Wire rope fittings are specialized components that are used to secure and terminate wire rope ends. These fittings come in different types and sizes, depending on the application and load requirements.
Some common types of wire rope fittings include:
Wire rope clips or clamps: These are used to create an eye or loop in the wire rope by clamping the rope back on itself. Wire rope clips are a simple and cost-effective way to terminate wire rope ends.
- Thimbles: These are used to protect the wire rope from damage and wear caused by sharp bends or pinching at the eye or loop. Thimbles are typically made of metal or synthetic materials.
- Sleeves or ferrules: These are used to terminate the wire rope by crimping the sleeve or ferrule onto the rope. This creates a secure and permanent termination that can withstand high loads.
- Swage fittings: These are similar to sleeves or ferrules but are typically used for larger wire rope sizes and higher loads. Swage fittings are crimped onto the wire rope using a specialized tool.
- Shackles: These are used to connect two wire ropes or to connect a wire rope to an anchor point. Shackles come in different types, including bow shackles, dee shackles, and screw pin shackles.
It is important to select the right type of wire rope fitting for your application and to follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation and use. Improper installation or use of wire rope fittings can lead to failure and serious injury.