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Applied Fiber, WireCo WorldGroup, DSM Dyneema join forces

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Applied Fiber, WireCo WorldGroup, DSM Dyneema have joined forces to deliver synthetic fiber dragline & rope shovel pendants to the global mining industry.

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.

Applied Fiber engineers, 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.

“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,” said 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,” added Edwin Grootendorst – Global Segment Director, DSM Dyneema.

The Dragline and Shovel Pendant products will be available through Applied Fiber and WireCo WorldGroup’s distribution network.

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