Load testing is designed to ensure that the item of lifting equipment can perform to the required standards. A proof load test is required on installation on any lifting equipment before the equipment can be put into service.
It is also required if there are any issues found during a thorough examination which may affect the integrity of the equipment in question, or when a lifting structure has been relocated to a new area.
According to the Safety, Health and welfare at work Regulations 2007 lifting equipment requires testing as part of through examination in below circumstances:
- After any substantial alteration or repair affecting the strength or stability of the product the equipment requires testing.
- Fixed lifting equipment requires load test before first use
- Tower Cranes require testing after each assembly
- Mobile cranes require testing every 4 years.
- Winches require testing every 4 years
- Lifting Equipment Support structures such as jibs, beams, monorails or anchor points require testing before first use.
All our engineers are trained to carry out load tests as part of through examination. We can perform static load tests or if required we have a large selection of test weights which we can hire out when carrying out live load tests.
Quarry Brake Testing
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, employers are required to ensure the health and safety of their employees and any third party affected by their work activities. A vehicle is considered a place of work according to HSA legislation, thus, the site brake testing is carried out to ensure the plant is safe to operate by employees. The Quarry brake test is mainly carried out on rubber-tyre vehicles examples include loading shovels, dumpers, graders, etc.
Non Destructive Testing (NDT) is the process used to identify discontinuities, irregularities or faults in materials. It can be used to check weld joints and to find, size and locate surface and subsurface flaws and defects.
To carry out NDT tests we use our very own test bed located in our Dublin warehouse which can test up to 80ton.
This process uses high frequency sound energy to identify and check internal flaws in materials. This test is used to check when weld penetration, forging of metals and at times where visual inspection cannot be used.
This method is a widely applied and low-cost inspection used to detect defects in both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The speed and low cost of this test are the primary advantages of this method. DPI is often used to detect faults or cracks in casting, forging and welding surfaces.
Hardness is a characteristic of a material, not a fundamental physical property. It is defined as the resistance to indentation, and it is determined by measuring the permanent depth of the indentation. More simply put, when using a fixed force (load) and a given indenter, the smaller the indentation, the harder the material. Indentation hardness value is obtained by measuring the depth or the area of the indentation using one of over 12 different test methods