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Frequently Asked Questions About Cargo Straps

We stock several ratchet and cargo straps here at Rope Services Direct, so it’s more than understandable if you have a few questions relating to them! Please read on below for our detailed FAQs section on this useful piece of lifting equipment.

What are cargo straps?

The clue is in the name with this one! Generally, this equipment is used to tie down cargo securely and safely. While they enjoy heavy usage in something like the transport sector where millions of pieces of cargo are moved every day, they can also be used for personal use. For example, they can be used for something such as for tying something down to the roof of a car.

Some of the equipment that we manufacture

There are different types and styles of cargo straps, you can find more on each of these below.

What are cambuckles?

These are tie down straps that have a cam buckle as their point of securing. Think of buckles as being similar in nature to something like the belt buckle you may find on the seatbelts on airplanes!

What are ratchet straps and tie down straps?

Similar to cambuckles, these are tie down straps which feature a ratchet strap as their point of securing. These ratchet straps can come in a variety of styles, including chassis hooks, delta links, rave hooks and twisted safety hooks.

What are ratchet load binders?

Sometimes referred to as ratchet dogs, these are used to secure larger loads that have a heavier weight than other loads. They fit to chains which you may find attached to the back of something like a lorry, and can then be secured to a load.

What are chains and hooks for load binders?

This product features a chain with hooks attached at either end. The chains can come in a range of sizes, and the hooks in a range of styles.

Can you tell us more about rope?

Rope also falls under the category of cargo straps, and is great for lashing applications. They can be utilised with steel hooks or other fittings for added ease with securing loads.

What sizes do they come in?

All of our cargo straps come in a range of sizes. Perhaps the most important point to note is that using our onsite facilities, we can tailor make this product to fit your specifications. Refer to our contact details at the bottom of this page for more information!

What material are they made from?

Our tie down straps are manufactured from polyester yarns, and we have chosen this material for the numerous benefits that is provides its users. You will find that polyester has a good level of water, UV and chemical resistance, as well as having low-stretch properties and a good level of durability.

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This equipment finds particular heavy use for the transporting of goods

It is also resistant to chemicals, oils, mildew and mould, and no strength will be lost when wet. This is important, as often many loads will be tied down in open-air trucks or to the top of vehicles, meaning that these straps may be exposed to external elements regularly.

Our other items are made from different materials, and will change depending on the piece. Our hooks, for example, are constructed from steel.

What are the laws regarding cargo straps?

Cargo straps, being a piece of lifting equipment, are subject to the same rules and regulations as other lifting gear. To ensure that you have the right knowledge and information on this, we would recommend referring to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

However, cargo straps are also subject to additional rules as well that relate specifically to the securing of loads. You can read more on this here; Load securing; vehicle operator guidance.

Our cargo straps have produced in accordance with the necessary quality regulations, which are DIN 60060 and pr-EN 12195/2.

Do you have more questions?

If you still have more questions about cargo or ratchet straps that you can’t see listed above, or perhaps you have a question about another one of our products, we’re available to help! Please get in contact with us here.

You can also see a visual demonstration of us manufacturing our cargo straps here.


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Wire Rope Accessories – What Options Are Available?

Wire rope has become one of the most widely used pieces of equipment on the market, finding itself being utilised in dozens of industries around the world. Despite this, it is not a standalone piece of equipment, and instead must be used in conjunction with other pieces of equipment such as cranes, or various accessories. We have covered more on some of the wire rope accessories available below. Continue reading

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When to Use Endless Lift Slings

Here at Rope Services Direct, we have a range of products, perfect for multiple industries, sectors and applications. We have deliberately ensured that we have a broad and extensive range so that we can appeal to the hundreds of different uses that there are for lifting equipment. One popular piece of equipment that we stock are endless lift slings. Interested to know if they are suitable for you? Read on below. Continue reading

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Understanding Wire Rope Specifications

Wire Rope Specifications

Wire rope, though a seemingly small and simple piece of equipment, is actually a little more complex than meets the eye. While this complexity is what gives it such a wide range of benefits and that has seen it taken up by dozens of industries around the world, it is by no means the same as standard rope. Below we have laid out a short guide to explain more on wire rope specifications. Continue reading

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Wire Rope Inspection Tips

Wire rope has been designed and manufactured to be a long-lasting, sturdy piece of equipment. It is crafted in such a way so as to be highly resistant to many factors which could cause harm, such as abrasion or corrosion. However, as with any piece of equipment, natural wear and tear will of course happen over time. While some circumstances can be avoidable, the simple fact is if you are using your equipment, it will slowly degrade! This is why it is crucial that you regularly inspect your wire rope. Take a look at these inspection tips below.  Continue reading

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How Effective is Wire Rope in Sub-Zero Temperatures?

