diciembre 23, 2021

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Industrial hardware equipment accidents happen all of the time. Some are rather insignificant and a part may just break or get damaged. However, more serious incidents can result in thousands of dollars in damage or severe injuries, and even fatalities. But who is at fault if a piece of hardware malfunctions – the manufacturer or the hardware supplier?

Hardware distributors could face hefty lawsuits if they are deemed negligent by selling equipment that is not up to code. There have been many lawsuits and court cases involving hardware suppliers. In fact, the three industries that face the most product liability claims are heavy machinery, electrical equipment, and industrial equipment suppliers. Further, the number of product liability lawsuits has increased by 300% just since 2019.

Thankfully, there is a way for hardware distributors to protect themselves from this type of legal trouble. The solution? Product liability insurance. Here’s what all industrial hardware suppliers need to know about it.

1. Product Liability Insurance Protects Suppliers Legally

All insurance policies are designed to protect the policyholder if specific circumstances occur. Product liability insurance will protect a hardware supplier should the equipment they sell cause injury or damage to the buyer.

It’s important to note that this policy does not stop a customer from filing a claim or winning their case for a defective product. If there is evidence that the hardware was defective and caused injury to damage to the buyer, the payout will come out of the insurance policy. This protects the business from having to fork over hefty payouts themselves.

Of course, there are limitations to product coverage. Most product liability insurance policies include coverage for damages that are a result of design flaws, product defects, or inadequate warnings from the manufacturer. However, the policy may not provide coverage under all situations.

2. Product Liability Insurance is not the same as a Product Warranty

Industrial hardware suppliers need to understand that this type of insurance is not the same as a product warranty. Most distributors offer a warranty or product guarantee, such as a full product replacement if a defect is found within the first year of purchase.

While warranties can protect a hardware supplier from some legal complaints, they typically do not extend to severe damages or injuries.

For instance, say that a customer purchases a wire rope. However, during the installation process, a wire strand snaps and scratches the installer’s hand, which requires stitches. The product’s warranty would provide the customer with a full wire rope replacement. However, the supplier could be held responsible for the medical costs – in which case, they would use their product liability insurance coverage.

Having a solid warranty and product guarantee is just a starting point for protecting your business. But to ensure that you are completely legally protected, you will need additional insurance.

3. Product Liability Insurance is an Affordable Investment

Nearly all businesses have some form of liability insurance in place. While it is not required by law, it is highly encouraged. Product liability may be an add-on to a general liability insurance coverage or a standalone policy.

Hardware suppliers should really view this as an investment rather than a necessary operational cost. As with all insurance policies, you don’t think about it much until it comes in handy – or you wish you had better coverage. For companies in a higher liability risk category (like industrial hardware), the more coverage you purchase, the better off you will be if worse comes to worst.

So how much should you pay for product liability insurance? Well, there is no clear-cut answer of course. Most insurance companies suggest coverage that is equivalent to about 25% of the business’s annual revenue. If this sounds like a hefty cost remember that buying insurance is going to be far less expensive than even a single payout in a major lawsuit.

4. Be Sure to Read Your Policy Before Signing

Not all product liability insurance policies are created equal. Some will offer coverage under a wider umbrella of circumstances than others – so you’ll want to read the policy closely before signing.

Note that the cost and coverage of your policy’s premium are determined by various factors about your business. Some of these factors include:

  • Products sold
  • Average sales and revenue
  • Position in the supply chain (manufacturer, distributor, etc.)
  • Coverage limits
  • Claim history

You should also pay close attention to situations that will not be covered by your policy. Most product liability insurance policies do not extend to your business, only to customers. So, say that one of your employees is injured by defective equipment on company property. This would fall under your workers’ compensation policy, not product liability.

Over to You

There are many risks that come along with industrial hardware – so you need to make sure that you are buying from a supplier that guarantees product quality and integrity. Elite Sales has proudly supplied premium industrial hardware equipment for decades. We guarantee that our equipment meets the highest standards, with up to $20 million in product liability insurance coverage to back it up.

To learn more about our top-quality products, send us a message online.


diciembre 9, 2021

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Passing a rigging equipment inspection is an incredibly important part of the process for a plethora of reasons. Of course, a project cannot begin until it passes a full inspection. This is to ensure safety for anyone on-site and prevent accidents that could cause millions of dollars in damage.

According to the latest data, there have been nearly 250 fatal and serious accidents involving rigging equipment since 2010. Further, there have been over 800 major OSHA violations related to overhead lifting equipment adding up to $2.3 million in fees. The most common incidents that resulted in injuries and onsite fatalities were due to:

  • Load swing, drop, or instability
  • Loads dropping because of wrong equipment setup or equipment failure
  • Incorrect lock out/tag out system

Nearly all of these incidents can be completely avoided by thorough rigging equipment inspections. Remember that failing an initial inspection is not necessarily a sign of failure or negligence; it is an opportunity to correct and replace any rigging equipment to ensure the highest level of safety for the entire crew.

That said, here are some useful tips from a rigging hardware supplier to help you pass inspections and avoid the repercussions of failing:

1.  Enforce Proper Equipment Installation

Inspectors will be paying close attention to how your equipment is installed and set up. This includes everything from large wire ropes to small hardware pieces like sleeves and shackles. Every single piece of equipment needs to be installed and held in place exactly as directed – otherwise, it causes serious safety hazards if not done as directed.

The first step is to make sure that only certified personnel are in charge of setting up the equipment. This must be a qualified rigger, according to OSHA. This means that they have completed the necessary training and meet specific requirements for the job at hand. For instance, larger rigging equipment setups may require additional training and certifications.

It is also highly recommended to have another professional double-check the installation before the official inspection begins. A second set of eyes may notice small mistakes which can be quickly corrected.

