Before moving on to the technical wire-rope information and guidance section, it is useful to spell out just why it is so useful.
This may not come as a surprise, but wire rope has its history rooted in traditional rope, which itself has a history that dates back to around 12,000BC. It’s safe to say that the modern form that is used today is hugely different to that which was used in ancient times.
However, it’s useful to be able to trace its history back, because we can see clear periods in the past where new technologies and innovations have led to the advancement and development of rope into the equipment that we use today.
The piece that is utilised in the modern era has remained largely the same since its discovery in 1824 by a mining engineer named W.A.J Albert. Although it has, of course, changed over the years, the basic concept remains similar.
Albert invented wire rope as a sturdier, stronger and more robust alternative to many of the other forms of lifting mediums that were currently on the market. At the time, steel chains were being used, but should one of the steel links break, the whole chain became useless.
Although first developed as a stronger lifting medium, it now has many other uses thanks to its wide ranging benefits. You’ll find its benefits and uses discussed in greater length below.