Fiber and Synthetic Rope
1. Never drag a rope. This damages the outer fibers and leads to the eventual deterioration of the rope's overall strength.
2. Avoid kinking. This strains the rope and over stresses the fibers.
3. Splice, do not knot. When joining lengths of ropes, they should be spliced by an experienced splicer. Knots significantly reduce the strength of the rope.
4. Dry out rope after use to prevent deterioration.
5. Do not allow rope to freeze.
6. Store rope away from heat, moisture, chemicals, rodents, and sunlight.
7. Clean rope before storage.
1. Use sheaves and drums of suitable size and design.
2. Lubricate properly, and according to schedule.
3. Don't exceed the rated capacity of wire rope.
4. Be sure to use the correct lay (twist) for the application.
5. Any job built wire rope or cable made with components including compression sleeves and hydraulic compression tools (Nicopress, etc.) must be made in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and checked with a sleeve gauge to ensure adequate sleeve compression prior to use.
6. Any cable or wire rope that has been shock loaded must be removed from service.
1. Take up slack slowly and make sure every link seats correctly.
2. Never force a hook over a chain link.
3. Chain shackles are to be used for shortening and/or splicing chains together.
4. Using bolts, wire, etc., as makeshift links or fasteners is prohibited.
Chain Motors / Wire Rope Motors
1. Make sure your hoist anchor point is rated and adequate for the job.
2. Always inspect the hoist for defects before each use. Check the full length of the chain for worn, gouged, twisted or distorted links, proper lubrication & foreign material.
3. Check the full length of the wire rope for broken strands, abrasions, kinks, and corrosion.
4. Do not operate hoist with twisted, kinked or damaged chain or rope.
5. Check the limit switch settings prior to loading. Operate the hoist in the up and down position to determine if the limit switches are set correctly.
6. Perform a load test by lifting and lowering a load slightly. Check for unusual sounds, ensure the hoist is operating smoothly & that the brakes hold without slipping.
7. Do not lift more than the motor’s rated load. Load cells are recommended for critical lifts.
8. Always center the hoist over the load. Be sure the hoist and load chain are in a straight line.
9. Always stand completely clear of the load when operating a hoist or chain motor.