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Maximum Loads in Stage Rigging: How Hardware and Ropes Work Together

The stage rigging basics have changed significantly since the old hemp systems of the “Golden Age of Sail” (1850-1900).  For starters, riggers have far more choice of materials in hardware and soft goods today.  Hemp, wood, leather, canvas, and metal have given way to thermoplastics and synthetic...

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Using Soft-Attach Blocks and Friction Rings with Industrial Rope

The advanced synthetic fibers in modern industrial rope have given soft-attach pulley blocks several functional advantages over those fastened with traditional hardware.  Whereas metal hardware is inflexible, heavy, and may present a limited range of motion, a soft loop or lashed rope is much more...

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5 Advantages of a High Safety Factor For Industrial Rigging Equipment

Most industries prefer a 10:1 safety factor of breaking load to expected load for industrial rigging equipment.  In other words, if most tasks in general use will involve burdens of around 100 lb on the equipment, it should be able to support a maximum load of 1,000 lb before breaking.

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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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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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How to set up an Outrigger

Outriggers are a great addition to any fisherman’s boat as they enable them to increase their total catch. It is a part of the boat’s rigging composed of poles, which extend the boat. They enable the user to drop lines further away from the boat than if an outrigger was not in use, meaning there is...

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Working Loads vs Breaking Loads

Understanding the safety factors of the equipment you are working with is paramount no matter the industry you are working in. With this, it is important to comprehend the differences between working loads and breaking loads – which may sound the same, but they are not. Any configuration of...

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Dynamic Rope Vs Static Rope

There are a various types of rope, but one important differentiation is whether the rope is dynamic or static. This distinction is important when considering which rope to use in different applications. So, what is the difference? A dynamic rope is one that is specially constructed to have some...

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Sister Clips, Brummell Hooks, Inglefield Clips

What are sister clips? The generic sister clip is used for joining to an identical sibling clip. They are interlocking clips that are twisted to lock in place or seal. Sister clips are sometimes known as Inglefield clips, and potentially even a brummel hook.  Each clip looks like a link of a chain,...

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Stainless Steel Rigging Closed & Open Thimbles

What are thimbles? When you say ‘thimble’ the most common image that comes to mind for the majority of people will be the thimble used in sewing to protect ones thumb or fingers whilst stitching for a long time. However, here we are talking about quite a different kind, which instead of looking...

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Rope Guides, Horn Cleat, T-Cleat, V-Cleat, Stoppers

What is a rope guide? It is pretty much all in the name. A rope guide is a mechanism that guides the rope, sometimes also known as a cleat. There are a number of different styles of cleats, for different usages with many types and thicknesses of rope. All of them contain a mechanism for controlling...

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Rope Stoppers and Parrel Beads

What is a parrel bead and a rope stopper? Parrels are loops made of rope or metal, they are loose loops to enable movement and sliding around whatever they are attached to. Parrel beads are solid balls with holes drilled through them which are threaded along the loops. Parrel beads are normally...

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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.

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