Brief guide to piling Cranes
Piling cranes and rigs are
primarily used to drive heavy piles into the ground, which in turn adds extra support and stability to building
foundations. The piles themselves may consist of a variety of different materials. However steel, wood or
concrete are the most commonly used.
Piling functions can be enhances with the addition of other equipment. Drilling tools and vibratory hammers are a
good example. Good examples are expressways, bridges and industrial and civil buildings. The building of
vertical drains (to make soil suitable for construction projects) is a frequent application of piling
Different soil types
No two ground areas are the same so piling cranes need to be able to work with different soil types. Sandy,
gravel-based and soft clay type soils may be present. Also, different scenarios may be encountered with soils
such as soil compaction, this is where air compacts the soil.
Piling crane rope requirements
All piling rigs should have flexible leader kinematics enabling a high radius of movement in all directions.
Choosing the right steel wire rope therefore plays a
crucial role in determining the efficiency of these machines. Main hoist ropes need to have high functionality
and enhanced properties. Key features should be high rotation resistance and extreme resistance to wear and
tear. They also need to be resistant to various external influences such as temperature (cold and heat). Animal
activity (e.g. rodents), dust and potentially corrosive substances in the environment are other factors.
Due to the extreme conditions in which piling ropes operate, they also require a very high breaking strength and
good fatigue properties in order to cope with the stresses involved in foundation and below ground level
engineering projects. It’s highly advisable to buy top-quality crane rope from the outset, for quality and
affordability reasons (as it’s not cheaper to have to buy twice!)
Are you ready to place your Rope Services Direct order?
Rope Services Direct stock an excellent selection of high tensile strength wire rope suitable for piling cranes
well as long dee shackles. Our high performance, compact rotation resistant wire rope is designed to
deal with extremely high minimum breaking loads which is crucial used on piling equipment. If you would like
additional information on the different rope types suitable for piling crane rope, please contact us on 01384
78004 or get in touch via our website by visiting our contact us page, which features our contact form.