Lightweight crane solutions for increased efficiency with Dyneema® fiber

When loads are heavy and deadlines are tight, the last thing crane operators need is a weighty steel wire hoist rope. Instead, it’s time to turn to synthetic crane cables – but not just any synthetic crane cables. To ensure reliability, the only proven solution is crane hoisting ropes made with Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™.

At least 80% lighter than steel crane wire ropes at the same strength, crane ropes made using our ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) take crane lifting capacity, technology, and performance to new heights.

Dyneema® enables STRENGTHplus+

Crane ropes made with Dyneema® are uniquely strong – but there’s much more to it than that. Dyneema® fiber is carefully engineered to offer a solution that at least meets the reliability of steel wire rope. 

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Reliable and safe crane cable solutions

Whether operators are preparing, installing, or using crane cables, safety is paramount. Replacing steel wire ropes with lightweight Dyneema®-based hoisting rope solutions is a simple way to make handling safer, easier, and more comfortable on site. Better yet, ropes made with Dyneema® fiber don’t create dangerous fishhooks, making reeving and handling safer still.

What’s more, thanks to the durability of Dyneema®, crews can rely on a high level of safety over a longer service life than is offered by either steel or generic synthetic crane lifting solutions.

For greater peace of mind

  • At least 80% lighter than steel ropes at the same strength

  • Same lifting behaviour as wire rope

  • No torque

  • No fishhooks

  • Soft and flexible

  • Longer service life means fewer rope changes

  • No lubrication required

  • Certified performance

Powering productivity with strong crane ropes

Here’s where the Dyneema® difference really comes into play. While the extreme weight of traditional steel ropes eats significantly into a crane’s maximum lifting capacity, lightweight crane cables made with Dyneema® means operators can safely use more of their crane’s lifting potential where it matters: on the payload itself.

In turn, this makes every construction and manufacturing lift faster and more cost efficient. Plus, durable Dyneema® fiber reduces the number of rope changes needed, decreasing downtime and increasing crane availability.

For improved efficiency versus steel

  • Maximized crane capacity for more efficient lifts

  • Less maintenance and replacement downtime

  • Lower cost of operations

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High-performance hoisting ropes for any environment

From dusty construction sites to pristine cleanrooms, crane cables and hoisting ropes made with Dyneema® fiber bring unmatched strength plus a wide range of other performance benefits. Rust free and self-lubricating, Dyneema®-based crane ropes are the ideal solution for indoor hoisting in sensitive cleanroom environments since, unlike with steel cables, there’s no risk of contamination from steel particles or oil.

For all-round high performance

  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications, including cleanrooms

  • No need for lubrication

  • More ductile than steel for reduced vibrations

  • Clear visual indication of point of discard

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Engineered for more sustainable crane lifting

Did you know Dyneema® delivers the lowest carbon footprint per unit strength of all high-performance fibers? Not only is Dyneema® fiber manufactured using 100% renewable electricity, but its low weight also enables less energy use in transport and operations. What’s more, Dyneema®-based crane ropes and hoists have a longer service life than alternatives, delivering greater resource efficiency.

And there’s more good news: opting for bio-based Dyneema® fiber gives you all the benefits of conventional Dyneema® with a carbon footprint that’s 90% lower than generic HMPE. Certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), our world-first bio-based alternative is a simple and reliable way to make every lift greener.

For a big impact with a small footprint

  • Reliably longer service life enables less resource consumption

  • Low weight means less energy use

  • Bio-based Dyneema® available

Want the same high performance with a lower carbon footprint?

Discover bio-based Dyneema® fiber
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Putting performance to the test

The world’s strongest fiber™ offers so much more than just strength. For more than 10 years, we’ve been proving the all-round power of Dyneema® fiber in end-use applications, thanks to our suite of proprietary, state-of-the-art testing equipment.

Unlike other fiber manufacturers, we rigorously test the minimum breaking strength not only of our fibers, but also in rope and sling constructions.

But there is more to it. Rope strength at moment of purchase is only one datapoint. What matters more is strength over time, as this relates to the reliability of your operation. How does strength evolve over time. This is the most important factor and we at Dyneema® have put a lot of effort into understanding and improving behavior of our fibers.

Rope Tension Fatigue Model

Built on 1000’s of tests at fiber and rope level. The only way to accurately predict performance.

Abrasion/Cut Test

Here we evaluate external abrasion at actual conditions – ideal for measuring the impact of sharp angles, sheaves, and metal surfaces when operating your winch or crane.

Cyclic Bending over Sheave (CBOS) Test

Understanding the bending characteristics of a rope over a sheave is essential for developing a durable assembly.

Creep Performance Tool

Our modeling predicts creep rate and elongations as well as estimating creep lifetime.

Rope Temperature Model

Accurately predicting rope core temperatures means Dyneema® fiber can be used safely at higher operating temperatures.

With Dyneema® DM20 fiber, we get the benefits of outstanding safety, no particle and oil contamination, and precise load handling. Vulcan’s cleanroom cranes with synthetic hoist ropes have been successfully installed in the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, chemical, and aerospace industries. We’ve enjoyed an excellent collaboration with Dyneema® – the world’s strongest fiber™.

Huang Weiwei, CEO, Vulcan Cranes

Contact our sales team

Construction and manufacturing are all about teamwork – and we’re on your side. To optimize your crane lifting operations with Dyneema® and benefit from custom advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts.

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  • Techniques and technologies that meet your specific requirements
  • Cost-reduction assessments and strategies
  • Solutions to reduce future maintenance and replacement costs
  • Certification support
  • Tailored approach to local challenges

Preferred. Trusted. Certified.

Dyneema® fibers are renowned the world over for outstanding quality, consistency, and performance – as recognized by our array of third-party certifications covering the full production process

Our team of experts can work with you to support you in getting your winch or crane design with Dyneema® certified by thirt-part

Is verification the same as certification?

The simple answer is “no.” Verification statements confirm the initial holding capacity of a rope or sling, but don’t give information on its suitability for the intended lifting operation. Certification, on the other hand, confirms not only the initial holding capacity but also its lifetime holding capacity – determining the useful service life in its planned operation.

In short, if you want fit-for-purpose, durable, and sustainable heavy lifting ropes, certificates are the documents for you.

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Crane cable suppliers and partners

Our premium crane rope partners are dedicated to manufacturing and supplying high-performance hoist and cable solutions with Dyneema® fiber – delivering ultimate strength plus safety, efficiency, and more. Looking for extra peace of mind? Our crane rope manufacturing partners are happy to offer the service and maintenance packages you need to keep your operations running smoothly and safely, day in, day out.

Where to buy

Crane ropes made with Dyneema® fiber are available from our trusted sellers across the globe.

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