Use and Care of Wire Rope and causes of fails.

The below info is from an article written by Python Rope we do not claim to own any rights of the material. Although we do agree with the information given. Some Information every user should know about use and care of wire rope. What follows is a brief outline of the basic information required to safely use wire rope.


  2. In service, wire rope loses strength and work capability. Abuse and misuse increase the rate of loss.

  3. The MINIMUM BREAKING STRENGTH of wire rope applies ONLY to a NEW, UNUSED rope.

  4. The Minimum Breaking Strength should be considered the straight line pull with both rope ends fixed to prevent rotation, which will ACTUALLY BREAK a new, UNUSED, rope. The Minimum Breaking Strength of a rope should NEVER BE USED AS ITS WORKING LOAD.

  5. To determine the working load of a wire rope, the MINIMUM or NOMINAL Breaking Strength MUST BE REDUCED by a DESIGN FACTOR (formerly called a Safety Factor). The Design Factor will vary depending upon the type of machine and installation, and the work performed. YOU must determine the applicable Design Factor for your use. For example, a Design Factor of “5” means that the Minimum- or Nominal Breaking Strength of the wire rope must be DIVIDED BY FIVE to determine the maximum load that can be applied to the rope system. Design Factors have been established by ISO, OSHA, ANSI, ASME and similar government and industrial organizations. No wire rope should ever be installed or used without full knowledge and consideration of the Design Factor for the application.

  6. WIRE ROPE WEAR OUT. The strength of a wire rope slightly increases after the break in period, but will decrease over time. When approaching the finite fatigue life span the breaking strength will sharply decrease. Never evaluate the remaining fatigue life of a wire rope by testing a portion of a rope to destruction only. An indepth rope inspection must be part of such evaluations.

  7. NEVER overload a wire rope. This means NEVER use the rope where the load applied is greater than the working load determined by dividing the Minimum Breaking Strength of the rope by the appropriate Design Factor.