Jergens Inc. adds new hoist rings for secure die flipping

Jergens’ new die flipping hoist rings ensure operator safety and needed clearance for secure lifting and access to die plates. (Courtesy: Jergens Inc.)

Jergens combines key features of its SP2000™ and Shackle-Lok™ hoist rings for a new productive and secure solution to die flipping.

Two versions are offered — standard and Lift-Check™ — to ensure worker safety and required clearance.

Die flipping is a standard process of rotating and inverting die plates for cleaning oils and metal chips as well as for routine maintenance. “That is no small task given that these plates can be very large in size and weigh (up to) thousands of pounds,” said Chris Spada, Jergens LSG and SFG product manager.

Worker safety is first and foremost when lifting anything of this nature. To that end, Jergens manufactures its hoist rings to strict quality standards, proof tests each one to 200 percent of the load, and then certifies them.

Another matter of key importance is to maintain the structural integrity of the die plates. “One of the design drivers was to make sure users have (chain) clearance for things like die shoes and external plumbing that mount off the ends,” Spada said.

Ensuring zero contact is critical to maintaining the precision and functionality of the die. The side pull design has an offset neck and provides 360 degrees of swivel and 180 degrees of pivot to clear all die components.

“The additional clearance offered with the new design also helps customers in their die-flipping applications where lifting and rotating is restricted due to issues like limited available floor space,” said Spada. “As a rule of thumb, for the greatest amount of clearance, lifting is best achieved when going from horizontal to vertical, then back to horizontal orientation.”

Jergens die flipping hoist rings are available in both inch and metric dimensions as a standard or Lift-Check style that features a proprietary hex head bolt with Go/No-Go identification. The rings are CE Certified and constructed of alloy steel with a black oxide body and zinc plated (gold) shackle.  All the rings are made in the USA, magnetic particle inspected, conform to ASME B30.26 and MIL-STD-209, and feature a 5:1 strength factor.