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.


Different Grades of Chains

Thursday, 29 July 2021

What is a lifting chain? How can I identify a load rated chain that is suitable for lifting? What do the letters and numbers mean? Why should I choose one grade of chain over another?

Understanding what exactly are the different grades of chain is essential knowledge if you are looking for lifting, or looking at using lifting chains for other purposes.


Wire Rope Grips

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Wire rope grips are such a familiar and commonplace thing, and yet – they are not always well understood. It’s worth taking a trip into the world of this ‘not for lifting’ wire rope hardware, because that term alone won’t protect us from a rope breaking loose under load. The wire rope grips we use are in essence based upon a concept with fundamental flaws. Using them properly is all about managing those shortcomings.


Advantages and disadvantages of common lifting slings

Thursday, 28 January 2021

If you are not getting the right service life from your lifting sling, there may be a better sling option you could choose. When choosing a lifting sling, there are a variety of factors that you need to consider before making a decision. These include; understanding your lifting application (i.e. the weight of the load and the centre of gravity), the environment you will be using the sling in (i.e. clearance and surrounding conditions) as well as how the sling will be used to support and lift the load (i.e. hitch type and geometry/sling angles). You also need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of common lifting slings in the market to understand which choice is going to be right for your lifting application. This article explores the advantages and disadvantages of wire rope slings, chain slings and synthetic slings. We detail the typical uses for each type of sling, which industries are more likely to use each type of sling as well as the main advantages and disadvantages of each to help you select the best sling for your lifting application to ensure equipment longevity. To find out if you are using the best sling for your lift - please click through to the article.