Visual inspections and internal breaks

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Even the most rigorous inspection regime for wire ropes on cranes could leave you exposed to risk if visual inspections are the only methods used. During a visual rope examination, only the condition of the visible parts of the outer wires can be evaluated. Quite often, the visible 20% looks good, while a great number of wire breaks are concealed in the invisible part of the rope. Wire ropes with internal wire breaks and no external signs of damage are extremely dangerous. In this article we detail the importance of introducing electromagnetic wire rope testing, also known as non-destructive testing, or NDT into your maintenance program. For information on NDT, loose strands, birdcaging as well as some advice on how to best prevent breaks from happening – please click through to the article.


How to choose the right sling

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Choosing the right lifting equipment is crucial to ensure safety when conducting a lift, and with the wide range of options available in the market, it can sometimes be challenging to know if you are using the best sling for your lift. Wire rope, chain, synthetic and webbing slings each have their benefits, but not all benefits are applicable to all lifts or environments. To help you choose the right sling, we have devised a list of factors to consider before making your selection from considering the load and frequency of use to the method of slinging and the operating environment. To find out more, click through the article


Common misuses of chain hoists

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Chain hoists are a common piece of lifting equipment due to their ability to reduce the puling effort and amount of strain an operator will encounter when lifting a load. They are extremely versatile, come in a variety of models and can be used in almost every industry even subsea environments. Whilst chain hoists are known for their durability, reliability and versatility, they still require proper care, use and maintenance to ensure they don’t encounter damage. To read about some common misuses of chain hoists and why you should avoid doing such things, click through to the article.


Common problems found during lifting gear inspections

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Nobles complete thousands of inspections across a range of industries all around Australia every quarter. This gives us strong insight into common problems our customers encounter with their lifting equipment. In this article, we have detailed some of the most common problems we find in the field during these inspections; these include lost ID tags, damaged tags, damaged equipment like chain links and wire rope. We also share ideas on why these problems may occur and list strategies on how you can prevent unnecessary damage that can cause your equipment to be tagged unsalvageable. To read about the common problems we find during lifting gear inspections – click through to the article.


The importance of maintaining your lifting and rigging assets

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Lifting equipment is an important asset, and like most assets, it pays to maintain it so it stays in working condition. Regular maintenance can prevent a range of things from equipment failure resulting in downtime and extra costs for unexpected repairs. The most important types of maintenance include predictive, preventative and planned. To read about the benefits of each of these maintenances, as well as see Nobles recommendations of when these maintenances should be performed - click through to the article.