Wire rope is arguably the most important asset that a rigging equipment provider can supply. It forms the backbone of every operation, helping to execute every lift and move heavy loads with precision and security. Without wire rope, the rigging, overhead lifting and securement industries couldn’t meet demands.
For these reasons, it is absolutely crucial to make sure wire rope is properly maintained. Storing wire rope safely and intentionally will help lengthen its working life and improve the safety of your daily operations. Keep reading to discover the key considerations and tips for storing wire rope.
The best method of storing wire rope is on a reel. This helps to maintain the shape and function of the rope over time by avoiding kinks and tangles, which can damage the integrity of the rope and reduce its safety and usefulness. Reels also help centralize wire rope into space-efficient units that can be transported and even stacked.
Once spooled onto a reel, it will be simple and easy to remove the desired length of wire rope when needed. Whether you are working with drilling rigs, cranes or winches, we recommend that you have your wire rope installed and removed by an experienced professional.
Wire rope is a vital piece of equipment, and it should be stored as such. Water, salt, dust, steam, temperature extremes and chemical fumes can wreak havoc on the structure and strength of wire rope. Therefore, store your wire rope supply in a cool, dry, covered, and well-ventilated place. An indoor location is best, but if you must store wire rope outdoors, make sure it is covered with waterproof material.
Additionally, make sure no part of the rope is touching the ground, and that the base of the wire rope reel is elevated at least a few inches in case of flooding. Water immersion can cause the wire rope to corrode and its lubricant to wear off. . When in doubt, check with your rigging equipment provider about wire rope spooling to ensure it is done right.
Inspections of various pieces of rigging equipment are required by law on a regular basis – and wire rope is no exception. Work with your rigging equipment provider to have your wire rope inspected if it has been stored for an extended period of time. A full-scale rigging inspection can also help you determine where and how to store your wire rope on the front-end of a project. A qualified rigging equipment inspector will be able to address the quality and condition of all your rigging and lifting gear, furnishing detailed reports on their findings.
At Southwest Wire Rope, our team has been serving the needs of the rigging, overhead lifting and securement industries with unwavering excellence for 56 years. If you’re searching for a rigging equipment provider, wire rope spooling and storage help or a certified inspector, turn to the professionals at Southwest Wire Rope. Our experienced team can provide insights and recommendations for the type of wire rope, end fittings, hardware, and operational procedures that best suit your facilities and equipment. We look forward to answering your questions and forming a lasting partnership. For more information, browse our service offering.
Over the past 56 years, the rigging, overhead lifting and securement industries have changed dramatically. With the advancement of technology and digitization of data, alongside more capacity and power in today’s machines, the industry has reached a new level. Increased demand and economic pressures are pushing today’s rigging operations harder than ever before, and around-the-clock productivity has become the norm.
While the past six decades have ushered in sweeping changes, some things have remained the same. For that entire time, Southwest Wire Rope has remained a stalwart rigging equipment provider with a reputation for quality and service. We’ve been providing rigging inspections, testing, and the strongest wire rope on the market for years – and we have no intention of slowing down. Here’s how we continue to uphold and define industry standards.
To ensure that each facility and piece of operating equipment is up to code, rigging inspections are required by regulators. At Southwest Wire Rope, we employ a team of certified inspectors that can investigate every aspect of a rig, from the heavy machinery down to the shackles. With attention to detail cultivated by hundreds of years of combined rigging experience, our inspection team offers industry-leading guidance and professional recommendations. Reporting from TESSALink asset management software adds to our comprehensive service offering.
In addition to routine inspections, the Southwest Wire Rope team also performed destructive (break) testing of up to 1.7 million pounds from two separate locations. Need field spooling? We provide on-site installation and removal of wire and synthetic ropes on drilling rigs, cranes and winches. Through our steadfast commitment to raising the bar, we make sure our clients are meeting and exceeding all industry requirements.
At our core, we are rigging equipment providers, and we strive to strengthen our offerings and expertise on a daily basis. In 1983, we introduced our trademark proprietary brand of wire rope to the market, characterized by an iconic gold strand. Nearly 40 years later, “Gold Strand” wire rope is still recognized as the strongest and most reliable wire rope on the market.
Additionally, we have a complete offering of wire rope fittings, synthetic and round slings, chains, and other rigging hardware. We pride ourselves on being experts in the rigging equipment space, providing not only the tools to get the job done, but also the guidance to do it right.
But we don’t stop there. If one of our clients needs a skip pan, spreader bar, or other custom lifting device, we maintain a large inventory of heavy equipment for rent. We continue to reinforce excellence in all we do through the provision and outfitting of cutting-edge equipment solutions.
Finally, we continue to sharpen our skills and cement our place in the rigging industry by defending our reputation as the top rigging equipment servicer and provider in the industry. With every rigging inspection we complete and every client request we field, we seize the opportunity to build upon decades of excellence and provide exceptional products and services. Our team never shrinks back from the challenge. On the contrary, we relish the ability to enter new projects with the weight of a 56-year reputation on our shoulders. The responsibility to uphold and further this legacy informs everything we do – from the largest repairs, to the smallest reports.
Our team has been serving the needs of the rigging, overhead lifting, and securement industries with an unwavering dedication to quality and excellence for over half a century. If you’re searching for a rigging equipment supplier, or need your system inspected by a certified inspector, turn to the professionals at Southwest Wire Rope. Our experienced team can provide insights and recommendations for the type of wire rope, end fittings, hardware, and operational procedures that best suit your facilities and equipment. We look forward to answering your questions and forming a lasting partnership. For more information, browse our service offering.