Do You Need to Load Test When You Replace the Wire Rope in an Underhung Hoist?

Crane Systems | By Columbus McKinnon Training | Mar 13, 2015


Richard, a recent safety webinar attendee, asks:

“Do you need to load test when you replace the wire rope in an underhung hoist?”

Our Columbus McKinnon Training Team answers:

The replacement of wire rope or chain for underhung hoists is specifically excluded from load test requirements. The wire rope should have already been tested by the manufacturer during the production process. The technician should perform a test without a load to check lifting and lowering function, brake operation and to check limiting devices. Reference ASME B30.16 for further details.

Some wire rope manufacturers recommend breaking in the rope. 

After installing the rope and starting with a light load (based on manufacturer’s recommendations), run through 20-25 lifting and lowering cycles at a reduced speed, gradually increasing the weight up to full capacity, if possible. This will allow the rope to adjust and properly seat itself. After this break-in procedure, secure the hook block and disconnect the rope end to relax or correct any possible torque or twists developed during the new installation and break in.

Want to learn more about Wire Rope Inspection and Maintenance of Underhung Hoists? Check out our recent safety webinar for yourself:

Safety Webinar: Wire Rope Inspection and Maintenance for Your Underhung Hoist

To help ensure the safety of your operator and the integrity of your overhead crane system, it is essential that you keep a well-planned inspection and maintenance program for wire rope hoists. This webinar covers the basics of Wire Rope Construction, Inspection Criteria for Wire Rope, and Proper Lubrication of Wire Rope.

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