Examining Essential Material Handling Products: Hoist Rings And Other Tools

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While the field of material handling may not be the most glamorous, a safe and efficient process is impossible without it. Every step of any manufacturing, production, or construction process requires the movement of materials. The flow of raw materials, intermediaries, and finished products establishes the absolute limit on how fast a process may run. Industrial equipment designed for this field has to perform its function without fail in order to keep workers safe and the production line moving forward.

Lifting And Rigging - Hoist Rings And More

When material handling involves lifting operations, safety and efficiency are put on center stage. The cardinal safety rule for cranes and lifting devices is to never move a load over other workers. In addition, all lifting industrial equipment has to be designed to support twice the maximum anticipated load to prevent a costly failure than can damage process equipment and cause injuries. Each component of the system, from the smallest hoist rings to the rigging itself, has to be rugged and durable; the weakest link will be the first to break.

When considering hoist rings, they can be used in a number of different configurations for flexible material handling systems. They come in a wide variety of sizes, materials, and with multiple swivel points. For example, fixed hoist rings are the strongest configuration available, but sacrifice maneuverability. A system designed to maneuver loads in complicated paths or to load goods into a process step would probably not use fixed mount hoist rings.

Swivel mounts, on the other hand, provide freedom of movement for more complicated aerial acrobatics. Hoist rings can be designed with up to three independent swivel points for maximum flexibility in multiple directions. With the added moving parts, extra care and maintenance is required to keep all of the swivel points lubricated and moving freely.

As far as rigging is concerned, strength and durability are again the top priorities. Choose rigging that is rated for at least twice the expected load to ensure ample room for safety as well as wear and tear. Choose a material that will hold up in whatever working conditions they will be used in. For example, in a chemical plant with corrosive chemicals, stainless steel will last much longer than carbon steel. It is far safer to use a more expensive material that will not have to be replaced as often.

Use the same logic when selecting lifting devices. Always choose a crane that is designed to carry loads heavier than anticipated.

Material Handling Procedures For Drums

Drum handling is a unique case. In addition to the standard risk, drums typically contain hazardous substances, which make a spill even more dangerous. While a fallen load of sheet metal can cause damage and injury, a dropped drum can splash or release hazardous fumes, causing serious injuries over a wide area.

With that in mind, the first safety rule for drums is to never try to move one by rolling a drum on its edge. No matter how close a drum may be to where it needs to go, always use material handling equipment such as a drum dolly or cart. Drums may also be loaded onto pallets and driven through a worksite by a forklift. Specially designed drum handlers are also available that combine a lifting device with a movable cart in order to combine all material handling functions for a drum safely into a single piece of equipment. The bottom line is never try to roll a drum.

Casters And Loads On Wheels

The simplest way to move anything is to slap some wheels on it. However, using casters and wheeled carts involves more effort and consideration in order to be used safely.

A load requires five casters to be properly balanced and ready for transport. A rectangular load may only need four wheels, but any circular or cylindrical-shaped load absolutely requires a fifth support point.

After a load is moved, it should not be left on casters or wheels. They are not designed to support stationary loads, even if they are equipped with wheel locks. Transfer the goods to a stable platform for safe and secure usage.

Material handling science involves many more types of industrial equipment, such as bumpers, rollers, powered lifts, and much more. With all of the options available, always investigate every potential solution for the most safe and effective method for moving items throughout a worksite.
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Greg Palmer is an author for Reid Supply, an industrial distribution company with a 60-year history of supplying customers in all 50 states and over 40 countries with hoist rings and material handling solutions.

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    Material Handling- 2011/02/03 07:22:37 am

    Custom material handling solutions are provided by DAK Equipment and Engineering.

This article was published on 2011/01/23