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Wire Rope Handling and storage


Care must be taken when removing wire rope from reels or coils. When removing the ropes from the reel or coil, the reel or coil MUST rotate as the rope unwinds. The following illustrations demonstrate the right and wrong way of unreeling a rope.



Wire should be stored in a well ventilated, dry building or shed. If it is necessary to store them outside, cover them so that moisture cannot induce corrosion.


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For unreeling a reel, a spindle should be put through the reel and its ends jacked up to allow free rotation of the reel when the rope end is pulled.

Rope in a coil should be paid out from a turntable, or alternatively, the outer end of the coil may be  made free and the remainder rolled along the ground, ensuring the ground is free from contaminants.

Any attempt to unwind a rope from a stationary reel or coil WILL result in a kinked rope. A kink is a permanent deformation or reshaping of rope. Kinks lead to imbalances of lay length which will cause excessive wear.

When reeling wire rope from one reel to another, or during installation on a drum, it should always pay out from the top of the reel to the top of the other reel, or from the bottom of the reel to the bottom of the other reel as illustrated.


Whenever handling wire rope, take care not to drop reels or coils. This can damage wire rope and collapse the reel, making removal of the wire rope extremely difficult.


All steps should be taken to not damage the wire, or compromise the integrity of the wire rope and strand. Below are some simple methods that should always be followed.


                Store and handle wire rope correctly
                Check that you have the correct rope for the application.
                Ask for a Mill Certificate if unsure about the ropes quality
                Remove rope from a reel or coil correctly without kinking
                Ensure the correct end terminations and rope anchors are used
                Ensure correct location of rope on the drum
                Inspect the wire rope for damage, wear, corrosion, or abuse at
               regular intervals


                Try to shorten the rope by tying a knot
                Drag wire ropes over sharp edges or abrasive surfaces
                Repeatedly bend wire ropes over a small radius
                Use ropes with obvious signs of mechanical, corrosive or heat
                damage without advice from a qualified/competent person.
                Use wire ropes that are excessively worn, damaged or corroded.


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