Discover the importance of choosing the right cutting method not just based on precision, but on the stainless steel cable's ultimate function. Learn about the unique advantages and considerations of hand-cutting, fuse-cutting, and mechanical cutting, as well as the role heat plays in achieving a high-quality cut. This article is a must-read for anyone dealing with stainless steel cable in manufacturing, surgical systems, and heavy load support applications.
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Steel cable is cable made from stranded steel wires. While the terminology changes, depending upon the diameter of the cable, steel wires helically stranded together can be known as wire rope, mechanical cable, miniature cable, and even ultrafine cable.
Every day we encounter stretchy material, like rubber bands or balloons. But did you know that even metal materials, like springs, can stretch? Such is the case with mechanical cable. Mechanical cable, also known as wire rope, is made of metal wires. Wire counts can be as few as two and as many as several hundred. The wire count, combined with the material and a host of other factors, informs the presence of cable stretch immediately upon manufacturing, straight on through the cable’s entire lifespan.
Stainless steel mechanical cable is, by its very design, corrosion resistant. However, for all its corrosion-resistant properties, even stainless steel remains at risk of oxidation when applied to a harsh environment. Passivation extends the life and quality of a stainless steel cable.