What are webbing slings?
Webbing slings are lightweight, strong, and versatile lifting straps made from woven synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon. Webbing slings are used for a variety of tasks, including lifting, carrying, and securing loads. Web slings are very versatile and widely-used slings, and are used for a variety of purposes. They’re strong, easy to rig, and inexpensive. The most common feature in webbing slings is fittings, with flat or twisted eyes, on each end. They serve the same purpose as wire ropes, although, the method of use is different.
A webbing sling has the ability to carry, lift, tow, or pull weights up to ten tonnes. They are distinguished based on the color of the sling. They are corrosion and abrasion-resistant, hence they are long-lasting and durable. They can be used for towing, lifting, pulling, etc. Webbing does not weaken with age and has the ability to absorb shocks.
The thickness of a webbing sling ranges from 1.2 mm for multilayer slings, to 2 mm for a single-layer flat woven one. Webbing sling belts are made from woven synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon. Webbing is often fitted with various forms of tie-down hardware to extend its range of abilities. The hardware can be used in the form of end fittings such as S-hooks, snap hooks, and J-Hooks.
What are webbing slings used for?
Webbing slings are designed to lift heavy loads and a generally made from polyester or nylon. Webbing slings are flexible, lightweight, and have a wide bearing surface, which helps protect the load you are lifting.
Webbing slings are majorly used in the construction industry for raising tools and loads or lowering these items back down. The flexible nature of webbing slings and the fact that they can be tied into a basket hitch means they can wrap easily around odd-shaped loads often found on construction sites.
Webbing slings are also used by shipping and trucking companies, for their transportation purposes and for the lifting of heavy goods. The transportation industry largely uses high-strength webbing in the world.
Different types of webbing sling belts include:
Flat webbing slings: These slings have a flat body with no other support than the webbing itself. They are typically used for light loads and are not as strong as other types of sling belts.
Round webbing slings: These slings have a round body and are typically made from polyester or nylon webbing. They are stronger than flat webbing slings and can be used for heavier loads.
Tube webbing slings: These slings have a tubular body and are typically made from polyester or nylon webbing. They are stronger than flat and round webbing slings and can be used for heavier loads.
How do you maintain a sling?
- The best way to maintain webbing slings is to keep them off the ground and store them in a cool, dry, and dark environment.
- Care should be taken when storing in sunlight, it should preferably keep away from direct sunlight and ultraviolet ray exposure should be minimal.
- Extreme hot or cold temperatures should be minimal. Your slings should be cleaned with clear water and dried naturally.
Also, an important point here is the regular inspection of the slings, as sometimes they are susceptible to damage from the edges, rough surfaces, heat, chemical exposure, and UV light degradation, etc. You cannot really repair webbing slings, once there is a tear in them. Inspection of damage or certain irregularities in the sling may help prevent any untoward instances.