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September 12, 2022

Understanding Stretch in Wire Rope and Cable

After determining the correct size wire rope or cable, many think they have taken all the necessary steps to buy the right product for their application. However, this is not the case! A commonly overlooked, but highly important factor when purchasing cable and wire rope is stretch. It is crucial to know about the two types of stretch (Structural and Elastic) and the formula for calculating stretch in cable. Continue reading to learn about the[…]
September 08, 2022

What’s the Difference between 19x7 and 7x19 Aircraft Cable?

If you are unfamiliar with standard aircraft cable constructions, you may look at our website and say, aren’t 19x7 and 7x19 the same cable? Though it may be easy to confuse them in writing, their physical appearance and structure are actually extremely different. Most notably, these differences impact how and where these cables are used. Take a moment to learn about the constructions, characteristics, and applications of these cables and contact[…]
August 29, 2022

Resources to Reference When Buying Wire Rope, Cable, and Sheaves

While buying wire rope, cable and sheave products for your applications can feel daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Strand Core provides five different technical resource pages on our website to help ensure our customers get the best products for their application needs! We provide Wire Rope Stretch information, Pulley, Sheave & Bend Radius Guides, a Standard Points of Measure and Assembly Tolerances page, and a Military Specification Cross[…]
August 23, 2022

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[…]
August 17, 2022

What is Abrasion, Bird Caging, and Kinking in Wire Rope?

When it comes to damage in wire rope and cable products, some of the most common occurrences are abrasion, bird caging, and corrosion. Alongside abrasion, peening and corrosion also typically occurs. In today’s blog we will be talking about each of these factors of damage, how the issues occur, and how to prevent them from continuing to happen. Though wear does occur naturally, regular inspection, maintenance, and equipment repair will ensure[…]
August 15, 2022

Using a Pulley Radius Guide to Improve Wire Rope Life

Far too often, wire rope and cable products fail to last nearly as long as expected. While wire ropes and cables constructed from low-quality materials can sometimes contribute to premature failure, often it is because the wrong sheaves and pulleys are used in the application. Thankfully, Strand Core provides a radius guide to ensure you are pairing the suitable sheaves and pulleys for your wire rope and cable products. Read more to learn about[…]
August 03, 2022

The Different Constructions Found at Strand Core

August 02, 2022

A Guide to the Different Materials Used for General Purpose Wire Ropes

Picking the wrong material of wire rope for your applications can turn a great project into a disaster. The only solution to prevent this from happening is to be aware of the various materials that steel wire ropes are made of and which ones are suited to multiple applications. Three primary materials are used to make general-purpose wire ropes: Galvanized, Stainless, and Bright Carbon Steel. Continue reading to learn about the use of each of[…]
July 29, 2022

The Materials Used for Wire Rope, Cable, & Strand

July 25, 2022

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[…]