Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Many mining and mineral processing operations set-out site standards for lifting lugs (sometimes known as ‘pad eyes’). This is usually in the form of a reference drawing and/or a dimensional table. These reference drawings can be found floating around nearly every fabrication workshop in Australia.

The designs themselves have their origins in Australia’s major mining, smelting and steelmaking enterprises – with current details mainly originating in one form or another prior to 1985.

These lifting lugs are everywhere, and they’ve been around for a long time. It’s a little difficult to give them a collective name – but they’re familiar to many.

The casual observer might naturally assume that such a ubiquitous item is going to be a great fit for rigging – but are they?

As much as a standard lug design might contain risk – could it be introducing risk by de-skilling the fundamental lifting design?

Is it time to re-think your site’s lugs?



Monday, 4 April 2022

We use all sorts of hooks for lifting and rigging, lashing and other industrial tasks. The grab hook is a special kind of hook which connects directly to chains and lets us make adjustments to our rigging.

Grab hooks are used as a type of chain shortener.
…but do you know your grab hooks?.


Understanding Roundslings - Covers and Quality

Monday, 28 February 2022

Round slings are one of the real workhorses of industrial lifting and can be seen in many workplaces around the country. For everyday odd jobs they are perhaps the most likely item to be picked up when something needs picking up.

But - there’s a problem. Easy access to low- cost slings was followed by a lack of understanding, and along with that, poor practices, and inferior product, neither if which should ever belong in our workplaces.

We must ensure, that we are always using quality round slings and are using the product in the best manner possible.


Beam Clamps - how to choose them?

Friday, 29 October 2021

Beam clamps are used for lifting and pulling heavy items and they provide a versatile connection to common structural steel sections. As common as they are in industrial settings, there are still important decisions to be made when selecting a suitable version. This article explains the basics of what beam clamps are, how to use them and how to choose the best beam clamp for your needs.

Nobles offers a great variety ensuring our customers gain access to a range of choices when it comes to design and functionality.


Surviving the Eyebolt Jungle

Friday, 29 October 2021

No matter whether we’re lifting a 50 tonne piece of machinery, or stringing up vines in our backyard – everyone uses eyebolts.

However, there are certainly some uses where we’re only interested in the size of  the eye, or how they look. The moment we need something load rated we’re presented with a  forrest of quite different components. These can have somewhat similar descriptions but there are crucial and very significant differences in what they are and what they can do. We really don’t want to make wrong selections.

Let us now wander into the world of eyebolt types and know what’s what.