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Wire Rope Slings

There are as many uses for a wire rope sling as there are types. These slings can be made into a number of products to meet the needs of any industry including Oil & Gas, Construction, Manufacturing, and Mining. Pacific Rigging Loft, Inc. offers a wide variety of wire rope lifting slings, as well as advice for the proper application for each.

What are Wire Rope Slings?

Wire rope slings are extremely strong and an excellent choice for heavy duty jobs involving not only lifting, but also hoisting, towing, or anchoring loads. The fabrication of wire slings also offers excellent abrasion-resistance and heat resistance so it can be used in extreme conditions and temperatures. Its pliable design can conform to the shape of a load for a more secure application.

Wire rope slings are manufactured in a variety of configurations, with 6×19 and 6×36, being two of the most common. The numbers represent the number of wires making up the strand and the number of strands wrapped around the core. For example, a 6×19 indicates that there are 19 wires making up a strand, and 6 strands are wrapped around the core. Each steel wire rope configuration will offer different benefits and will be better suited to certain applications. In general, a smaller number of large outer wires offers better wear and corrosion resistance, while a larger number of small wires provides a better level of flexibility and fatigue resistance.

Wire rope slings are used extensively within the industrial lifting industry. Wire rope slings, sometimes referred to as wire cable slings are more robust and durable than nylon slings and have higher temperature limits. There are many different types of wire rope slings and they all have their own purposes. For instance, the normal sling strength is based on the strength of the wire rope used in the sling. A sling angle is the angle measured between a horizontal line and the sling leg or body.

A nominal sling strength is based upon the nominal rope strength of the wire rope used in the sling and other factors which affect the overall strength of the sling. These other factors include splicing efficiency, number of parts of rope in the sling, type of hitch (e.g., straight pull, choker hitch, basket hitch, etc.), diameter around which the body of the sling is bent (D/d) and the diameter of pin used in the eye of the sling.

What are the different types of Wire Rope Slings?


SINGLE PART SLINGS When a high rated capacity sling is required, single leg slings are a popular option. In some cases, a two- or multi-leg bridal sling may be needed in order to connect to the load in more than one location to create an even distribution for the lift. Pacific Rigging Loft, Inc. has a variety of single, two, three or four-part bridal slings to accommodate any need.

BRAIDED WIRE ROPE SLINGS Superflex braided slings of varying sizes as three part, six-part, eight-part, and nine-part sling are used to lift especially heavy loads. This sling is typically chosen for rigging large lifts that require the sling’s flexibility to bend around a narrow area.

GROMMET WIRE ROPE SLING We offer several types of grommets to get the job done, including 210-strand laid hand splice, closed swaged socket and 270 cable laid hand splice continuous construction or mechanical splice grommets. Our grommets are made up of six strands or a wire rope body wrapped around a core.

  • Least expensive per capacity of all steel slings
  • Good abrasion resistance increases useful life of sling
  • IWRC can be used at temperatures up to 400° F
  • Countless combinations of sling terminations to fit specific lift requirements
  • Available in wire core for strength and fiber core for flexibility
  • Numerous body constructions for variety of applications
  • Permaloc slings have reserve strength should the sleeve become damaged in use

Pacific Rigging Loft, Inc. believes in supplying high quality wire rope slings and other quality products and the safety of use for all products. Our categories of wire rope slings are broken down by number of legs, hardware, and the diameter of the wire rope. Each wire sling is made to order, so custom slings are also always an option if you don’t see what you’re looking for here. Need help deciding what kind of rope you need? Contact us today and we would be happy to help.

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