Wire rope thimbles, steel rope thimbles, cable thimbles or simply wire thimbles, are are to underline and support the eyes made by looping the exteriors of wire ropes. Thimbles create a durable wear surface & aid in supporting the wire rope eye.
Wire rope thimbles are available in carbon steel and stainless steel, but mainly they come in two different duty grades.
Light duty thimbles are all zinc plated, can be used in static applications. Heavy Duty wire rope thimbles are hot dip galvanized, which can create thicker coating than light duty thimbles.
For durability, the use of stainless steel thimbles allows for the use in highly corrosive environments; As such, stainless steel thimbles supply additional security from erosion and deformation of the eye