This past weekend we visited the O2 arena in London, needless to say it was heaving! Not only with people but also with rigging motors and electric chain hoists, literally everywhere, holding up signs, screens, trussing, lighting, speakers to name but a few!
This really goes to show that there is no lack in the market for requirement as there are hundreds of these mega arenas all around the country such as football clubs and even airports, this is great for the market and the industries economy as I am confident it is on the rise, all of my contacts across the market tell me nothing but positive things with steady growth. As it has it I was contacted by a university doing a survey on the market, it was very in depth and lasted around 40 minutes, every kind of question was asked and my opinion was noted, at the end the lady provided me with feedback on what other people had been saying, it was very positive and a steady growth year on year until 2020 was predicted which is nothing but good news for everyone in sales and hire of rigging gear.
I was amazed at the site of all these hoists and the technical rigging that goes in to these systems, the guys that set them up are very talented and deserve much credit, hats off!
If you operate any type of hoist or crane you will know that a brief daily inspection of equipment is simply just safe practise and should never be disregarded. One day it is likely that your daily check will reveal excessive wear on the hoists wire rope or load chain, this requires action sooner rather than later and that action is to replace the rope or chain.
Many believe that you can simply order the same diameter rope and length expecting it to work or the same gauge chain expecting it to run. If only life were so simple! These cheeky hoist manufacturers want your business and they want it again and again! So they specially manufacture chains and ropes for their hoists and sometimes place rights upon that design. Playing carefully the manufacturers never release enough information to manufacture the rope and there for forcing the customer and middle man to buy from the manufacturer the official rope or chain.
This of course has its ups and downs- the manufacturers tend to take advantage to the fact that they are the only place you can get replacements which means sky high prices for end users, however should something ever go wrong you will usually have the backing of the manufacturers warranty which is not effected with the use of genuine parts. Be safe not sorry, always use genuine replacements, if somebody tries to offer you different- you have been warned!