work, bridge construction work, landscaping work, etc. They are often used only by the expert riggers who have years of experience in rigging and weight lifting work to ensure the smooth weight lifting and object moving. If an inexperienced person deals with rigging then the chances of object fall can increase which is dangerous for everyone nearby the construction site. This is why rigging should always be handled by experienced and expert riggers.
Sometimes, people get confused between splicing tools and rigging tools, they consider both the same thing. However, both are completely different. Splicing tools are used in climbing while rigging gears are specifically used in construction works. Rigging gears (sometimes called rigging gears or lifting gears) are that equipment that is used to tie the heavy-weight objects to one end of the lifting rope that is attached to the crane lifting gear from the other end. The different types of rigging gears help riggers to tightly and firmly tie a particular heavy-weight object to the lifting rope. Once riggers firmly tie the object to the lower end of the lifting rope, after that only, the lifting machine like a crane becomes able to lift and carry the object from one place to another place. This is why rigging gears are very crucial for any construction and heavy-weight lifting work. They are generally like shackles, chains, hooks, wire ropes, slings, and webbings.
Different types of rigging equipment are made of different hardware and based on different methods of holding the object or tieing the object. But there are a few hardware, you will find in almost every type of rigging tool. That hardware comprises rigging hooks, shackles, eye bolts, and steel nuts, chain, sling, ropes, and webbing. These all are imperative to give strength to rigging devices so that they can firmly hold the heavy-weight for a long time. Nut, bolts, hooks, and shackles are used to firmly lock the object while rope, sling, and webbing are used to tie and hold the object. All hardware supports each other to smoothly and safely do the job.
Different types of robust rigging slings are available in the market that can be used to lift, move, and carry heavy objects. The most commonly used rigging tools are wire rope slings, polyester webbing slings, chain slings, and the modular lifting solution spreader beams. These all are differently manufactured rigging gears, available in flexible sizes and diameters, different weight lifting capacity, and different strengths. But they all act the same. Here is a brief introduction to different types of rigging equipment.
Wire Rope Sling
A wire rope sling is a rigging tool or lifting gear, generally made of wire rope and other metal hardware such as hooks, shackles, nuts, bolts, and rings. In this type of rigging gear, wire rope acts as a mainstream material while metal hardware acts as locking devices. These are one of the most commonly used rigging gear in weight lifting jobs.
Polyester Webbing Slings
This is another most preferred lifting gear by the expert riggers. This type of rigging equipment is made of polyester-made webbing and metal hardware. The webbing acts as a mainstream material while metal devices support the sling to firmly hold the heavy-weight object. It is the same as a wire rope sling, the only difference is the mainstream material.
As the name suggests, chain sling is made of steel shackles and other metal hardware including hooks and nut & bolts. The steel-made chain is the mainstream material in this type of chain, rest remains the same as in other rigging tools. Chain slings are generally stronger than wire rope slings and polyester webbing slings, thus, provide the 100% safety.
This is a modular lifting solution for heavy-weight lifting tasks. These can be used with both wire rope slings and synthetic lifting slings. The central idea behind the creation of spreader beams was simply to distribute the load to different points so that the load can be liftable and stably movable at every single point from lifting and moving objects to carry objects.
This is the must-do job for every expert and experienced rigger who deals with rigging. At your home, the way you deal with your air conditioner and vehicle to protect them from getting damaged, the same way, you should deal with rigging equipment. You should deeply inspect the quality, material stability, weight loading capacity, functionality of metal hardware of your rigging tools on regular short intervals to ensure the safe process of lifting, moving, and carrying the heavy-weight objects. While inspecting your rigging gears, if you find any faults in webbing, wire rope, chain, and other metal hardware, immediately either change the rigging gear or repair it for safety purposes. On the other hand, if you think that your tool is in excellent condition after deeply examining every single part of the tool, do not go in your comfort zone rather you should regularly inspect it. It may be possible that your rigging equipment can be damaged during the process of lifting the heavy-weight objects. Remember, you should regularly provide the maintenance to your rigging gear, this will extend the life of your tool.
Rigging tools play a vital role in heavy-weight lifting jobs. The heavy-weight lifting process cannot be done without the use of rigging equipment. So, from this statement, you can have an idea of how important a rigging gear is in heavy-weight lifting jobs. They support the lifting machines (like crane and winch) and lifting ropes to firmly hold the object required to be moved to another place. This also ensures the safe & smooth delivery of heavy objects from one place to another. This is why they are very crucial. Although they are a small tool but do a great job.