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How rope is made.

Yarn selection

In order to produce some of the best rope in the world you have to have the best yarn in the world. Redpoint Ropes uses only premium first grade textiles from some of the world’s leading yarn producers such as Performance Fibers, Firestone Textiles, Dyneema,Vectran,Toyobo and many more. Each batch of yarn that enters the plant is inspected for quality. The yarn is scrutinized against industry standards to ensure that every rope we produce comes from only the best material.

Twisting

Ropes are unique in the sense that specific types of rope require that the yarn from which it comes from be twisted to particular requirements. Each product that requires twisted yarn goes through a process known as twisting. Twisting refers to two or more yarn strands being twisted either clockwise or counter clockwise and at a specific turn level. Redpoint’s new state of the art twister machines allow for a continuous electronic monitoring of the entire twisting process, thus ensuring an almost perfectly even twist. Over the years Redpoint was able to perfect the twisting process, thereby, ensuring that our customers received the best quality finished product. What does that mean for the finished product? If yarn is either twisted at the wrong levels or unevenly than it will be reflected in the finished product. Rope with poorly twisted yarn will have a bumpy exterior. A bumpy exterior can result in “back-turning” or critical failure under loads. To ensure that we produce the best quality products, Redpoint adheres to strict quality control standards throughout the entire twisting process.

Winding

Winding refers to the process of taking either raw or twisted yarn and placing it on bobbins that will then go onto a braider. The winding process is crucial in ensuring that the finished product is evenly braided, without flaws and adheres to a desired rope length. Prior to winding yarn, Redpoint test and calibrate the winder according to specific formulas. The yarn is then wound onto small bobbins. While the yarn is on the bobbins, employees, along with the use of testers, monitor the entire process. If a bobbin is improperly wound, it is removed from the winder and will not be used in the final product. What does that mean for the finished product? Yarn that is wound correctly and at the right tension not only produces a better looking rope but also ensures the best quality, durability and predictability. Rope that is made from poorly-wound yarn becomes bumpy, uneven, drastically weaker, too stiff or too hard and can even fail under a load.

Braiding

Braiding is the final and most crucial step in rope production. Braiding refers to taking all wound bobbins of yarn and braiding them into a finished rope. In this step a "braider" is loaded with bobbins containing the exact amount of yarn that will be needed to produce the desired size and length of rope. Prior to placing on the wound bobbins, a trained employee tests and calibrates each and every single bobbin holder. A specific and even “tension” for each bobbin is set, thus ensuring a smooth and consistent rope is produced. All braiders are tested and calibrated in this manner prior to each line production, along with weekly, monthly and yearly machine maintenance. What does that mean for the finished product? A quality made braider will produce amazing looking lines that will perform 100% as designed. Redpoint’s adherence to strict quality control allow for us to manufacture some of the best cordage in the market. A braider that is poorly made and maintained will produce a rope that has an uneven braid pattern. This not only makes the rope look twisted, flat or uneven but also drastically changes its performance and could cause the rope to fail.

Coiling

The majority of the lines that Redpoint produces are wound onto reels. During this wounding process each line gets wound by hand onto a spool. While being wound the rope gets inspected from start to finish. This process ensures that only the best lines make it to our customers.

News & Upcoming Events

Boatshow

Redpoint Ropes will once again be attending the Toronto international Boat Show 2017. We will be located in booth G-450.

We will be selling our premium handmade dock and anchor lines. As well, we will be launching some new colours available on our rigging lines. Customers who take advantage of this show will be saving 10-50% off their purchases.

Note: We will also have running rigging products available. However, due to our limited booth size we can only bring the most popular items to the show. If you are looking to rig your sail boat for the 2017 season please have a list of sizes and lengths you require when you come to our booth. If you purchase your rigging at the show you will be able to take advantage of the boat show specials.

Toronto International Boat Show