Fibre Rope Slings

Rope Services Direct offer a range of hand spliced fibre rope slings with a large variety of diameters on offer to suit a range of applications. Our hand splicing is performed by highly skilled, fully qualified personnel with many years of experience in the wire rope industry. Alongside our fibre rope slings we also manufacture wire rope slings.

Types Of Fibre Rope Slings

Splices can be formed around a thimble eye to create a firmer and stronger anchor point. Alternatively soft eyes and can work well with a variety of fittings such as a hook. We are also able to produce endless fibre rope slings where the two ends are hand spliced into each other to form a continual loop.

Rope slings can be made from a number of materials suitable for different purposes. Polyester rope slings come in a range of diameters up to around 16mm. Polyester is a man-made fibre and is very strong, its strength will not be lost if it becomes wet. Polyester rope has very little stretch qualities so it will not fair well if shock loaded. With good ultra-violet light resistance as well as mildew, chemical and oil resistance these fibre rope slings are ideal for outdoor applications such as marine and sea-faring environments.

Polypropylene fibre rope slings are available in diameters up to 40mm and are a man-made fibre rope. Poly prop rope is lightweight and flexible and has good resistance to oils, acids and chemicals. They do however have much less UV resistance than polyester fibre rope slings, unless a UV stabilizer is added. Polypropylene rope slings will not shrink and are commonly used in water based industries such as boating and water sports due to its buoyancy.

Nylon fibre rope slings are man-made from super heat treated chemicals. Rope Services Direct can supply these in diameters up to 16mm. Nylon has a little stretch so can absorb some shock loading. It is resistant to UV rays and chemicals. Nylon fibre rope slings are super strong and are commonly used for lifting, fishing and climbing applications.

Sisal fibre rope slings come in diameters up to 24mm. Sisal is a naturally occurring fibre with very good stretch properties, it is also resistant to salt water. Sisal fibre rope slings are used in marine, agriculture and general industrial applications.

Call Rope Services Direct on 01384 78004 to discuss your requirements for rope slings and we can provide a quotation for the best rope sling solution for your business. The diameters stated above are standard. However we can often supply fibre rope slings with larger diameters so please ask us.

Fibre Ropes – Safe Handling Do’s & Don’ts

All kinds of fibre ropes need certain care taken when handling them. Especially natural fibre ropes like sisal for example as they can be quite rough and fibres could pierce or cut the skin easily. Man-made fibre ropes are much smoother to handle. However can easily cause rope burns to the skin if not handled in the correct manner. Due to these facts it is often recommended to wear tough protective gloves to protect against these potential hazards.

Fibre ropes can also be easily damaged if not handled correctly, so to prolong the lifespan of your fibre ropes we have put together some basic but fundamental do’s and don’ts to follow which will help prevent unnecessary damage to the rope.

DO;

·         Wear suitable protection

·         Work out any excessive twisting over the end of the rope

·         Wash down in cold running water if the rope comes into contact with oils, chemicals or fumes

·         Cover metal parts and susceptible chaffing/abrasion points (usually leather, canvas or plastic are used)

DON’T;

·         Haul/drag rope over rough or sharp objects

·         Over-expose to heat and sunlight, this can degrade fibre ropes unless a stabiliser has been added

·         Allow excessive turn and kinks to develop, this will cause looping and distort fibres and so loss of strength will occur

·         Combine ropes with different lays

·         Pull rope over the top of a reel, always draw from underneath, or anti-clockwise

·         Allow contact with corrosive substances