Marlow Ropes (Stand 01-C01) is displaying its range of British-made ropes, which provide engineering solutions for all towing, winching and recovery operations across the combat vehicle and commercial support sectors. Vehicle towing and winching wire rope replacement is becoming increasingly important in many vehicle applications due to the significant benefits gained from modern synthetic ropes.
Synthetic fibre ropes are eight times lighter than steel wire for a given diameter, and 15 times stronger than wire weight for weight. Among many other benefits are no water absorption or corrosion, no kinking, no recoil, resistance to abrasion and ultraviolet light, and synthetic fibres retain full strength after chemical exposure. Another important feature of synthetic fibre (HMPE) rope is that unlike steel wire, HMPE does not have a yield point.
At IDEX, Marlow Ropes is demonstrating its new Rhino Tow Rope, which offers high strength and low weight benefits thanks to its Dyneema D12+ core. Visitors to its stand can also view its Fast Ropes range, including the new Fast Rope Rack (FRR), which it developed in conjunction with the British Special Forces. Other additions include a new and improved Fast Rope bag, a Fast Rope DLT cover, and its range of Fast Roping gloves and hardware. Fast Roping is a quicker technique than abseiling (rappelling) and involves a person (unattached from a descender) holding onto the rope with gloved hands and sliding down.
Marlow’s advanced range caters for specific requirements including a 32mm fast rope designed for Asian forces, a heavyweight 40mm designed for stability with strong updraft, and a firm 40mm for improved abrasion resistance.