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Technical Wire-Rope Information and Guidance

Wire rope, a seemingly simple piece of lifting equipment, is actually one of the most widely used products around the world in relation to the sheer number of uses and applications that it has. This Blog looks at technical wire-rope information and guidance for your convenience.

Although many may not realise this, it is highly likely that this piece of equipment will have played some part in your life every single day, whether it’s to form the cabling that allows you to make phone calls, or because it helped to complete the construction of the transport that you use.

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A reel of wire rope

Given the comprehensive nature of this equipment, we thought that it was only appropriate that it deserves its own comprehensive guide to match. This detailed and extensive white paper is suitable to both those who want to learn more on the equipment, or those that are looking for more in-depth wire-rope information to expand their knowledge.

We have broken the wire-rope information guide down into two sections; technical wire-rope information and a guidance section. Within these sections you will find subsections, listing all kinds of information from how wire rope is formed, the different types of rope available, how to get the best use out of your equipment and more.


Why do we need wire rope?

Before moving on to the technical wire-rope information and guidance section, it is useful to spell out just why it is so useful.

This may not come as a surprise, but wire rope has its history rooted in traditional rope, which itself has a history that dates back to around 12,000BC. It’s safe to say that the modern form that is used today is hugely different to that which was used in ancient times.

However, it’s useful to be able to trace its history back, because we can see clear periods in the past where new technologies and innovations have led to the advancement and development of rope into the equipment that we use today.

The piece that is utilised in the modern era has remained largely the same since its discovery in 1824 by a mining engineer named W.A.J Albert. Although it has, of course, changed over the years, the basic concept remains similar.

Albert invented wire rope as a sturdier, stronger and more robust alternative to many of the other forms of lifting mediums that were currently on the market. At the time, steel chains were being used, but should one of the steel links break, the whole chain became useless.

Although first developed as a stronger lifting medium, it now has many other uses thanks to its wide ranging benefits. You’ll find its benefits and uses discussed in greater length below.

Technical wire-rope information

What is wire rope?

It is essentially constructed from several different parts, and isn’t formed just like ‘rope’ as we are traditionally used to. Several metal wires are twisted together in a helix fashion to create a strand. This is done several times to create six or more strands. These strands are then themselves wrapped together, in a similar helix fashion, around a strong internal core, traditionally fibre or steel.

This is what the internal structure of the equipment looks like 

Stainless steel or alloy steel are the most common metals that are used for manufacture, thanks to the benefits that they provide. Again, for more on the benefits of this, refer to our benefits section below.

Here we will break down the three separate sections of what forms this equipment:


This is the strong internal core around which all of the wires and strands are wrapped around. It is designed to provide support to these wires and strands, as well as to maintain their position during any operation.

Fibre cores help to provide great flexibility, and they are also lubricated too, meaning that internal lubrication helps to reduce friction and corrosion.

You will also see steel cores on the market too, and these are great at providing high levels of strength, as well as a strong resistance to crushing, heat and distortion.


Strands are created by wrapping multiple wires together, typically between 3 and 91 wires. The more wires that are used to create a strand, the more flexible both this strand, and the final product in general, will be.


Each individual piece of metal (often also called a rod) is a wire, helping to make up the strands.


You will find that wire rope can be laid in a variety of different ways, and we have covered more on this below. A ‘lay’ refers to the way in which the wires and strands have been placed during the manufacturing process.

The first two sections refer to the way in which the wires are laid, while the second two sections refer to the way in which the strands are laid.

A regular or ordinary hand lay (wires)

This type of lay is where the wires in each strand are laid out in an opposite direction to the direction of the strand. You will find that the top of the wires seems to run parallel to the axis of the rope.

This type of lay makes the rope more kink resistant, as well as making it less likely to untwist. It is also much easier to handle, and has a higher level of resistance to crushing than a langs lay, which we have referred to below.