Wire rope is most commonly used in sectors such as the construction industry, on building sites where temperatures remain at a normal and stable level. There are, however, industries which operate in abnormal, and sometimes hazardous, temperatures, such as the marine, mining or oil and gas industries.

Read below for everything you need to know about working in sub-zero temperatures

For those of you who operate in these conditions, it’s understandable that you want to know how effective wire rope will be! Here, we have examined how well it will perform in sub-zero temperatures.

Metal – what you need to know

Wire rope has been designed so as to provide a strong and long-lasting piece of equipment to whichever industry it will be operating in. The fact that it is comprised of many different strands and wires means that it is a piece of gear that isn’t only reliant on one factor.

It is, however, constructed from metal, which is known to become more brittle when used for an extended period of time at low temperatures. This affects what is known as the metal’s tensile toughness, which is a measure of the metal’s brittleness or ductility. To calculate this, you must work out the area beneath the stress-strain curve.

A metal that has a high tensile toughness can absorb a greater amount of impact energy before it suffers fractures. A metal that is highly brittle, however, will often shatter upon impact.

As a metal becomes more brittle if it is used at lower temperatures, it is often recommended that these environments are avoided. However, thanks to modern day developments, equipment has been designed to help withstand and last in these temperatures.

So just how effective is wire rope in cold and sub-zero temperatures?

Wire rope is one such piece of equipment that has been designed to operate more effectively when subjected to such conditions. While cold temperatures will still affect the metal, it is still possible to use this gear below zero, although the exact temperature will range depending on which piece of gear you purchase.

For example, galvanised wire rope, which has a protective coating of zinc, is more effective in these temperatures than those pieces which don’t. In fact, it was found that wire rope with this coating showed no significant changes in corrosion rates even when operating at temperatures below -40F.

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Some of the galvanised equipment that we manufacture

Further to this, austenitic stainless steels are also popular in sub-zero temperatures, and are often used in conditions as low as -269 degrees Celsius.

The important thing to remember here is that while these pieces of equipment can operate at these temperatures, they will become more and more brittle over an extended period of time. For this reason, it is recommended to limit the amount of usage that they are subject to in sub-zero temperatures.

Storing your equipment

To further prolong the life of your equipment, it’s important that you also store it in temperatures that aren’t sub-zero. Similarly, avoid high temperatures too. Ensure that it is left securely and safely in a dry environment that is well ventilated.

If using your equipment in low temperatures, then be sure to inspect it regularly, searching for any possible signs of damage, corrosion or rust.

Would you like to find out more?

If you work in an industry where you will be needing to use this equipment at sub-zero temperatures, or perhaps you simply have another query, then we would be more than happy to help. You can find our full list of contact details available here.


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Protection Advice for Web Slings

Web slings offer an alternative range of benefits to wire rope with a more flexible and lightweight nature. This makes it easier to transport and work with, as well as being able to adapt to odd-shaped loads with ease; all while maintaining the quality of the load that it is working with. However, this flexible nature also means that web slings aren’t as strong as wire rope, both in terms of the weights that they can lift and the actual inner strength of the sling. Thankfully, there are multiple ways that you can protect and safeguard your equipment against any unnecessary and unwanted damage; read on below for more protection advice. Continue reading

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The Value of a Web Sling Certificate

Web slings are useful pieces of lifting equipment, making a great alternative to other products such as wire rope. But, despite being different, they will still undergo similar pressures from heavy lifting tasks, and are still bound by the same rules and regulations. Part of these rules cover the ownership, inspection and servicing of web slings, all of which will provide you with a web sling certificate. Below we have covered the value of these.

