Durham Lifting Load Testing


Testing Services

At Durham Lifting, we have extensive expertise and experience in delivering static, dynamic, and destructive load testing. We have the capability to load test a variety of lifting and mooring equipment, structures, components, parts and products.


Durham Lifting's Test Machines

Located at our Britannia Testhouse facility in the North East of England, we have a range of advanced testing capabilities available for our clients. These include our 3000 Tonne Test Bed, 2000 Tonne Avery H2 Test Machine, 110 Tonne Vertical Test Bed, Quayside Bollard Testing, and a 500 Tonne Mobile Test Bed that can be transported and set up at any location required. Read below for more information.

3000 Tonne Test Bed

2000 Tonne Test Machine


500 Tonne Horizontal Test Bed


110 Tonne Vertical Test Bed

110 Tonne Vertical Test Bed

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Proof Load Testing FAQ

Proof load testing is a type of test performed on structures or equipment to verify they load-bearing capacity. The test involves applying a specific load or force to the structure or equipment and measuring how well it performs under that load.

The purpose of proof load testing is to ensure that structures or equipment can withstand the loads or forces they are designed to handle. This helps to prevent accidents, ensure safety, and extend the lifespan of the equipment or structure.

Any structure or equipment that is designed to bear a load, such as cranes, bridges, towers, and buildings, may require proof load testing. Other examples include lifting slings, shackles, and hoists. If you’re unsure if your equipment or structure requires proof load testing, contact a reputable company like Durham Lifting for advice.

Proof load testing helps to ensure the safety and reliability of structures and equipment, which can reduce the risk of accidents and improve overall performance. It can also help to identify any weaknesses or defects in the structure or equipment, allowing for repairs or improvements to be made before they become a problem.

At Durham Lifting, we prioritise safety and reliability in all of our proof load testing services.

The frequency of proof load testing depends on various factors, such as the type of equipment or structure being tested, its age and condition, and the level of usage. It is typically recommended that proof load testing be performed at least once a year, or more frequently if the equipment or structure is subjected to heavy use or extreme conditions. Durham Lifting can advise you on the appropriate frequency of proof load testing for your equipment or structure.

Booking a proof load testing service with Durham Lifting is easy. You can contact us by phone, email, or through our website to request a quote and schedule a testing date that is convenient for you. Our team will work with you to ensure that your equipment or structure is tested safely and efficiently.

Testing Services Avaliable at Durham Lifting

If you’re in the business of heavy lifting, you know that safety is paramount. That’s why it’s important to have reliable testing services to ensure that all of your equipment is up to par. At our testing facility, we offer a wide range of services to test everything from ropes and webbing to onshore and offshore components.

Our team are experienced in testing various materials, including wires, ropes, and chains. We also provide testing services for spreader beams, lifting beams, lifting frames, bollards, sheave blocks, and more.

Whether you need to test a new piece of equipment or want to ensure that your current equipment is still in good condition, our testing services are here to help. With our experienced technicians, you can be confident that your equipment is safe and reliable for all of your lifting needs. So why take chances with your heavy lifting equipment?

We work to your schedule, at a time you choose, minimising disruption to your production schedule.

Our Testing Includes:

Durham Lifting is a leading provider of proof load testing services for a wide range of industries, including construction, offshore, and renewable energy. Our proof load testing process involves applying a predetermined load to a component or structure to confirm its load-carrying capacity, ensuring that it meets the specified standards and regulations. Our state-of-the-art equipment and experienced technicians can perform proof load testing on a variety of structures and components, including cranes, lifting equipment, and offshore structures. 

Durham Lifting provides comprehensive tensile testing services for various industries, including construction, manufacturing, and engineering. Our modern equipment and skilled technicians can accurately measure the mechanical properties of materials such as metals, plastics, and composites, including tensile strength and yield strength. Our services enable clients to make informed decisions about their product designs and manufacturing processes.

Our destruction testing process involves applying an increasing load to a material until it breaks or fails. This helps us determine the material’s minimum break load (MBL), which is a critical mechanical property used in designing and manufacturing components and structures.

Our compression testing process involves applying controlled pressure to a material until it deforms or fails. This helps us determine its compressive strength and other mechanical properties, such as elastic modulus and ductility. Our modern equipment and experienced technicians allow us to perform compression testing on a wide range of materials, including concrete, metals, and polymers.

At Durham Lifting, our Shear Testing involves applying a force that causes one layer of material to slide over another layer. This helps us determine the material’s shear strength, a critical mechanical property for many applications. Our team of experienced technicians conduct precise and accurate shear tests on a variety of materials, including metals, plastics, and composites.

Durham Lifting bending testing services assess the mechanical properties of materials used in various industries, such as construction, transportation, and manufacturing. Bending tests involve applying force to a material until it bends or fractures. This helps us determine its flexural strength and modulus of elasticity, which are critical factors in ensuring the material’s reliability and durability. 

At Durham Lifting, we conduct thorough bollard testing. These tests are designed to assess the performance, safety, and reliability of bollards within marine and port environments. With the capability to test bollards up to 200 tonnes, we can ensure the utmost safety and reduce potential risks. We take great pride in being an integral part of the initiative to create a safer maritime environment.

Pre and post-test MPI involves inspecting a material for surface cracks or flaws before and after it has undergone a load or stress test. This helps ensure that the material is free of defects and meets the specified standards and regulations.

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