Rigging Gear Inspection Problems

In Wire Rope Exchange’s November/December 2018 issue, the article, “The 6 Most Common Problems Found During A Rigging Gear Inspection” by Mike Close talks about multiple ways that rigging inspections can shut down or delay production time for companies. The problems range from broken hardware, damaged slings, to broken wires, but the #1 most common problem with rigging equipment is missing or illegible identification tags. OSHA requires tags to show manufacturer information, work load limits (WLL), and the lifting capacities for different sling hitches and angels. For other certain types of rigging, even more tag requirements may be needed.

Once a tag is illegible or removed, the sling is no longer able to be used and must be removed from service. National Band & Tag provides heavy duty aluminum and stainless-steel tags for both wire ropes and chain slings. Our tags are stamped into the material, so they stand up longer in the grease, dirt, and abusive environment than non-metal tags.

If you are a wire rope or chain sling manufacturer receiving too many complaints about your company’s tags falling off or becoming illegible, give us a call for a free quote on custom stamped wire rope tags and chain sling tags.

National Wildlife Day

Today, February 22nd is National Wildlife Day! Also celebrated on September 4th, the 22nd was added to honor the memory and birthday of wildlife conservationist, Steve Irwin.

National Wildlife Day was created to bring awareness of endangered animals that need to be preserved and rescued from their diminishing populations. This day is also used to acknowledge zoos and animal sanctuaries for everything they do to help preserve this planet’s animals and educate the public about conservation. National Wildlife Day is celebrated on two dates, to double the effort to help bring awareness of the plight of wild animals around the globe. NWD encourages wildlife lovers to stand up and fight for animals that need a voice, to visit their local zoo and donate what they can to make a difference in the lives endangered animals lives.

National Band & Tag is excited to celebrate today by recognizing all our conservation, zoo, and sanctuary customers! The research and conservation efforts that our customers make is inspiring, and we are happy to know that they use our products to help make a difference. We have had the opportunity to meet a lot of these great people the past two years at The Wildlife Society Conference, and we are excited to get to work with more conservationists in the future to meet all their identification needs.

Learn more about National Wildlife Day here: http://www.nationalwildlifeday.com/

Banded for Life

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we are celebrating with some different species of birds that not only mate for life, but that researchers and conservationist have banded with NB&T bird bands for life.

Bald Eagles are monogamous birds that generally mate for life unless a pair is unable to produce eggs, and if one partner dies, the remaining partner will seek out a new mate. During courtship, these raptors have various flight displays including a fantastic cartwheeling fall where the pair locks talons in midair.

Barn Owls are solitary creatures until they find and pair off with a mate. They mate for life and become very emotionally attached to their partner. Barn Owls can often be seen cuddling with their partner and babies in their nest.

Geese are very loyal birds who will mate for life and are very protective of their partners and offspring. When a goose’s mate dies, that bird will mourn in seclusion. Some geese spend the rest of their lives as widows or widowers, refusing to mate again.

Laysan Albatrosses return to the colony three years after fledging, but do not mate for the first time until seven or eight years old. During these four or five years, they form bonds with a mate that they will keep for life.

Ravens mate for life and live in pairs in a fixed territory. When their children reach adolescence, they leave home and join other adolescences. These flocks of young birds live and eat together until they mate and pair-off.

Sandhill Cranes mate for life and when they form a pair, the bond can last for years, until one of the cranes dies. After a mate passes away, the surviving crane will seek out a new mate.

Swans mate for life, although “divorce” sometimes occurs, particularly following nesting failure, and if a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another.

Learn about more birds who mate for life here.

Plastic Ear Tags, Not Just for Cows.

Did you know that there are many uses for cattle ear tags that aren’t for cows (or any other animal on Old McDonald’s Farm)? These versatile, plastic, bright-colored cattle ear tags can be customized for different personal and promotional uses, such as:

  • Identification for trees
  • Vineyard row post
  • Orchard Tags
  • Invitations
  • Luggage tags
  • Asset tags
  • Asset Color coordination
  • Wedding gifts
  • Keychains
  • Save the Dates
  • And more!

NB&T resells plastic ear tags from popular manufactures such as AllFlex, PermaFlex and Destron Fearing. Just pick your tag style, and let us know what text, logo, design, or numbering that you want on your non-ear, ear tags for a free quote.

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