New mining shovel ropes launched

Bridon has developed a new wire rope for electric mining shovels.

Dubbed the Bristar Tiger Blue, the rope was created due to “increased demand for hoist ropes with extended service life,” the company stated.

“Compared to a plastic jacketed rope as a baseline, Bristar improved average service life can be more than 50 percent.“

“Bristar Tiger Blue is Bridon’s most technically advanced shovel hoist rope, incorporating years of rope design and manufacturing experience, field trials and investigations, and failure mode analysis to develop the best combination of characteristics for this demanding application,” Bridon engineer Dave Sleightholm said.

The rope was crated and tested at the company’s technology centre, and features the Bristar core, which has flutes designed to maintain a uniform gap between the outer rope strands, hold strand positioning, promote equal load sharing, improve strand to strand wear, and increase overall fatigue life.

It has been field-tested in North and South America at coal, copper, iron ore, gold mines, and the oil sands fields in Canada. 


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