Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP) recently completed construction of its new 3.3 million pound (1500 metric ton) proof tester. With an overall length of 323 feet, and inside pulling length of around 275 feet, it’s the most technically advanced proof tester ever built. Designed and fabricated by Chant Engineering and Bishop Lifting, it’s a first of its kind 3-in-1 testing machine for proof testing slings, crane blocks, spreader bars, oilfield equipment and rigging gear.
David Bishop, CEO of Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. headquartered in Houston, TX, managed the testing equipment expansion project. “We’ve needed a larger proof tester for a long time, and moving to a new 13 acre facility made this dream an easier reality.” said David
The use of proof testing equipment is an important function of sling fabrication. More and more customers are now requiring proof testing on all slings. Proof Testing was driven by the offshore drilling industry and is mandated in the ASME B30.0 “Slings” standard on alloy chain slings, metal mesh slings, and any sling that has been modified or repaired.
Bishop Lifting Products fabricates a variety of sling types, and has been an award winning fabricator of Slingmax® Rigging Solutions. Slings are used for lifting any type of load no matter the size, weight or shape. Bishop Lifting Products partnered with Slingmax ® to supply the right Twin-Path ® or Gator-Laid ®sling for each lifting job. Industries that utilize slings for their lifting applications include aerospace, construction, crane and rigging, government and military, manufacturing, commercial fishing, mining, oil & gas, petrochemical, pipeline, and power generation.