Stainless Steel braided cable (wire rope) is used for suspending passive
samplers, bailers and other groundwater sampling equipment in wells. It is
available in a variety of thicknesses to suit the application. Thicker cables
can be used as safety cable for pumps and other expensive down hole equipment.
Stainless Steel cable is made from thin strands of stainless steel which are
twisted together in a specific pattern to make a larger cable. The number and
thickness and pattern determine the strength, flexibility, and cost of the final
cable. The manufacturing operation is very industrial and therefore the final
cable may have a dirty film twisted into the braid.
Though stainless steel resists rusting it is still susceptible to the effects
of corrosion, especially if the groundwater has a low pH or high dissolved
solids or chlorides. Careful consideration should be given to the use of
stainless steel so that it is not used in groundwater conditions where it could
Thin cables are usually used to reduce initial cost and weight and for
flexibility. Thin cables will also tangle easier and, if conditions are
present, corrode faster than thicker cables. Nylon and Teflon coated stainless
steel cable is available for added chemical resistance and longer life.
EON supplies a variety of Stainless Steel cable options, primarily as the
suspension tether for passive sampling installations. We can provide customized,
pre-finished cables and accessories for attaching samplers.
Select from cable diameters and plain or coated cables from the list
For completed custom tether assemblies for
passive sampling click here.