Wire Rope Services
Our technical services representatives are experts in wire rope and have an in-depth understanding of all aspects of rope management including rope inspections or testing requirements in accordance with Australian and International Standards.
We can undertake a thorough inspection of plant and rope systems as part of a complete inspection package to minimise the downtime of your equipment. Ranger can investigate and correct specific issues related to recurrent problems. Our highly trained technicians can efficiently carry out lifting equipment inspections, stringent testing and manage the administration of rope records.
MAGNETIC ROPE TESTING
Ranger has adopted technology that enables the examination of the internal condition of wire ropes, utilizing magnetic flux fields on ropes ranging in diameter from 6mm to 42mm. This service allows us to internally inspect wire ropes including hoisting lines, crane lines, drilling lines and towing lines which can save you time and money when changing out ropes periodically.
Ranger can schedule periodic lubrication to extend the life of your wire ropes. Most wire ropes are lubricated during the manufacturing process, but this lubricant will not last the entire life of the rope.
We use pressure lubricators to ensure penetration right through to the core of the rope, not just the visible exterior. Depending on the rope, application and installed environment we use either lanolin based lubricants or wire rope grease.
PROOF LOAD AND BREAK TESTING
Any wire rope assembly used for lifting purposes under Australian Standards must be proof load tested before use. Some industry requirements ask for wire rope assemblies to be proof tested yearly. Ranger offer proof load and break testing both onsite and in-house.
Periodic Visual Inspections are a minimum requirement as per Australian Standards. Visual inspections are extremely cost-effective for general purpose rope applications and can pick up the majority of external defects that are commonly found in wire rope. The common defects can be nicks, cuts, gouges, corrosion, heat damage, bird caging.
All our technical staff have been trained to identify and assess any possible issues found with wire rope and its specific application. We do not only inspect the wire rope but the whole application including sheaves and winch drums to determine where and why damage is occurring.
SPLICING + PIERCING
Ranger technicians can perform a variety of wire rope splicing services including eye splices, flemish eye splices for mining and marine applications, long splicing and machine splicing of steel, aluminium, copper and stainless steel fittings.
We can also perform a variety of fibre rope splicing.
CROPPING AND TESTING
This is commonly recommended in the mining industries where drift ropes and friction winders are used to determine the working life of the rope and transitions the face to face contact points of the wire and sheaves. This in turn reduces the fatigue points on the rope and extends the service life.
Any wire rope assembly used for lifting purposes under Australian Standards must be proof tested before use. Some industry requirements ask for wire rope assemblies to be proof tested yearly. Ranger offer proof load and destruction testing both on-site and in-house.
Ranger can offer a range of scientific services for wire rope which can help identify extension and diameter loss characteristics and provide insight into the number of broken wires expected or encountered during the lifetime of a rope. We can also conduct a detailed examination of wire rope to discover the cause of rope failure and early discard.
Analysis of this data can then be used to produce recommendations to help prevent future occurrences, develop new products with specific characteristics for specific applications, and increase service life.
Scientific services include:
- Specialist metallurgical & chemical analysis
- Rope destruction testing
- Mechanical testing
- Tensile compression
- Tension and bend fatigue
- Magnetic rope testing