Lifting ropes (or car lift cables) are a critical part within many vehicle lifts - regular inspections are imperative to ensure the safe use of the garage lifting equipment.
Wire ropes are used in the design of two post and four post vehicle ramps to either actually be part of the lifting mechanism or to assist in the timing, synchronisation and levelling of the ramp during its use. Ensuring that the car lift cables or lift ropes are in good condition is vital for the safety of the operators and vehicle lift users
The wire rope used in vehicle lifts is normally constructed using lengths of wire (a single wire is shown in blue on the diagram). The lengths of wire are spun together to form what is known as a strand (shown in brown). Finally strands are formed around a centre core to produce what is then called a Wire Rope.
During a routine maintenance inspection of a vehicle ramp or garage lift that uses car lift ropes, the wire rope should be examined closely to determine if there are any broken wires or strands as the first obvious defect. The actual position that a wire strand break occurs along the length of a wire lift rope is very important and when a break of any kind is located close to a termination it becomes even more serious.
Another aspect that we also need to be vigilant for when analysing a car lift cable is to ascertain if there any wire breaks that are in a close-cluster to each other as this will put extra load onto the surviving wires and strands of the car lift cable. It is also worth noting that although the wire ropes are partially visible during use, there is also a considerable amount of cable that is out of sight and can only be satisfactorily examined during a thorough inspection of the garage equipment.
With these considerations taken into account about what to look for when inspecting and examining car lift cables on 2 post and 4 post vehicle lifts please do call Lions Equipment on 01280 822 089 or contact us to discuss your requirements regarding your garage and workshop equipment as the lifting and synchronisation ropes really do need to be inspected by engineers with the experience and training to do the job correctly.
As a final point it should also be noted that lift ropes and car lift cables are subject to water ingress, thus corrosion and rusting on the inside of the rope is a concern. As it is impossible to inspect the inner core of the rope, clause 6 of BS 7980:2003+A1:2012 recommends that load suspension wire ropes that are over 6 years old should be replaced irrespective of their apparent condition.
Please see below for example manufacturers model numbers that have car lift wire ropes in use in their operation.
WERTHER 547 | WERTHER 547INC | WERTHER 442LP | WERTHER 443 | WERTHER 433SR | WERTHER 433SRJC | WERTHER 450 | WERTHER 450N/5 | WERTHER 450LT | WERTHER 460 | WERTHER 480 | WERTHER 430 | WERTHER 430BL | WERTHER 443ATLT | WERTHER 450AT | WERTHER 450ATLV | WERTHER 450/3DB | WERTHER 450AT/5 | WERTHER 450ATLT | WERTHER 450ATLTPG | WERTHER 533 | WERTHER 533JC | WERTHER 533k | WERTHER 533KB | WERTHER 533LT | WERTHER 533LTAT | WERTHER SATURNUS | WERTHER SATURNUS 45 | WERTHER SATURNUS 45JC | WERTHER SATURNUS EV40 | WERTHER SATURNUS EV45 | WERTHER SATURNUS 50 | WERTHER SATURNUS 50JC | WERTHER SATURNUS 40R | WERTHER SATURNUS 50R | WERTHER SATURNUS EV45JC | WERTHER SATURNUS EV50JC
APAC 1547 | APAC 1547INC | APAC 1524 | APAC 1524JC | APAC 1524SRJC | APAC 1526 | APAC 1526JC | APAC 1526ALT | APAC 1526BL5 | APAC 1526L5 | APAC 1526LT | APAC 1526LTJC | APAC 1533 | APAC 1533M | APAC 1533MPG | APAC 1533A | APAC 1533B | APAC 1533C | APAC 1533K | APAC 1533KB | APAC1533LT | APAC1533LTAT | APAC 1533RN | APAC 1533RB | APAC 1533RA | APAC 1533RC | APAC 1533JC | APAC 1533EJC
OMA 547 | OMA 547INC | OMA 522 | OMA 523 | OMA 524 | OMA 524ALT | OMA 524BLT | OMA 524JC | OMA 524JCSR | OMA 526 | OMA 526B | OMA 526JC | OMA 526JCB | OMA 526LT | OMA 526ALT
TECALEMIT SF9047 | TECALEMIT SF9054 | TECALEMIT SF9057 | TECALEMIT SF9250 | TECALEMIT SF9254 | TECALEMIT SF9257 | TECALEMIT SF9266 | TECALEMIT SF9480 | TECALEMIT SF9259 | TECALEMIT DE7341 QUADRA
HH LIONS 524 | HH LIONS 524JC | HH LIONS 524JCSR | HH LIONS 526 | HH LIONS 526JC | HH LIONS 526JCL5
SUN 547 | SUN 547INC | SUN 524JC | SUN 526JC | SUN 526JCL5 | SUN 526JC5 | SUN SVL4000 | SUN SVL4000/7 | SUN SVL5000
CRYPTON C4L840 | CRYPTON C4L841 | CRYPTON C4L870 | CRYPTON C4L871 | CRYPTON C4L870L | CRYPTON C4L871L | CRYPTON C4L874 | CRYPTON C4L875
HOFMANN 547 | HOFMANN 547INC | HOFMANN 450AT | HOFMANN 450JC | HOFMANN QUADRA | HOFMANN QUADRA450