Avoid danger: How to protect your chain with proper calibration

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How is the chain calibrated to ensure optimum performance


Chains are crucial components in both industrial and maritime applications. Proper calibration of these chains not only extends their lifespan but also ensures safety and performance. In this blog, we will delve into the essential steps and considerations for chain calibration.

The Importance of Chain Calibration


Calibration is vital for maintaining the integrity and functionality of chains used in heavy-duty applications. Uncalibrated chains pose risks such as unexpected breakage and excessive wear, which can lead to costly downtime and safety hazards. Proper calibration ensures that chains meet specified standards, improving their reliability and efficiency.

Steps for Chain Calibration

Visual Inspection

Begin with a thorough visual inspection to identify any obvious defects such as cracks, corrosion, or deformation. This preliminary check helps in determining if the chain is fit for further testing.

Dimensional Verification

Use precision measuring tools like calipers and micrometers to check the key dimensions of the chain:

  • Pitch: Measure the distance between corresponding points of adjacent links.

  • Inner Width: Verify the width of the link’s inner space.

  • Wire Diameter: Check the diameter of the chain link wire. Compare these measurements with the values specified in the standard and the calibration certificate to ensure accuracy.

Load Testing

Conduct a breaking load test using a tensile testing machine. This test ensures that the chain can withstand the specified load without breaking, confirming its strength and reliability.

Hardness Testing

Perform a hardness test to determine the material’s resistance to deformation. The hardness values should align with those specified in the calibration certificate, ensuring the chain's durability.

Common Issues and Solutions

During the calibration process, you may encounter common issues such as measurement errors or tool inaccuracies. To address these:

  • Regular Maintenance: Ensure calibration tools are regularly maintained and calibrated.

  • Training: Provide adequate training to personnel conducting the calibration.

  • Documentation: Keep detailed records of each calibration to track and rectify recurring issues.


Proper chain calibration is not just a regulatory requirement but a critical practice for maintaining equipment safety and efficiency. Contact us today to learn more about our chain calibration services and how we can help you ensure the reliability and safety of your chains.

By focusing on these key aspects and following a structured calibration process, you can ensure that your chains meet the highest standards of performance and safety.

Top Lifting is a manufactures of high-quality lifting and lashing products. We have an in-house team with qualified fabricators and sewing
specialists. Our testing equipment ensures that rated capacities are met with the standard. 

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