The advent of wire rope "Constructions" 1800-1850
Technical Meeting Experiences with Ropes – Lenzburg 2003
The introduction of iron wire ropes in the 19th Century was preceded by an increased demand for iron wire in the latter part of the previous century when textile-making machinery first was mechanised. Although the primary need was for short pieces of wire used in the process of "carding" (aligning) filaments of cotton, flax and wool, the need for large quantities of iron wire encouraged innovative approaches to making longer and longer lengths of wire for sale to the consuming textile industries.
Author: D. Sayenga