Blog - Ronstan Industrial

Improving the Quality of the Rope and Pulley to Reduce Friction and Increase Umbrella Longevity

Few people will stop to consider the quality of the rope and pulley in the umbrella or shade system above them as they sit by the pool and eat their lunch. But they’ll certainly start thinking about it if the umbrella is difficult to open or the rope and pulley system fails and the entire shade...

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Building Shade Systems: Rated Loads vs. Non-Rated Loads

Once constructed, the reliability of a building shade system shouldn’t be something to worry about. But if your building shade system is made with components and aren’t load-rated, you won’t know how much weight or pressure your system can take before it fails.

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How Non-Rated Components Could Compromise Your Shading System

People across the world have come to rely on shading systems to protect them against harmful UV rays, to make their days more comfortable and enjoyable, and even to protect the interiors of the buildings they occupy from overheating. In the past, simple shading systems like umbrellas and awnings...

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All About Rope Construction

Rope seems so simple yet the construction and fibers used in a rope can have a huge impact. Understanding what the difference is in the different fibers is key to choosing the right product for your individual application. We look at the options by identifying the three groups of fibers and then...

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Friction in Pulleys or Block and Tackle Systems

The history of the block and tackle is something that is murky at best. We posted an article called how pulley systems changed the world about what is believed to be the origin of the system, but from that point on the components that make up this system have been optimized and improved to where we...

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Should I use a Block and Tackle or a Differential Pulley?

We're often asked whether to use a block and tackle or a differential pulley for a particular job. We're also often asked whether rope will suffice or whether it needs to be chain. Generally the heavier the load, the more likely the better tool for the job is a differential pulley using chain.

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Selecting the Right Shackle

Selecting the right type of shackle for the job can be a real challenge, one we and our experts here at Ronstan understand all too well. In this article, we will look at the advantages of a Snap Shackle over a D-Shackle, and talk you through the key differences to enable you to make a fully...

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All About Anodizing & Plating

This article talks about: The differences between plating and anodizing Anodizing Methods Application The differences between plating and anodizing Anodizing and plating are 2 different processes for applying a coating on metal.   Plating Anodizing Purpose Used to make something look good. Used to...

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Circus Tent Erection - Blocks, Pulleys and More

Here at Ronstan we know our blocks and pulleys are used for a large number of exciting tasks – such as erecting a circus tent! Now this may seem like quite a mammoth task, but with the right parts, and the know-how, it can be as easy as pie. 

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Catenary Lighting

The definition of catenary is “a curve formed by a wire, rope, or chain hanging freely from 2 points that are not in the same vertical line.” Suspending your lighting across wires means you can have fewer obtrusive poles and can concentrate or dilute your lighting as you wish – for example you may...

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Enhance Your Next Project With Structural Rods

There is no limit to what can be achieved with the intelligent use of rods working together in tension. Glazed curtain walls, tensioned fabric roofs, and suspension bridges, all can depend on structural rods as the primary load carrying elements. The results are structures of unique depth and...

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Tensile Architecture Feature Project - Pedestrian Bridge, Cedar Rapids

  The Cedar Rapids Convention Center The tensile architecture bridge connects the Cedar Rapids Convention Center to the car park across the street. It is designed to help manage the traffic and replaces a parking layout which was destroyed in a flood in 2008. It is the perfect solution for managing...

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Ronstan components in action!

  Balanced Body provide professional Pilates equipment to studios and direct to consumers. Ronstan provide several key components for the manufacture of their Pilates range and are delighted to see a reference to us in their recent blog article on how Pilates can help sailors.

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How Ronstan helps provide shade structures where you need it......

Shade Haven provide portable shade structures. The 40-foot wide shade cloth provides 1,200 square feet of shade that can be set up or put away in minutes. Shade Haven was originally developed to provide movable shade for cattle and can now be found throughout the US on grazing dairy and beef farms...

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Take A Swing and the RF-75 Swivel!

Take A Swing produce specialist swings; the swings can be motorized, portable and be hung from the wall, ceiling or rafters. Take A Swing also produce specialist therapy swing seats.

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Ronstan’s end-to-end design, manufacture and distribution operation delivers high specification products for all serious hardware applications.

Our state-of-the-art design facilities and manufacturing plant handles more than 4.9 million units each year.

As one of the top three sailboat hardware brands globally we know what it is like to deliver great equipment that can handle challenging conditions.