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Ropes and winches: switching designs
Rope is available in steel, synthetic and even hybrid versions. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Laura Hatton investigates
Technical seminars from Bridon
Bridon, a manufacturer of steel and fibre rope, will host a series of technical seminars about offshore rope technology
A synthetic revolution
With increased usage of ropes made from synthetics, replacement criteria for ropes are a key topic of concern in the lifting industry. Laura Hatton reports
New CEO at Samson
Synthetic fibre rope manufacturer Samson announced that Andrea Sturm will be appointed as the company’s new chief executive officer from 1 January 2016
Safety concerns over EN 13001-3-2
Members of EWRIS and DSV have raised concern over the approach to rope selection as per European Standard EN 13001-3-2 on the grounds of safety
Technical bulletin on fibre rope testing
Manufacturer of synthetic ropes Samson has released a technical bulletin regarding tension fatigue testing on ropes made using synthetic fibres
A lighter alternative
Hoist ropes made from synthetic polymer fibres instead of steel wire, and electric winches instead of hydraulic ones are making an impact on the industry. Laura Hatton investigates
Wire rope manual goes online
The Wire Rope Technical Board in the USA has published an electronic version of the Wire Rope User’s Manual, 4th Edition
Staff changes at Alps Wire Rope
Alps Wire Rope Corporation has announced several promotions and new members at the company in the USA
Material options for ropes
New materials and technologies, for example, synthetic fibres and automatic rope adjustment technology, are changing the way that ropes and winches are designed. Laura Hatton reports
United Offshore Services and Samson unite
US manufacturer of synthetic fibre rope, Samson, and United Offshore Services (UOS) have started a partnership
Bridon Neptune Quay opens on River Tyne
UK wire rope manufacturer Bridon International opened a new state-of-the-art factory at Bridon Neptune Quay (BNQ) on the banks of the River Tyne earlier this month. The new facility will manufacture the world’s largest offshore ropes
Wire rope tester promises market-leading results
A wire rope test machine that overcomes all the flaws of conventional bending fatigue testers has been introduced to the market, claims its inventor. The new machine is the brainchild of Roland Verreet, owner of steel wire rope failure analysis company Wire Rope Technology Aachen, in Germany.
Bridon invests in new ropemaker
Rope maker Bridon is installing what it claims as the world's largest closer machine for producing wire rope at its new state-of-the-art facility in Newcastle, UK
New centre to drive Verope expansion
Verope has opened a service centre in Zweibrücken, Germany, to provide specialist equipment and increased warehousing. To assist its growth plan, the special wire rope company's 3,600 square metre facility
World record rope from Bridon factory
Bridon International has invested £30m in a factory to produce multi-strand ropes in gross package weights of up to 650 tonnes
Record cable break test
FibreMax has performed a record-breaking 9000 kN (more than 900 tonne) break load test on an aramid fibre cable as part of a Lloyd's certification project for one of its customers
Lifting empty hooks or not using lower layers can cause rope drum problems
Cris Seidenather, managing director at Lebus International Engineers, offers some remedies
Kiswire invests in offshore
Korean rope manufacturer Kiswire is building a new plant for the production of very large wire ropes for offshore and mining applications
New synthetic rope innovator
FibreMax is a new Netherlands-based company specializing in the manufacture of lightweight precision ropes out of synthetic fibres. "By means of a unique endless winding production process we are capable of producing precision cables that are far lighter, stiffer, stronger and thinner than conventional steel wire ropes
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