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3 Ways Wire Rope Lubricant Makes Your Cables Safer

  • Post author:Viper WRL
  • Post published:December 23, 2021
  • Post category:Wire Rope Safety

Wire ropes are an essential piece of equipment for a wide variety of industries such as, marine, gas, oil, shipping and so forth. From mining to construction, wire ropes are often used for lifting or pulling heavy loads while offering flexibility and little to no noise impact. 

There are many ways to extend the life of wire rope for optimum performance– from proper storage, correct handling techniques and using high-quality lubricants, it’s important to keep your ropes in top tier condition. 

Keep reading to discover the safety benefits of lubricating your wire ropes…

The 3 Ways Lubricant Benefits Your Wire Cables

  1. Wire rope lubricant can reduce the chances of wire rope failure

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Wire rope is a critical component in many industrial and construction applications. When lubricant is properly applied with a wire rope lubricator, its lifespan increases, ensuring that it can continue to do the job safely and effectively. The correct amount and application of lubricant prevents metal strands from making contact with each other and wearing down or damaging the ropes core insulation material.

Lubricant helps to keep the wire rope running smoothly and prevents unnecessary wear and tear. 

There are many different types of wire rope lubricants available and to select the correct one for your specific style of rope there are several factors taken into account before this is done. the wire from excess moisture and corrosion, which leads into our next key point.

  1. Wire rope lubricant reduces corrosion and mechanical wear on the wire ropes

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Wire ropes are responsible for carrying extremely heavy and varying loads of weight while being exposed to natural elements such as sand, gravel, water and dirt. These tiny particles of sediment or moisture can aggravate the fine wiring of the rope by adding more friction to high-contact points between the rope and its corresponding pulley system.

Additionally, the extra debris built up in the spiral strands of wire, leads to general corrosion over time. The durability of your ropes will be extended when you reduce the amount of corrosive residue that builds up over the wire’s life span.

When you properly lubricate your wire ropes, it prevents alkaline water, humidity, salt, and other foreign substances from nesting in your wires and breaking them down from the inside out. Although wire ropes are not capable of lasting forever, their endurance lasts for years to come when they are well taken care of and lubricated.

  1. Wire rope lubricant prolongs the life of the rope by reducing friction

Like any other piece of heavy-duty equipment, wire ropes accumulate general wear and tear over time.

When cables are repeatedly twisted, tensed, and bent over time, they absorb the stress of these repeated motions. If the wire goes without proper lubrication, these high-friction pressure points will wear down much quicker than the rest of the core. When you apply high-quality cable grease to your wire ropes, you extend the working lifetime of these worn-down strands. This minimizes time consuming cable repairs.

However, it is important to apply the right amount and type of lubricant to your wire ropes. The best way to achieve optimal results when applying lubricant is to use a wire rope lubricator.

An effective lubrication tool like Viper’s MKII lubricators prevents grease from leaking off the rope and consequently, contaminating the surrounding environment. It also saves time wasted on trying to do this complicated application process by hand and it saves money on the wasted grease from user error. 

Protect the service life of your wire ropes

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Lubricate your wire ropes to protect your investment and extend its lifespan. Wire rope lubricant is an inexpensive and easy to use way to protect your wire ropes assets.

If you’d like to learn more about wire rope lubricants for your business, contact Viper WRL today.