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Load Testing Services from Certex USA

Supplying reliable proof-tested rigging, slings, and rigging hardware for over 65 years. Mechanical load testing services to 8 million pounds in tension or compression.

Serving our customers since 1952, Certex USA provides the highest quality and reliable Rigging Products such as Wire Rope Slings to industries including aerospace, military, marine and dry land construction, energy, transportation, utilities, and refineries. In the over 65 years we have been in business the Certex USA has earned a sterling reputation for integrity, superior customer service, and attention to safety .

Taking responsibility for the safety of our customers is our number one priority. As the recognized industry leader in rigging supplies—and because our end users lives and limbs are at risk—each and every product we manufacture and sell is made and tested to function correctly. Using only the highest quality domestic and import products, following strict guidelines, and testing and certifying our products for your safety is our paramount concern.

All products are traced using a strictly enforced protocol giving every product a pedigree and providing our customers piece of mind. Always protect yourself and the safety of others by ordering your rigging and Rigging Hardware from Certex USA, an ISO 9001 Quality Registered company.


Testing Used Rigging

CERTEX is often asked to load test various articles of used rigging. Customer objectives for such tests are varied. Many customers regularly test all rigging as a means of verification that the rigging can continue to perform as expected with respect to capacity. Other customers test used rigging as an integral part of their lift planning process, as a means of minimizing risk, and to ensure lift safety.

Probably the most common reason CERTEX is asked to load test used rigging is for the purpose of recertification—usually of a wire rope sling or a chain sling—that requires a new capacity tag. At first glance, this would appear to be a simple and straightforward process: put the item to be recertified in a load test machine and apply the appropriate test load. However, there is more to load testing used rigging than meets the eye.

First, the rigging must be visually inspected to determine if it is capable of surviving the test. For wire rope slings, this means looking carefully at the wire rope itself for defects such as broken wires, kinks, abrasion, corrosion, etc. Fittings attached to the sling must also be inspected to make certain they have not been deformed by overloading, side loading, or other forms of improper use. For chain slings, the inspection process is similar but more extensive. Each and every chain link must be inspected for proper grade number and for signs of wear, abrasion, overloading, and overheating. All fittings on the chain sling undergo inspection similar to that for fittings on wire rope slings.


Testing Used Rigging

Assuming a satisfactory inspection, the rigging can then be tested. If the sling was missing its original capacity tag, the question becomes, “What test load force should be applied?” In the case of a chain sling, this question is actually answered by the inspection. The links of all chain suitable for overhead lifting are embossed with a grade number that translates directly to a chain capacity rating.

In the case of a wire rope sling that is missing a capacity tag, the question of determining the sling’s original capacity is much more problematic. There are three grades of steel used to manufacture wire rope, and each grade provides a different strength for slings. 

Unfortunately, there are no marks on wire rope that indicate which of the three steel grades was used to make the rope. Thus, regardless of the condition of the wire rope sling or the original capacity of the sling, any wire rope sling that is missing its original capacity tag will be assumed to be made of the weakest of the three steel grades and can only be tested and re-tagged as such.

From time to time, CERTEX is asked to load test various articles of customer-manufactured rigging— such as specialized hooks, spreader beams, links, rings, swivels, and the like—for the purpose of determining the capacity of the article and labeling the article with a capacity that is both consistent with its design and manufacture and appropriate for its intended use.
Unfortunately, this is not a service that CERTEX can provide. Determination of the capacity of any article of manufactured rigging is a complex process that involves design, modeling of anticipated stresses, a thorough knowledge of strength of materials, fabrication processes and techniques, assembly, finishing techniques such as heat treating, selection of an appropriate design factor, and many other topics.
Only a manufacturer who is thoroughly familiar with these disciplines can determine the capacity of an article of manufactured rigging

For articles of customer-manufactured rigging, CERTEX can load test to a specific force and tag the article as having been tested to that force. In subjecting such an article to a load test, CERTEX does not warrant the condition or future operating capabilities of the article in any manner or certify the article for any specific use whatsoever.
Responsibility for the design, manufacture, capacity rating, and proper and appropriate selection, use, and application of all articles of customer-manufactured rigging rests solely with the manufacturer and/or the end user.

Testing Customer-Manufactured Rigging Fittings & Articles



Load Testing

In today’s business climate, the importance of reliable, verifiable load testing cannot be overstated. When your lift weighs hundreds or thousands of tons and is worth millions of dollars, you need rigging you can depend on— rigging that you know will lift the load and lift it safely. In short, you need load tested rigging. Most CERTEX locations are equipped with load test machines calibrated in accordance with ASTM E4 standards—with load accuracy of + / – 1% up to 3,000,000 lbs—and traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Weights of Common Materials based on Volume

Material Lbs. / ft.3
Aluminum 165
Brass 535
Copper 560
Iron 480
Lead 710
Steel 490
Tin 460
Brick masonry, common 125
Concrete, not reinforced 144
Concrete, steel reinforced 150
Ice 56
Snow, dry, fresh fallen 8
Snow, dry, packed 12-25
Snow, wet 27-40
Asphalt 80
Glass 160
Paper 60
Cedar & Spruce 22-28
Douglas Fir, seasoned 34
Douglas Fir, unseasoned 40
Hemlock, Pine, Poplar 30
Alcohol, pure 49
Gasoline 42
Oils 58
Water (8.3 lbs. / gal) 62
Earth 75-100
Sand & gravel 105-120
Crushed rock 90-110
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