Wire ropes provide an important and reliable alternative to other forms of lifting gear, making them an extremely useful tool in the lifting gear industry. We examine this in greater detail below.
Wire ropes are highly adaptable in their nature, and can come in many different lengths, sizes, materials and end finishes. They can be utilised with a number of different end terminations including turnbuckles, sockets and thimbles, giving them multiple uses, primarily for fixing the wire rope to a set space. There are also several wire rope assemblies, which again offer multiple solutions to suit your individual requirements.
As we have an on-site facility here at Lifting Gear Direct, not only can we manufacture and produce wire ropes with several end terminations or assemblies, but we can cut and splice the wire rope in sizes and lengths that match your exact specifications.
Finally, wire ropes can be used in conjunction with other common forms of lifting gear, such as air hoists and cranes, further showing their adaptable nature.
Steel wire ropes are an essential piece of equipment in the lifting gear industry
As wire rope can be produced to be corrosion-resistant, rotation-resistant, with right hand or left hand lays, fatigue-resistant and abrasion-resistant, as well as being compatible with multiple end terminations, wire ropes have multiple uses.
This has made wire rope essential in the lifting gear industry as it can be used in many industries, including marine and shipping, architecture and construction as just a few examples.
Wire ropes make for a safer and more efficient alternative to many other forms of lifting gear, particularly equipment such as wrought iron chains. Equipment such as this works only if each link within the chain is still operating; should one link break then the whole chain becomes useless.
Wire ropes, on the other hand, are comprised of several wires wrapped together to form strands, which have then been wrapped together to form the whole wire rope. This provides a piece of equipment that can support itself even if wires or strands break within the wire rope. We would, of course, recommend you discontinue using a wire rope with any broken wires or strands, but should you be in the middle of a lifting or lowering task, the wire rope should still provide an efficient means for safely completing the task before you replace it.
If you are still unsure on whether wire rope is the correct piece of equipment for you, please do get in touch with one of our team here.