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Why use a wire rope thimble?

Anytime a wire rope is bent so it can be attached to a hanging point, there is a risk that the eye could be crushed. The addition of a wire rope thimble to the eye protects the rope by guiding it into a natural curve and creating an extra layer of support. Adding this protection not […]

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Forged or Cast? What’s the Difference in Rigging Supplies?

With metal components in our rigging supplies category, you’ll often see the word “forged” or “cast,” but do you know the differences between these two methods of metal working? Cast Metal Casting is a technique where the metal is heated until it’s molten- or liquefied- by the head. Once in this liquid or molten state, […]

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What is Stainless Steel?

*This is the fourth in a four-part series about steel used in rigging supplies and rigging hardware. Visit US Cargo Control to see our entire selection of rigging supplies & rigging hardware.  There are many different types of stainless steel, and it might be the most commonly known form of steel because even the name […]

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What Is Alloy Steel?

*This is the third in a four-part series about steel used in rigging supplies and rigging hardware. Alloy steel refers to any steel that is combined with a variety of metals or minerals into alloys to make it stronger or better.  While technically all steel is an alloy, including carbon steel, when someone refers to […]

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Why Add Zinc to Steel?

*This is the second in a four-part series about steel used in rigging supplies and rigging hardware. As explained in the previous post about carbon steel, there are four main types, and two of those involve a layer to add zinc to steel. These two types are hot galvanized dipped and zinc plated. Both of these […]

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Examining the 4 Types of Carbon Steel

*This is the first in a four-part series about steel used in rigging supplies and rigging hardware. Steel isn’t a cut and dry subject like many people tend to believe.  While most think of steel as a single strong metal and that’s it, the truth is there are three common types of steel seen in […]

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How to Use Wire Rope Clips

A wire rope clip, sometimes called a u-bolt clamp or u-bolt clip is used to clamp the loose end of a length of wire rope, once it has been looped back to form an eye. These fittings consist of a u-bolt and has a saddle secured by two nuts. Generally, wire rope assemblies need at […]

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How to Choose a Boat Sling

It might not feel like spring in many parts of the country, but we’re more than ready for warm weather and fun on the water. If you’ll be in the market for a boat sling this summer, we just made it a little easier to find one. We’ve updated our boat lift slings page with a […]

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How to Choose a Lifting Sling

Choosing the right sling for lighting can be confusing, but it’s important to take the environment and conditions where the lifting sling will be used into consideration. Nylon lifting sling Nylon lifting slings are a popular choice because of their multi-purpose uses. A nylon web sling is unaffected by petroleum products like grease and oil. […]

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Wire Rope Clips and Safety

At US Cargo Control we offer a variety of wire rope clips. It is crazy that such a simple device could be so complicated! There are multiple types of wire rope clips for different applications and there is a right way to use them. Hopefully this clears up some issues on how to use a […]

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Wire Rope Basics

Choosing the right wire rope for a job will be based on many factors: application, required strength, and environment, to name a few. Understanding the basic terminology and the abbreviations associated with wire rope can help you decide which will work best for you.   1. Size Displayed as inch or fractional inch measurements, the size […]

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