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Lifting Heavy Goods Using Textiles

19 Jan 2024  |
In the industry, using and moving heavy goods or materials is a necessary process. It’s important to have textile lifting devices capable of exerting powerful tear strength while being resistant to wear. Not only do textile lifting devices need to be powerful, but they also need to gently handle soft surfaces of fabrics to protect the object while being lifted. To facilitate safe lifting, two products are often required; textile lifting slings to lift the heavy materials, and textile lashing straps to secure the heaviest load by minimizing friction.

Textile lifting slings and belts

Textile lifting slings are used to attach a load to a separate lifting device such as a crane or hoist. They make transporting heavy, large, or awkwardly shaped objects. Textile lifting slings can be made from different materials depending on the application. They can easily deal with loads up to hundreds of tons. But the slings themselves are lightweight and easy to use. Therefore, they are a lightweight alternative to other lifting equipment. The downside to textile lifting slings is that they can’t carry as much load as other lifting equipment.

Webbing slings or belt slings

Webbing slings, also known as belt slings, are flat belts straps with loops at both ends. Webbing slings are usually color-coded so you can easily see how much weight they can handle. Because webbing slings are soft and lightweight, it reduces the scratching and damage done to the product. The belt part of the belt slings is made from highly durable polyester fabric.

Round slings

Round slings are a closed-loop made from polyester. Round slings are similar to webbing slings, but they are covered in an extra protective layer. Round slings offer roughly the same benefits as webbing slings and offer even better protection.

Textile cargo slings

Webbing slings and round slings are used to safely lift goods and cargo and can be told apart by their appearance. Both are extremely useful when it comes to lifting loads, but they are not made for lifting heavy loads of cargo. That is where the cargo-specific slings come into play.

Cargo fiber sling

The cargo fiber sling is made of Manila or polypropylene rope. On the slings, there are tags specifying load manufacturer, capacity, and manufacture date.

Cargo wire sling

The cargo wire sling is used for towing, transporting especially heavy loads. The cargo wire sling is flexible and reliable. However, the wire sling is heavy and is not recommended for chemically active environments and in working with fragile loads.

Chain sling

Chains can be used for any type of slinging. Chain slings are more flexible, safer, and therefore, have a longer lifespan. They are also repairable and maintain pressure loads with sharp pieces. They work at high and low temperatures and are fire and acid-resistant.

Textile lashing straps

Lashing straps, also known as tie-downs or ratchet straps, are fasteners used to hold down cargo or equipment during transport. Lashing straps are essentially webbing that is outfitted with tie-down hardware. It usually also includes a method of fastening the strap, such as a ratchet. The lashing strap is also referred to as a moving strap. This type of moving strap can be very effective for tying down items or luggage during transportation. These straps are most commonly used when moving in and out of a residential home. There are two common types of lashing straps:

  • Loop straps
  • Two-piece straps

Loop lashing straps are a single piece of webbing that is looped around the luggage or item to be secured. While the two-piece lashing strap is one assembly that is made out of two separate pieces of webbing. Each with their own hardware that is fastened at one end to the area around the item to be secured and connected to each other.

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