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Don't Allow Your Alloy Chain to "Stretch Out" During a Heavy Workout

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager There are many reasons for selecting alloy chain over wire rope or synthetics for heavy lifting applications. One positive aspect of alloy chain is its strength to weight ratio which provides the durability needed in the toughest environments. Alloy chain is also a very rigid material. This rigidity means tha...

Lifting Beam vs. Spreader Beam

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support ManagerEdited by Christy Kutchma, Marketing Coordinator Lifting Beams and Spreader Beams are significantly different in both appearance and by functional definition. Industry “slang” terminology, however, creates a semantics error, often mistaking which lifter is required on the job by calling both a “spreader beam”....

How to Read and Understand an Alloy Chain Sling Capacity Chart

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Alloy Chain Sling Capacity Charts are published by Standards Associations, chain manufacturers, and virtually every rigging shop in existence. They are reproduced and can be printed as large or small wall posters or as pocket guides that riggers carry with them for quick reference.  At first glanc...

Chain Sling Identification Tag

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Edited by Christy Kutchma, Marketing Coordinator The single most important component on an alloy chain sling is the identification tag.  Per OSHA 1910.184, if the ID tag is missing or illegible, the sling must be removed from service. OSHA is diligent in enforcing this regulation.  Not only is having the ID t...

Knowing the difference when selecting Grab Hooks

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support ManagerEdited by Christy Kutchma, Product & Marketing Associate There are three styles of grab hooks manufactured for overhead lifting:  Non-Cradle, Cradle, and Chain Shortening Grab Hooks. Each are designed to shorten, choke, or basket alloy chain slings in a variety of lifting applications. When use...

Trailer Safety Week!

Contributed by Cary Kronebusch, Senior Product Manager Edited by Christy Kutchma, Product & Marketing Associate Welcome to #TrailerSafetyWeek!  Peerless is a proud ally of this annual event.  Peerless supplies Cargo Control and Trailer Safety Chain Products to the trailer manufacturing industry. As a decades long provider to the industry and a 16 year m...

Lifting Steel Plate – Plate Hooks

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Edited by Christy Kutchma, Product & Marketing Associate Plate steel is an essential component that is used to fabricate everything from railroad tanker cars, pressure vessels, and storage tanks to machinery, medical equipment, and fighter jets. It is produced in a myriad of widths, lengths, a...

Are BTH Devices Required To Be Proof Tested?

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Edited by Christy Kutchma, Product & Marketing Associate Are Below the Hook lifting devices are required, by law, to be proof tested prior to initial use? There has been a long standing ongoing debate within the lifting and rigging industry as to the proof load test requirements of BTH liftin...

Alloy Chain Slings – Proof Testing Requirements

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Edited by Christy Kutchma, Product & Marketing Associate All alloy chain sling assemblies are required to be certified by the sling manufacturer, however, not all are necessarily required to be physically proof tested.  The proof testing requirements for welded versus mechanically assembled al...

Competent or Qualified for Alloy Chain Slings and BTH Devices

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager A ‘Competent Person’ and ‘Qualified Person’ are two references contained in various standards that have clearly defined responsibilities associated with their positions. The ability to perform a particular task is often based on the amount of education and training an individual has received. This...