Different types of webbing slings

In the material handling industry slings are used extensively for transporting items from one place to another.

Webbing slings are used since they are light in weight, flexible and are tough. They are also versatile and can be wrapped around loads which are odd in shape which have to be moved.

The webbing slings are usually made from nylon and polyester. They are preferred to metal slings which are heavier and can damage the material being transported.

Those interested in purchasing slings for a particular application would like to find out the type lifting webbing sling used, so that they can choose the right type.  

The eye to eye webbing sling is the most popular type of sling which is used in material handling applications. The sling has a eye at each end which is connected to the choker hitch, basket or vertical hitch.

There are variants of the eye to eye like the twisted eye and flat eye. In the flat eye the sling and the eye are in the same orientation, while in the twisted eye, the eyes are at an angle of ninety degrees to the body of the sling.

The twisted eye is preferable when a rough hook is being used, since it will prevent damage to the material of the sling.  

The endless lift type sling is the most versatile of all the webbing slings, since the position where the object is located can be rotated if there is any wear and tear. This extends the life of the sling.

The triangle webbing sling is another popular type of sling which uses steel triangles at each end of the sling. Since the metal hooks used are less like to cause damage to steel triangles compared to the nylon or polyester eyes, these webbing slings are likely to last for a longer period of time.

These slings can be used for basket and vertical hitches, for choker hitches, special lifting slings with a triangle choker are required.