3 Key Determinants to Make Sure you Optimize the use of your Wire Rope

Mechanics Hub - July 22, 2013
A wire rope is an important member of the rigging equipment family. If you want to hoist, lift, pull or even drag loads, you can’t do without these ropes. The fact that they are such an important part of your rigging operations means you must be able to optimize their use. While doing so, you can also get better returns out of your investment. In order to make get the best out of your rope, whether it’s stainless wire rope or some other type, you need to do three things well. Call these things, the key determinants that make sure you use the wire rope optimally.1. Choose the Right Wire Rope You won’t be able to use your wire rope optimally, if you haven’t chosen it correctly. The process of choosing the right rope begins with knowing about the wide variety of the ropes available on the market and which one of them satisfies your needs. Research the market for the available choices, and take expert help if and when you can. You also need to get an idea of the reputed manufacturers of rigging equipment and make sure that you buy a wire rope manufactured by a respected name in the niche. This will make sure that you have a high quality product on your hands.2. Taking Good Care of your RopeIf you want your rope to function with full efficiency you need to make sure you take good care of it. In order to ensure its efficiency and to maximize its service life, you will need to stringently follow the maintenance procedures as underlined by the manufacturer. This includes cleaning and lubricating the rope after application and conducting a thorough inspection of the rope after the cleaning process. This will help you minimize damage and will help you identify any and every wear and tear suffered by the rope, in case of damage.3. Awareness of Common problems in the FieldThere are various hazards that your wire rope will be subjected to and which have nothing to do with the actual application, but involve the environment in which the application is being performed. For e.g. high winds is a hazard that you need to take into consideration if you are using the wire rope at a location that experiences high winds. In such cases, there is a danger of the wire rope getting damaged during handling. By identifying, these hazards you will be able to take the necessary precautions to ensure, your rigging equipment does not suffer irreparable damage.Wrapping it upIf you keep these three determinants in mind, there is absolutely no doubt that you will be able to maximize your use of the stainless wire rope. All it requires is paying attention to the rope you buy, maintaining the quality of the rope and making sure that the rope is not subjected to hazards.