Wire ropes are lubricated as a protection against oxidization and to reduce friction between wires and strands. Fiber cores are impregnated for preservation purposes. During the stranding and roping operations, all wires forming the strand and all strands forming the rope are lubricated. The type of lubrication varies according to the application for the rope and the type of plant for which it is intended. During the working life of the rope, lubrication should be carried out periodically with good quality products compatible with those used during manufacture and which we shall be pleased to indicate upon request.
Lubricants used during manufacture shall be free from solvents, moisture, aromatic compounds, alkaline soaps and acidity both organic and inorganic. For protection of wire ropes against corrosion and frictional wear, elephant wire ropes have various kinds of lubrications.