2.  Double Check Weight Load

The weight load calculation needs to be fairly precise and there should always be some fluctuation allowed to account for variables, such as wind speed. Not only does the load need to be properly weighed, but all rigging equipment must be accounted for including:

  • Type of crane or equipment used for lifting
  • Lifting slings
  • Rigging hardware pieces
  • Hook blocks
  • Ropes
  • Lifting beams
  • Shackles and hoist rings

The weight load also needs to be as evenly balanced as possible before it can be lifted. If the load is an odd shape that is unbalanced, the setup needs to be adjusted properly to ensure that the heavier end has further support.

3.  Replace Rusted or Damaged Equipment

Surprisingly, one of the most common reasons a setup fails a rigging equipment inspection is due to worn-out hardware. If your rigging equipment shows signs of moderate to severe wear, it is time to replace it. Even a small nick or rust spots can compromise the durability of the entire setup, so every piece of rigging equipment needs to be in acceptable condition.

Opting for less-expensive equipment made from weaker forms of steel can be the reason why hardware pieces erode so quickly. Lower-grade steels are mixed with other metals like aluminum, which is a weaker element.

Instead, you should only buy hardware that is made from a guaranteed higher grade of stainless steel from a reputable rigging equipment supplier. The most common materials used for rigging equipment are stainless steel, galvanized, and bright. Stainless steel is typically the most durable and long-lasting but galvanized and bright may be a valid alternative in some situations. Each of these finishes offers benefits for specific applications – and a good rigging equipment wholesaler will be able to point you in the right direction.

Hardware maintenance should also be a priority for all rigging equipment setups. Putting a bit of effort to make sure all hardware pieces are stored and cared for correctly can extend the usage of the pieces significantly. Any equipment left outdoors should be covered to protect it from moisture, direct sunlight, and heavy winds, which can cause damage and erosion.

4.  Tighten Your Clips

Finally, before a rigging equipment inspection, the rigger should go through and tighten clips as much as possible. Clips are used to secure rigging equipment like wire ropes, but if they are not torqued all the way, it can cause the setup to slip.

This also extends to cable elements, hitches, and slings. Be sure that all of these elements are connected properly and tighten any connection points so that nothing can slip or stretch during the lift.

Looking for Top-Quality Rigging Hardware Equipment?

If you want to ensure that you pass your next rigging equipment inspection, you likely need to replace old parts with new, highly-rated hardware. Elite Sales proudly offers some of the best quality hardware pieces on the market designed for heavy-duty overhead lifting applications.

Elite Sales has operated as a rigging equipment wholesaler for many years and our staff has decades of experience. Our team is always available to offer direction and advice regarding any of our equipment. Simply reach out to us online to get started and learn more.


noviembre 25, 2021

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When it comes to the cargo transportation industry, there are no signs that things will be slowing down any time soon. Cargo freight activity in the US has grown by 7% since 2019 and is predicted to increase by 50% over the next 30 years.  

Every day hundreds of thousands of pounds of cargo are being transported from point A to point B every day. Unsuitable or worn-out securement can be extremely dangerous, so purchasing cargo control hardware is an important decision to make. 

This is especially critical for non-enclosed cargo vehicles for large items like pipes, lumber, or construction equipment. All items must be securely held so everything stays in place even while the vehicle reaches high speeds. If these items shift even slightly, it can cause serious issues and lead to dangerous collisions or injuries. 

There is no other option but to purchase the best cargo control hardware on the market – here’s how to narrow down your selection. 

Look for Cargo Control Hardware Specific to Your Products 

Firstly, the types of products required for securement must be the primary consideration. There are different kinds of cargo control hardware designed for various shapes and sizes of loads. 

For instance, flat materials like boxes, cut lumber, and stacked building materials need different hardware compared to rounded items like tires or pipes. Some require specific hardware designed for the items, such as vehicles or furniture. 

You will also need to determine if you require direct or indirect securement. Direct securement holds an item in place by connecting one side of the trailer to the same side of the cargo. Indirect securement runs over the load, holding it in place by connecting from one side of the trailer to the other. 

Direct securement is best for heavy-duty items which will not be damaged by the securement hardware. Heavy chains or straps are often used, which can scratch or dent more fragile cargo. Indirect securement is a bit less abrasive to the item, which ensures the loads are secured safely without compromising the product by scratching it, denting, etc. 

Research Tie-Down Hardware Options 

The next step is to piece together the cargo control hardware parts used to create a securement system. Many pieces of tie-down equipment may be used together for cargo control, depending on the size, weight, and shape of the load. 

 Tie-Down Hooks 

This piece of hardware is used to connect a securement to an anchor, such as D-rings or trailer sides. There are several styles including Twin J Hooks, Flat Snap Hooks, and S Type Hooks. 

 Cargo Unions 

Both ratchet load binders and lever load binders are used to create tension for a more secure tie-down. Each side of the cargo union can be attached to a chain, wire rope, or strap. The ratchet or level is then used to create tension for a tight securement. 

 Binder and Transport Chains 

Transport chains (also known as boomer chains) are designed specifically for cargo transport. These are made from extremely heavy-duty steel to increase their strength and durability. These may be purchased in a self-colored or bright finish or with a protective chromate layer to prevent rust. Each side of the transport chain has a clevis grab hook which connects to a tie-down hook or anchor. 

Ratchet Strap Assemblies 

A ratchet strap assembly includes tie-down webbing, which is a polyester strap, and ratchet buckles that connect the webbing. These buckles create tension and can secure up to 24,000 lb loads. These may be used in place of chains as the polyester webbing is less likely to damage the load.

Consult with a Cargo Hardware Supplier for Advice 

Since there are so many different sizes and options for cargo control hardware, the best course of action is to talk to an expert when placing an order. They will not only be able to help you find the exact size and type you need, but they can also provide direction on how to use the securement products correctly.

There are so many risks that come with using the wrong cargo tie-down setup or installing it incorrectly. If the equipment is not secured correctly, it could slip or the hardware could break.

