Steel is the backbone of the global economy, enabling everything from skyscrapers to railroads to wind turbines. But the sheer weight of this essential material makes transporting it safely and cost effectively a challenge.
Cargo ships play a key role in moving steel coils from A to B – but first, the coils have to be hoisted onto the ships. Traditionally, steel wire slings have been used to load and unload all types of bulk cargo, including coils and other steel products. However, the use of steel-based slings has some serious drawbacks: in particular, their massive weight makes ergonomic handling difficult and poses risks to workers as well as vital cargos.
A dynamic Dyneema® decision
As Europe's second-largest steel producer, Corus is no stranger to lifting heavy loads. Around the world, the company works with port operators to lift heavy steel coils from the dock to the ship – an intensive and repetitive task that puts significant strain on stevedoring crews.
Fortunately for Corus and its partners, the company had begun working with Unitex, a specialist manufacturer of synthetic slings for lifting and lashing applications, to develop a new round sling to meet its exact needs.
Made from Dyneema® fiber, Ultralift™ slings are an excellent alternative to steel wire, chain, or polyester slings – because they’re just as strong as traditional solutions, while weighing significantly less. In fact, the Ultralift™ slings used by Corus weigh only 13 kg, compared to the approximate 100-kg weight of a standard steel wire sling.
Lifting the load
The end result: A lower cost per lift
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