The correct installation of steel wire ropes is paramount to ensure optimal performance, longevity and safety in various industrial settings. Whether used for lifting heavy loads, securing structures, or rigging in maritime settings, following proper installation practices is essential for maximising the ropes' capabilities. 

1. Pre-Installation Preparation

Begin by thoroughly inspecting the wire rope for any signs of damage, wear or corrosion. If Magnetic Rope Testing (MRT) is part of your maintenance plan, a baseline MRT test should have been performed before your rope arrives on-site. If not, it should be planned to be performed prior to the rope installation.  Ensure the sheaves, pulleys, or drums are clean, smooth and free from sharp edges that could cause abrasion.

2. Handling and Uncoiling

Handle the wire rope with care, avoiding kinks or twists during uncoiling. Use appropriate lifting equipment or reels to prevent damage to the rope strands, ensuring they maintain their integrity.

3. Securing and Terminating

Use proper end fittings to secure the ends of the wire rope. Follow manufacturer guidelines for creating secure terminations to prevent unraveling or slippage.

4. Correct Installation Technique

Follow the recommended procedures for installing the wire rope onto sheaves and other fittings. Ensure proper spooling and winding patterns, maintaining the correct tension and alignment throughout the installation process. 

5. Tensioning and Adjustment

Apply the appropriate tension to the wire rope, aligning with the manufacturer's recommendations. Avoid over-tensioning, which can lead to premature wear, or under tensionsing, which impacts the rope's efficiency.

6. Regular Inspection 

After installation, it is important to conduct regular inspections to monitor the rope's condition. Look for signs of wear, corrosion, or distortion, and address any issues promptly. Implement a maintainance schedule, including lubrication and cleaning, to extend the rope's lifespan.

The proper installation of steel wire ropes is crucial for their optimal functionality and safety. By following recommended procedures, conducting regular inspections, and complying with industry standards, businesses can ensure efficient and safe installation practices, maximising the performance and longevity of their wire ropes.


As wire rope specialists, CERTEX Lifting can assist you in a range of steel wire rope services. To find your solution, contact us today.

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