For this reason, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has set rules on cargo tie-downs. The FCMSA uses a point system and drivers or carriers who violate these rules have points deducted. Violations resulting in point deductions include:

Fewer than four direction tie-downs for loads

  • Short or insufficient tie-downs
  • Improper positions for tie-downs

To avoid any of these hefty point deductions, you should purchase from a cargo control hardware supplier that can offer valid advice and direction. They should be able to answer any questions regarding what type of hardware to use, how to use it correctly, and whether it is rated for your intended application.

Wrapping Up

Cargo control hardware is an exceptionally important equipment element that must be chosen carefully. There is no excuse for using the wrong type, as it can lead to dangerous situations which are completely avoidable.

If you need help determining which is the best cargo control hardware to get for your specific application, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Elite Sales. We provide top-quality industrial hardware, including cargo control, for all types of uses across numerous industries. Our team would be happy to offer advice and help you find the right equipment you need.


noviembre 11, 2021

Rigging hardware is primarily used for securing, suspending, and transporting heavy loads. This requires complex setups involving chains, ropes, cables, and other industrial hardware pieces to ensure that the load is safely lifted.

There is a lot at stake when it comes to buying this type of industrial equipment. Every year, companies spend millions of dollars purchasing rigging hardware for various projects – and spending is projected to grow significantly through 2026. Their employee’s safety is also on the line, as shoddy hardware can break unexpectedly.

With most company’s budgets being tighter than ever and personnel safety being an ever-present top priority, buying rigging equipment is a very serious matter.

When you are purchasing from a rigging hardware supplier, it’s important to know a few things about the equipment you purchase. This will ensure that you not only use your budget resources wisely but that you also get the right parts for the job.

1. Compare Purchasing Options

You can buy virtually anything online these days, including industrial hardware. This option is incredibly convenient for numerous reasons. First, you can quickly filter through the supplier’s inventory based on set criteria like size, material, or price. You can also quickly compare prices and see product or seller ratings before you buy.

But there is something to be said about purchasing directly through a rigging hardware supplier face-to-face. Their sales representatives can answer many questions about the equipment. Plus, you get to see the equipment in person before buying to check out its quality.

Neither purchasing option is better than the other, and you may want to consider a supplier that offers both. This way you can quickly place online orders if needed, or go to their warehouse and buy them yourself.

2. Determine if You Need Standard vs Custom Sizes

Rigging hardware comes in many sizes, depending on the weight limit and the size of the load. For most projects, standard sizes should be satisfactory but extremely heavy loads may require specially engineered products.

This is primarily an issue when it comes to chains and wire ropes, as the standard product range may not exceed several dozen tons. Of course, customized sizes are far more expensive since they have to be specially produced. If you require equipment outside of the normal product range, you’ll need to find a rigging hardware supplier with a good variety of sizes.

3. Consider Environmental Factors

Many companies overlook the importance of environmental factors when choosing the material for their hardware. Temperature and weather conditions can significantly impact the strength and durability of rigging hardware materials. So, the environment they will be used in should be considered.

For instance, wire ropes with metal cores are not designed to work well in extremely cold conditions. If the location is nearby water or will be exposed to rain, then opt for stainless steel which is naturally corrosion resistant.

4. Calculate Load Limits

Perhaps the most important thing to know before buying rigging equipment is the actual load limit you require. Make sure you have an accurate working load limit calculated before buying equipment. The working load limit of your equipment is the absolute maximum weight it can safely sustain. Be sure to purchase equipment with a higher working load limit than your actual load weight.

5. Decide Which Materials are Best

While most pieces of rigging hardware come in either a stainless steel, galvanized, or bright finish. Bright is steel with no finishing, so it is often the least expensive. However, it is only recommended for use in completely dry environments as the steel will rust easily. Galvanized steel is coated in zinc for added corrosion protection and durability. Stainless steel is the strongest option, as additional metals are added to the steel. This makes it the most durable material– but also the most expensive.

6. Plan Out Your Ordering Schedule

Make sure that you are ordering your equipment according to your project timeline. You may need to schedule out orders based on when they will be needed so extra inventory doesn’t need to be stored. You will need to communicate with your supplier about expected delivery dates and how long orders take to process.

7. Prioritize Hardware Quality

While you can save a few bucks buying lower-quality materials, this will cost you more in the long run as you’ll need to replace items more frequently. This can also increase the likelihood of accidents or damage. Make sure you’re only buying the highest-rated hardware.

8. Find a Rigging Hardware Supplier with Industry Knowledge

Buying from an industry expert will help you find the exact materials you need and get advice on which size, type, and brand is best for your project. Make sure that the supplier you partner with has credentials and has a team on-hand to offer advice and guidance.

9. Learn Proper Maintenance

You can save yourself a lot of money by taking care of your hardware and using it correctly. Make sure that all of your rigging hardware is stored, moved, and handled as directed. This will prevent unnecessary wear and tear, extending the life of the equipment.

10. Partner with a Reliable Distributor

Rather than jumping around and buying pieces from various sellers, find a supplier that carries all of the equipment you need from one place. This will allow you to place bulk orders and you can easily get in contact with your sales rep if there are any issues or you have questions.

Need a Supplier?

If you need a reliable and knowledgeable rigging hardware supplier to provide both high-quality products and valuable advice, look no further than Elite Sales. We’ve been in the industry for decades, and our team is more than happy to offer assistance however needed. Get in touch with us today to learn more.


octubre 26, 2021

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Industrial wire ropes are designed for extreme resilience and strength. They can withstand thousands of pounds of pressure and be used on all types of applications. However, issues with the wire rope installation process can significantly decrease its longevity and even its capacity and durability.

When wire ropes are not used properly, it can create an unsafe environment. The rope can snap, even if the load it’s supporting is below its maximum load limit. In a recent incident noted by the IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association), a wire rope sling rope broke due to improper installation. A crew member was seriously injured after the sling disconnected and hit the worker.

Many of these common accidents are easily avoidable through correct wire rope installation. Here are five of the most common mistakes made and how to prevent them on your worksite.

