If your business values safety and productivity, you need to use the right tools for the job. The ropes that you use determine strength, flexibility, and longevity. Applications typically have multiple choices for what can work, so how do you make a smart choice? It is important to identify the combination of properties that each wire rope type has because it dictates specific performance abilities. Before making any decisions for your business and the safety of employees, you should look closely at each rope's unique properties.
The is a great deal of nuance and intricacies associated with building stainless-steel wire ropes. A rule of thumb is that when fatigue resistance goes up, abrasion resistance goes down (vice versa). To create fatigue-resistant ropes, manufacturers must use many small, outer wire. This construction type does not hold up well against abrasion, so it easily suffers this type of damage.
To determine which rope is best for your business and application, you should understand the most basic properties of stainless-steel wire ropes:
The most important aspect of a rope is its strength rating. Published material that comes along with the rope shows MBF (minimum breaking force) and nominal strength. When put into working conditions, ropes should only break at numbers equal or higher than the rope's minimum breaking force. To avoid this problem, you should always avoid running ropes at near breaking force. It is wise to purchase and use a wire rope with a higher MBF.