Although this is the most common type of lay, you will find the only drawback is that it has poor wearing qualities due to where the crown wires contact the strand.

Langs lay (wires)

A langs lay is the complete opposite to a regular or ordinary hand lay, and instead has the wires in the strand running in the same direction as the strand itself. The crown of the metal wires are laid at an angle to the axis of the rope as opposed to running parallel.

This type of lay gives the rope a greater length, meaning that abrasion and surface pressure is reduced. It is also more flexible and resistant to fatigue. However, as it is a direct opposite to the type of lay above, some of its drawbacks are where the above finds advantages. This type of lay is more likely to kink or untwist, and so is most commonly used in situations where the load being lifted is not at risk of rotating.

A langs lay is still an incredibly useful type of lay, and is often used for construction, excavating and mining due to the increased level of flexibility.

Right hand lay (strands)

The most common type of lay, where the strands go from left to right around the central core.

Left hand lay (strands)

As the direct opposite to the above, this is where the strands pass from right to left around the core. This type of lay is most often used for special applications such as for cable tool drilling lines.

A sizing guide

You will see that when shopping for wire rope, there will be two numbers next to each piece. This is a sizing guide that is used worldwide, so the numbers will mean the same wherever you shop.

For example, we stock 6 x 19 wire. The first number, 6, refers to the number of strands contained in a wire rope. The second number, 19, refers to how many metal wires are in each strand.

Some of the different types of wire rope constructions available


The most popular types that we sell are:


  • 19 x 7
  • 6 x 36
  • 6 x 19
  • 7 x 19
  • 1 x 19
  • 7 x 7

As well as coming in a variety of different wires and strands, you will also find that wire rope comes in various diameters too. This can range from 2cm to 13cm, or more, and will entirely depend on the application that you need to use it for.

How is wire rope made?

Interested to know how this tool is constructed? This wire-rope information section contains everything you need to know.

Firstly, using machines, the metal wires are woven together to form the strands. This is done by loading the wire onto a stranding machine, which more or less works as a giant winder. As the wires are being twisted, they are converged in a dye, which is what helps to form them to the required diameter.

At the same time, the wires are also being lubricated, not only to help them move through the dye more smoothly, but also to provide a higher quality product for use. (We’ve written more on this below.)

The wires now exit the machine as one compact and lubricated strand. The strand is run through a large rubber band, which helps to trim any excess lubrication off of the surface, and is then run through a row of straightening rollers.

These rollers exert a heavy amount of pressure onto the strands, which prevents them from unravelling due to the twisting process that they went through previously.

For more information and a visual demonstration of how wire rope is made, please visit How It’s Made – Industrial Wire Ropes.

The benefits and advantages of wire rope

Now that we’ve covered the manufacturing process, it would be useful to briefly examine the advantages and benefits that it provides to its users.


Wire rope is designed to be extremely strong and reliable. Not only does the sturdy inner core and strong metal provide strength, but as there are several strands involved, an operation isn’t reliant on one strand alone.

This is a big advantage over products which have relied on the use of steel chains. Although chains are incredibly reliable, should one chain break then the whole chain becomes completely unworkable. This is the reason that Albert, as referred to above, sought an alternative.


Although the manufacturing process can make it seem that this tool incurs a high cost, wire rope is actually a highly cost-effective solution for businesses.

High resistance

Thanks to the metal used and the lubrication, wire rope has a high level of resistance to corrosion, as well as both hot and cold temperatures.


With a high resistance to corrosion and rust, so you won’t be seeing this!

It is also abrasion resistant too, although it is still likely to suffer some damage after continued and constant use. This is why regular lubrication is so important, as well as inspections. This has been covered in the section below.

The different types of wire rope

There are many types available, each designed with a specific purpose in mind. We stock several of these types, and you can find out more on each one by following the links below.


Gym cables are what operate the machines we use at fitness centres

Guidance on correct usage

Now that we’ve covered some of the comprehensive technical details, we wanted to offer some brief guidance on safe usage. You can read more on the guidelines under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and Lifting equipment at work.

