Measuring Chain Links: What are the Considerations for Wear?

Entertainment | Rigging | By Nick Fleming | Nov 15, 2018


John, a steel fabricator out of Connecticut, asked the following question during our recent safety webinar:

“When measuring links, are there any additional considerations for inspection and wear as it relates to the area around the embossing of the trace codes?”

Nick Fleming, CM Entertainment Business Development Specialist, answers:

First, thank you for asking the question during our recent safety webinar. We always appreciate those who take the time to seek clarification rather than guessing at a possible solution.

Although it may seem that the area containing Columbus McKinnon’s trace codes and other embossed identification marks may need additional attention or measurement, it actually follows the same parameters as any other section of chain. The embossed areas of a chain are strategically located on the chain links so that no additional consideration is required beyond normal inspection procedures.

So, if you find an embossed area that you suspect has wear or damage, simply follow the same inspection and measuring techniques as you would on any other portion of the chain. If the embossed area is no longer legible, that is indication enough for retirement of the chain. Of course, if you find a mark on your chain in any location that you are not comfortable making the call on yourself, you may always reach out to your local certified warranty center or contact your CM-ET representative and they can help you get the clarification you need.

I hope this answers your question. If you need any additional information, feel free to reach out to me directly.

Want to learn more? View our recent safety webinar!

Safety Webinar: Understanding the Latest Chain and Motor Standards for ET Applications

In this webinar, we will address updates to chain inspection and retirement criteria for entertainment applications. We will also provide insight on recent updates to ANSI E1.6-2 2018 standards and how they relate to frequent and periodic hoist inspection and load testing.

Nick Fleming

Nick Fleming is a CM Entertainment Business Development Specialist at Columbus McKinnon Corporation. He joined CM in 2017 and has been contributing to the entertainment industry for more than 10 years. Nick has an extensive background in sales, operations, and marketing managing large rigging departments to small rigging service teams.

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