The end of a wire rope can be used to create splices, but it is also possible to attach spelter sockets. Unlike splices, the minimum breaking load of a rope with a cast-on socket remains unaffected, provided that the production has been carried out properly. The process is called socketing and requires a high level of precision. It involves unwinding the loose end of a single-laid rope down to each individual wire. This forms a so called broom, which is a critical part of socketing. The broom must be unwound so that the resin penetrates deep into the wire rope, in the bottom of the socket. This is the area of the socket which bears most of the load capacity. Each broom is de-greased extensively to ensure proper adhesion of the resin. The broom is put in an exact upright position and placed in the socket. When it is sure that the socket and the wire are exactly aligned, the bottom of the socket is sealed at the point where the wire rope enters the socket. The sealing is done to prevent leakage. At this point it is time to introduce the resin. United Offshore Services uses Wirelock® resin for all sockets. Wirelock® consists of two components, it is important to mix a sufficient amount so that the socket can be filled entirely in one pouring. Because of the required precision of the socketing process we make sure that our personnel are properly instructed, trained and experienced so that we can ensure a quality product for our customers.
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