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Wire Ropes and Their Uses in the Mining Industry

Wire rope is a type of cable that gets its strength and durability from its helix design, which is achieved by twisting several strands of metal wire together. The main material that is used to create wire ropes used in industry today is steel.

The first use of wire rope dates back as far as the 1830s, where it was used for hoisting and various other applications within the mining industry. It is the brainchild of German mining engineer, Wilhelm Albert, and was first intended for the use in the Harz Mountains mining expeditions in Germany. These days, you can see these ropes actively used in the transmission of mechanical power, cranes and elevators. These particular ropes are currently used in lifting and hoisting applications in mines located across the globe. Without them, it is safe to say that many mines would lack the productivity levels and efficiency that they currently enjoy.

You might wonder why wire ropes are used in the mining industry instead of chains and the answer is simple. Due to its design, wire rope offers less critical end results if the rope should fail due to friction or a heavy load. While a chain link might break and cause traumatic results, the metal strand will deteriorate but the load will still be supported by the other strands in the cable. Wire ropes therefore provide greater peace of mind and additional safety when handling a heavy load.

At Tribix, we are able to source the finest quality wire ropes for distribution to mines located in areas such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Mali, Guinea, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The quality of rope that we supply is ideal for use in gold mines, copper mines, diamond mines, cobalt mines, gemstone mines and various refineries. We have global procurement networks which ensure that we can have quick and easy access to the finest quality wire rope and related products on a world-wide scale. All of our products are well suited to both open cast and deep shaft mining environments.

Safety is of the utmost importance for any mine investing in a new product. Our wire ropes are designed for durability and strength – in fact you won’t find a better product available at our particular rates. If you would like to find out more about our mining products, take the time to contact us via email or telephone today.