Steel Wire Rope – Don’t Get It Twisted

photo (8)Wire ropes will literally provide a lifeline for hostile and demanding conditions in the industrial industry.  The increased demand on both man and materials such that certain equipment needs to be geared exactly to the specific purpose.

A wire rope is a type of cable that consists of several strands of steel wires that are twisted to form a metal helix.  Depending on the desired strength, the steel wires are twisted to form strands to complete a variety of different sizes.  Steel wire ropes are offered in a variety of markets including: construction, offshore rigging, marine industry and the ministry of defense divisions.

Determining what type of specification, steel wire ropes vary from different ranges.  It all depends on what kind of application and depending on the industry.  Due to corrosion, wear or fatigue a good understanding of steel wire rope design, characteristics, and failure modes can provide maintenance strategies to ensure the safety and reliability of the equipment.

Anatomy of steel wire rope:


Different cross-sectional views of wire rope
Different cross-sectional views of wire rope

Steel wire rope is used across a wide spectrum of industries for many applications.  They are primary used for extensive heavy duty lifting, hoisting cranes and are also used in mooring, towing and lifting systems.  A few examples include excavators, elevators, crane lifting, colliery steel, seaport, logging and oil field applications.


Gondola Lift
Gondola Lift
Construction Crane
Construction Crane



When you use steel wire rope as your primary industrial equipment, you can be assured that it will provide the highest safety, highest stability, excellent flexibility and long standing equipment that will never let you down.

SMC is proud to offer an extensive product range of wire ropes, cables and fittings.  If you are interested in viewing the different products we manufacture, click here. 

Written by:

Jovelle W. // SMC Editor

International Trade and Marketing Specialist


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