RUD Chains, a Kent-based supplier of lifting and lashing equipment for heavy loads, has launched a lifting point for use with large injection moulds that it says can minimise damage during movement as well as ensuring safety.
The PowerPoint Star is a robust lifting point which has the ability to pivot in any direction, allowing the lifting and turning of goods to run smoothly, as well as reducing costs to damaged tools. It offers a unique double ball bearing system that is said to provide a smooth and efficient swivel action when turning loads and is operational to temperatures as low as -40 degrees.
“The demand for loads to be turned, swiveled and twisted during the handling process of a project has increased over the years. Loads can easily be damaged and lifting systems can be considerably overloaded,” said the company. “Mould and die manufacturers are prime examples of this, when moulds or dies must be flipped the lifting points they use need to swivel and pivot at the same time.”
The forged safety latch on the PowerPoint Star is said to protect against lateral bending, as well as the thickened tip of the hook which prevents handling malpractices and resists bending, features that ensure safe handling when lifting and moving heavy goods. It also benefits from a ‘Clevis Fitting’, which allows three types of connections into the clevis; chain, hooks or, most commonly used, a master ring.