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[WRE | SPOTLIGHT]


ROPE IQ DESIGNED TO MAKE INSPECTIONS SIMPLER, SAFER.


BY: MIKE CHALMERS I


n 2017, with the goal of improving safety for users of wire rope, a UK-based two-man team conceived the idea of a system to manage the entire inspection process from start to finish. Tey believed that the international standard


covering primarily crane ropes (ISO 4309:2017) is comprehensive, but can be complex to implement.


“...we gathered and took thousands of photographs of rope problems in order to ‘train’ the system to recognize and assess corrosion and deformations.”


Two years later, the men formed a software product called Rope IQ—which not only makes compliance easy and the workplace safer, but is also capable of offering companies an advantage when it comes to managing their ropes. Utilizing advanced management capabilities—including dashboards, reporting, artificial intelligence, and more— Rope IQ simplifies the complex process of wire rope inspection and allows organizations to leverage the vast power of data analytics to increase compliance, increase safety, and decrease costs around crane rope, no matter the size of the organization.


Billed as the world’s most advanced crane rope management system, Rope IQ is essentially a web app designed for lifting professionals, by lifting professionals. Without a doubt, Rope IQ Director Charles Gillespie puts the pro in professional—having spent his entire career in the wire rope and lifting industry, the latter part of which was maximized within various consulting roles for Certex UK. “I teach people how to inspect wire ropes using ISO 4309 as the basis,” he explained in a recent interview. “It was this experience that motivated me to find an easier way for end-users to implement this complex standard. When my son, Jonathan, a skilled software engineer, came on board, Rope IQ was born!”


As the young company was developing, Gillespie’s desire was not to change the standard, but allow companies to implement it more simply. “We saw it as a way of simplifying the process of performing wire rope inspections,” he noted. “Tis would improve safety by making it easy to implement ISO 4309. If we were recording rope lives and modes of deterioration, then this could provide very powerful information for particularly large users of wire rope. Spend in these companies can


24 MAY–JUNE 2020 WIRE ROPE EXCHANGE


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