Stainless Steel Wire Rope
We use grade AISI 316 stainless steel rope which complies with EN12385 and EN10264 standards so you can be reassured of quality products from Rope Services Direct.
Where can Our Stainless Rope Be Used?
The stainless steel rope supplied by RSD is used in many areas for a range of applications. Commonly used in both marine and water treatment industries for various purposes. You can observe it on yachts as railings and rigging parts and perhaps on fishing trawlers on their net winches. Water and sewage treatment plants have consistently wet environments making stainless suit this area perfectly thanks to its high corrosion resistance.
Architecture, building design and construction and around the home are also where you will commonly find stainless steel wire rope being used. It can offer a really contemporary feel when used in building and room designs and because they are easy to clean and stain resistant they are perfect for the job.
Anywhere you need a rope outdoors the stainless variety is a must thanks to its corrosion resistance, easy to use and adapt for different purposes and above all its great to look at with its pleasing, shiny surface. Balustrade systems look great when done with stainless rope whether on your stairs or around you’re decking, it will look better and last longer than natural fibre rope.
Because stainless steel cable is strong as well as having its aforementioned properties it is well utilized throughout the aviation industries too. Other areas it is widely used include; chemical processing plants food and beverage industries, railways, bridge building, spacecraft, medicine, energy, culinary and many more.
Our Range of Stainless Steel Wire Rope
There are many constructions of this type of rope as you can see from the products above; there are 3 types which appear the most popular, these are the 1×19; 7×19 & 7×7. We also supply a non-rotating variant and a compacted version for where those properties are required.
The 1×19 is a low stretch 19 strand rope with no independent core and is available in a great range of thicknesses, with diameters from 1mm to 26mm. These are often used for rigging in the marine sector and for mast stays . Because it comes in really small diameters it’s also great for decorative and more delicate purposes around the household and garden, for plant trellising for example.
The 7×7 rope has 7 bundles of 7 strands and comes in a choice of diameters from 1mm up to 12mm. This one is popular for steering cable, rigging, and control cable and also within the engineering, marine and water industries. This is a little more flexible than some others.
The 7×19 rope consists of 19 individual wires within each of the 7 strands and is quite a flexible rope. Great as a control rope/cable, within the marine environment and for engineering tasks. We can supply this in diameters ranging from 2mm up to 16mm.
Our other stainless rope constructions include the 18×7, the6x36, the 8×25 compacted which has a smoother surface for less friction and the 18×7 non-rotating rope.
Stainless Fittings for your Stainless Rope
When you are using stainless rope you may require a particular fitting added in order to provide an attachment or adjustment point. These should be stainless fittings to best compliment the rope. We have numerous stainless steel end terminations available such as ferrules, sockets and rigging screws, sockets and thimbles. We also supply stand alone anchors such as rope grips, shackles, snap hooks and swivel fittings, all in high quality stainless steel.
Our team at Rope Services can press any fitting to your required length of rope to create your bespoke wire rope assembly, you can have the same fitting at either end or different ones, the choice is yours.
We can also offer wire rope inspections and testing where certification is supplied to ensure your ropes are up to the task and health and safety compliant.
Stainless steel rope has different properties to standard galvanised wire rope, both aesthetically and in its construction, this is down to how it is produced.
What is Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is a steel alloy made from many elements. It is different from standard steel because of the chemical compounds it contains specifically Chromium (CR) and carbon (C). The chromium mass must be a minimum of 10.5% and the carbon mass must be no more than 1.2%.
Metallurgists have been developing these chemical compounds since the late 1800’s to produce the stainless steel we see today.
The corrosion resistant nature of stainless increases as the chromium content is raised, there is also another chemical element added to the mix which also increases its corrosion resistance, this is Molybdenum or MO on the periodic table. This is not a naturally occurring one, as it is only found in various oxidation states in some minerals. Molybdenum has the 6th highest melting point of the elements and forms hard & stable carbide compounds in an alloy.
Because the chemical compounds can be varied, there are different grades of stainless steel which will suit different environments. They are graded with an AISI number and our stainless steel ropes are graded at AISI 316, meaning they can be used in marine environments; they also comply with EN12385 & EN10264. There are many famous buildings which consist of stainless steel in some form. The La Geode building in Paris; the Chrysler building in New York; the Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Parliament house flagpole in Australia are just a few examples.
Key Properties of Stainless Steel
There are a few key properties of stainless steel rope that the standard kind does not have. Firstly, as stated above the biggest benefit will probably be its high corrosion resistance, it also resists staining so the aesthetics will not change. It will not succumb to uniform corrosion and rust like standard carbon steel. This resistance makes the rope ideal for applications where the rope will be constantly damp or wet, such as in marine environments.
Type 316 stainless is more resistant to some acids at higher temperatures than others although not hydrochloric acid which will damage any grade of stainless steel.
Stainless steel is easy to clean and sterilize which is why you can find it in abundance in the food industry, especially in high end kitchens, food production plants and cooking utensils.
The aesthetic nature of stainless makes it frequently used in architectural applications and for barriers/balustrades in public areas such as shopping malls and public attractions, as well as around the home.