Wire and Rope Slings

Wire rope slings have become the workhorse in the sling field. Although they have sound safety features, they must be chosen carefully for the service in which they are to be placed since that they also have certain limitations.

Their most outstanding feature is the ease of inspection. They do not deteriorate without ample warning, nor do they rely on a single load bearing system like chains. They withstand a large amount of physical abuse and, unlike web slings, are not easily cut nor do they deteriorate in sunlight. Wire rope slings are constructed from a large number of individual load bearing components, the single wires. If one of the hundreds of individual wires fails, the wire rope sling itself will not fail in a so called “catastrophic” manner. This is what sometimes is referred to as a “redundant” system. 

Their most outstanding feature is the ease of inspection. They do not deteriorate without ample warning, nor do they rely on a single load bearing system like chains. They withstand a large amount of physical abuse and, unlike web slings, are not easily cut nor do they deteriorate in sunlight. Wire rope slings are constructed from a large number of individual load bearing components, the single wires. If one of the hundreds of individual wires fails, the wire rope sling itself will not fail in a so called “catastrophic” manner. This is what sometimes is referred to as a “redundant” system.