Rope is one of the most multi-functional pieces of kit known to man. In industry such as marine, and utility such as pulling stumps and lashing cargo, its contribution is invaluable to the worker.
Rope is found in every setting whether domestic, industrial, or otherwise. Defined merely as a length of fibers twisted together to improve strength, it is used in countless ways.
Rope can be made up of a number of materials including hemp, Polypropylene, nylon, steel and even hair. It is strong and flexible, hence its popular usage across a range of sectors and industries. Industrial ropes are used in production and manufacturing and have been for centuries.
Because of the wide variety of ropes available, it is sometimes tricky to be sure which rope type suits which purpose. Each rope has unique strengths and weaknesses and it is imperative to get it right. There is no ‘one size fits all’ contrary to some opinion.
Manila rope has a natural strength and is decorative in appearance and so is most commonly used in a domestic setting in decorative fencing or landscaping. This type of rope is not suitable for sustained tension or adverse weather conditions and so is not suitable for industrial use.
Polypropylene rope is a synthetic rope, and therefore its main advantage is its ability to maintain its structure when submerged in water. Due to its synthetic nature it is available in a wide range of colors and so is popular where appearance is key such as in the marine industry. It also is an insulator, not a conductor and so is widely used by electricians. It is not however useful for hauling purposes as it has no stretch memory.
Nylon rope is by far one of the strongest and has an excellent stretch memory. It can bear great loads, and so is ideal for pulley and winch systems. It is resistant to UV and chemical exposure and so is often used in industries where these may be present.
Nowadays industrial rope is often made out of a heavy-duty material such as steel fibers or other metal alloys and are most frequently utilized in a pulley system to create a mechanical advantage to spread the weight of a load. They therefore are frequently used in the construction industry for lashing down loads and materials as well as for transporting items to different levels of working such as on scaffolding.
Another utility usage of rope is in the tree felling industry whereby ropes are used to help remove dead trees, root systems, and stumps. Rope is the tree surgeon’s best friend as it also helps the worker scale the trees and safely maneuver around them.