Custom Crane Block


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I recently has the pleasure of building a crane block for a specific custom applications. This is not the first time in my career that I have gotten to design and build a block but is not something many will do often. If you are thinking of building…

Lifting Beam Types


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There are many different styles of lifting beams out there. Over the years many people have tried to innovate on the simple idea of a beam that spreads the lifting points out from a single crane hook. Here are a few options to think about if you are…

Building OH&S and OSHA Compliant Lifting Equipment


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Ready to start building lifting equipment? Give these 10 points some thought! I had written this specifically as a summary to my 10 week course by email about building spreader bars and other lifting equipment but I thought it was too good to keep…

Low Temperature Lifting Equipment


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Have you ever need a low temperature rated lifting device? Learn about what it takes to achieve a -45 degree C or lower working temperature on lifting beams and spreader bars

Lifting Beam Case Study 1


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We had the opportunity to design a lifting beam for a customer last week and I thought I would share it with everyone. Our objective was to design a lifting beam capable of lifting bundles of rebar like material. This is what we came up with.

Do I Need to Pull Test


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I get asked all the time about pull testing lifting equipment. Is it required? How do you do it? Who does it? I have written the answer out via email so many times I thought it was probably time to make a post about it.

Rating Plates


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Part of being OH&S or OSHA compliant is having a rating plate on your lifting equipment. This is often a forget part when quoting or building spreader bars and can be difficult for some shops to execute on. Building rating plates takes a slightly…

ASME B30.20-BTH-1: Lifting Beams


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Learn how lifting beam design is affected by the ASME B30.20 design code BTH-1. Close look at how the length of the beam effects buckling which changes the overall capacity of the bar.

ASME B30.20 & BTH-1: Introduction to Below the Hook Design


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A introduction to ASME B30.20 and BTH-1. The starting point of designing spreader bars.

Expanding Spreader Bar Possibilities With Spacers


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Learn about the common lingo used to describe a spreader bar by reading Anatomy of a spreader bar.

High Tensile Steel In Lifting Equipment


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If you have read much of my writing over the years you will know I love high tensile steel. It is an easy and cost effective way to increase strength and reduce weight. Over the years I have used high tensile steel on many of my lifting equipment…

Two Pins or Not Two Pins?


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The most important part of any telescopic spreader bar is the pin. Have you seen a spreader bar with two pins? Ever wondered if that is an efficient way of increasing capacity of your spreader bar? Learn here.

Benefits of using an Engineering in Design


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When you’re designing a product, you might wonder if the additional expense of hiring an engineer to review or develop your product is worth the cost that the engineering would incur. Depending on the product, or the intended use of the product, it…

Anatomy Of A Spreader Bar


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Learn about the common lingo used to describe a spreader bar by reading Anatomy of a spreader bar.

Stocking Spreader Bar Materials


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Ever wondered what the best approach to stocking material for manufacturing spreader bars is? Have you thought about building them as you get orderes vs stocking the beams? Read this article to learn some tricks, tricks and a way about thinking…

Digital Inspections


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Are you still using paper inspections? Its time for an upgrade. Are you still writing your field inspection data on paper? Last time you looked into it did you find inspection software expensive, cumbersome and unable to match your process? Are you…

Elusive Digital Inspection Exposed


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When I was operating an inspection company I wanted to keep this a secret. Now that I am servicing inspection companies I want you all to get up to speed. Here are my 10 reasons you should sign up for a digital inspection software now.