When caring for wire ropes, some people overlook an essential aspect – storage entirely. How and where you store wire ropes is extremely important to the lifespan. Continue reading to find out how and where to store your wire rope properly.
Storing Wire Ropes Properly
When you first receive your wire rope, the first thing you should do is thoroughly examine it. The wire rope should be in accordance with all its certificates and relevant documents. You also want to ensure that the wire rope is compatible with your machinery. Thoroughly inspect the wire rope diameter and any terminations.
Where you choose to store your wire rope is as equally important as how you store your wire rope. Wire rope should be stored in a clean, well-ventilated area that’s adequately covered and dry. If you must store your wire ropes outdoors, be sure to cover them with waterproof material.
If you’re storing your wire rope for an extended period, you should periodically rotate the reel. Wire rope should also never be stored in high temperatures. This can damage the wire rope severely, causing it to be unsafe for use.
After Storing Wire Ropes
Even when stored correctly, it’s critical that you thoroughly inspect wire ropes periodically. Proper maintenance will help ensure safety. Make sure that any dressing lubricants used are compatible with the manufacturing lubricant. Contact the manufacturer for assistance if you’re not sure what type of lubricant to use.
Contact the Professionals
Things can sometimes get overlooked when it comes to storing and maintaining wire rope properly. At Silver State Wire Rope and Rigging, our experts can walk you through proper wire rope storage and maintenance. Contact us for more information.