Visit to the PMI factory
Last Monday four of us from Appalachian Mountain Institute was fortunate enough to visit the PMI factory and lab. PMI has been making ropes for over 25 years here is the USA. We were able to take a tour of the factory and learn how PMI makes dynamic climbing ropes and static ropes used for rescue and rigging.
After the tour, Chuck demonstrated the UIAA fall test for dynamic ropes. This test was conducted on some old ropes to see how they retained their ability to dissipate energy. Each rope was dropped until it broke. The whole process was illuminating and created more questions that need to be asked. Thanks to Chuck for the great tour.
We learned a lot about ropes while visiting PMI. Keep an eye out for upcoming articles on ropes on the AMI tech blog.
Rope testing at PMI labs. Veiw these two links to see the testing process and a rope catching a fall and a rope breaking.