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September 11, 2020

Aircraft Cable Is Not Just For Airplanes

Did you know that aircraft cable is used in more applications and industries than just aerospace? Though the name may sound deceiving, aircraft cable is just a general term for wire rope that is 3/8” or smaller, and made in 7x7 and 7x19 constructions. Historically used in aircraft flight controls, aircraft cable has evolved throughout the years to find uses on land, and in water. From overhead garage doors and architectural installations, to[…]
September 04, 2020

Wire Rope Wear: Understanding Wire Breaks

Like all industrial equipment, aircraft cables and wire ropes wear while in service, and will require replacement. Though the cycle life of each cable varies based on construction and application, factors such as load and pulley condition can actually reduce this lifespan by triggering wire breaks.  Not all wire breaks look the same, and understanding these differences can help detect issues in your system before they damage additional cables,[…]
August 28, 2020

Does Your Application Require Corrosion-Resistant Aircraft Cable?

If you have visited the Material page on our website, you may have noticed that we describe 302/304 and 316 stainless material as having “good corrosion resistance.” Conversely, we describe galvanized material as having “minimal corrosion resistance.” While we have already compared the differences between stainless steel and galvanized steel when selecting the proper material for your aircraft cable, we would like to use this blog to discuss the[…]
July 22, 2020

What makes 19x7 Aircraft Cable Non-Rotating?

As the name implies, rotation resistant 19x7 aircraft cable is specifically engineered to combat the twisting forces that are characteristics of other cable constructions. This balance is created during the manufacturing process, which requires a specific series of steps and layers to achieve the perfect cable. Without this cable, single line hoisting applications would not have the stability required to operate safely. Here is a closer look at[…]
July 17, 2020

What's the Difference Between 7x7 and 7x19 Aircraft Cable?

7x7 and 7x19 are two of the most common aircraft cable constructions used in aircraft controls. However, their functionality is not limited just to the aerospace industry, as these flexible cables are useful for a wide range of other mechanical applications. Available from stock in stainless steel and galvanized steel, these versatile products offer an effective balance of strength and flexibility. Take a brief moment to learn all about the[…]
July 06, 2020

How to determine which type of aircraft cable or wire rope you need

From mining and construction to military and aerospace, aircraft cables and wire ropes are used all over the world to lift, pull, and steer heavy material. Though a wide range of cable configurations exist to make these functions possible, not every option may be suitable for your specific application. Before committing to a purchase, take the time to consider which core, construction, and material choices will create the safest and most[…]
June 25, 2020

Core Wire Rope Principles

When browsing the General Purpose Wire Rope page of our website, you may notice that we offer two different 6x19 highly flexible cables, and two different 6x37 flexible cables. When looking at the product illustrations, commonly referred to as snowflakes, you may notice a large black area in the center of some wire ropes, and an additional strand in the center of others. How can they be so similar yet so different at the same time? What sets[…]
June 16, 2020

Determine Drum Winding Direction: A Quick and Easy Guide

Smooth drums are a common means of handing and transportation for wire rope and cable. However, special care must be taken to ensure the cable is properly wound around the spool in order to prevent unintended damage from reverse bends. Determining your drum winding direction is simple and easy with these steps, and will allow you to confidently choose your winding direction every time.
June 12, 2020

Four Common Terminals for Cable Assemblies

Strand Core has the capability to manufacture wire rope and cable assemblies to meet your specific requirements. We maintain an inventory of commercial and military specification cable, along with a broad range of fitting components so we can always create an effective product solution for you. To help you determine which terminals best suit your assembly, visit https://strandcore.com/products/custom-cable-assemblies/ and keep reading for more[…]
June 03, 2020

Strand Core's Guide to Common Wire Rope Wear & Tear

In this blog, we will cover three common forms of wear and tear that wire can experience out in the field. Though wear does occur naturally, regular inspection, maintenance, and equipment repair can help ensure appropriate cycle life for your cable products while also minimizing risks and failures. Be on the lookout for signs of abrasion, bird caging, and kinking as you inspect and operate your equipment.