Wire ropes are popular due to their strength and durability. However, this doesn’t make wire ropes exempt from damage and breaking. Wire ropes will be worn down through wear and tear, but the damage can be delayed if cared for properly. Continue reading to find out tips to care for wire rope and avoid rigging supply failure.
Inspect Your Wire Ropes
The most important thing to do is inspect and examine your wire ropes regularly. During inspections, be sure to look and feel for any minor changes in the appearance or feel of the cable. It’s important that only trained professionals inspect the wire ropes because they know what to look for. Ropes should be checked before each shift. Ropes should also be taken down and inspected from end to end every few months.
Lubricate Your Wire Ropes
Wire ropes should be adequately lubricated. As time goes on and the wire ropes are used frequently, the preinstalled lubrication in the wire rope will begin to dry out, which will make the ropes easily breakable. Chafe gear and rigging gear will become damaged when working with ropes that aren’t adequately lubricated.
Store Wire Ropes Properly
Wire ropes should always be stored in places that are covered, dry, and well-ventilated. They should also be kept in elevated places to keep them safe from flooding. Extended exposure to moisture will severely damage wire ropes.
Avoiding Rigging Supply Failure
It’s important to note that rigging systems typically fail due to human error. The most common cause of rigging supply failure is lifting improper weight loads. Wire ropes and related systems are generally rated to carry a specific weight load. Systems can easily break once users lift over the specified weight load. It’s important to know your system’s lifting limits and strictly follow them.
Ask the Experts
Properly caring for wire ropes and rigging supplies should be at the top of your list regardless of your specific industry. This should be done by experts. At Silver State Wire Rope and Rigging, we pride ourselves in providing you and your company with comprehensive wire rope and rigging solutions. Contact us for all your wire rope and rigging supply needs.