A. Twin-Path® Extra Covermax Slings
1. Can a Twin-Path® be used in a fitting
or trunion which is less than the slings width?
Yes, A Twin-Path® Sling can fit spaces half
of their catalog width with no reduction in capacity.
2. What is the difference between the Tell-Tails
and the Fiber Optic inspection
The Tell-Tails are overload indicators
and will retract and eventually disappear if
the sling is overloaded. The Fiber Optic determines
if the interior core of the sling has suffered chemical,
heat or crushing damage. If light does not pass from
one end to the other, remove the sling from service
and send to the manufacturer for repair evaluation.
3. What do I do if both Tell-Tails are not
Tell-Tails should extend past the tag area of each
sling. If both Tell-Tails are not visible, remove
the sling from service. Send the sling to the
manufacturer for repair evaluation.
4. What pin diameter or hardware diameter
is ok with a Twin-Path® Sling?
Slings used with fittings shall be compatible
with the fittings used. The lifting capacity shall
be rated at the lower of the sling or fitting. Fitting
openings shall be of the proper shape and size to assure
that the sling will seat properly.
5. What happens if oil or gasoline gets on
my Twin-Path® Sling?
Hydrocarbons and oils do not affect the performance
of any Twin-Path® sling.
6. Is there a way to shorten a synthetic
G-Link Connectors can be used to shorten the
length or reach of a synthetic sling. More info...
7. What about stretch? I've seen loads bounce with
At rated capacity, nylon slings will stretch up
to 15%. Round slings made with polyester will stretch
3%. Braided Polyester slings will stretch 9%. Twin-Path®
Extra Slings w/ K-Spec® core yarn stretch less
than 1% at rated capacity.
8. If a synthetic round sling has one interior
core yarn which has been damaged or cut, can it still
be used if the sling’s capacity is de-rated?
NO! Roundslings that suffer damage
to the load bearing cores must be removed from service.
These slings shall be destroyed to prevent inadvertent
9. Are all Twin-Path® Extra Slings proof
tested before reaching the customer?
Yes. As part of our manufacturing process, each
Twin-Path® Extra Sling is proof tested to two
times its vertical rated capacity. Every repaired
Twin-Path® Extra Sling is also proof tested before
it is returned to the customer.
B. Protector Pads
1. How do I know if a load edge is "sharp" enough
to require a CornerMax Pad?
The word "sharp" is considered subjective and
is no longer used in our catalog or website. Any material
can be cut when exposed to enough pressure and a sharp
edge. Diamonds, the hardest substance known, can be
split into smaller parts by skilled cutters. CornerMax
Pads must be utilized to protect the sling from all edges
and corners . For an example,
press your hand against the edge of a table. If you
run your hand back and forth with some pressure applied,
you'll realize that the edge doesn't need to be "sharp" to
info... (pdf format, see note below)
2. Can I use a Synthetic Armor Pad for cut
No. The technology that developed the CornerMax
pad is for cut protection. Synthetic Armor pads are
intended for abrasion protection or to increase the
diameter of a bearing surface. More info...
3. What is the difference between abrasion
protection and cut protection?
Abrasion protection is needed when the sling
is wrapped around a load which is rough, dirty or gritty.
Cut protection is needed when there is an edge or corner
that the sling will come in contact with. More
info... (pdf format, see note below)
C. Wire Rope Slings
1. Why use a multipart wire rope sling instead
of a single-strand wire rope sling?
A single strand sling is less flexible than a
multipart wire rope sling. Also, a multipart wire rope
sling provides a better D/d ratio.
2. Why are the D/d ratios different for the
body and the eye of Gator-Max, Gator-Laid,
Gator-Flex and T&D Ultra-Flex Slings?
There are 12 parts of wire rope in the loops
and 9 in the body.
3. What kind of wire rope will my Gator-Max,
Gator-Laid, Gator-Flex and T&D Ultra-Flex
slings be made of?
Up to 1-1/8", 6x25 IWRC. Over 1-1/8", 6x37 IWRC
is used. T&D Ultra's are made from 7x19 GAC.
4. What is the difference between a Gator-Max
and a Gator-Laid sling?
Gator-Max is handspliced,
Gator-Laid is made using swaged sleeves.
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