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Lightweight Plasma Rope Stronger Than Steel Cable
A recent advertisement for Plasma® 12-strand synthetic rope in Farm and Dairy magazine caught our eye. Plasma rope is being marketed by Samsel Corp., a distributor and fabricator of various lifting and rigging products for the construction, industrial, and marine markets.
   The braided, high-performance synthetic rope is manufactured from high-modulus polyethylene (HMPE), and is said to have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any synthetic fiber on the market.
  “Size for size, it’s stronger than steel cable but is 7 to 10 times lighter with less risk of recall,” says owner Chris Samsel. “We’ve been selling plasma rope for the last 10 years but it’s still new to many farmers. Our customers have included everyone from heavy equipment construction to oil and gas drillers and the Army Corps of Engineers. We also work closely with the maritime industry, where several vessels use plasma rope instead of steel cables for their mooring lines.”
  “Plasma under tension has a fraction as much tension build-up compared to steel cable or chain. If breakage does occur, the plasma line simply drops to the ground instead of recoiling or snapping back,” says Samsel.
  Plasma rope’s light weight is a big advantage. “Winch cable 150 ft. long weighs about 50 lbs., whereas 150 ft. of plasma rope weighs less than 7 1/2 lbs. And it won’t deform under stress and bending,” notes Samsel, adding that plasma rope is expensive compared to other materials. Pricing available upon request.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Samsel Supply Co., 1285 Old River Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 (ph 216 241-0333 or 800 892-8012; csamsel@samselsupply.com; www.samselsupply.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4