Using wire rope safely

To ensure that you use it safely, all staff will need to undergo proper training. Only competent persons are allowed to work with lifting equipment and to plan lifting operations.

Any staff that are working with the wire rope will need to be fully aware of its lifting capabilities, as each piece of equipment can only handle a certain load weightage, known as the safe working load (SWL).

Please carry out a full risk assessment before conducting any lifting operation. Again, this risk assessment must be carried out by a competent person.

Maintaining the quality of your wire rope

To maintain quality, there are certain factors that you must consider.


You must regularly inspect and test your wire rope to ensure that it is safe to use. Depending on the type of equipment you have, the length of time between each required inspection changes, so please speak with your manufacturer for this information.

However, we would recommend inspections before each new lifting operation. A thorough inspection needs to be conducted, as it may be that there is an internal problem that may not be so obvious at first.

Although wire rope is built to be extremely long lasting, problems can happen, so it’s important that this is taken seriously. If you do notice any damages, please stop using it and get in contact with us immediately.

You must have your wire rope inspected by professionals at regular intervals so that you can be provided with a certification labelling its continued safe usage.


It is crucial that you store your equipment in conditions that will ensure its long-lasting life is prolonged even further. For example, never store wire rope in conditions with moisture in the air.

For a full list of recommendations on how to safely store wire rope, please refer to the section at the bottom of this page.


Your wire rope will come with some level of lubrication already and we’ve covered it to a degree in this white paper, but please make sure that you regularly lubricate your equipment. This will help protect it against any friction and abrasion, as well as protecting the load that it is working with.

What industries can wire rope be used for?

As we previously mentioned, wire rope has an almost limitless number of uses, helping to serve dozens of industries around the world. These are just some of the industries which make use of it:


  • Construction and engineering for use with cranes
  • Aerospace and automotive for help on the production lines
  • Marine for strong shipping cabling
  • Food and breweries, also for the production lines
  • Warehousing for help with the storage of items
  • Mining and oil and gas for deep drilling
  • Military for vibration isolators

The construction industry is one of the heaviest users of wire rope

Find out more wire-rope information

As you can see from the above, wire rope is an incredibly complex piece of equipment, with a detailed history and, given the usefulness for so many industries, most likely a detailed future too.

We hope that the wire-rope information guide above has provided you with everything that you need to know when it comes to this piece of lifting equipment, and that you have been able to find any information or answers to questions that you have been looking for.

Should you have further questions, or are perhaps looking to source some equipment for your own business, then we are ready to help. Please give one of our team a call on 01384 78004, or get in contact with us via our support page here.

You can also view more on our products by visiting our YouTube channel here.



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Inspection Guidelines for Wire Rope

Inspection Guidelines

Recently bought a shiny new piece of wire-rope and want to know the best practice and recommendations for inspecting it? You’ll find all of the information that you need listed below in our inspection guidelines.

Why does wire-rope need inspecting?

Wire-rope has been designed to be one of the most reliable and sturdy pieces of lifting equipment on the market. It’s been designed in such a way so as to result in a higher level of strength, efficiency and capability.

It features strong wires woven together to form strands, which are then woven around an even stronger inner core in a helix fashion. This creates a piece of equipment where the strength and weight lifting ability is shared across the wires, rather than relying on one piece.

However, this doesn’t mean that wire-rope is invincible. All equipment, regardless of its composition and manufacture and regardless of the industry that it is used in, won’t last forever.

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You need to ensure that you carry out proper inspections of your equipment

And, generally, the more often you use your wire rope and the more pressure that it is put under, the lower its service life is going to be. It’s crucial that you inspect it so that you know with full certainty it’s okay for the lifting operation at hand, and to check for any problems.

If you do notice any problems, please stop using the equipment immediately, and get in contact with one of our team straight away on 01384 78004. To explain more about the problems to look out for, please read on below.