1. Incorrectly Measuring the Rope Diameter

Determining the diameter of the wire rope is an essential step of the installation process. Installers are required to double-check that the correct diameter rope is being used, as this impacts the rope’s breaking strength and load limit.

Wire ropes are measured with a parallel-jawed caliper (also called a machinist’s caliper). This is placed over the wire rope to measure the diameter – but if the rope is inserted at the wrong angle, you will get an inaccurate result.

 The strands of a wire rope must be flush against the measuring portion of the caliper. If a raised strand is at the top, the measurement will have a smaller dimension, which could affect breaking strength calculations.

Source – Example photo 

2. Unreeling the Wire Rope Wrong

Wire ropes are reeled onto these spools for easy handling and shipments, as it prevents the rope from getting tangled or crushed. But unreeling the wire rope incorrectly can cause severe damage, such as snagged wires, twists, kinks, or unraveled strands.

A common mistake that is often made is to unreel the wire rope by laying the spool vertically on its axis. The wire rope has to be yanked off of the spool, which increases the likelihood of it getting kinked or twisted. The wire rope should also not touch the ground as it is unreeled, as this could damage the wires as well.

Instead, the reeled wire rope should be placed on a shaft that allows the spool to turn 360°. It also should require two people, one to slowly pull the rope off of the spool in a straight line and another to regulate the speed by controlling the turn rate.

Source – Example photo

3. Poorly Installing Wire Clips

 

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Occasionally a drop forged clip is added during wire rope installation to create a load-bearing eye or to connect two cables together. These small but mighty pieces only diminish a wire rope’s strength by around 10%, if they are added correctly.

Many mistakes are made when installing wire rope clips, such as:

  •         Using fewer clips than recommended by the manufacturer
  •         Incorrectly spacing the clips
  •         Placing the saddle on the wrong end of the wire rope
  •         Using the wrong size of wire clip
  •         Not tightening the clips enough

These little issues can cause the wire rope to slip out of the clip. It is very important to follow the directions and use the right number of clips with the correct spacing in-between, depending on the rope’s diameter and approximate load weight.

4. Cutting the Wire Rope the Wrong Way

Sometimes a damaged wire rope can be repaired through a method called seizing. First, the rope is cut at a straight angle, then a wire is tightly wound around this end to prevent the strands from unraveling.

Two methods can be used to securely seize a wire rope. First, it can be placed at a right angle between the starting and ending point of the seizing. The wire is then wrapped around this angled piece to hold it in place, and the ends are twisted together to secure it. Another option is to wrap the seizing wire around and twist the two end pieces together, creating a tourniquet type of attachment.

The type of end preparations recommended depends on several factors. This includes the diameter of the rope and the number of wires and strands. In some cases, double seizing and fuse welding is required for additional securement. Failing to follow these instructions could result in the core or strands of the wire rope to slip and unravel.

5. Not Storing Your Wire Rope Safely

Although wire ropes are usually damaged due to improper use, they can get ruined during storage as well. Failing to follow through with routine maintenance and storage recommendations could cause the wire rope to rust, unravel, or kink. Further, keeping your wire rope on the ground, in wet areas, or directly in hot sunlight can cause it to break down faster.

Maintaining industrial hardware the right way can improve their long-term performance and use. This includes following all instructions during wire rope installation, as well as storage and upkeep. Wire ropes should be cleaned before going into storage and may need lubricant from time to time to protect the wires from drying out.

Over to You

Wire ropes are intended to be a strong, reliable piece of industrial hardware. There is no reason to compromise its durability due to simple installation mistakes. By avoiding these common mishaps, you can ensure a far safer work environment and also extend the use of your wire ropes.

 

Another tip is to start by purchasing top-quality hardware from a trusted wire rope supplier. Elite Sales is proud to carry a vast selection of wire rope sizes, styles, and finishes that are made to fit many applications.

Contact our sales team today to learn more about our selection and place an order for your next wire rope.


octubre 10, 2021

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When it comes to aircraft hardware, there is no room for cutting corners. Only the highest quality materials must be used to ensure that the aircraft is manufactured correctly. Aircraft cable is a critical piece of equipment that is found in all types of planes, from small two-seaters to Boeing 737s and even military aircrafts.  

The aircraft hardware cable industry has gone through quite a bit of ups and downs lately. The COVID-19 pandemic caused production and demand to plummet, as airlines cut back on flights and aircraft purchases. However, as travel bans are being lifted, the market is expected to bounce back stronger than ever before, with a projected 6.2% market growth through 2028.  

But this type of cable is high in demand for more than just aircraft production. You may be surprised to see that many industrial hardware distributors have aircraft cable offered in their inventory.  

This extremely durable and strong piece of equipment can be used for many things – so, here’s what you need to know before placing an order with an industrial hardware supplier.  

  1. All Hardware Cables Must Meet Specific Aircraft Quality Standards

Aircraft hardware cables are used primarily for tie-downs, as well as for stabilizing, fastening, and lifting extremely heavy pieces of equipment. Therefore, this type of cable has to be constructed to ensure that it is durable and safe. 

Aircraft cable has set quality standards which are determined by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and the USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) for any cable produced or used in the United States. These guidances ensure that the cables meet regulatory requirements for aircraft equipment. There are set standards for all types and uses of aircraft cable, depending on the application, structure, and so on. 

The materials used in aircraft cable are quite specific, which is what primarily sets them apart from other types of industrial cables. Traditional hardware has too low of a tensile strength and heat ratings, so aircraft cables are only made from high carbon steel, typically 316 or 302/304 grade.  

  1. Aircraft Cable is Similar to Extreme Strength Wire Rope

Due to their appearance, aircraft cables are often mistaken for wire ropes. These are similar in some aspects, such as the overall design of construction. 

 Wire ropes are constructed with several strands of wires which are woven together to create an extremely strong cable. There are multiple configurations, depending on the number of wires and strands used in its construction. The more wires used, the more flexible the wire rope will be.  

