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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