How should you inspect your equipment?

Any recommendations for the inspection guidelines come from the government’s Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). Under these guidelines, we recommend that you inspect your equipment at least every six months.

However, it is best practice to inspect all lifting equipment before you conduct each lifting operation, so that you know for certain there are no problems involved. The lifting equipment is designed to have a long and reliable service life, but you still must be prepared for any eventuality.

It’s important to carry out thorough inspections, as it could have both internal and external problems with the wiring. It will obviously take a little more time to inspect its internal workings. Be sure to check it thoroughly from top to bottom, and look for any signs of damage, abrasion, corrosion, rust, snapping, or anything else that could be a danger to your lifting operation.

Getting the right certifications

While you can carry out pre-use checks of lifting equipment yourself (as long as it’s a competent person doing so), you’ll need to have your equipment inspected by the experts at least every six months. This is so that you can be provided with certifications stating that the equipment is safe to use. For more help on getting inspections from the experts, please get in contact with us here.



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Wire Rope Hoists Explained

If you’re conducting a lifting operation, then there’s a high chance that you’ll be finding yourself using a hoist. Wire rope hoists are just one of the many types of hoist that you can find ready for purchase, and we’ve explained more on this below.

What is a wire-rope hoist?

A hoist will be constructed of two parts; the hoisting mechanism itself, usually with a hook, and the lifting medium. This medium can either be a metal chain or a rope made of wire. These hoists can be further broken down into three categories of manually operated, electrically operated or pneumatically operated, but you’ll find both types of lifting equipment in both categories.

Why use wire rope rather than a chain?

It is a stronger, more stable alternative to chains. While chains have been, and always have been, a reliable lifting medium, this item has been created for added strength and lifting safety.

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Hoists are used for many reasons, such as in the image shown above

Wire Rope Hoists Strength

It is able to handle heavier loads than a chain, making it more useful for heavier, more industrial lifting tasks.

Increased safety

If one link in a chain fails, then the whole chain is completely useless. Wire-rope, on the other hand, is constructed from several metal wires and strands being interwoven around each other, so isn’t reliant on one piece alone.

A range of options

There are different types of rope available on the market, for instance such as standard steel or plastic coated, so you are offered a range of choices.

High resistance

This lifting medium itself is highly resistant to things such as corrosion, rust and abrasion, but you can also use a galvanised version which has an even higher resistance to the elements.

Bespoke sizes

Using our modern manufacturing facility, we are able to produce rope for you to your exact measurements and specifications. This makes any lifting operation using a hoist much easier to handle and complete smoothly.

Things to consider

The rope, just like the hoist itself and any other piece of lifting equipment that you have, is still bound by the same rules and lifting guidelines. You can find the appropriate guidelines under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

When it comes to lifting guidelines, each piece of equipment has different lifting strengths, and it’s important that you adhere to these at all times so that you don’t cause any unnecessary harm to yourself or those around you.

Find out more from our team

Our team know everything that there is to know when it comes to wire rope hoists, and all other pieces of lifting equipment. To get in touch with one of the team directly, please either give us a call on 01384 78004, or find our other contact details listed here.



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Tags and Markings on Webbing Slings

You’ll find that all lifting equipment and gear have some tags and markings on them, and these can relate to varying things such as how many people a piece of lifting equipment can lift, or how strong it is. We’ve covered the specific tags and markings relating to webbing slings below.

The colour coding system for webbing slings

The first thing to note about webbing slings that differs them from other pieces of lifting equipment is that they are all colour coded. This is not to be confused with the colour markings that you may find on other pieces of equipment that relate to the time that a piece of equipment was last inspected for safety.


