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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