Webbing slings are an essential lifting accessory used with cranes, hoists and other types of lifting equipment. Flat woven webbing sling in particular provide a versatile and economical solution for many material handling applications. Here are some details to consider:
What Are Flat Woven Webbing Sling?
Flat woven webbing slings are fabricated from flat strips of polyester or nylon webbing. The webbing is tightly woven into either an endless or eye-and-eye configuration. Flat woven webbing slings have a smooth, flat profile that allows them to fit neatly under loads for easy lifting. They can be used with various types of lifting hardware like hooks, shackles and specialty fittings.
The key attributes that affect webbing sling performance include:
- Webbing Material – Polyester and nylon offerings provide different strength, fatigue and heat resistance properties.
- Webbing Width – Wider webbing spreads loads out over a larger surface area, reducing pressures.
- Webbing Thickness – Thicker webbing can withstand higher loads but is less flexible.
- Sling Length – Endless or eye-and-eye configurations enable different lifting attachments.
- Weave Pattern – Different weaves influence the sling’s strength, degree of stretch and abrasion resistance.
Flat woven webbing slings are available in a wide range of sizes and specifications to suit various lifting capacities and applications. Proper selection and usage is critical for safe and efficient material handling.
Sling Endless VS. Eye-and-Eye
There are two main configurations for flat woven webbing slings:
- Endless – The webbing forms a continuous loop with no terminals. They require a tertiary means of attachment like hooks or shackles. Endless slings are versatile and can be used for straight or bridle lifts. However, they cannot be adjusted in length.
- Eye-and-Eye – The webbing has terminals on both ends to form eyes. They can be attached to lifting hardware directly and offer the advantage of length adjustability. Eye-and-eye slings are commonly used for single-leg or basket type lifts.
Both endless and eye-and-eye flat woven webbing slings have advantages for different lifting applications. Selecting the best configuration depends on the required lift geometry and load securement needs.
Uses For Flat Woven Webbing Slings
Common uses of flat woven webbing slings include:
- Lifting heavy equipment parts and components
- Ergonomic handling of heavy material rolls and reels
- Hoisting large pipe lengths during construction or maintenance work
- Securing and tying down loads on transportation vehicles
- Lifting lumber, glass and other sheet goods
- Raising and placing heavy machinery or structural assemblies