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Maximum Loads in Stage Rigging: How Hardware and Ropes Work Together

The stage rigging basics have changed significantly since the old hemp systems of the “Golden Age of Sail” (1850-1900).  For starters, riggers have far more choice of materials in hardware and soft goods today.  Hemp, wood, leather, canvas, and metal have given way to thermoplastics and synthetic...

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Using Soft-Attach Blocks and Friction Rings with Industrial Rope

The advanced synthetic fibers in modern industrial rope have given soft-attach pulley blocks several functional advantages over those fastened with traditional hardware.  Whereas metal hardware is inflexible, heavy, and may present a limited range of motion, a soft loop or lashed rope is much more...

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5 Advantages of a High Safety Factor For Industrial Rigging Equipment

Most industries prefer a 10:1 safety factor of breaking load to expected load for industrial rigging equipment.  In other words, if most tasks in general use will involve burdens of around 100 lb on the equipment, it should be able to support a maximum load of 1,000 lb before breaking.

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How to Create Ideal Tension in Shading Systems

Tension in a shading system is a complex balancing act.  It’s both critical to the stability of the structure and also a significant source of risk when mishandled.   Too little tension, and the structure risks damage from wind or pooling water. Too much, and the attachment points may break,...

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How to Fight UV Degradation in Industrial Pulley Systems

Outdoor industrial pulley systems are exposed to intense ultraviolet radiation throughout their service life. Without proper protective measures, the absorption of these rays will cause UV degradation (cracking and disintegration over time) to natural and synthetic polymers alike.

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Truss Rigging Hardware for the Entertainment Industry

Truss rigging systems are designed to bear incredible loads across vast spaces.  The typical box, triangle, and ladder designs provide more stability and support than single pipes while also giving you the flexibility to hang numerous fixtures wherever necessary. 

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Why Use Marine-Grade Materials For Entertainment Rigging?

Entertainment rigging is comprised of two main branches, both of which benefit from marine-grade materials: theatrical rigging and arena rigging. Both call for the same rigging skills, but they differ in the conditions under which the equipment must operate.

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Rigging Hardware for Arenas, Concerts, and Trade Shows

Theatrical performances, concerts, and trade shows each have vastly different creative needs when it comes to the rigging of lights and other equipment. But they also have one thing in common: the installations are temporary.

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Product Spotlight: AISI 316 Stainless Steel Carabiner

Ronstan Industrial’s AISI 316 Stainless Steel Carabiners are durable, versatile carbine hooks that are perfect for access work in commercial and industrial environments.  We have stainless steel carabiners for sale in a range of sizes and ratings to suit customer needs, from securing heavy...

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Form, Function, and Uses of Lashing Blocks

When a pulley block relies on soft goods (rope or straps) to secure it between its load and an anchor point, rather than hard fasteners, it is a lashing block.  Lashing blocks provide a versatile setup that can be used for single pulleys or whole block and tackle pulley systems to lighten the...

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4 Properties to Prioritize in Synthetic Rope for Shade Systems

Shade sails, shade cloths, and other fabric shade systems are all tensile structures—they rely upon ropes to keep the fabric elements anchored and held taut.  While synthetic ropes have eliminated many of the drawbacks common to organic fiber ropes (like susceptibility to mildew or rot), they also...

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Stainless Steel Grades For Outdoor Industrial Use

Stainless steel is highly versatile (with dozens of specialized grades), durable, and extraordinarily resistant to corrosion.  Chromium is the element that makes a steel “stainless”: it can polish to a stunning shine and won’t rust as easily as carbon or galvanized steel.

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Different Types of Blocks, Pulleys, and Ropes and How They Work Together

The many possible combinations of pulleys, blocks, ropes, and other hardware for your system can make the process of selecting and assembling the ideal equipment daunting, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important.  

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Three Reasons to Change from Wire to Fiber Rope

Synthetic fiber ropes have advanced to the point where they have surpassed steel cable, size-for-size, in strength (sometimes by up to 20% or 30%) while also remaining as much as 85% lighter.  

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Sheave Groove Shapes for Fabric Structures

When considering sheaves or pulleys for a shade structure it is important to consider the profile of the sheave as sheaves intended for steel cable differ from those that are ideal for fibrous rope.  

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