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During a load test, a lifting device is subjected to a load of up to 125 per cent of its rated capacity.

Load testing is a critical step for material handling equipment, as it verifies the structural and mechanical integrity of the device, ensuring the equipment is safe to use and operate. To ensure maximum safety, it’s essential that the test be performed correctly, by a qualified person, at the appropriate time.

Who, what, when and why?

A load test is a physical proof test of a lifting device. During these tests, a lifting device is subjected to a load of up to 125 per cent of its rated capacity and, after the load is released, the lifting device is visually inspected for deformation, cracks or other defects.

A load of 125 per cent of the rated capacity is what’s recommended in the ASME standard B30.20 for “below the hook” devices, and by CSA standards B167-96 and B167-64 for cranes.

These tests should be performed by a load test qualified person — usually a professional engineer — after installation of new equipment, or after a piece of equipment has had a major overhaul or modification. When lifting devices are certified, a drawing of the device with its capacity is typically stamped by a professional engineer, verifying its structural adequacy and compliance with any applicable codes and/or standards.

Turn to the experts

As a leading manufacturer of overhead material lifting systems and equipment, Engineered Lifting Systems & Equipment has expertise in all aspects of overhead lifting systems, including load testing. The company has on-staff licensed professional engineers who are qualified to perform load tests. The price of such tests is based on various factors, such as the type of machine or equipment, type of installation being reviewed, and technical documentation available. A quote outlining the scope of the load test is provided before proceeding.

For more information on load testing, contact Engineered Lifting Systems.


Engineered Lifting Systems & Equipment Inc.

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