You can expect to see the CE marking on webbing slings

This is the colour coding system for webbing slings:

  • Purple = 1 tonne lifting strength
  • Green = 2 tonne lifting strength
  • Yellow = 3 tonne lifting strength
  • Grey = 4 tonne lifting strength
  • Red = 5 tonne lifting strength
  • Brown = 6 tonne lifting strength
  • Blue = 8 tonne lifting strength
  • Orange = 10 tonne lifting strength

CE markings

All webbing slings should have a ‘CE’ marking on them, which is an abbreviation of the French term “Conformite Euroeene’, which means European Conformity. A CE mark means that the piece of equipment at hand conforms to all necessary European standards and directives of quality.

Markings of capability

Your webbing slings should also have several markings on it that relate to its capabilities as a piece of lifting equipment. This will mean things such as the working load limit, the length in metres, a code of traceability and the year of manufacture.

You’ll also find the manufacturer’s name or symbol marked onto the webbing sling too alongside an ID number.

Find out more on webbing slings

For more information on webbing slings, please get in contact with us here.



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The Best Lubrication Methods for Wire Rope Applications

Wire rope is our best-selling product. It’s innovative structure, high level of strength, and good resistance to corrosion and the elements has made it one of the most widely used pieces of lifting equipment around the world. It’s used for hundreds of different applications across dozens of industries. It’s regular use means that you need to keep it well lubricated to keep it working at its very best! Below we have explained the best lubrication methods for the lifting medium, as well as its applications.

Preforming wire rope

It is constructed from metal, mostly steel, and it is common for metals to be lubricated in many industries to keep processes flowing smoothly and to prevent friction. Steel rope by nature is stiff and hard, and this will further cause friction.

Before it is even lubricated, it is important that it is preformed, which helps to keep the strands in place and prevent any wires sticking out, which can cause a safety hazard.

Why does it need to be lubricated?

Once the equipment has been preformed, it’s important that you consistently lubricated to keep it working smoothly. There are two main reasons for keeping the equipment lubricated, one of which we touched upon earlier:

Reducing friction

As steel rubs on steel, there is a natural cause of friction; lubricating helps to reduce this level of friction. Friction can cause heat damage and wear and tear, which could lead to your rope snapping, so it’s important that this is prevented.

Reducing corrosion

Another crucial reason for lubrication is to enhance the level of corrosion resistance that it has. The lifting medium is already designed with a strong level of corrosion in mind, but lubrication further adds to this, increasing its service life.

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Lubrication helps to reduce the risk of the equipment being corroded


This is especially important if it is to be working in elements where there may be chemicals or moisture present.

The types of lubrication available

There are two types of lubrication available; penetrating and coating. The former will continue to the inside of the lifting medium, providing internal lubrication too, while the latter is just for the rope’s exterior. The type you use will depend on how heavily exposed your equipment will be to corrosion.

Looking for more information?

If you’d like more information on best practices, then you can contact us here.


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How to Measure Wire Rope Assemblies Perfectly

The wire rope that we stock at Rope Services Direct is designed to be used in conjunction with a number of assemblies, all that turn the equipment itself into a useful piece of lifting equipment. Below we have explained more on rope assemblies themselves, as well as how to measure assemblies perfectly.

What are wire rope assemblies?

The assemblies are the finished product of rope and end termination; an assembly of the lifting medium and some other item or object such as a hook. Without the assembly, the equipment itself wouldn’t be able to do much lifting or lowering!

What assemblies do you stock at Rope Services Direct?

Here at Rope Services Direct, we stock the following assemblies:

Rope slings

A rope sling is used as a great alternative to a chain sling.

Bespoke assemblies

Bespoke rope assemblies are similar to rope slings, but are manufactured with a specific purpose in mind and to the customer’s exact specifications.

Gym cables

Gym cables make up the pulley systems that are used throughout gyms to control the lifting and lowering of the weight stacks on fitness machines.

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The equipment is utilised in machines at gyms

Trailer ropes / tail lift cables

Trailer ropes and tail lift cables are the strong and sturdy assemblies of rope that are used in the transport industry to attach lorries to loads.

