“An Electroline wire rope fitting is installed much like a compression fitting in a plumbing application,” said John Graham, Riggers Services president. “The wire rope passes through a sleeve. The strands are fanned-out and a plug is inserted. As the plug is driven into the fanned end of the rope, the diameter of the end increases so that the rope can’t dislodge itself. The last thing you do is to put a socket over the sleeve and thread it on tight. It’s a procedure essentially entailing three steps.”

Each fitting is equipped with an inspection hole through which the rope strands are visible, and proper assembly confirmed.

The company argues that swage presses are heavy, power hungry, and require many different expensive dies. In other words, they are difficult to transport for performing terminations in the field, the company said.