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All our new slings are:
PROOF TESTED by our factory. 

Synthetic Slings


VQ Polyester L-Series web slings come with LEATHER tags that offer a number of advantages for rigging purposes. The leather safety tag doesn’t crack or wear like the plastic ones giving you longer service life. Tougher quality polyester yielding less stretch value than other lesser quality slings allowing a more precise lift. This becomes more apparent when using two or more slings together.

L-Series are extra water repellent reducing mildew and grit retention for a longer service life.

Not all web slings are created equally. Here are a few considerations you should consider when selecting a sling.

  •    • Company’s reputation – How long has the company been around and what quality are they known for?
  •    • Sling thickness – How thick is the webbing?
  •    • Stretch value – How much does it stretch under load?
  •    • Stitching patterns – How consistent are the stitches and design?
  •    • Tags – How are the tags attached to the sling and what quality is the tag?

These web slings are a good choice where highly finished parts or delicate equipment must be protected from damage. The polyester material has flexibility to help the slings mould to the shape of the load, gripping securely while cushioning and absorbing shock more than that of a wire rope or chain sling would. They are lightweight and very easy to handle.

Full Safety factor: 5 to 1
Low stretch value: Up to 3% at load

Type 3 EE2-902 Poly Sling-min
ISO9001:2015 Certified

Understanding Sling Types and Tag info

L – Series
The leather safety tag doesn’t crack or wear like the plastic ones giving you longer service life.

  • Manufacturer
  • Product Code
  • Length & Width
  • Date Code
  • Working Load Limit 
  • Serial Number
  • Type of Sling
Understanding the Tag Markings
Type 3 Flat Eye
Type 4 Twisted Eye
Strong AlkaliesOK**
Bleaching AgentsNOOK
Dry Cleaning SolventsOKOK
Halogenated HyrocarbonsOKOK
Oil CrudeOKOK
Oil LubericationOKOK
Soaps DetergentsOKOK
Water SeawaterOKOK
Weak AlkaliesOKOK
** Degraded by strong alkalies at elevated temperatures

Vanguard’s Product info

Sling Ply
 Vertical WLLWidthProduct Codes
Type 316001″3403-11xx
Double Ply
Type 331001″3403-01xx
Type 431001″3404-01xx
Type 562001″3405-01xx
xx – Length in feet

Polyester Round Slings


VQ L-Series Round slings come with FREE SLIP LEATHER tags that offer a number of advantages for rigging purposes. The sleeve has a standard plastic safety tag sewn with safety information stamped on. There is an additional ‘Free Slip’ leather tag with the same information stamped which allows the user to easily view the tag no matter how the sling is being used.

The leather safety tag doesn’t crack or wear like the plastic ones giving you longer service life.

Round slings are made of polyester yarn with continuous loop encased in a sleeve of polyester fabric. The sleeve is colour coded for easy working load capacity identification and constructed so that it protects the internal rows of yarn filament keeping them parallel at all times. The low stretch characteristics of polyester yarn prevent ‘load bounce’ when lifting.

VQ L-Series round slings are extremely light weight and flexible, allowing easy and quick manipulation even when fragile loads are being lifted

Slings Round-min
Each Colour Corresponds with Different WLL
Leather Tags
Leather Tags
Round Slings
 Vertical Product Codes
Purple2,600 340610xx
Green5,300 340620xx
Yellow8,400 340630xx
Tan10,600 340640xx
Red13,200 340650xx
White17,000 340660xx
Blue21,200 340670xx
Orange25,000 340680xx
Gray31,000 340690xx
Orange40,000 340601xx
Brown53,000 340611xx
Olive66,000 340612xx
Black90,000 340613xx
FX5,300 340620xxx

Free Slip Safety Tag

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Vanguard introduces an industry first, Proof Tested polyester slings done by their factory thereby not voiding the integrate of the sling and warrantee as stated in other manufactures fine print.

The new tags have “PT” stamped on them for quick identification.

  • P=Proof
  • T=Tested

A certificate with details is supplied with each sling. You will know by the markings that all measures have been taken in the testing of each sling.

One extra piece of mind showing you that Vanguard goes the extra mile.

Above picture shows the standard warning tag most slings come with.

Below’s picture shows the added Inspection Report tag we have secured to each of our slings. Safety is at the heart of everything we do.

With so many quality and knockoff sling manufacturers out there how do you know you have a quality sling?

To be honest, it is almost impossible to tell with just a visual inspection. Here are a few ways to check.