Winch cables

Winch cables are used for, quite simply, winching.

Crane ropes

Crane ropes are the rope assemblies that are used within the lifting and lowering industry, and are utilised with cranes to help with the lifting of heavy loads.

How can you measure assemblies perfectly?

Obviously when the equipment is working with such heavy loads and objects, it’s important that the assembly is perfect and measured properly. There is a good system in place for doing this, especially when it comes to bespoke assemblies.

There are two ways that we take measurements:


–          Measuring both the strand and rope under tension using certified and tensioned steel tape

–          Using reference marks, which have been predetermined, as well as a fixed gauge which allows us to position sockets accurately

We measure the diameter of the equipment by measuring the absolute extreme outer limits of wire rope, that is the full circle, rather than only one strand; this would give a smaller dimension.

For more information on our lifting tool, or how to measure assemblies correctly, get in touch with us here.



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Colour Coded Webbing Slings

One of the products that we stock at Rope Services Direct, webbing slings, is universally colour coded so that everyone from manufacturers to end-users know exactly what their webbing slings are capable of. To help explain the colour coded webbing slings system in more detail, we have written the following article for you.

What is the colour coded webbing slings system?

Before we explain the colour coding system in more detail, first here are the colour codes used for webbing slings:


–          Purple webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of one tonne

–          Green webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of two tonnes

–          Yellow webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of three tonnes

–          Grey webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of four tonnes

–          Red webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of five tonnes

–          Brown webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of six tonnes

–          Blue webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of eight tonnes

–          Orange webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of ten tonnes

All lifting equipment, whether it is webbing slings, wire rope, or something else entirely, will have a working load limit and a safe working load. The working load limit is the tested limit of a piece of lifting equipment, and is the maximum amount that it can lift. Any more than this and it will break.

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Here you can see some of the various colours of webbing sling that we stock

The safe working load is the limit that has put in place by manufacturers, and is what you should stick to at all times to ensure the longevity of your lifting equipment. The colour coding system above represents the safe working load of the different types of webbing slings.

Why do webbing slings need a colour coding system?

There are strict rules and regulations in place in the lifting equipment and lifting operations industry that affect the way equipment is used and the equipment itself. The most commonly referred to regulation for this is the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), which states that all lifting equipment must be appropriately marked.

While it doesn’t specifically state that webbing slings need a colour coding system, this colour coding system falls into the safe markings laid out in LOLER.

Things to consider with webbing slings

The webbing slings that you purchase and use are colour coded for a reason. Never try and lift more than the weight that your webbing sling has been designated as handling, otherwise  you could run the risk of causing harm to yourself or those around you.

Webbing slings are not the strongest pieces of lifting equipment either. They are generally purchased for their flexibility, adaptability and portability. If you are looking for lifting equipment that can handle heavier loads, then we recommend using something such as wire rope instead.

Want more information on webbing slings?

If you want to know more about webbing slings, the colour coded webbing slings system or how you can get the most out of your lifting equipment, then we would be happy to share our knowledge. You can get in contact with us here.

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An A-Z of Wire Ropes Infographic Guide

While we sell a great variety of lifting equipment here at Rope Services Direct and wire rope is by far our most popular item. It’s adaptable, strong, multi-functional, and used by dozens of industries around the world.

With a huge range of qualities and benefits, it’s more than likely that rope plays a part in your life almost every single day, and you may not even know it! To help explain this piece of equipment better and to demonstrate just some of its wide-ranging qualities and uses, we’ve constructed the below infographic titled “An A-Z of Wire Ropes”.

The infographic

The equipment has such a long history, and such an extensive present-day usage, that it wasn’t hard to fill each letter of the alphabet with something relatable. Okay, maybe some of the letters required a little more brainpower, but, just like lifting medium in question, we’re adaptable! Take a look at our infographic below.