There are also several types of cores which are utilized in wire ropes and industrial cables. These may be fiber cores, independent wire ropes, or wire strands. These can provide either added flexibility or strength, depending on the intended use and load limit.  

Aircraft cables are constructed in a similar fashion to wire ropes, but they have their own sizing and construction standards. Aircraft cables can be made from wires ranging between 3/64” to ¼”. 

The configurations for industrial wire ropes compared to aircraft cable are also slightly different. Most aircraft cables are constructed with 7×19, 7×7, 3×7, 1×19, or 1×7 configurations. This refers to the number of strands used as well as the number of wires per strand. Industrial wire ropes are most often offered in 6×15, 6×19, 6×26, or 6×36 configurations. 

Ultimately, you could say that aircraft cables are essentially an extremely strong wire rope – but there are important differences, and these two pieces of hardware cannot be used interchangeably.  

3. Aircraft Cables can be Used for Many Things  

Although aircraft cables are primarily used for aircraft construction and transportation, this equipment is quite versatile. Thanks to its extremely durable design and high tensile strength, it can be used for far more than just aircrafts.  

Some other common applications for aircraft cables include: 

  • Boating and Marine Applications – Stainless steel cables are often used for maritime purposes, since it is naturally corrosion resistant. Aircraft cables may be used for securing boats to the dock, as well as hoisting them out of the water. 
  • Pulley Systems – Since pulley wires must resist the natural friction it encounters, the cables must be extremely durable. Aircraft cables are often used in this type of apparatus, particularly for lifting heavy loads. 
  • Exercise Equipment and Ziplines – These types of cables can be used for entertainment and recreational purposes, but they must be strong enough to withstand lots of weight and friction, as well as harsh weather environments. This makes aircraft cables the ideal hardware choice. 
  • Securing Cargo – Aircraft cables are often used on cargo ships and trucks to tie-down large loads.
  1. You Should Only Purchase from a Qualified Industrial Hardware Supplier

Since aircraft cables must meet specific standards and the strength and durability is so important, only buy from a trusted industrial hardware distributor. You should only buy from certified suppliers who provide ample details about the materials, construction, and origin of their cables.  

One thing to look out for is the grade of steel which is used to create the cables. Apart from just the graded number, it is recommended that you only use aircraft cables made from IPS (improved plow steel) or EIPS (extra improved plow steel). This classifies the steel’s tensile strength. 

You should also work with a distributor who offers expert advice and assistance when placing orders. There may be times when you need a specific size or when one type of steel grade will do better than another. An industrial hardware supplier should be able to answer any questions you have about their products and help you find the exact configuration, type, and size of cable you need. 

 Looking for Top-Quality Aircraft Cables? 

If you’re in the market for aircraft hardware cable and need a supplier you can trust, contact us at Elite Sales. We carry a vast variety of industrial hardware, including aircraft cables, wire ropes, and more. Our team is also on-hand to answer any questions and point you in the right direction. 


octubre 10, 2021

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Industrial wire rope is an incredibly important piece of equipment. It is used to secure or lift thousands of pounds, so you’ve got to make sure that you are only buying the highest-quality product from your industrial wire rope supplier. 

There are lots of distributors and wholesalers offering a variety of wire ropes – but you shouldn’t trust all of them. Sadly, some suppliers will cut corners with their inventory to increase their profits. This could mean that you get a shoddy product, which could be quite dangerous depending on how you intend to use it.

 Apart from the quality, you also have to consider the experience that your industrial wire rope supplier provides. You want a distributor who is helpful and trustworthy, not one that just views you as another source of income.

 When searching for your next industrial wire rope supplier, here are 10 things to look for: 

  1.     Wide Variety of Wire Rope Types

Although most wire ropes are made from stainless steel, there are many types and sizes of these industrial cables. Several categories differentiate the types of wire ropes, which include: 

  •         Material: Wire ropes may be made from grades 302, 304, or 316 steel, and can be either IPS (improved plow steel) or EIPS (extra improved plow steel)
  •         Construction: This is the number of wires used in each strand to create the rope
  •         Finish: Wire ropes may be coated to protect the steel
  •         Lubrication: There are different types and amounts of lubrication which can be used
  •         Core: The internal core may be made of fiber, independent wire, or a wire strand
  •         Patterns and Lays: Wires may be configured in different wrap patterns

You want to make sure that your wire rope supplier has a good selection of the types and sizes, so you can find the exact one you need, depending on its application. You should look for a wholesaler who offers lots of options for bright, galvanized, and stainless-steel styles with varying diameters, construction, and core options. 

  1.     Wire Rope Accessory Selection

Most wire ropes are used in conjunction with other hardware. For instance, wire rope used for overhead lifting requires rigging hardware like hooks, shackles, swivels, and hoists. You may also need sleeves or clips to hold the wire rope in place, or links to connect two strands together. 

Again, quality and variety are of the utmost importance here. You want to buy from an industrial hardware supplier that sells top-quality products from good materials, like stainless steel. Be sure that your distributor has the right pieces and sizes on hand so you can get your wire ropes and necessary accessories all from one place.

  1. Detailed Product Descriptions

 Unless you are a wire rope expert, chances are that you don’t know what all of the abbreviations and numbers mean on a wire rope description. Terms like ‘FC’, ‘IWRC’, or ‘WSC’ don’t make sense to most people. And trying to find a wire rope that meets all of your specifications for a specific project can be quite confusing if you aren’t given much information.

Another signal that you’ve found a good wire rope supplier is that they provide detailed descriptions and definitions for their products. This will help you narrow down your selection without having to get on the phone with their customer service to ask questions.

  1.     Distribution Center Locations

 Although many wire rope distributors offer shipping, it is generally best to pick a supplier who has distribution centers as close to your location as possible. This will cut down on shipping costs as well as delivery times – which is great if you’ve got last-minute orders or tight project deadlines.

