Part 1: Wire rope construction and selection
The first part of the Wire Rope Series focusses on how wire rope is constructed, its important properties and the aspects to consider when selecting wire rope. Part 1 includes a fascinating video on how wire rope is made and lastly discusses wire rope terminations and their impact on the safe working load of the wire rope.
Wire ropes are sometimes poorly understood and so in this article we explore wire rope design and construction.
An intriguing look into how industrial wire rope is made.
Wire rope selection is closely related to the properties of the rope. In this article we discuss the most important properties of a wire rope.
Wire ropes are designed to run through sheaves but sheave wheel diameter has a significant impact on the strength efficiency of the rope.
What impact does a termination have on the safe working load of the wire rope?
Part 2: wire rope inspection and discard standards
The second part of the Wire Rope Series focusses on the necessity of inspecting the wire rope on your sites as well as providing guidance on wire rope discard standards.
Diligent inspection of wire ropes is an essential part of a pre-start and daily inspection system.
Wire rope will develop defects during use through several different mechanisms each of which will affect the strength of the rope and therefore limit the working life of the rope.
It is not possible to look at a wire rope and determine its strength. We therefore need to have strict standards to determine when a wire rope should be discarded.