22 Aug 5 most common types of rigging hardware
Using the right rigging equipment for shifting and moving loads is very important. What’s more, rigging hardware plays an equally significant role here. Whether rigging services are offered for excavating, mining, or logging purposes, rigging hardware ensure that the entire process gets completed in a secured and flawless manner. Discussed under are some of the most common rigging hardware.
Blocks & Pulleys
These are widely used across the rigging industry for lifting exceptionally heavy objects. Blocks & pulleys help reduce the kind of force that is required to lift a heavy object. There are various types of blocks and pulleys available in the market including snatch blocks, swivel block, single & double pulleys and square blocks. Pulleys are usually used with rigging ropes typically by circling the rope via the pulley many times before actually hooking to the object to be carried.
Eye bolts come in a multitude of sizes and materials and you can choose the one depending on your needs. Acting like a riggers supply, eye bolts are just like anchor point for various rigging applications. Some of the most common types include shoulder eye bolts and straight eyebolts. The former are used for angular connections whereas the latter are used in straight line applications. What’s more, there are also screw eye bolts, U-bolts and lag eye screw types of eyebolts found in the market.
Differing in strength, capacity and design, there are lots of rigging hooks found these days. Applications differ depending whether it is a hoist hook, lifting/rigging hook or sling hook. One can easily find heavy duty sling hooks including swivel eye stainless steel hooks that have a working load limit exceeding 8000 lbs.
Wire ropes & accessories
Wire ropes are widely used in rigging, mooring, lifting and many other similar operations. These days, wire ropes are mainly manufactured using stainless steel. Wire ropes come in different classifications with 6×19 and 6×37 being the most popular. Among the various wire rope accessories available include clips, thimbles, sleeves, stops etc.
Stainless steel nuts
The use of stainless steel nuts depends on various rigging applications. The most common steel nuts you will find in the market include hex nuts, ball ends, dome nuts, wings nuts, and lifting eye nuts. Most of these rigging hardware are made from type 316 stainless steel. Furthermore, stainless steel nuts are mainly available in RH and LH thread.
No matter which accessory or hardware you are about to use for rigging purposes, exercise great caution. Most importantly, keep inspecting and maintaining the rigging hardware on timely basis because infrequent maintenance often leads to damage which further can cause dangerous accidents. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when it comes to using rigging hardware.