Wire Rope: An Indispensable Part of Your Lifting Gear

Wire rope has been around since the 1830’s, when it was first used for mining in Germany. It is now an indispensable part of any lifting gear. Wire rope is constructed by winding wires into a helix around a centre core. This equipment comes in a wide range of configurations and it can be very difficult to select the correct rope for your hauling or lifting operation.

With eighty years of combined expertise, the professional staff at All About Lifting & Safety can help you in choosing the wire rope that best suits your requirements.

Wire Rope: An Indispensable Part of Your Lifting Gear

Understanding What Gives Wire Rope Strength

An understanding the components of wire rope and what gives it strength can help you in your selection of the correct wire rope for the job.

The Core of the Wire Rope

The core of the wire rope is the centre around which the wire is wound. It is sometimes made from polypropylene or sisal, but it is also sometimes itself a wire rope or a single wire strand.

The Lay of the Wire Rope

This describes the direction of the strands. There are two types of lay available: Lang’s Lay and Ordinary Lay. Ordinary Lay is more commonly used, as it is more stable, but Lang’s Lay is resistant to abrasion and is more pliable.

The Grade of Wire

The grade of wire is an expression of its tensile strength and an indicator of how readily it will break. You’ll pay less for a lower grade of wire rope, but it will be weaker.

Type of Materials Used for Wire Ropes

All wire ropes are made from one of two materials: either bright steel or galvanised steel.

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