 

If you’re lucky enough to be driving distance to a distribution center, ask if they offer pick-up. Some suppliers will let you get the supply yourself, which could save you on shipping costs.

5.  Order Minimums and Shipping Rates 

Of course, another consideration to keep in mind is shipping rates and costs. Suppliers have different systems here. Some require a total minimum order for a flat shipping rate, while others adjust it based on weight or size. Make sure you inquire with your wire rope distributor about their rates and see if they have order minimums.

6.  Customer Reviews and Testimonials 

When it comes to picking a trustworthy supplier, don’t just take their word for it. Take a little time to research other customer reviews and testimonials about the quality of the product as well as overall customer service.

 Make sure that you look beyond just the reviews posted on the distributor’s website, though. Some shady businesses will delete negative reviews and only highlight positive ones. Instead, browse their Google Reviews or ratings on third-party sites like the Better Business Bureau and Yelp for more accurate feedback. 

  1.     Wire Rope Resources

You’ll want to find every indication possible that a wire rope distributor is knowledgeable about the products they offer. A good supplier will offer lots of valuable information and resources to their customers to ensure the products are used safely.

There are many ways that suppliers may do this, such as trough: 

  1.     Notable Affiliations

Another sign that the wire rope supplier you’ve chosen is reliable and trustworthy is through any earned affiliations and recognitions. This signals that the company is recognized by other organizations for its product and business standards.

Some notable affiliations include: 

  •         Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
  •         Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association
  •         Associated Wire Rope Fabricators Association
  •         International Organization for Standardization
  1. Customer Service 

Customer service is a very important factor when it comes to business. In a recent survey, 96% of consumers agreed they would most likely find a new supplier after a single bad customer service experience.

You don’t want to take more time finding a new wire rope supplier after the first one provides terrible service. So, make sure that you test it out ahead of time. First, look for information about customer service experiences in online reviews. You can also test it out yourself by phoning in or sending an email. See how long it takes to get a response and how friendly and helpful they are. This will be a pretty good indication of the level of service you can expect.

  1. Expert Advice

Finally, make sure that your wire rope wholesaler actually knows what they’re talking about. You shouldn’t have to do all the research on your own when finding the right type and size of wire rope. Plus, you’ll likely want a second opinion to make sure you’ve got all the right specifications and hardware. 

Make sure that you can easily reach out to the supplier with any questions about their products. You should be able to get in touch with a salesperson fairly easily who can answer any questions and provide further details about their inventory. 

Looking for a Great Industrial Wire Rope Supplier?

Finding a reliable, trustworthy, and overall fantastic wire rope distributor can be challenging. That’s why here at Elite Sales, we do all that we can to meet and exceed our customer’s expectations.

 We offer a vast selection of wire ropes and accessories with lots of information and resources for this equipment. Our team of experts is also just a phone call away to answer questions and help you place an order.

Learn more about Elite Sales today by contacting us!


septiembre 16, 2021

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Most stainless steel hardware suppliers agree that stainless steel is one of the highest quality materials to use. This metal is extremely strong, durable, and known to be naturally corrosion resistant. It is also used for all types of industrial hardware pieces, from hoists and shackles to wire ropes and chains.

But there are some things about stainless steel that you may be surprised to learn. If stainless steel hardware is not used or cared for correctly, it can cause major issues. Even though stainless steel is extremely strong, it is not indestructible.

But first, let’s cover the basics of stainless steel.

Stainless steel is an alloy, as it contains between 10 to 30% chromium. Other elements are also added to the steel to influence properties such as strength, shine, and corrosion resistance. The most common elements added are nickel, chromium, aluminum, nitrogen, selenium, and titanium.

Steel is incredibly common in the US, making up 95% of all metal production – but only 7% of this metal is used to create stainless steel. This is one of the reasons why stainless steel industrial hardware is more expensive than other materials.

So, before you purchase hardware made from this material, it is important to know about factors that could impact its use and durability.

1. Stainless Steel isn’t Completely Corrosion Resistant

Most people assume stainless steel is completely resistant to rusting and corrosion. While it is highly resistant to water corrosion, this statement is not entirely true.

Stainless steel is available in over 100 different grades. Some of these grades are more corrosion resistant than others and are designed for specific environments. 304 and 316 are the most common grades used for industrial hardware.

Grade 304 is naturally corrosion-resistant, as it contains 8% nickel and 18% chromium. However, it will corrode if it is in contact with chloride solutions, such as saltwater. 316 is far more corrosion resistant to chloride ions, so this grade is recommended for marine applications.

It is important to consider environmental factors, such as the weather, temperature, and exposure. Failing to use the ideal type could cause the metal to corrode quickly. It is highly recommended to consult with an industrial hardware distributor to discuss the best grade depending on your intent.

2. Stainless Steel Cannot be Used with Aluminum

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Another lesser-known fact about stainless steel is that it can have a negative reaction with other metals, specifically aluminum. Aluminum and stainless steel cause galvanic corrosion, which can ruin the metals.

The reason this reaction occurs is that the electrons in the aluminum transfer into the stainless steel. This will deteriorate the aluminum, causing it to rust must faster than normal. So, stainless steel industrial hardware should never be used with aluminum pieces.

Since these metals are often used for pieces like cables, it is important to keep the two separated. If they must be in close contact, a rubber casing can be applied to prevent galvanic corrosion.  

3. Stainless Steel can Repair Itself

As odd as it sounds, stainless steel can protect itself naturally from corrosive elements. The metal produces an oxide that coats its exterior in a thin layer. This coating is invisible to the naked eye, but it helps to coat the metal and protect it from external elements, like water, which could corrode it.

This layer forms best in oxygen-rich environments. Stainless steel hardware that is used in enclosed spaces may not have as thick of a protective surface and could be slightly more prone to corrosion.

This layer is also self-healing. If it is disturbed or cleaned off, it will start to form once again to protect the stainless steel interior.