Fake web slings

Unfortunately, the market of fake goods continues to be as prevalent as ever, with the BBC finding that the number of confiscations of fake goods rose by 76% between the years 2014 and 2015.

While buying fake luxury goods doesn’t impact the safety of the buyer, buying fake lifting equipment could be potentially life-threatening if it hasn’t been manufactured properly. And, with a big market for buying reused or second-hand goods, it’s important that proper documents can be shown to authenticate the equipment on offer.

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It’s important to have authoritative documents

This is why a certificate, provided by a reputable and knowledgeable organisation, holds so much value in this industry.

Inspections and servicing

Government guidelines, found in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), requires that, by law, all lifting equipment must be regularly serviced and maintained.

These inspections can be carried out by you at your workplace, and it is recommended that you do so before each lifting operation. However, LOLER also requires that all equipment is both inspected and serviced by a professional at least once a year; sometimes more frequently depending on the type of gear.

Once these inspections are completed, the owner of the lifting gear will be provided with a certificate that contains acknowledgement of the recent testing and confirms that it is safe to use.

These certificates have value because they show all workers when the last testing date was complete, and when the next one is due, as well as keeping your organisation compliant with all relevant government regulations. Should any troubles arise, these certificates will show that all necessary steps were taken with the operation with regards to the safety of the web slings that you are using.

Find out more about a web sling certificate

If you want to find out more about web slings, or the range of services that we can offer you to provide you with a web sling certificate, please get in contact with us here.



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Wire Ropes in the Future

Wire rope has become an absolutely essential piece of equipment used in the modern world. It’s wide ranging number of capabilities and benefits, and adaptable nature has seen it adopted by dozens of industries around the world for a huge amount of applications. It has quickly developed from a simply lifting and lowering tool to power the way in which we communicate, travel and even live. With a long and detailed past and plenty of present day usage, it’s clear that this special rope has a future ahead of it too. We’ve laid down some of our own predictions for wire ropes in the future below.

The history of rope

There are plenty of studies and support evidence to show that rope has a long history dating back to around 5000 BC. It was used at key moments in the ages that follow this period, helping mainly with various construction projects.

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Rope has helped to build some extremely historical buildings!

However, it was towards the end of the Industrial Revolution, around 1830, that things really changed for this piece of equipment, when it began to feature in “Steam Ploughs”. It was at the same time that Wilhelm Albert, a mining engineer in the German mountains, discovered a new way to manufacture this equipment, greatly increasing its strength and usability.

This invention, although almost 200 years ago, still forms the basis for what is used in the modern era today.

Where do we see this equipment being used today?

Now, steel-based rope is a staple part of dozens of industries around the world for many different applications. To name just a few:

  • Used as the lifting medium for lifting and lowering loads
  • Used as undersea cabling for communication lines
  • Used as internal structuring for buildings
  • Used to pass force and motion throughout an aircraft

For more information on some of the many industries where you’ll find this equipment being used, please read our detailed article here.

So what does the future hold for wire rope?

There is plenty of talk regarding where the future may take us. There is heavy discussion about the use of carbon nanotubes as the chief material rather than stainless steel, a material that would offer heavier strength but in less material.

Could carbon nanotubes be the future of wire rope?


Given that the material that we currently use has helped to construct many of the buildings that we live in and work in, as well as forming its internal structuring, as well as form dozens of the other infrastructure that we use, where could a new material take us?

It’s not just around us that it plays a big usage either; cranes and lifting equipment is even used in space! There is a crane permanently attached to the International Space Station (ISS), and it’s predicted that lifting equipment will also help us to explore Mars. And perhaps other planets too!

Without getting too wildly ahead of ourselves, some more obvious predictions are that we are likely to see an increased use of wire rope in factories and manufacturing plants around the world. As it continues to make processes more efficient and quicker, this seems like a natural progression; especially as more and more robots are beginning to dominate the workplace instead of humans.

Speaking of robots, there has been much research conducted into things such as bionic arms recently, and strong cabling or wiring seems like the natural choice for connecting all the parts!

Are you ready for wire ropes in the future?

If you’re interested in being involved in the future making with our equipment, then we’d love to have you on board! You can get in contact with us here.


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