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Composed of wire ropes, these railing systems are popular in industrial, commercial, and residential applications as they provide an open floor plan increasing circulation and visibility. Both vertical and horizontal cables may be used to replace traditional railing components such as wood, metal or glass spindles, grates, panels, and mesh. Read More…

Cable Railing Cable railings are basic structural barriers designed to establish spatial boundaries and act as safety barriers.
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Leading Manufacturers

Apple Valley, MN  |  888-638-3604

Tyler Madison manufactures precision-quality wire ropes for a broad range of industries. They provide companies with a full line of products that are used for powering, lifting, hanging, pulling, braking, suspending & winding of 270lbs - 14,400 lbs tension.

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Phillipsburg, NJ  |  800-528-3900

JSC, as one of the most diversified wire rope manufacturers, utilizes over 200 production machines to produce top rated wire products in ferrous and nonferrous materials. Industries that JSC serves include electronics, geophysical and communications.

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Jersey Strand & Cable, Inc. $$$

Norridge, IL  |  800-626-6556

Lexco is an ISO:9001 manufacturer of wire rope, cable, and bungee cord assemblies; and push-pull controls. Our in-house capabilities range from swaging and extrusions to die-casting, proof-loading, and CNC machining. Lexco Cable is proud to serve a diverse set of markets including military, aerospace, OEM, MRO, marine, architectural, and more. Contact us today.

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Lexco Cable Mfg. $$$

Dover, NJ  |  973-361-2226

For over 30 years, companies across various markets have relied on Motion Control Technologies to provide high-quality mechanical cable solutions. Our line of products includes commercial cable lanyards, galvanized wire rope cable lanyards, swaged fittings, and more. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with our customers, regardless of your industry. Contact us today and tell us how we can help you!

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Motion Control Technologies, Inc. $$$

Michigan City, IN  |  219-872-2253

Here at Sandin Manufacturing, we have over 50 years of experience and we work hard to provide you with outstanding wire rope. Our specialized wire rope products include aircraft type cable, wire rope, and strand of galvanized and stainless steel options. We also have vinyl, nylon and thermo-plastic coatings. We have a variety of fittings and hardware for you to use in order to meet your product specifications. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Sandin Manufacturing $$$

Fairfield, NJ  |  800-237-4369

As leading innovative wire rope manufacturers, Bergen Cable Technology has been providing engineering assistance for well over half a century, helping customers develop cost effective, durable solutions.

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Bergen Cable Technology, Inc. $$$

Burnsville, MN  |  800-932-0177

Aero Assemblies, Incorporated strives to make every effort, as dedicated wire rope manufacturers, to maximize product value throughout the manufacturing process.

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Aero Assemblies, Inc. $$$

Worcester, MA  |  508-853-8010

As family-owned wire rope manufacturers, St. Pierre Manufacturing provides a variety of products and services for a wide range of satisfied customers around the world.

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Public walkways, parking decks, and balconies commonly employ cable railing safety barriers; they are also popular in marine applications.

Used as both interior and exterior barriers and fall protection systems, cable railings are commonly made of durable and weather resistant materials such as stainless steel. This results in low maintenance railing with a sleek and elegant look.

Material choice, size, dimensions, and finishes are very versatile making this a flexible alternative to traditional guardrails.

Architectural Cable Railing Assembly Architectural Cable Railing Assembly - Lexco Cable Mfg.

While the appearance of rails may be important to decorative and personal use railings, workplace cable railing is much more restricted. Such systems must comply with regulations established by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This organization stipulates that railings must be able to support 200 pounds, be set 3 inches from the wall and stand 30 to 37 inches from the ground with a mid-rail. Many residential applications comply with these structural specifications as a matter of convenience and structural integrity.

There are several basic components applied in the design of a cable railing system. The cable itself has three main elements known as filaments, strands, and cores. Filaments are cold drawn rods of metal materials of varying diameters. These wires are then twisted or braided together to form what are known as strands. Each strand may contain as few as two strands or several dozen. Variable numbers of these strands are then wrapped around the third and final component, the core. Cores can be fibrous or made of wire as well, depending upon the application.

The overall diameter of the cables for railing may be as small as 1/8 of an inch or may reach considerable size. The larger the diameter the more rigid, but also more expensive the cable rail will be.

These cables of varying dimensions are supported by posts. Made most commonly of metal or wood, these stands may be round, square, or irregular in shape and are predrilled with vertically aligned holes through which the cable rails will pass. Braces on the end posts and mounting plates provide further structural support.

The framework used with stranded wire railing must be very rigid due to the force applied by tensioning the cable. The cable tension prevents deflection and can yield great amounts of stress which are placed on the posts. Intermediate posts are placed at varying intervals throughout the railing system to relieve some of the burden from the end posts.

Each component must be carefully designed in order for the cable railing to function effectively as a whole.

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