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May 27, 2020

What's the Difference Between Regular Lay and Lang Lay?

When discussing the physical properties of wire rope, people often focus on the material, strength, and size specifications above all else. While these details are essential to understand how a product will survive in the field, they are not the only factors that drive cable performance. In fact, the lay direction of a cable has as much impact on its functionality as any of the other aforementioned characteristics, because it determines how much[…]
May 20, 2020

How to Use Our Military Specification Cross-Reference Guide

We recently uploaded a cross-reference guide to our website that compares Strand Core Part Numbers to their corresponding military specifications. This chart is free to download at, and includes everything you need to know about the cable construction, lay direction, and part numbers. This blog will walk you through the different pages of our reference material so you can use the guide with confidence.
May 12, 2020

What’s the Difference Between Elastic and Structural Stretch?

Structural Structural stretch is caused by the adjustment of wires and strands within a wire rope, along with compression of the core and lengthening of the lay. As the cable moves and works, its components shift slightly and settle. Many varying qualities contribute to the structural stretch of a wire rope, including its core size, construction, and lay lengths. If the rope is passed over a sheave, the amount of bending it is subjected to will[…]
May 07, 2020

Selecting the Proper Material For Your Aircraft Cable

Strand Core offers a variety of cable products — including aircraft cable and general purpose wire rope — in both stainless steel and galvanized steel. If this is your first time ordering from us, or if you have never considered why your rig employs stainless steel instead of galvanized wire rope, you may be wondering what the true differences are between these two materials. So if you are not sure which alloy to request when submitting a quote[…]
April 30, 2020

MIL-DTL-83420 Aircraft Cable by Strand Core Part Numbers

To recap from a previous blog on Specifying MIL-DTL-83420 Aircraft Cable, the specification controls the manufacturing and performance standards of flexible aircraft cables used in aircraft control applications. The cables are designated by size, type, and composition, and further segmented by construction. In other words, there are many options for selecting a certified aircraft cable by diameter, material, construction, and jacket type, should[…]
April 23, 2020

Specifying Mil-DTL-83420 Aircraft Cable

MIL-DTL-83420 is the military specification that controls the manufacturing and performance standards of flexible aircraft cables used in aircraft control applications. And as most in the industry are aware, if has a lot of other benefits that make it useful in other military, aviation and general industrial applications. If you need a cable that will provide strength and extended cycle life in an application, you're going to want to specify a[…]
April 20, 2020

What's the Difference Between Wire, Strand, and Cable?

Have you ever wondered why aircraft cable is called aircraft cable instead of aircraft strand? Do you use the words cable and wire rope interchangeably when you’re not sure which is correct? The world of manufacturing is chock-full of words to describe wire products, and while it may seem confusing to keep track of them at first, having some background knowledge about cable construction will help you understand each component. Let’s take a[…]
April 09, 2020

Balancing Flexibility, Strength, and Fatigue in Aircraft Cable

Balancing Flexibility, Strength, and Fatigue in Aircraft Cable Aircraft cable works like a machine, wherein the characteristics of strength, flexibility, and fatigue work together to create balance. Modifying one characteristic inherently impacts the other two, and these changes influence the construction, functionality, and performance of a cable. When determining the correct aircraft cable for your application, or comparing different cable[…]
April 07, 2020

Choosing a General Purpose Wire Rope Manufacturer

3 Reasons to choose a Domestic Wire Rope Manufacturer Wire Ropes show up everywhere in our modern world, from the bridges we drive over to the lights in our office spaces. With so many possible applications, and with an increasing focus on safety and durability, it’s important to consider where your general purpose wire rope is made before you choose to purchase for your next project, big or small.
March 31, 2020


Aircraft cable is the hardest working cable in the world. This wire rope style finds diverse uses in stage rigging, fitness equipment, boat docks, garage doors, bicycle locks, and yes, amazingly, airplanes, particularly aircraft controls. But almost any industry or business can find a use for aircraft cable. If something needs to be held up, this is the go-to wire. Its versatility is the key. Aircraft cable comes in a variety of sizes. Strand[…]