A sling is a lifting device made of soft materials which is fixed with a metallic chain, cable or webbing sling between a lifting device and the load to be lifted. The slinging includes all the operations of linking devices which are manufactured with metallic components such as hooks, rings, shackles, and chain links adhered to the attached load.
Flat slings, commonly known as webbing slings, are versatile in nature. These are known to provide a strong support to lift a load, ensuring no damage in the lifting process. The primary material used in the polyester is sewn into continuous length with an eye attached at both the ends. Low stretch characteristics of the polyester helps in avoiding any load bounce with the heavy weight.
The variety of rated capacities and configurations for various applications widens flat slings’ adoption across various end-use industries. The versatility of flat slings over chain slings is expected to drive the flat slings market over the forecast period. The flat slings are easily adjustable, easily inspected, can be constructed in the field, and are completely repairable. Other advantages such as load protection without scratching, shock absorbency, and relatively low initial cost are the various other factors projected to drive the flat slings market from 2018 to 2026.
The sharp edges and abrasive surfaces of flat slings are the major challenges hindering the industry growth. Moreover, the strength of the flat slings can be degraded in chemically active environments specifically in chemical industries. The chain slings resist kinking, crushing, cuts, impact, and abrasions when compared with the flat slings. Moreover, chain slings have longer service life compared to other slings and are not adversely affected by oily and dirty environments. All these factors hinder the usage of flat slings and therefore will impact the global flat slings market over the forecast timeline.
There are stringent safety requirements and regulations when working with the slings. These requirements have load charts for quadruple-, triple-, double-, and single-leg slings as well as single- and double-basket slings used in vertical, basket, and bridle baskets. These sling capacities are based on industry standards taking into consideration the hitch type, chain grade, strength of the material, design factor, and the angle of loading.
The global flat slings market can be segmented by product into low strength slings, medium strength slings, and high strength slings. By application, the industry can be classified into logistics and manufacturing. In terms of type, the global flat slings market is segmented into flat synthetic and round slings. By region, the industry into segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Flat wire rope slings are widely used in heavy load lifting applications which are part and parcel of various activities on construction sites, marine industry, shipyards, and others. This component is an important rigging element in the manufacturing industry as it entails considerable heavy duty loading and shifting of heavy objects. These loads may vary in size and shape in the manufacturing activity intended. The manufacturing sector is related closely to the industrial and engineering design, but it also includes a range of activities such as packing, production, and sales of finished products. The selection of the proper flat slings depends upon the application of the sling in any of these above mentioned activities.
Industry participants of the global flat slings market are DMM Professional, Nanjiuang Dahua Special Belt Knit, Gunnebo Industries, Kaya Grubu, Zheijiang Shuangniao Machinery, Columbus McKinnon Industrial Products, Nelco Products, GGR Group, Petzl Securite, Vestil Manufacturing, Sibile Fameca Electric, and Priruli Progretti. Key industry competitors are highly focused on R&D in production technologies for improving the shelf life and efficiency. The best long term growth opportunities can be captured by ensuring improvements in ongoing processes and financial flexibility to invest in optimal strategies.
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