Improved Plow steel | Wire ROPES

IPS (Improved Plowed Steel) wire rope is a type of wire rope that is made from high-quality, plowed steel wire. It is characterized by its high strength and durability, as well as its resistance to abrasion and corrosion. IPS wire rope is commonly used in a variety of applications, including marine, construction, and oil and gas industries, where it is used to lift and support heavy loads.

IPS wire rope is made by passing steel wire through a series of dies, which shape and size the wire to precise specifications. The wire is then plowed, or pressed, to create a strand with a round cross-section. Multiple strands are then twisted together to form the wire rope. The number and size of the strands, as well as the direction and number of twists, can be varied to create wire rope with different properties and characteristics.

IPS wire rope is typically stronger and more durable than other types of wire rope, making it well-suited for use in demanding environments where high loads and stresses are present. It is also highly resistant to abrasion and corrosion, which makes it an ideal choice for use in marine and offshore applications.

Available WIRE ROPES


Redaelli High Performance Wire Ropes
Manchester Yellow Strand | Improved Plow Steel (IPS)| Benedicto Steel
Manchester Red Strand | Extra Improved Plow Steel (EIPS)| Benedicto Steel
Manchester Red Strand | Extra Extra Improved Plow Steel (EEIPS) | Benedicto Steel


Depending on the lifting application, different material, wire, and strand arrangements will yield distinct advantages.

  • Strength\sFlexibility
  • Resilience to wear and tear
  • Defeating the odds
  • Strength in the face of fatigue
  • The ability to withstand corrosion.
  • Resistance to rotation.

But choosing the right wire rope for your lifting application demands careful consideration. What we’re trying to do here is help you understand the various varieties (and uses) of wire ropes, their components, and how they’re constructed. You’ll be able to pick the wire rope that does the job best and lasts the longest this way.

What is Wire Rope? Understanding the Specifications and Construction: Components of Wire Rope

A finished wire rope has four essential components:

  • Metal wires that form a single strand
  • Helicoidal multi-wire strands surrounding a core
  • a steel or fiber core
  • Lubrication

Wires are the smallest component of wire rope and form the strands. Wires can be formed of steel, iron, stainless steel, monel, and bronze. The wire ropes come in a number of grades based on their strength, wear resistance, fatigue resistance, corrosion resistance, and curve.

Wires can be coated, but are most usually found untreated or “bright”.


Wire rope strands are made up of two or more wires twisted together. The strands are then helical placed around the rope’s center.

Larger diameter wire strands are more abrasion resistant, while smaller diameter wire strands are more flexible.

The core of a wire rope supports the strands and keeps them aligned during loading and bending. Cores might be made of natural or synthetic fibers, or steel.

During manufacturing, lubricant is applied to the core. It has two main advantages:

Provides corrosion protection and lubrication in the core, inside wires, and outside surface

Wire ropes must meet specific requirements depending on their use. Main uses:

Running ropes are bowed over sheaves and drums. They are thus primarily bent and then tensioned.
Static and fluctuating tensile stresses load stationary ropes (spiral ropes, mostly full-locked). Suspension ropes are called cables. [16]
Aerial ropeways and cable cranes use track ropes as rails for cabins and other loads. Unlike running ropes, track ropes do not bend with the rollers. The roller force causes a free bending radius of the rope. This radius increases with tensile force and decreases with roller force.
Goods are harnessed using wire rope (stranded ropes). These slings are bent over the more or less sharp edges of the goods, causing bending stresses.

Because the center core of a wire rope serves as the basis for its construction, it has a significant impact on the wire rope’s qualities and its ability to be used in a variety of applications. There are three sorts of cores that are widely employed:

Natural sisal rope or synthetic polypropylene rope can be used as the fiber core (FC).

Independent wire rope core (IWRC): This is a wire rope made up of wires and strands that is independent of the main rope.

a wire strand core (WSC) is a single wire around which a ring of wires of the same diameter is wrapped

A wire rope’s end tends to fray easily and cannot be easily connected to machinery. There are several ways to secure wire rope ends to prevent fraying. Turning the end back to form a loop is a common and useful wire rope end fitting. The loose end is then reattached. The efficiency of a Flemish eye alone ranges from roughly 70% to nearly 90%, while potted ends and swagings are 100% efficient. [needed]

Especially when the loop is connected to a device that concentrates the load on a small area, there is a risk of the wire rope bending too tightly. A thimble can be installed inside the loop to protect the cable from pinching and abrasion. Industry standard is to use thimbles in loops. The thimble keeps the load from touching the wires.

Rope clips

Wire rope clamps for logging equipment
A wire rope clip (or clamp) secures the loop’s loose end to the wire rope. It has a U-bolt, forged saddle, and two nuts. The U-bolt receives two layers of wire rope. The saddle is then bolted over the ropes (the saddle includes two holes to fit to the U-bolt). The nuts hold the arrangement. Depending on the rope’s diameter, two or more clips are used to secure it. For a 2 in (50.8 mm) rope, up to eight may be required.

To install clips, the saddle portion of the assembly is placed on the load-bearing or “live” side of the cable, not the non-load-bearing or “dead” side. So the rope doesn’t get crushed or abused. The body’s extended prongs and flat bearing seat protect the rope and are always placed against the live end. [18]

The US Navy and most regulatory bodies advise against using permanent terminations unless regularly checked and tightened.

Flemish eye splice

After splicing, the ends of each strand of this eye splice are served with natural fiber cord to help protect seamen’s hands.
An eye splice can be used to close a loop in a wire rope. The strands of a wire rope are unwound and then bent around to form an eye. An eye splice is formed by plaiting the unwrapped strands back into the wire rope.

A Flemish eye, or Dutch Splice, is made by unwrapping three strands of wire and keeping them off to one side. To form the eye, the remaining strands are bent around the “V” where the unwrapping ended. The strands kept to one side are now re-wrapped from the wire end to the eye’s “V”. These strands are rewrapped along the wire in the opposite direction. This type of rope splice is called a “Molly Hogan” and is sometimes called a “Dutch” eye instead of a “Flemish” eye. [19]

Swaged ends

A swage or crimp on a wire rope sleeve
Swaging is a wire rope termination technique. Swaging wire rope fittings are used to join two wire rope ends or to connect one wire rope end to another. A swager compresses and deforms the fitting to create a permanent connection. Swaged terminations include threaded studs, ferrules, sockets, and sleeves. [20][21] Swaging fibre-cored ropes is not advised.

A wedge socket termination is useful when replacing fittings frequently. For example, a wire rope’s end may need to be trimmed periodically, requiring the termination hardware to be removed and reapplied. On the ends of drag ropes on a dragline. The wire rope’s end loop enters a tapered opening in the socket, wrapped around a wedge component. The load is gradually eased onto the rope. The wedge becomes more secure as the wire rope load increases.

Ends poured or potted
Poured sockets are made by inserting the wire rope into the narrow end of a conical cavity oriented in the intended direction of strain. This is followed by filling the cone with molten lead-antimony-tin (Pb80Sb15Sn5) solder, or “white metal capping”, or more commonly, an unsaturated polyester resin compound. [23] [24]


Ungalvanized wires are intended to be flexible and to have a long fatigue life, hence they are not coated. Ungalvanized wires are widely utilized in a variety of applications across a wide range of industries, including crane ropes, winch ropes, hoist ropes, wire ropes, and rigging.



To avoid corrosion, galvanized cable wires are made of steel wires coated with a thin layer of zinc. Because of its resistance to corrosion and the elements, galvanized wire rope is an excellent choice for outdoor applications.

Galvanized steel wire rope is the most cost-effective alternative to stainless steel wire rope, however the level of corrosion protection is less than that of stainless steel wire rope. When compared to a stainless steel wire rope of the same size, galvanized steel cable is somewhat more durable. A vinyl coating can be applied to some wire ropes, such as 7 x 9 galvanized aircraft cable. Airlines frequently utilize vinyl-coated, galvanized cable because it is lightweight and easy to handle while still maintaining flexibility.

Irrigation, agriculture, erosion management, and maritime applications all use galvanized cable.