4. Stainless Steel is Recyclable

Did you know that stainless steel is one of the most environmentally friendly metals? This material is highly sustainable as it can be completely recycled over and over again. About 88% of the stainless steel used today is already recycled.

There is also no toxic runoff emitted by stainless steel during production, so it has a minimal negative environmental impact. There is also little waste from stainless steel and by-products such as the dust and sludge can be used to create other metals, including zinc.

5. Stainless Steel Expands

Another surprising fact to learn about stainless steel is that its properties are influenced by temperatures. Warmer weather can actually cause the metal to expand, while colder temperatures cause it to contract.

While this change is typically rather insignificant in industrial hardware, it can change the size of larger structures. For instance, the Eiffel Tower is 6 inches taller in the summer than it is during the wintertime.

This is a factor to take into consideration if the stainless steel hardware is going to be in an environment with extreme temperature changes. While the external temperature might not have much of an effect, extreme heat can.

Some grades of steel stand up to high temperatures better than others. For instance, 304-grade steel can withstand heat up to 1600° F without melting. Grade 316 has a lower heat resistance, while 330-grade stainless steel resists oxidation at temperatures up to 2000° F.

Over to You

Stainless steel is truly one of the most interesting and versatile metals used in industrial hardware. Its strength and durability make it a popular choice for industrial purposes – but it is important to learn more about its properties to see when and how it should be used. 

If you have any further questions regarding stainless steel industrial hardware or need to place an order, please contact Elite Sales. We carry a great selection of industrial equipment made from stainless steel and other materials. Our team is also on-hand to answer questions and point you in the right direction.


septiembre 2, 2021

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Industrial cable is used for some of the most demanding applications, from supporting heavy crane loads to connecting railways. Since these cables have to support thousands of pounds of weight, they can only be made from the strongest materials possible.

Current production for cable is increasing tremendously, even though it dipped by about 5% during the Pandemic of 2020. However, by 2027, the market is expected to exceed $282 million in the US alone.

But there are many different types of industrial cables that are designed for specific purposes. Opting for the wrong type could end in disaster, as the cable may warp or even break if it is not specifically designed for that purpose.

There are four main applications where industrial cables are used:

  •         Construction
  •         Engineering
  •         Machinery
  •         Aviation

 Various materials are used for each of these industries to ensure that the cables are strong, durable, and safe to use. When looking for options from an industrial cable supplier, it is essential to check that you are selecting the type and style optimized for your intended purpose.

Here’s what you need to know about the materials used in industrial cables.

1. Types of Metals

One of the first differentiations between the types of industrial cables is the metal used in its construction. Since these cables are used for added support or stability, they are made from metals that are highly regarded for strength and durability.

Steel is by far the most common material used in industrial cable construction. However, there are various types of steel, with the two main categories being stainless steel and galvanized.

Stainless steel is an alloy, meaning that it is made of several elements. Typically iron, chromium, and nickel are added to the steel, which gives it its unique shiny appearance. This also protects the metal from rust and corrosion. Stainless steel cables are often used in marine rigging and hoisting applications since the metal will not corrode in saltwater.

Galvanized steel is coated in a protective layer of zinc, which gives it a higher breaking strength than stainless steel. However, it is not as naturally resistant to corrosion and cannot be used near water. Galvanized steel cables are commonly used for industrial applications, such as logging, hoisting, and rigging.

Both galvanized cable and stainless steel cables may also come with vinyl coatings. This creates a PVC sheath around the wires, protecting them from exterior elements like water or direct sunlight. They may also be applied to make the wires more visible for safety purposes.

Occasionally, other types of metals are used such as Phos Bronze. This is a brass alloy and is commonly only used for electrical cable construction since this metal is highly conductive. Industrial cable may also be made from bright steel, which means it is not coated and is made strictly from steel. This is a very strong metal, but also prone to corrosion.

2. Wire Strands

Another key differentiation between types of industrial cable is the size and number of wire strands used in its construction. Most industrial cables come in strand groupings of 7×7 or 7×19.

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7×7 industrial cables are constructed of 7 strands which are made up of 7 wires each. This makes for a very stiff wire that is ideal for construction purposes. It is also widely used in aircraft and automotive applications.

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7X19 industrial cables have 7 strands which are made from 19 wires. This makes the cable more flexible while simultaneously increasing its strength. 7X19 wires are often used in applications that must withstand movement and friction, such as sailboat riggings, pulley systems, and overhead cranes.

Both 7×7 and 7×19 industrial cables are also sold in varying diameters. This is the measurement of the wires used in each strand, which can range from 1/16” to 3/8”.

3. Core

 Every industrial cable has a central core that the wire strands wrap around. This provides the cable with stability, while also allowing for some flexibility. There are three main types of cable cores offered:

Fiber Core (FC)

Fibers like hemp, sisal, or most commonly, polypropylene, can be used in the center of the cable. This is not often the ideal choice for industrial cable and is more often found in wire ropes. The reason for this is because fiber cores are not extremely durable; however, they do allow for extreme flexibility.

Wire Strand Core (WSC) 

This uses a singular wire in the center of the industrial cable as the core. A WSC cable is less flexible than a fiber core, has higher heat resistance, and additional strength. However, the singular wire core is not ideal for extreme applications with heavy weights or tension.

Independent Wire Rope Core (IWRC)

An independent wire rope core uses one of the strands as the core. So, in a 7×7 cable, one strand of 7 wires is in the center, while the other 6 are woven around it. This provides a good balance of support and flexibility. It also protects the entire cable from being crushed, making it the ideal option for heavy-duty use.

Conclusion

 As with any piece of industrial hardware equipment, choosing the right design is critical. If you are unsure of which material, diameter, strand grouping, or core to get, consult an industrial cable distributor for help.

