Swagingsleeves for steel cable assemblies is one of the most commonly performed rigging functions for
lighter duty applications. Watch our video for everything you need to know
to swage sleeves safely and correctly for your next application.
For a text and picture version of this information, keep reading.
Swaged hour glass sleeves are stronger, more cost effective, and do not require future maintenance
or re-torquing of nuts. They are also more streamlined than wire rope clips.
Where rigging products are concerned, swaging refers to the process of using
or machine to apply force to a
or ferrule. Through this process, the sleeve becomes compressed onto and
around a portion of
E-Rigging also carries zinc copper hourglass sleeves which are
recommended for stainless steel cable.
It is important to note that aluminum sleeves are NOT recommended for
stainless steel cable because of the possibility of the aluminum
corroding when in contact with stainless steel. Over time this may cause
the contact between the sleeve and cable to weaken and make an unsafe
Lifting, Overhead Lifting, and Suspending
Properly installed Aluminum and Copper duplex sleeves have been used
successfully to suspend overhead equipment in various industries such
as stage rigging, agriculture, marine, and construction for many
years. It is imperative to follow the manufacturer’s swaging
procedures and verify the swage with a Go/No-Go gauge prior to use.
For critical lifting applications, it is recommended that a qualified
person design, break test, and validate the assembly for the intended
use. The fabrication process and margin of safety must be considered
for the intended application. Shock loads should especially be avoided
with these types of fabricated assemblies, but copper sleeves are more
resistant to cable slippage than Aluminum sleeves in shock loading