The FEM Product Group Cranes and Lifting Equipment is working on a guideline “Safe Use of High Performance Synthetic Fibre Ropes on Mobile Cranes”. As increasing usage shows, modern fibre ropes, manufactured out of high performance synthetic fibres, are starting to be a promising alternative to the prevalent wire ropes. For wire ropes, substantial experience over many decades exists, which can be found in international standards (e.g. ISO 4309, etc.). Currently there is no standard regarding design and discard criteria for high performance synthetic fibre rope used on mobile cranes. Therefore the Technical Committee of FEM Mobile Cranes decided to develop a FEM guideline regarding the safe use of high performance synthetic fibre rope on mobile cranes.
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