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Understanding Different Wire Rope
Tuesday, 15th September 2020 Wire Rope

Understanding Different Wire Rope Uses Across Various Industries & Sectors

Wire rope is used by both private and public sector organisations that engage in construction, rigging, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, marine, mining, military, natural resources, chemicals, manufacturing, warehousing and rail activities.

Available in various constructions, sizes and finishes, wire rope is a versatile material that can be used to (among other things) lift, hoist, separate, position, secure, remove, repair, readjust, support and brace items in a safe and effective manner.

Understanding Different Wire Rope

Wire rope was initially designed to assist in the mining industry. Removing minerals from the earth required heavy duty cables that could be sent towards the core of the earth and extract deposits for fuel, manufacturing, construction and fashion purposes. Nowadays, wire rope serves an important role across many industries because of its features and properties.

Wire rope can be fabricated to minimise torsion, withstand high temperatures, carry very heavy loads, be suspended in water or chemicals for long periods of time, suffer continuous vibrations or ad hoc shocks and much more. The diverse application of wire rope makes it an ideal choice in various commercial and industrial operations.

We stock a wide range of wire rope to suit your exact needs and requirements. Instead of making a decision from a limited selection of wire rope, we stock all kinds so that you do not settle for anything less. We stock stainless steel wire rope 0.30mm-20mm, galvanized wire rope 1.6mm-48mm and PVC & nylon coated wire rope in various diameter at competitive prices to suit your specific needs. Our wire ropes and stainless steel cables are sourced from reliable suppliers and are tested to comply with the relevant Australian standards.

To help you understand more about how wire rope is used across various industries, here is a summary of common applications in the top 5 industries.

1. Construction

Construction is one industry that continues to use wire rope extensively. Whether that be during construction of a building, the lifts that operate in a building, window cleaning equipment, supporting utility equipment, operating doors, securing shafts, bracing, anchoring, restraining and many more, wire rope is a common construction material.

Each application has its own requirements. For example, wire rope that is used to suspend lift cars and the external window cleaning and maintenance equipment must be able to withstand heavy loads and also not twist under stress.

2. Lifting

The lifting industry comprises cranes and hoists, both mobile and fixed. You will see these lifting apparatuses at warehouses, ports, construction sites, infrastructure build sites, and other venues that require heavy and/or bulky loads to be lifted, positioned and moved.

The wire rope for these applications need to be designed to suit the exact requirements of the activity so that they operate effectively while in use. Lifting, positioning and moving heavy items needs to be done safely, so the wire rope needs to be sturdy, resist torsion, not snap, have enough flex and withstand a shock or sudden impact.

3. Mining

The mining industry was the primary user of wire rope, and continues to be a major contributor to wire rope consumption in Australia. Wire rope would be used in the lift shafts, to extract minerals, provide essential supplies down below the ground to the mining team, install equipment, secure stairwells and in many other applications.

Together with other stainless steel components, wire rope is an essential material to secure, fasten, position and brace equipment used for mining and natural resource activities.

4. Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry uses wire rope in its assembly lines and facilities to manufacture goods for the Australian and overseas economies. Whether the wire rope is fitted in a conveyor belt, hoist, manufacturing equipment or other device, without an easy to install and maintain component the manufacturing industry would not be flourishing today.

Items always need to be moved around and wire rope makes it easy to lift, pull or push items no matter how small or large with precision and without human effort. With automation, wire rope continues to play an important role in operating robotics.

5. Transportation

The automotive, aerospace and rail industries continue to use wire rope in various ways. Each application of wire rope has different requirements so that it can function appropriately. While wire rope is common in pedals for cars, trucks, trains and aeroplanes, the latter form of transportation requires heat resistant and corrosion resistant cables due to travel at high altitudes and fast speeds. There are many moving parts in transportation and each mechanical part relies on a system of components which commonly include wire ropes or steel cables.

At Keble’s Trading, we are a wire rope and stainless steel cable supplier who stocks a wide range of wire rope for your review and selection. We are one of the leading suppliers of galvanised, stainless steel and PVC & nylon coated wire rope and cable in Australia. If you would like to enquire about our wire rope or stainless steel cable products, or place an order with us, please contact us on 1800 067 687.

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