Wire Rope and Web Sling Specialists
Rope Services Direct can cater for all your rope and webbing needs. We specialize in galvanized steel wire rope and stainless steel wire rope and can custom make any wire rope assembly to your requirements, so whether you need some fine wire cables for your garden or a robust crane rope, RSD can sort you out in no time thanks to our own wire rope workshop and industrial pressing facilities.
Another of our specialities is webbing products, such as web slings, cargo restraints and ratchet lashings. All made to order in our own clean factory by our experienced team and range of industrial sewing machines. Fibre ropes are also hand spliced in this department.
Wire Rope Shop
In our wire rope shop we produce many different types of rope assemblies on a daily basis, some of the most common types we produce are trailer ropes, rigging rope, lifting slings, zip wires and many custom assemblies. We often supply many multiples of these wire ropes to our regular customers; however we are happy to make individual ropes for special tasks.
Wire ropes come in many different constructions, for example, right or left hand lay; wire or fibre core, and the amount or fibres and wires included in the completed rope. It can easily become confusing especially if you add in the non-rotating rope option. Talk to the specialists about your needs to ensure you get the right wire rope for your intended purpose. Using the wrong rope can be disastrous.
Stainless Steel Wire Rope
Stainless steel rope is used in different tasks and areas to galvanized rope, this is because of its differing properties. Due to the fact that stainless steel is aesthetically pleasing to the eye it is popular for home interior projects like balustrade on stairs, hanging shelves or other decorative features. As stainless is very corrosion resistant its outdoor use is endless, perfect for highlighting garden areas or as decking balustrades.
We also supply stainless steel rope to the water treatment industries where it is constantly utilised in wet conditions. The marine and aviation sectors also use stainless steel rope for many tasks. More commercially these ropes are used in architecture and as safety barriers in public areas.
Our range of fibre rope is split into two categories, natural fibre rope such as manila, sisal, jute and cotton; or manmade fibre rope such as polyester, polypropylene and nylon. Each type has its own range of characteristics and benefits but also some drawbacks. So visit the respective product pages on our website to find out all you need to know about each type.
Rope Fittings & Steel Cable Fittings
To compliment all the types of rope in our range we can also supply individual or multiple fittings. Our range is vast and includes fittings for standard wire rope, stainless fittings for the stainless steel ropes and fittings for fibre ropes. So whether you need some rope grips to make your own eye in a rope, swageless terminals, or snap hooks and shackles, we stock them all in many different sizes.
We also have fittings which are permanently pressed onto a rope, these products include turnbuckles, thimbles and ferrules and sockets. Our experienced rope riggers can carry out this task for you on our own industrial press machines.
Alongside our rope department we also have a separate workshop. This is where we manufacture webbing products such as web slings and cargo straps. There are different types of web slings you can choose from, all of which can be made up to your exact specifications. So you may need a 4 metre, 3 tonne web sling with soft eyes. Or perhaps you need an endless or one way lifting sling, additional wear sleeves can also be made to suit. Anything is possible here at RSD.
Other webbing products in our range include ratchet straps and other cargo restraints. There are many sizes of ratchet straps to choose from as well as custom made cargo straps and cam buckle lashings. Visit the respective product page to find out more details.
Because many of our rope and webbing products are used for lifting purposes we can also supply some standard and commonly used pieces of lifting equipment so that you can get all you need from one place. Always follow LOLER practices when using Lifting equipment.
Loose lifting tackle like shackles and eye bolts are popular purchases with ropes and web slings. They are often used together with a lifting device such as a chain block or lever hoist. Wire rope cable pullers are also popular thanks to their range of uses. They can be used with any length of wire rope which is easily replaceable when needed.
Beam clamps and trolleys are available if you require an anchor point, and we also have a selection of plate clamps and height safety equipment should you need them.
Wire Rope History.
It was a German mining engineer who first acknowledged the need for stronger and more robust materials to lift the mined materials to the surface. They commonly used hemp rope which frequently broke, causing many accidents.
The very first wire ropes were experimental, and produced by wrapping bundles of wires together with hemp; although this was not a great success it was a good starting point. Many techniques were tried until they found wrapping wires around a hemp core to make up a thicker strand and subsequently twisted multiple strands around a further hemp core in alternate directions worked it was a much greater success, giving much more stability and strength.
This practice was continually developed over the years, trying out different cores and twisting techniques until coming to the types of wire ropes we see today. Wire ropes were first mass produced in America by John Roebling who incidentally went on to build the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. This man made many improvements in the design and production of wire ropes.
Today wire ropes are labelled in a way to make it easier to determine its construction. For example if you see – 6×19 IWRC this would say that the rope has an Independent Wire Rope Core wrapped with 6 individual strands which contain 19 wires each. Other common abbreviations include FC = fibre core; RHL = right hand lay and NR = non-rotating.
Fibre Rope History
Natural fibre rope has been used for thousands of years. The proof of which is seen in 20,000 year old cave paintings as well as samples from Egyptian times which can be found in many museums.
Flax, grasses, vines and reed fibres were commonly used in the early days of rope. They were weaved, twisted or plaited together. Natural progression or the rope development led them to use animal hair and leather to make stronger, longer lasting ropes, however the ropes were of relatively short length and so useless for some tasks.
The middle ages saw the introduction and development of rope walks; these were very long areas many strands were laid out across the whole length and then twisted tightly together with hemp fibres feeding out from a wheel at the end of the walk, this enabled much longer rope strands to be made. As time went on these strands were twisted together to form a thicker, stronger rope.
Over the year different plant fibres were used for different tasks depending on their characteristics, hemp, sisal and jute were and are still used. Manila became a popular natural rope in more recent years probably because of its smoother, softer nature.
Although natural rope is still used man-made fibre ropes have been increasing in dominance since the 1950’s. These ropes are made from nylon, polyester or polypropylene, the fibres of which are made from chemicals and their reactions with each other. Man-made rope is often cheaper to produce and have some better properties to natural rope.