Wire ropes should have one dedicated purpose. They should not be utilized interchangeably because different styles and materials are attributed to specific abilities and properties. It can be extremely dangerous to use wire ropes that aren’t designed for your specific application. An accident caused by improper use of wire ropes is detrimental to business because production must be halted while damage and injuries are assessed, ropes are replaced, and items are fixed. Safety should be valued above all else. Continue reading for more information on the most commonly used wire ropes and what you should be looking for when making your selection.
Choosing Your Wire Rope
You have a plethora of options when choosing your wire rope. In order to determine the type of rope you need, you need to identify your specific needs. These are the things you need to know:
- Strength rating
- Corrosion resistance
- Abrasion resistance
- Rotation resistance
- Fatigue resistance
The Most Commonly Used Wire Ropes
Stainless Steel Wire Rope
Stainless steel wire rope is known for its corrosion resistance. These ropes are made out of chrome-nickel steel wires.
Rotation Resistant Wire Ropes
Rotation-resistant wire ropes consist of a minimum of two-strand layers. The direction of the outer layer runs opposite to the underlying layer.
Marline Clad Rope
Marline clad ropes are made out of a synthetic cord that is wrapped around the core in a spiral direction.
Non-Rotational Wire Ropes
These ropes are designed to reduce load-induced torque.
Flattened Strand Rope
Flattened strand ropes have a triangular shape with strands that present a flattened surface.
Contact the Experts
A lot of this may seem overwhelming but that’s where we come in. At Silver State Wire Rope and Rigging, our talented staff of professionals can help simplify the wire rope selection process. We will help you identify your needs and recommend the best wire ropes for your specific application. Contact us today.