Looking to install or use wire rope overhead? Then
catenary wire is the answer for you. Rope Services Direct supplies a
range of both galvanized and stainless steel catenary wire. Please
read on below to find out more about this product and to learn how
you can place an order.
Where is Catenary Wire used?
There are many instances where you may need various types of wire, cable or supporting instruments running overhead. Applications suitable for this wire include Christmas lighting and other religious displays. Laying decorations, heavy curtain hanging, festoons and the suspending of power cables, particularly at pop concerts and theatre productions. The safety of overhead electrical cables is paramount.
The use of a catenary wire is basically for supporting cables and keeping them out of the way. A further benefit for this is that it takes the strain off the hanging power cables themselves.
What is Catenary Wire?
Catenary literally means the curve that is made
when a wire, rope or chain hangs between two points. Many will think
of overhead electricity wires supplying power and would be quite
correct. However in the lifting gear domain a catenary wire or
festoon cable is used for holding powered cables out of the way of
moving parts. For example on a jib crane (as pictured) the catenary
support wire runs across the top of the jib arm but set out a small
distance so that any power cable can be attached and hang out of the
way of the electric hoist as it moves across the beam. Catenary
systems can also be used on mobile lifting gantries if required,
again this is for optimum safety to keep all electrical wiring our of
Galvanized Catenary Cable and stainless steel
catenary wire differences
As you may have noted earlier, we stock catenary
wire in both galvanized steel and stainless steel options. Here we want to briefly explain the difference
between the two.
The difference with the galvanized version is that
it will have a protective zinc coating applied to the wire. This zinc
helps to protect the wire rope from corrosion or rust. It is worth
noting that the stainless steel version will already have natural
resistance to this. However it can be useful to consider a zinc
coating if your equipment will be used heavily outdoors.
We find that often clients will regularly be using
this equipment outdoors. Due to its popular usage for supporting
cables along structures such as train tracks.
If you are unsure which would be the best type for
your operation get in touch.
Both of our ranges are made from high grade steel.
They can be used safely in many internal and external environments.
We are also able to provide this product in a range of sizes, cut to
your exact lengths and specifications together with the fittings of
Fittings to be used with Catenary Cable
It is unlikely that you will only want catenary
wire for your operation, but will most likely need to utilise it with
end fittings or terminations too. We stock and supply a range of wire rope fittings here at Rope Services Direct, allowing you to
utilise this product and other wire ropes in many different
Steel thimbles are typically used to add strength
and protection to the end eye as it is passed through a fixing plate
fitting. These can be terminated with a wire rope grip to secure the
ends together for a DIY application. Turnbuckles are also commonly
used because they aid in the tightening of the wire to keep it
We can also supply catenary wire suitable for use
with installing an overhead catenary into masonry and concrete. This
can be supplied in kit form with all the components and fixings which
are required. We will also provide full installation instructions,
and are on hand to offer any support for this.
Get in Touch
If you are looking to buy this equipment and maybe
even need some advice, then give us a call today on 01384 78004. You
can also find our other contact details listed here. We will be
delighted to help.
Should this not be quite the right wire rope set
up for your requirements then check out our other types of wire rope
where you will find a huge collection of sizes and constructions as
well as a wide range of end fittings. If you have exact requirements
then we can tailor make a custom wire rope assembly which may be more
beneficial, get in touch with your specific requirements for a quick