Wire Rope & Cables

Wire ropes are usually ⅜” in diameter or larger, while cables or cords are smaller. … Cable or wire rope is made when a group of strands is twisted around a center wire or rope. They are named for the numbers of wires and strands. A 7×7 cable has 7 strands with 7 wires in each strand wrapped around a central core.

The term cable is often used interchangeably with wire rope. However, in general, wire rope refers to diameters larger than 3/8 inch. Sizes smaller than this are designated as cable or cords. … A group of strands laid around a core would be called a cable or wire rope.