Swagingsleeves for steel cable assemblies is one of the most commonly performed rigging functions for lighter duty applications. Watch our video for everything you need to know in order to safely and correctly swage sleeves for your next application.
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Swaged hour glass sleeves are stronger, more cost effective, and do not require future maintenance or re-torquing of nuts. They are also more streamline than wire rope clips.
Where rigging products are concerned, swaging refers to the process of using a tool or machine to apply force to a sleeve or ferrule. Through this process, the sleeve becomes compressed onto and around a portion of cable.
E-Rigging also carries zinc copper hour glass sleeves which are recommended for stainless steel cable.
It is important to note that aluminum sleeves are NOT recommended for stainless steel cable because of the possibility of the aluminum corroding when in contact with stainless steel. Over time this may cause the contact between the sleeve and cable to weaken and make an unsafe assembly.
Lifting, Overhead Lifting, and Suspending
Properly installed Aluminum and Copper duplex sleeves have been used successfully to suspend overhead equipment in various industries such as stage rigging, agriculture, marine and construction for many years. It is imperative to follow the manufacturer’s swaging procedures, and verify the swage with a Go/No-Go gauge prior to use. For critical lifting applications, it is recommended that a qualified person design, break test, and validate the assembly for the intended use. The fabrication process and margin of safety must be taken into account for the intended application. Shock loads should especially be avoided with these types of fabricated assemblies, but copper sleeves are more resistant to cable slippage than Aluminum sleeves in shock loading situations.