A-Z of Wire Ropes
A-Z of Wire Ropes Infographic Guide – click to view full infographic

What type of wire ropes do you sell at Rope Services Direct?

Now that you’ve learnt a little bit more, we thought we’d give a quick explanation of each of the types of that we sell here at Rope Services Direct.

Stainless steel

This is our most common type, and is constructed from stainless steel. It’s strong, it’s highly corrosion resistant, and it’s designed for multiple industries and applications.

A-Z Wire Rope Guide
A close-up of the equipment

Plastic coated

The plastic coating gives a smooth finish, taking out the roughness you’d have previously felt from the metal. These are used for things such as security cables.

Gym ropes and cables

Designed for one use only; gym machines. You know the cables that help operate the machines you work out on, such as to lift the weights? That’s this handy piece of equipment at work.

Trailer ropes

As with the equipment above, the name is a bit of a giveaway! This equipment is used for trailers.

Security cables

Security cables have a range of applications, and are used for securing one object to another, for example a bike to a lamppost! Their strong and sturdy nature makes them great for security.

Catenary wire

This is perfect for applications such as Christmas lighting, decorations, or hanging heavy curtains.


Rope can have a slight tendency to spin, and while this isn’t usually a problem, you may need something that won’t – in which case this is the perfect solution for you!

Galvanised rope made from wire

The galvanised version has a protective zinc coating, giving it further protection against rusting.

Crane rope

This type is the perfect piece of equipment to be used with a range of cranes, whether it’s tower cranes, gantry cranes, deck cranes, or another crane entirely.

Winch rope

Winch ropes are lighter, but still have the strong and robust qualities that all wire rope possesses. These are perfect for usage with winches.

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Wire rope is commonly used with tower cranes

Rope slings

These are in-house assembled slings, ready for use from the get-go.

Theatre cable

Perfect for all functions theatre related.

Compacted wire rope

This is more compact than its counterparts, giving it a higher resistance to corrosion.

Garage door cables

Does exactly what it says on the tin – perfect for garage doors.

Find out more about our range

Our infographic only gave a brief snapshot of types of wire ropes available; there is plenty more information available! To find out more about how wire ropes are used in various industries around the world, please read our lengthy article and infographic here. Or, if you have some questions you want answered, you can get in contact with us here.


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Web Lifting Slings – Explained

One of the key products that we sell here at Rope Services Direct are web lifting slings. If you’re new to the lifting equipment industry, or perhaps are looking for a little more detail on exactly what it is that web lifting slings do, then below we’ve explained more on this useful piece of lifting gear.

What are web lifting slings?

Webbing slings are just one of the many alternatives to other pieces of lifting equipment on the market, such as wire rope. They are generally manufactured from polyester or polypropylene, making them a lightweight and flexible piece of equipment. There are various types of webbing slings, such as round slings or one way slings.

As with other pieces of lifting equipment, they can be manufactured in a range of sizes and lengths, as well as having various lifting strengths too. Webbing slings are universally colour coded no matter which manufacturer you purchase from, and each colour refers to the lifting strength of that particular piece.

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An example of a webbing sling

The colour coding system for web lifting slings

Below is the colour coding system used worldwide for webbing slings:


–          Purple = one tonne

–          Green = two tonnes

–          Yellow = three tonnes

–          Grey = four tonnes

–          Red = five tonnes

–          Brown = six tonnes

–          Blue = eight tonnes

–          Orange = ten tonnes


It’s important that you make note of this colour coding system, and only ever use the right webbing sling for the job that you have planned. This is part of the law, as in line with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

What are the benefits of webbings slings?

The real question is why use webbing slings over other types of lifting equipment? Below are just some of the benefits of webbing slings:


Webbing slings are extremely lightweight, meaning they are one of the easiest pieces of lifting equipment to transport around a worksite.


This lightweight nature also means that they are highly flexible and adaptable, with a wide surface bearing load. This means they can be used to fit around odd shaped loads that other lifting equipment can not, and they can also be utilised in multiple different ways of lifting, for example to be used as a basket hitch.

