Pad Eye Proof Load Testers
Hydro-Wates® offers pad eye testing services up to 100 tons using our own in-house pad eye testing machines and personnel. Pad eye testers for proof load testing are used in instances where the pad eye is deck mounted, attached to an equipment basket, in a hard to reach location, inaccessible or with limited headroom to allow for the use of water bags. If necessary, our pad eye testing machines can be adapted to suit irregular mechanical configurations that would prevent the use of a standard straight-pull pad eye tester.
Hydro-Wates Pad Eye Testing
Hydro-Wates® maintains an inventory of pad eye testing machines that can be used in conjunction with our water bag testing equipment to proof load test pad eyes on a variety of structures, including cranes, vessels, cargo baskets, and overhead lift points, to name a few. We design and fabricate our own pad eye tester reaction frames and pulling mandrels to ensure the highest level of component structural integrity, safety, and reliability. Our current inventory includes 10, 20, 30, 60, and 100-ton pad eye testers. In addition, all of our pad eye testers come equipped with Enerpac® hydraulic cylinders, pumps, and calibrated pressure gauges. Hydro-Wates® can provide certification that your test results meet the established standards specified by API, OSHA, ASME, NSTE, and others.
Pad Eye Testing Safety
Pad eyes, or lifting lugs, are attached to a wide range of products and structures and are attached by welding, bolting or riveting. They are used primarily for lifting or tie-down applications. Pad eye failure can result in dropping of the load and rigging gear, resulting in damage to the materials being tested and potential injuries to the riggers. Testing is performed to ensure that the pad eyes are securely fastened and that the pad eye can accommodate the weight to be lifted or suspended. Hydro-Wates® pad eye testing machines are available for this purpose, and are available in sizes to generate proof load test forces up to 100 tons.
Whether you are performing the load test of pad eyes yourself or Hydro-Wates® is performing the work, our equipment will provide accurate and reliable results. The pressure gauges provided with our pad eye tester hydraulic pumps are calibrated annually, with accuracy certification traceable to NIST standards.