The industrial lifting equipment market is one of the fastest-growing businesses in the world. According to a recent study, it is estimated to grow from $63.96 billion in 2018 to $79.73 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.51% between 2018 and 2023. Apart from the growing demands from mining, automobile, construction, and manufacturing sectors, innovative technology is also driving the growth of the lifting industry.
One of the critical products used in the lifting industry is synthetic slings. They are the mainstay of the industry. Our own Hammerhead® Slings are the best product you can get in this category. You can use these slings for a variety of lifting applications.
Let’s learn about these Hammerhead® slings in more detail.
A) What Are Hammerhead Slings?
As the same suggests, Hammerheads® is also known as rope slings made from synthetic fibers. At Holloway Houston, we believe in using only high-quality raw materials and well-established manufacturing processes. So, the slings are made from synthetic rope called Plasma, one of the strongest materials out there.
The Plasma 12 Strand is produced from High Modulus Polyethylene or HMPE. That, in turn, is enhanced by Cortland’s patented re-crystallization process. We use a priority braiding machine to cover each sling with a braided Polyester cover. An abrasion-resistant FiberLock coating is also added to increase the service life of each sling.
B) Advantages of Using Hammerhead® Slings
Rope slings are one of the most commonly used pieces of lifting hardware. Hammerhead slings offer several different benefits. Let’s see what those are:
- Secure Grip: One of the main advantages of Hammerhead® slings is the secure grip. These slings can easily conform to the shape of irregular loads, resulting in a secure grip. It protects both the object as well as the lifting equipment from damages like scratching and crushing. As they have a wide bearing surface, Hammerhead slings provide a large area for load distribution.
- Light Weight: The lightweight design makes them suitable for a variety of applications. You can easily store and carry them to your project site.
- Variable Applications: You can use them for lifting a variety of loads with vertical, choker, and basket hitches. Loops provide better chokehold, making them suitable for lifting loads where the pressure point can keep changing.
As a result, you can lift any type of object with these slings ranging from heavy loads to expensive and delicate ones. For example, you can use them as crane slings when lifting loads with cranes, or they can work as cargo slings while moving heavy cargo.
- Longer Service Life: An abrasion-resistant FiberLock coating coupled with Plasma 12 Strand made from HMPE and the braided Polyester cover make Hammerhead slings more durable than ever. They are less likely to fall prey to cuts, abrasions, and UV light damage. They also offer excellent resistance to mildew, rot, and bacteria.
- Shock Absorbency: They have excellent shock absorbency. As a result, moving irregularly shaped heavy loads is much more comfortable with these slings.
- High Strength: Hammerhead slings have high strength. They have a Design Factor of up to 5:1. So, the breaking strength is 5X more than the rated load limit. However, you should never exceed the rated load capacity to ensure the safety of the load as well as your staff.
- Repairable: Yes. That’s right! Hammerhead slings are also repairable. You can repair the damaged slings to some extent. It is, however, always better to replace extensively damaged slings with new ones.
- Low Cost: Hammerhead slings are also reasonably inexpensive, making them suitable for almost any industry or lifting application on a budget. Plus, they need minimal or no maintenance and have no ergonomic concerns. In other words, you can’t find a better investment for your industrial lifting business.
C) A Word of Caution
Although these synthetic loop slings are flexible, versatile, durable, and inexpensive, you should make a careful consideration before using them for a project. Here are a few things you should keep in mind.
First, you must remember, hammerhead slings are not as durable as our steel wire rope slings or chain slings. So, if you are using extremely heavy cargoes (that aren’t delicate), avoid using synthetic web slings.
These slings are usually not suitable for use under extremely high-temperature conditions. You also shouldn’t use them under highly acidic and alkaline environments or situations with extreme UV light exposure. Make sure to check the individual sling specifications to see the threshold limits for these environments and take your decision accordingly.
Never exceed the rated load capacity of these slings. Check out the necessary certifications for each sling before using it.
If you are looking for less cumbersome, more affordable, and versatile lifting solutions for moving heavy but delicate objects, Hammerhead® slings are the right option for you. Hopefully, learning about the various advantages and the usage precautions will help you maximize the use of these slings in your lifting applications. Customizations are also available depending on your specific requirements. Feel free to tell us about your specifications in the comments or drop us an email.