1. Scissor Type Saddle Clamps
One of the basic China saddle clamp types, scissor beam clamp is considered ideal for majority of lifting applications. Since it used a scissor action for the manipulation of weight of the load and to apply clamping load, it is called scissor type beam clamp. The clamping jaws of this beam clamp are quite rough and hence enable them to form a better grip.
Before you put it into use, make sure to check its condition and inspect the pivot bolt and watch for any sort of wear and tear. You must also check the SWL, identification and the beam it can be used with.
2. Adjustable Type Saddle Clamps (With Fixed Jaw)
Screw thread, screw spigot and tommy bar must be checked thoroughly. SWL and identification must also be checked properly before it is put to use.
3. Adjustable Type Saddle Clamps (With Swivel Jaw)
With swivel jaw beam clamps, the swivel jaws must be able to move freely. Like all other beam clamps, the SWL, identification, screw spigot, screw thread and tommy bar must also be checked along with its general condition.
Here’s a list of pre-inspection tips you must follow to avoid any occupational hazards
Always check that the beam clamp is of the perfect size for the beam. Choosing wrong sized clamp or structural beam clamp will only lead to problems.
Inspect the clamp properly for any sort of wear, deterioration or damage. Shackle and hinge attachment points must be checked thoroughly for this.
Examine the tommy handle for damage and distortion.
Always check SWL and identification as well as colour code. Never exceed the advised SWL of beam clamp.
Screw spigots must not be damaged or worn out.
Never try to replace bolts without consulting the supplier. Fitting of a wrong screw can cause damage to the beam clamp.
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