Identifying Wire Ropes

Understanding different characteristics in wire rope allows individuals to determine the type of rope they are using. Knowing some of the key identifying factors will enable users to identify and appropriately use wire ropes more efficiently.

It is possible to identify a style of wire by looking at three specific aspects of the wire:
1) The arrangement style and number of wires in a strand
2) The total amount of strands in a rope
3) Words or letters that indicate construction type

Another way to identify rope is to look at its structure. Look at the way that wires form strands, as well as how strands surround the core. Two common types are regular lay and lang lay ropes. Both types can be made in either right or left alignments. Lang Lay ropes can help lessen the amount of wear on a wire rope sheave. It also has better bending fatigue than regular lay wire.

Knowing about the wire rope that is being used will optimize overall performance. Wire ropes have different specifications and usage procedures. Knowing your rope will allow you to use the rope correctly.