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Cable Handling and Capstan Winch Hire

Cable Handling

Cable handling is critical and the way in which cables are handled on a day to day basis has a lot to do with the performance of the specific cable. For example, reverse bending of any cable will cause damage and take years of the life expectancy of the cable. Before being used, cables should be carefully placed on a jack or a stand. This allows the paying-out the cable to happen easily -- as the reel will turn easier than it would otherwise. Cables can be payed-out either from the top or the bottom of the reel, depending on what is most convenient for the particular handler. When transporting the cable from the pay-off reel to the take-up reel, the distance between reels is recommended to be a minimum of 20 feet. This precaution is taken so that the cable is straightened out before being placed on another reel. To avoid potential problems occurring from a lack of handling expertise there are a number of other methods by which to store and transport cables. For example, the twisting and bending of cables has become a major problem in terms of performance of the cable. Look into our capstan winch and trailer hire services and ask our experts for help and advice.

Cable Installation And Management

Cable installation and cable management are highly important when attempting to understand exactly what goes into the cable handling process. The correct installation onto a winch will help make or break a cable's life expectancy and performance. The most important piece of advice when installing the cable, might be to remember the nature of the shipping reel that the cable is attached to. Shipping reels are specifically designed to handle high cable tensions. Essentially, this means that the reel should always stay on the low side of the traction winch whilst being installed. Because the winch will become the main load support of the cable, the cable-load should be well anticipated. Operators may wish to consider a capstan winch hire. The operator should know the weight of the load being encountered during installation. Cable wraps should be at an appropriate tension in order to adequately support all loads. It is crucial that operators have an understanding of how exactly to load the cable onto winch during the act of installation. Without this understanding of cable handling, cable damage is possible, putting the performance of the product in jeopardy and increasing the chances of premature line failure. If you need to do cable installation you may need to hire a Capstan Winch and Crane Mounted on a Ute. Uptrack has a full range of Cable handling and Capstan Winches to suit your specific needs.

Cable Storage and Transport

Cable handling is very much determined by the specific cable's weight and size. When it comes to handling a specific cable, the first thing that always needs to be established is the type of reel used in order to cable storage and transportation. The reels used to store cables are typically constructed out of steel, and can take heavy cable loads at any one time. These reels should also have the ability to get the stored cable to exactly where it needs to be, before it is offloaded at its destination. The most commonly used reel is most effective when used once. Multiple usage is not advised, as the construction of these reels has not been designed for excessive and continuous handling. Much of the time, upon request, heavier and reinforced reels will be supplied to handle continuous storage and transportation.

Moving Reels

When cables are stored, the reels they are attached to should always remain in an upright position. In addition to this, they should always remain rested on both flanges. When moving the cable reels, it is important that special precautions are taken. It is advised that reels are transported with the use of cranes or forklifts. In some cases, rolling is appropriate, but precautions must be taken in order to prevent any uncontrolled movements. Because cables are generally very heavy, reels have been specifically designed to support cable weight, providing that each reel is placed upright. It is strongly advised that reels are not placed horizontally when holding cables. When cables are stored on reels, they should be kept out of the sunlight. If in danger of being exposed to the sun, reel should be kept indoors. Otherwise, cables may also be kept outside. For the most part, cables should be stored underneath a cover, which is wrapped loosely around the reel. If tightly bound, the cable will not allow for open air circulation. If you need to move reels you will may be in need of hiring a Flat Bed Truck and Crane and Uptrack can supply this for you.

Storing Reels

It is strongly advised that cables should be placed in a low humidity area at a temperature of up to 60 degrees Celsius. Anything higher may damage the cable. The length of time that the cable is stored will also determine conditions of storage. If planning on storing the cable for a long period of time, think about applying an additional lubricating spray to the outer layer of the cable. When reeling and unreeling cables, it is in incredibly important that the utmost care is taken.

Alternative Methods of Storage

For this reason, some have chosen to make use of what are termed "Cable Carriers" instead. Cable carriers provide a supportive structure that minimizes the chance of the stored cable bending or twisting -- the supportive structure greatly reduces the tension that is placed on each cable during transportation, which is so often the cause of twisting. Though transportation becomes a lot easier with the use of cable carriers, the difficulty comes with installation. Prior to installation, it is important that the handling of the cables during the removal of the cable from the specific shipping reel is observed carefully. If any damages come to the cable -- such as twisting -- during this process, the benefits of the cable carrier are cancelled out.

Finding the Right Tension

It is important when handling cables that a balance of cable tension is found. By looking into capstan winch hire, this is possible. Excessive tension applied to any cable is infinitely problematic, and can cause a wide range of performance failures. At the same time, like high tension, bending a cable beyond its limits is equally detrimental -- a small bend radius causes the failure of cables all too often. In many cases, the minimum bend radius of a specific cable can be reduced which, in turn, reduces the chances of damages from rendering the said cable useless. If the particular cable design being used has a shorter lay length than is standard, the flexibility of the cable increases and it becomes easier to handle.

Many contractors and operators just cannot qualify the expense of buying this specialized equipment to do the job correctly and that is why they use Uptrack, Uptrack has all the right tools to make your cable handling and cable management a breeze from single operator controlled Capstan Winches with a Trailer and Pickup to a full range of other specific purpose built equipment.

Having a good understanding of cable handling is essential in order to make the processes of installation, storage and transportation as smooth as possible. Being aware of the dangers allows for the avoidance of cable failure, decreased life-expectancy and overall inconvenience. Do not hurry the process of cable handling, take the time to look into capstan winch hire, and a range of other services that make the process of handling cables as easy and as hassle-free as possible. In the right hands, cables can serve their purpose for long periods of time without failure. Make sure you know exactly what goes into the maintenance of these cables, and how to ensure they don't let you down.

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