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Bridon launches technology center for steel rope

Bridon, a U.K.-based specialist in wire rope manufacturing, reports that it has launched a £5 million state-of-the-art facility for the development of the world's most advanced steel ropes.

A press release said that the Bridon Technology Centre (BTC) houses a range of purpose-built equipment to test rope properties and performance, enabling Bridon to refine complex rope constructions and optimize their design. The facility, it said, is set to develop the largest and most sophisticated rope products ever made available. The company cited demand across a number of key industries as the primary motivation behind the Centre's development, noting the widespread need for stronger, more sophisticated ropes that can perform at the highest levels in the world's most punishing environments, the release said. It noted that Bridon has invested £5 million in the Centre's custom-made testing and analysis equipment, which is designed to evaluate advanced rope constructions for their suitability in even the most challenging conditions.

The facility has the capacity to test samples from ropes that will weigh hundreds of tons, assessing their strength under extreme loads, their endurance against bend fatigue, their rotational characteristics, and their response to repeated layering on smaller, more economical spools, the release said. It added that the centre also has the latest 3D microscope technology to examine ropes in minute detail, allowing for some of the most rigorous examinations ever conducted. The center, it said, will further help Bridon's ability to work with customers on selected technical projects. "Over the coming months, the company is expected to enter talks with major operators looking to optimize a rope for their equipment or application," it said.

"BTC will be a high-tech hub for next generation rope development, where the finest minds in rope technology use sophisticated testing equipment to validate the designs of the largest and most complex ropes ever made," said Bridon Chief Executive Jon Templeman.

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