OIPEEC – International Organization for the Study of Ropes

An epic journey into the manufacturing of modern wire rope lubricants with focus on the mining industry

Allner, A. An epic journey into the manufacturing of modern wire rope lubricants with focus on the mining industry, Proceedings of the OIPEEC Conference ‘How to get the most out of your ropes’, September 2007, Johannesburg, paper no. ODN 0807 , 57-72, ISBN: 978-0-9552500-1-9.

This paper takes the end user on an epic journey into the selection of special ingredients used in historic and modern wire rope lubricants, how they are carefully blended into special products and the critical application methodology for rope manufacturers and end users wishing to re-lubricate in service. With a great focus on HSEQ and more especially on moving away from bitumastic / asphalt type lubricants to more modern, safe to use lubricants the author reviews the current market needs both locally and internationally related to the mining industry. Insight into laboratory test methods are shared along with application methods for in-service ropes and rope inspections. (7 refs.)

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