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Industrial Rope

Machovec offers an extensive variety of synthetic and natural fiber rope products to meet individual market needs or specific application criteria. Continual research and development with new technologies and fiber advancement ensure revolutionary design to satisfy an ever increasing range of applications.

Types of Rope Construction

Types of rope constructionThere are two main methods of rope construction: laid, or twisted, ropes - the traditional form of manufacture used when natural fiber ropes were in general use - and braided ropes. Braided ropes, now usually double braided with a braided cover over a braided core, have the great advantage of being far less liable to kink than a traditional laid rope.

Types of Material Used in Ropes

In the "olden days", rope was made of natural fibers, mostly Manila, but also hemp and others. They worked, but have now been superseded by manmade fibers with much better characteristics.

There are three main kinds of man made fiber: nylon, polyester, and polypropylene. Nylon is the strongest of the three, followed by polyester and then polypropylene. Nylon, in addition to being very strong, is elastic and thus most suitable for dealing with shock loads (with anchors, for example), but is unsuitable for applications where minimum stretch is necessary.

Polyester has the useful combination of being strong and a low-stretch characteristic, thus making it suitable for most purposes. Dacron® is a trademark of polyester rope.

The main advantage of polypropylene is that it floats. Therefore, it's the most useful rope to use for dinghy painters and mooring pennants where a submerged rope could offer hazards.

Recent additions to manmade fibers are Spectra® (brand name of Allied Chemicals) and Kevlar® (brand name of DuPont). Both are very light with immensely strong filaments.


Machovec works with manufacturers who are strong supporters and members of the Cordage Institute, a voluntary trade association of rope, twines and cordage manufacturers that has been serving the industry for over 75 years. One of its major roles is the setting of industry standards, through a voluntary, consensus process, coordinated by the Cordage Institute Technical Committee. A secondary role is to inform people about cordage products and is accomplished by a comprehensive publications list. The Cordage Institute has a web site at: www.ropecord.com.

Products listed with the designation meet or exceed industry standards as published by the Cordage Institute. Standards have not been established by the Cordage Institute for all products. Those products without the symbol are either designated for specific applications and needs, or a standard has not been set by the Institute.

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