Applied Fiber

Arizona Copper Mine Sees Benefits of Shock Damping Fiber Pendants

A copper mining company in Arizona recently installed a Shock Damping Fiber Pendant set on its 4100 shovel. The fiber pendants were part of a recent shovel refurbishment.

The overhaul was done by Elko Wire Rope and involved complete undecking of the electric shovel that included replacement of all undercarriage parts and replacement of the steel wire pendants with the new shock damping fiber pendants. The pendants were developed by Applied Fiber in collaboration with WireCo WorldGroup and DSM.

“Mining is tough on these machines; the shovel often requires considerable repair from regular shock loading,” says Ed Gower, Vice President of Technical Services for WireCo WorldGroup. “The boom is jacked or rocks fall into the dipper, significant forces are transferred into the entire machine which damages the boom and many integrated components. Fiber pendants substantially reduce the shock loads resulting in less fatigue cracking and less downtime. The pendants can help extend the life of the shovel.”

Synthetic fiber absorbs impact energy better than steel with over 12 times the damping, and provides a fatigue life that is twice that of steel wire. The fiber pendants were made with Lankhorst Ropes and use Dyneema® DM20 fiber, which combines the strength and weight advantages of Dyneema® and is specifically designed for use in long lasting, permanently loaded applications. Shock load testing confirmed that peak loads were one-half that of steel.

A detailed inspection of the pendants was recently completed after nine months of operation. The inner strands in the bend zone and overall termination system remains in the same condition as when it left the factory.

“The mine reports a noticeable reduction in machine vibration, fatigue and welding repairs. The shovel operators are thrilled with the shock damping benefits of the pendants; one recently stated that it was the smoothest shovel they have ever been on,” says Paul Badeau, VP Sales for Applied Fiber.

Click on the video below to see the Shovel operating with the shock damping pendants installed.

Contact WireCo WorldGroup or Applied Fiber to learn more.

Related Posts

  • October 16, 2023
  • News

Pave the Way For Innovation in Mining

Troy Rybicki, Bridon Bekaert, USA, and Applied Fiber review the advantages of fiber rope boom suspension pendants, highlighting their substantial weight reduction, damping properties, reduced metal fatigue, and extended...

Read More

Applied Fiber Celebrates 20 Years

Applied Fiber, the world’s leading provider of socketed terminations for synthetic fiber rope systems, announced its recent celebration of 20 years in business. The Florida-based company has been developing...

Read More

Seaflex with Applied Fiber delivers mooring system on EU’s largest floating solar field in a reservoir

May 30 – 2023 UMEA SWEDEN Floating solar is a fast-growing technology with huge potential as they not only help to conserve land resources but also promote sustainable energy...

Read More
  • April 18, 2023
  • News

Applied Fiber is proud to announce it has received Approval of Manufacturing Certificate from DNV

Fiber ropes are generally terminated with a splice which is a manual process, and consequently variable,  requiring highly trained individuals.  Repeatability in high volumes is considered a barrier for...

Read More
  • April 3, 2023
  • News

The Right Connection

Applied Fiber, USA, examines the advantages of utilising fibre pendants as a connection point technology, and how they can be used as an effective alternative to steel wire.

Read More
  • January 24, 2023
  • News

Applied Fiber and Knowix Announce Technology Partnership

Applied Fiber and Knowix today announced their partnership to bring to market the first truly comprehensive, reliable, digital IIoT termination solution for high-performance cable and rope systems.

Read More
  • October 14, 2022
  • News

Applied Fiber Dragline Pendants Surpass Life of Steel Wire

7 Years of Operating Service – Surpass Life of Steel Wire. Now entering their 7th year of service on a Marion 8200, as expected, Applied Fiber’s Synthetic Fiber Pendants...

Read More
  • March 3, 2022
  • News

MacGregor to Deliver Offshore Fibretrac Crane with Applied Fiber Termination

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract with Otto Candies, LLC to deliver an active heave compensated FibreTrac offshore crane. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2022 first...

Read More
  • November 16, 2022
  • News

Liftoff! NASA’s Artemis I Mega Rocket Launches Orion to Moon

Thrilling view of the launch early this morning over Florida. Today’s launch, going to the moon and back, is the first of several in the Artemis program. Future launches...

Read More
  • April 28, 2022
  • News

Beyond the Moon on James Webb Space Telescope

Applied Fiber is celebrating the first images returning from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). As one of NASA’s most ambitious and technically complex missions, the $10 billion James...

Read More
  • September 1, 2021
  • News

Favouring Fibre Pendants

Paul Badeau, Applied Fiber, USA, explains why fibre pendants are being adopted by dragline and shovel operators. The adoption of new technologies is often a long and sometimes difficult...

Read More
  • April 12, 2021
  • News

Balltec Now Offers Direct Fibre Rope Mooring Connection

Morecambe, United Kingdom — Balltec can now offer direct fibre rope connection to Balltec’s MoorLOK™ mooring connector utilising Applied Fiber’s rope termination technology. Balltec customers now have access to...

Read More
  • March 23, 2021
  • News

Applied Fiber and Eckhart Sign Agreement to Deliver Next Generation Automated Fiber Rope Termination Technology

To support worldwide demand, Applied Fiber is licensing its fiber rope socketed termination technology to select industry partners. Licensed partners will have access to Applied Fiber’s substantial portfolio of...

Read More
  • November 19, 2020
  • News

Industry Leaders Conclude License Agreement on High Capacity Terminations

Applied Fiber, the world’s leading provider of fiber rope termination technology, and BRIDON-BEKAERT ROPES GROUP (BBRG), the world’s premier supplier of mission-critical ropes, have signed a technology license agreement...

Read More
  • November 18, 2020
  • News

Good Vibrations for Mining Shovels and Draglines / Mining Magazine

Applied Fiber Manufacturing makes a case for replacing steel cables with high-tech fibres as the material of choice for supporting the massive booms of cranes and draglines. Tests showed...

Read More
  • September 25, 2020
  • News

Applied Fiber Pendants – Flying High / World Coal

For nearly 100 years, heavy steel wire rope pendants were the only product available to support the massive weight of dragline and shovel booms. However, with a focus on...

Read More
  • November 5, 2018
  • News

Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG) and Applied Fiber bring terminated Synthetic Rope Solutions to Offshore, Mining, Crane, and Heavy Industries

Bridon-Bekaert and Applied Fiber are combining their expertise to develop and bring to the market advanced solutions that improve efficiency and safety in heavy industrial operations. The companies will...

Read More
  • November 15, 2018
  • News

Applied Fiber and Cortland Breakthrough with 100% Termination Efficiency on Large Ropes

Applied Fiber, with close cooperation with Cortland, has solved the historical challenge of large rope socketed terminations – achieving 100% rated rope efficiency in a compact package. This milestone...

Read More
  • November 1, 2018
  • News

Cloud Peak Energy Generates Compelling ROI with Synthetic Main Dragline Pendants

Cloud Peak Energy installed the first set of synthetic fiber main boom pendants on its Marion 8200 dragline two years ago – with numerous benefits demonstrating a compelling ROI....

Read More
  • September 7, 2018
  • News

Applied Fiber, WireCo WorldGroup, and DSM Dyneema Join Forces

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...

Read More
  • September 7, 2018
  • News

Applied Fiber Earns DNV Type Approval for Offshore Fiber Rope Terminations

Applied Fiber, a world leader in high performance fiber rope terminations and tension systems has received type approval for fiber rope terminations under DNVGL – ST – 0378 for...

Read More