You can rely on Elite Sales for helpful advice and direction when making any industrial hardware purchases. We carry a great selection of various industrial cable types – and our team is readily available to help you place an order. Contact us online to learn more. 


agosto 19, 2021

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Industrial chains are used for all types of applications across numerous industries. Not only are they extremely strong, but they are super durable and flexible. Chains can be used on anything from attaching a swing to a swing set to tying down heavy cargo – all the way to overhead lifting equipment.

However, industrial chain grades are an extremely important distinction that help categorize what type of chain is best used for a given application. For instance, according to the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Standards B30.9, Section 9-1.5 and 9-1.8, the minimum grade for overhead lifting chains is 80 and above.

In addition to understanding industrial chain grades and their ideal situations, you need to know about the difference between stainless-steel chains, galvanized chains, and bright finishing.

An experienced industrial hardware supplier can certainly help you find the right chain grades and finishes for your needs. But it’s important to understand the differences so you know exactly when and why you should use various grades during a project.

 There are five main grades of chain: 30, 43, 70, 80, and 100. Grade 120 is a newer product available for extremely heavy-duty applications, but it is less common. 

Each number is the maximum stress that the chain can take per millimeter squared. So, for instance, Grade 30 chain’s maximum stress is 300 newtons per millimeter squared.

Let’s break down each of these chain grades.

Grade 30

Grade 30 is considered to be a general-purpose chain that can be used for a variety of applications. These applications do not require extremely high strength. Being the lowest of all the chain grades, grade 30 is the weakest chain type. It can sustain a working load limit between 1,300 to 6,900 lbs, depending on the chain diameter size.

Grade 30 is commonly known as Proof Coil chain or Common Coil chain and is comprised of low-strength carbon steel. This type of steel is quite malleable and rust resistant, but they are not as strong as other types of alloys. It is also less expensive than high carbon or stainless-steel chains.

This chain grade is useful for numerous applications, such as:

  •         Light construction
  •         Lead securement
  •         Guard rails
  •         Logging
  •         Agricultural use
  •         Marine industry

It is important to note that Grade 30 should not be used for overhead lifting as its working load limit is too low.

 Elite Sales offers a Grade 30 Proof Coil chain available in numerous diameters. You may also purchase Grade 30 hot galvanized chains as well as self-colored or zinc plated finishes.

Grade 43

Grade 43 chain is the next strongest grade of chain – of which can be used for slightly more heavy-duty applications than Grade 30. However, it is not approved for overhead lifting applications. Grade 43 has a working load limit ranging between 2,600 to 13,000 lbs.

Grade 43 is also commonly labeled as High-Test Chain or G-4 chain and is comprised of carbon steel, which is known for its high tensile strength and wear resistance. As a result, this chain grade is the optimal choice for applications such as:

  •         Towing
  •         Heavy duty trucking
  •         Farming
  •         Construction
  •         Guard chains
  •         Container securement

Elite Sales offers numerous types of Grade 43 industrial stainless-steel chains in various sizes, finishes, and designs. Plus, you can choose from a wide collection of galvanized chains in the same grade. Some of the most popular models include:

 

Grade 70

Grade 70 chain is about 20 percent stronger than Grade 43. It is made from a heat-treated carbon steel that is incredibly sturdy and durable. Grade 70 industrial chains typically come in a gold chromate finish for easy identification – as well as protection from abrasion and scratches. Grade 70 chain is also usually embossed with a number 7, 70, or 700 on each link.

Chains within this industrial chain grade have a working load limit available between 3,150 to 15,800 lbs. and are most commonly used for:

  •         Trucking and trailer tie downs
  •         Logging and forestry
  •         Heavy load securement
  •         Towing
  •         Construction
  •         Oil rigging
  •         Safety applications

Since this type of chain is often used on trucks, it is also known as Transport chain, Truckers chain, or Binder chain. Although grade 70 is high up on the list of chain grades, it is not rated for overhead lifting.

Elite Sales offers Grade 70 Transport Chain and Binding/Boomer Chains available in various sizes and diameters.

Grade 80

Grade 80 Alloy Chain is a far more heavy-duty chain that is certified for overhead lifting and other applications which require tremendous strength. It is made of an alloy steel mixture which makes it extremely strong, durable, and rugged. Many Grade 80 industrial chains are available in a black lacquer finish for further protection from wear and scratching.

This industrial chain grade has a maximum working load limit range of 3,500 to 47,700 lbs. It also meets the ASTM’s (American Society of Testing and Materials) standards for overhead lifting as it can be elongated by at least 20 percent before fracturing. In addition to use in overhead lifting applications as a sling component, Grade 80 can be used for:

  •         Heavy duty towing
  •         Rigging
  •         Tie-downs
  •         Mining

Grade 80 is also commonly called Alloy Chain and is available from Elite Sales in ranging sizes with a black lacquer finish manufactured to NACM (National Association of Chain Manufacturers) specifications for safety and overhead lifting usage.

Grade 100

Next to Grade 120, Grade 100 chain is the highest industrial chain grade offered by most commercial hardware suppliers. It is 25 percent stronger than Grade 80, making it the best choice for extremely heavy overhead lifting use and other extreme applications. Grade 100 chain is also comprised of alloy steel – which is heat treated for higher strength and durability.

Grade 100 chain is available with working load limits between 4,300 to 35,300 lbs. It is designed to be used in a wide variety of applications, such as:

  •         Overhead lifting slings
  •         Construction
  •         Manufacturing
  •         Rigging
  •         Towing

Elite Sales offers a Grade 100 Chain available in numerous sizes for nearly any type of heavy-duty project or application. 

Conclusion

There are plenty of chain types available on the market – but when you buy from Elite Sales, you can rest assured that you are getting only the best quality of chain guaranteed. We offer a wide range of sizes and finishes in Grades 30, 43, 70, 80, and 100. We also carry a variety of galvanized chains, stain-less steel chains, and other finishes.

Our knowledgeable staff is also available to answer any questions you may have and help you find the exact industrial chain grade you need for the job.

Reach out to our sales team today to place an order and make us your number one chain supplier.