This announcement comes after Applied Fiber successfully installed the mining industry’s first synthetic fiber main pendant cables on a Marion 8200 dragline for Cloud Peak Energy.
“Following thousands of tests and years of development, we are excited to introduce a suite of advanced solutions that address the historical challenges of terminating large and critical rope systems. By incorporating high-efficiency termination technology designed to mitigate bend fatigue in extreme conditions with the latest high performance fiber technology from DSM Dyneema we were able to design a solution that offers considerable weight savings and dampens the dynamic forces versus traditional steel pendants. This results in increased payload with dramatically reduced boom compression cycling – providing the mine owner numerous economic benefits. In today’s environment, more than ever, the mining industry is looking for ways to improve performance and reduce overall costs. This new synthetic cable pendant does just that. We are excited to be working with WireCo and DSM Dyneema, as together we can best bring this product to the global mining market.” (Jim Pumphrey – Applied Fiber VP of Industrial Products)
“The development of our Lankhorst synthetic rope for this demanding application will have a very positive impact on our mining customers. The product is lighter, easier to handle during installation and provides increased service life over conventional technology. This is a significant innovation for shovel and dragline boom pendants.” (Blake Chandler – Senior Vice President Global Mining, WireCo WorldGroup)
“The design and installation of the world’s first fiber dragline main pendant has been an impressive engineering feat. DSM Dyneema worked closely with Applied Fiber and WireCo to turn an innovative idea into reality. The Dyneema® DM20 XBO fiber was critical enabling technology, ensuring the main boom pendant was able to reduce stresses on the dragline while improving its efficiency. We remain committed to supporting the mining community, and together with them, explore possibilities of improving profitability and safety in their operations.” (Edwin Grootendorst – Global Segment Director, DSM Dyneema)
Applied Fiber designs, manufactures, and tests the completed Dragline and Shovel Pendants. The termination and rope system was specifically engineered for the demanding pendant applications. The rope was produced by Lankhorst Ropes, a WireCo WorldGroup brand, who designed and manufactured the rope to give specific performance characteristics using the latest advancement in synthetic fiber “DM20” manufactured by DSM Dyneema.
The Dragline and Shovel Pendant products will be available through Applied Fiber and WireCo WorldGroup’s distribution network.
About Applied Fiber®
Applied Fiber® is the leading company for terminated synthetic fiber tension systems worldwide. The company’s advanced products are utilized where performance and reliability are essential. Whether high volume OEM production or mission critical specialty applications, Applied Fiber® delivers engineered tension systems across Mining, Defense, Offshore Oil and Gas, Medical, Commercial Marine, Energy, and Industrial markets, among others. To learn more, visit www.applied-fiber.com.
About WireCo® WorldGroup:
WireCo® WorldGroup’s products are recognized throughout the world and used in a wide range of market applications including oil and gas exploration, surface and underground mining, fishing, maritime, construction,and specialty lifting and suspension applications. WireCo® WorldGroup employs approximately 4,500 people and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with manufacturing plants, distribution facilities and sales offices in the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Netherlands, Brazil, Poland, South America, Africa, Australia and Asia. To learn more, visit www.wirecoworldgroup.com
About DSM Dyneema®:
DSM Dyneema is the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber branded as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber. Dyneema® offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. Dyneema® is extremely durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals. Dyneema® DM20 combines the high performance properties of Dyneema® fibers with a unique resistance to creep.
To learn more, visit www.dyneema.com