  • Track record of the manufacture is one way of knowing.
    While this is a good start, you likely don’t know if the sling was made for a distributor under their private label program or the actual factory.
    They could always change manufacturers and or quality and still have the same overall look.
  • Physical inspection will only give you so much information.
    You can do a physical inspection but this isn’t always practical if you are buying them over the phone or on-line. Then it’s difficult to know if the stitching is done correctly and the grade of polyester is of top quality.
  • Proof Testing.
    This would be the ultimate assurance that the sling will do what the manufacturer claims it will do. This, however, is extremely costly and time-consuming.
    Firstly you will need to find a shop that has a test-bed.
    Then each sling will need to be test pulled to 150% of the working load. But wait, some manufacturers do not allow you to proof load their sling or it will void their warranty. You would have to get written permission to do this.

Well, we have taken all this effort out and had our factory do the Proof Testing for you. All our LPT slings are Proof Tested to give you a baseline confidence that you have the sling you ordered at the quality level you’re paying for. Critical lifts are now less critical.

Our factory is: ISO 9001:2015 Certified and a member of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association)

ISO9001:2015 Certified

Inspection requirements

ASME B30.9 Standards of Inspection on Synthetic Web Slings

Web Sling Inspections and Frequency

All inspections shall be performed by a designated person with any deficiencies further examined by a qualified person to identify hazards and determine what additional steps need to be taken to address the hazard.

ASME B30.9.

Initial Inspection (prior to initial use)

Under best practice it is important to inspect the synthetic web sling to make sure it is what you ordered. The ratings and tags are correct and record the serial number in your log book.

(Written records are not required for initial inspection)

Frequent (daily or prior to use)

Designate a Competent Person* to perform a daily visual inspection of slings and all fastenings and attachments for damage as laid out in the removal section. The inspector should also make sure that the web sling that was selected meets the specific job requirements it’s being used for.
*Competent Person- as laid out in ASME B30.9

A Once-a-day inspection might not be enough if the sling is used multiple times throughout the day under extreme conditions. Shock loads, sharp edges, excessive heat etc. can quickly damage the integrity of the web sling so you will need to develop a ‘best practice’ guideline for your working condition.

(Written records are not required for frequent inspection, however, a ‘best practice’ guideline should be in place)


Periodic Inspection

A periodic inspection shall be performed by a Qualified Person no later than 1 year (at a minimum) More frequent in severe service conditions. The following are all determining factors in scheduling the frequency of a periodic inspection:

Frequency of use
Severity of service conditions
Nature of the lifts being performed
Experience gained on the service life of web slings used in similar applications

ASME provides these additional periodic inspection guidelines based on the service of the synthetic web sling:

Normal Service – Yearly
Severe Service – Monthly to Quarterly
Special Service – As recommended by a Qualified Person

Depending on the severity of the operating environment and frequency of use, your business may decide that a more thorough sling inspection should occur more often than the minimum yearly requirement.

Periodic inspections are required to be documented per ASME B30.9 and record retained. The employer is required to maintain a record of the most recent thorough inspection—however, individual records for each sling that was inspected are not required. Maintaining a ‘best practice’ strategy for recording your slings and which ones have been inspected should make producing records in the event of an accident. 

Per ASME B30.9, each synthetic web sling shall be marked by the manufacturer to include:

  • Name or trademark of the manufacturer, or if repaired, the entity performing the repair
  • Manufacturer’s code or stock number
  • Rated load for at least one hitch type and the angle at which it is based
  • Type of synthetic web material
  • Number of legs, if more than one

It is the responsibility of the user to maintain the sling identification—ensuring the tag or identification is still in place and is still legible during the life of the sling. If the identification tag is missing or illegible, it is the responsibility of the inspector to remove the sling from service.

Sling Markings
Inspection Tag

Basic Inspection Criteria for Synthetic Web Slings

When inspecting web slings, daily visual inspections are intended to detect serious damage or deterioration which would weaken the strength and integrity of the sling.

This inspection is usually performed by the person using the sling in a day-to-day job. If during any point of the inspection the following is observed, the web sling should be removed from service and be discarded:

  • Missing or illegible sling identification
  • Acid or caustic burns
  • Melting or charring of any part of the sling
  • Holes, tears, cuts, or snags
  • Broken or worn stitching in load-bearing splices
  • Excessive wear or abrasion
  • Knots in any part of the sling
  • Discoloration and brittle or stiff areas on any part of the sling, which may indicate chemical or UV damage
  • Fittings that are pitted, corroded, cracked, bent, twisted, gouged, or broken
  • For hooks, removal criteria as stated in ASME B30.10
  • For rigging hardware, removal criteria as stated in ASME B30.26
  • Other conditions, including visible damage, that cause doubt to the continued use of the sling

    ASME B30.9 standards specify that a synthetic web sling shall be removed from service immediately if any of the following conditions are present: