Receiving, inspection and storage
For all wire rope, the best time to begin taking appropriate care and handling measures, is immediately upon receiving it. On arrival, the rope should be carrefully checked to make certain that the delivered product matches the description on tags, requisition forms, packing slips, purchase order and invoice.
After these necessary preliminary checks, the next concern is that of providing wheater-proof storage space. Wire ropes should be stored under a roof or a wheaterproof covering so that moisture cannot reach them. Similarly, acid fumes or any other corrosive atmosphere must be avoided in order to protect the rope from rust. If a reel is to be stored for a long period, it can be covered with a protective cloth. If not covered, the outer layers of rope should be generously coated with rope lubricant.
Uncoiling and unreeling
Uncoil or unreel wire rope properly in order to preserve its balance and symmetry. Movement over sharp corners or small radii causes a spiral or cork-screw appearance and will damage the non-rotating rope.
Un-reeling or Un-coiling Wire Rope
Hold outer end of the rope on floor or ground. Turn coil on end. Roll coil along the floor letting rope trail behind. Or mount the coil on a turnable and pull away the free end in a straight line. Do not lay the coil on its side and uncoil by pulling rope end. This can disturb the balance of the rope and/or lead to loops and kinks. If uncoiling outdoors, do not roll through grit, sand or other abrasive material.
Wire rope mishandling/deformation