Wire Rope Shop
Based in West Midlands in the heart of the Black Country, Rope Services Direct are a time honoured family run wire rope shop, supplying a vast array of products along with the many fittings and end terminations needed to suit your specific application. Crane ropes, trailer ropes, slings, rigging wires, and special assemblies, we can supply them all and more with our experienced riggers and presses we aim to deliver quality products swiftly.
Rope Services Direct carry stocks of many different types of wire rope with a variety of constructions to better suit specific applications, for example we have non-rotating ropes, left hand lay rope and right hand lay ropes; there are also various cores such as fibre cores, steel cores or just solid ropes. A wide variety of strand structures are available including 7×19, 3×36 & 6×16. You can check out our pages for more information on the ropes we offer, all of which can be tailor made to your own specifications.
Stainless Steel Rope
As well as our standard galvanised wire rope we are able to supply a variety of stainless steel ropes which are perfect for engineering, architecture and marine environments. Because stainless steel is aesthetically pleasing it is frequently used in modern buildings and homes for a wide array of features such as stair balustrades. We also stock many stainless steel fittings to compliment stainless steel rope.
We also have our own facilities to produce webbing products in any quantity, whether it is a one off or for thousands. Lifting slings manufactured from webbing materials can be custom made in our workshops to suit your specific applications. Flat web slings, round slings and single use – one way slings for lifting tasks, and ratchet lashings & cam buckles for load securing, all of which can be produced in almost any length with a range of lifting capacities and fittings available.
Fibre ropes are another of our products and include nylon, polypropylene and polyester rope, popular within the marine and transport industries and are available in a variety of constructions and diameters; our skilled team can hand splice any rope to suit your needs and we can supply these ropes in 1 metre increments or by the coil.
Lifting Gear and Equipment
Rope Services Direct can also supply all your basic lifting gear equipment, from chain blocks and lever hoists to plate clamps, chain slings, beam trolleys and loose lifting tackle such as shackles and eye bolts. The Dedicated team at Rope Services Direct aim to give the best customer experience possible, from quick quotations, swift turn around and quick delivery all at the most competitive prices; no job is too big or too small; Give our friendly sales team a call today, we are always happy to help.
Wire Rope – A brief History
Wire rope was first invented in the early 1800’s by a German mining engineer, who saw the need for a stronger, tougher piece of equipment to aid in bringing the mined materials to the surface safely, quickly and with less breakages that was a frequent occurrence with the hemp ropes that were used at the time.
The first wire ropes that were made had been produced by wrapping bundles of wires together with hemp fibres, this was not quite as successful as hoped; so next tiny wires were wrapped around a centre core of hemp, this produced a strand, then half a dozen of these strands were then twisted around another hemp core in alternating directions, this provided much greater strength and stability. Much later as the production had progressed, many improvements were made and different types of cores were used, such as sisal, jute or manila but also of steel which provided the toughest of all types produced. The different types of cores used were to aid in cushioning off the stress forces when the rope bent and flexed.
Later in the USA, wire rope was mass manufactured by John Roebling, which formed the premise used for his triumph in suspension bridge construction, the most prominent being the Brooklyn Bridge. Roebling launched a variety of improvements in the design and materials as well as the production process.
Modern wire ropes are made in a similar manner, whereby single steel wire filaments are twisted into a bunch which is called a strand, then several of these strands are twisted and braided in a variety of ways around a central core. With the modern product you will often hear the terms left hand lay, right hand lay, langs lay and many others, this term “lay” refers to the direction in which the wire strands are wrapped around the core, you will also frequently come across terms such as 6×19,etc. The first number refers to the number of strands in the rope, and the second number refers to the number of wires within each strand. There are many variations of these numbers too. Often alongside these numbers you will find a number of letters which usually refer to the type of core, for example, FC means the rope will have a fibre core, whilst IWRC means an individual core. There are many terms and abbreviations used today when referring to the type and make-up of a wire rope that it can easily become confusing, so it is always best to consult specialist wire rope suppliers and they can advise you of an appropriate product for the application you need it for.
In today’s climate wire ropes are used in numerous ways and are commonly found in industries such as; shipping, mining, architectural, construction, fishing, emergency services, manufacturing and many more. They are often used within the lifting gear industry along with pulleys and chains, and also on wire rope electric hoists.
Fibre Rope – A Brief History
Rope is an important piece of equipment in times gone by. Ropes permitted the first inventors to pull heavy items, as well as combine items together. The combination of rope along with the wheel paved the way for pulleys that continue to be broadly used in the present day.
The expertise of rope manufacturers has dramatically altered through the years; furthermore modern-day ropes have no reference to the ropes from the past.
Farmers, hunters, soldiers, craft workers and merchants have utilised ropes for a lot of purposes right through history, ropes can be seen in cave paintings from 20,000 years ago. Several samples of Egyptian rope from 2600BC and Roman ropes are often witnessed in several museums at present.
The first ropes in the UK were being made out of twisted strips of lime bark, after that plant fibres were used for instance vines, flax, grass and water reed fibres. They subsequently progressed toward using animal hair as well as leather.
During the middle ages ropes were being prepared in so called rope walks that were extremely lengthy structures where strands of the total span of rope was set out then twisted all together to create the rope. Hemp fibres used to be fixed to some hook fixed to a wheel which was gradually turned at the same time as the rope maker backtracked down the rope walk, giving out extra fibres from the supply that he carried. Groups of fibre were later on twisted together to the required thickness of the rope.
This permitted for lengthy ropes to be produced which were essential in shipping because short ropes would necessitate splicing to make them long enough for sheets as well as halyards. The strongest type of splicing is a short splice, which doubled the diameter of the rope creating problems whilst running through pulleys, whichever splices were narrow enough to run easily through the pulleys would be incapable of supporting the desired weight.
A number of fibre ropes continue to be produced from natural fibres frequently for their added visual character, however synthetic fibre ropes for example nylon and polypropylene have become more dominant since the 1950’s, since it is cheaper to produce, and has many different and some superior qualities to a fibre rope.