Protecting the load that they are working with

Because of their lightweight nature and the softer material that they are constructed from, web lifting slings won’t damage, scratch or scuff the load that they are handling in the same way that other pieces of lifting equipment might.

Unsure which is the best type of lifting equipment for your business?

It must be noted that with this more flexible, lightweight nature comes a lower lifting strength than something like wire rope. If you are unsure which may be the best type of lifting equipment for you and your business, then we’d love to have a chat with you.


If you would like to speak directly to one of our expert team, then you can get in touch with us here.



Image credit: Drew Stephens
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10 Amazing Flickr Images of Wire Ropes

We have explored the topic of wire ropes in great length on our website, particularly its use across dozens of different industries, including the construction, aerospace and mining industries.

In this article below, we have taken a slightly fresh angle, instead choosing to show you 10 amazing images of the lifting medium itself, taken from Flickr Creative Commons.

#1 Its strength

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The above image is great for displaying the lifting tool’s resilience and strength. The rope is being run through what looks like a rope pulley, and while the pulley has stood the test of time, we can clearly see the rust and corrosion it has suffered.

The rope, by comparison, still looks as ready to function as ever!

Image credit: tanakawho


#2 The Golden Gate Bridge

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This is one of the world’s most well-known landmarks; the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It has a famous slight wobble, down to the fact that it doesn’t have a support structure in the middle of the bridge. (It was designed this way on purpose, don’t worry!)

Part of the reason the bridge has the strength that it does is thanks to the use of wire-based rope, which you can see from the thin red vertical lines in this image.


Image credit: Tom Hilton

#3 Golden Gate Bridge wire rope

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This is another image of the Golden Gate Bridge, but this time displaying a fantastic view directly up the ropes that we saw running vertically in the previous picture. This gives us a much better look at just how it is used in this structure.

Image credit: Nick Harris

#4 Animals love it too!

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If you’ve been following our blog for a while, then you’ll know that it is used in hundreds of different scenarios. One of these is shown above, where the equipment is being used as an animal enclosure. Not only is it useful, but apparently it tastes good too!

Image credit: Rick Kimpel

#5 Using rope for fun

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The lifting tool can also be used for a great deal of fun too! Here we see it being used at an entertainment experience to provide the support experience for the user to make it safely from one side to the other. Just don’t look down!

Image credit: Loco Ropes

#6 Rope grips

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They are highly compatible pieces of lifting equipment, great for working with multiple other pieces of equipment. In the image above, we see it being utilised with one such fitting, known as a grip, which helps to securely tighten the rope in place.


Image credit: Sean T Evans

#7 Reels of rope

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In this image we can see one long reel that has been wrapped around a coil, how it is traditionally sold in bulk. It has a strangely mesmerising look in this image!

Image credit: tsaarni

#8 Rope for anchorage

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The image displayed above shows the sheer strength of lifting piece. It has been combined with various other tools and pieces of equipment in this picture to provide a strong and secure anchoring point.

The dense woodland that we can see around the rope suggests that there will be plenty of moisture in this area, furthering highlighting its resilience to the natural elements and its use as a piece of lifting equipment.


Image credit: John Holm

#9 Ropes being used for cranes

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This image here shows rope being used with cranes. Most of us will be familiar with these tall tower cranes, which are the most common instrument for helping to construct buildings around the world.

The equipment both acts as a support structure for the crane, as well as conducting the heavy lifting and lowering tasks that the crane must complete.

Image credit: Ben Sutherland

#10 Rope for elevators

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The lifting medium is the most common tool used in lifts and elevators around the world, helping us to move safely from floor to floor.

Image credit: Andrew

Looking for more information?

We hope that the above images have given you a good idea of just how varied the equipment can be, as well as showing you a little more on how this useful piece of lifting equipment functions. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our expert team.