Viper WRL

The Viper MkII Wire Rope Lubricator range provides fast and effective cleaning and lubricating of wire ropes. Wire ropes from 8 mm (5/16” ) to 165 mm (6-1/2”) in diameter can be automatically greased at speeds up to 2,000 mt per hour. NEW member of the growing Viper family. Smaller but equally effective. SAFE, SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE.

Three devices – Three sizes – Three solutions:
-Viper MINI MKII: for wire ropes from 8 to 35 mm. Extra light.
-Viper MKII: for wire ropes from Ø 8 mm. up to 67 mm
-Viper Maxi MKII: for wire ropes from Ø 50 mm up to 165 mm

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The Viper MkII with the new cast Aluminium collar is 32% lighter and combined with the unique inbuilt carry handles and shoulder strap enables single person wire rope lubrication. Ideal for use on all cranes, towing lines and mooring lines, the Viper MKII eliminates the HS&E risks associated with manual lubrication. Use of the Viper MKII provides improved wire rope lubrication by forcing wire rope lubricant under pressure into the wire rope.

Other lubricators just coat the surface of the ropes but the unique seal design of the Viper wire rope lubricator means the “wire dwell time” in the pressure chamber is up to 80% longer. This longer dwell time means greater lubricant penetration which leads to increased rope life and extended relubrication intervals.

Benefits of Viper WRL

-Eliminates manual greasing
-Single pass lubrication
-Stops corrosion, protects ropes
-Viper MKII: 8mm (5/16″) to 67mm (2-5/8″)
-Viper Maxi MKII: 50mm (2″) to 165mm (6-1/2″)

-Penetrative, displaces moisture from rope’s core
-Safer, reduced lubricant usage, less leakage & mess
-Fast, efficient wire rope lubrication.
-Reduces downtime, improves equipment availability
-Custom units available

Applications

Marine
-Mooring and anchor lines
-Deck winches
-Harf cranes
-ROV umbilicals
-Submarine wire ropes
-Diving boats
-Wireline, hoists
-Pipe laying vessels

Industrial
-Overhead cranes
-Mobile cranes
-NDT inspection services
-Mining winder ropes
-Wire rope manufacturers

Viper MK II Kit Components

The Viper wire rope lubricator is an Australian designed and built lubricator. It provides fast and effective lubrication of wire ropes, eliminating the slow and arduous task of manual lubrication. Lubrication of wire ropes with the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator provides superior protection by forcing lubricant into the core of the rope at pressures of up to 6,000 psi.

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Viper Kit inclusions and optional extras
1. Viper Mk II High Strength, Cast Aluminium Collar
2. Viper High Volume Grease Pump
3. Air Regulator with Pressure Gauge and Air Control Valve
4. High Pressure Lubricant Delivery Hose with Quick Connect Couplings
5. High Pressure Lubricant Control Valve
6. Excess Lubricant Drain Hose
7. Retaining Ratchet Straps and Shackles
8. Convenient Carry Strap for the Collar
9. Robust Aluminium Storage Case
10. Highly Durable, Wear Resistant Polyurethane Seals (ordered separately)
11. Aluminium Scrapers (order separately)
12. Viper Wire Cleaner (order separately)
13. Viper WRL Coating Grease VCG-1 (order separately)
14. Viper WRL Penetrating Grease VPG-0 (order separately)

To choose your seals and scrapers for your particular wire rope size, please refer to our Seal and Scraper Selection Guide.

Our Assembly and Operation Manual will outline all the kit components, assembly and operation of the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator.

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Brochures

-Viper Brochure
-Viper Mk II Presentation
-Viper Mini Mk II Data Sheet
-Viper Maxi Mk II Data Sheet
-Viper Seal and Scraper Selection Guide
-Assembly and Operation Manual
-Viper Safety Recommendations
-Viper Coating Grease: VCG-1 Brochure
-Viper Penetrating Grease: VPG-0 Brochure

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Frequently asked questions

1. Does use of the Viper® Wire Rope Lubricator increase wire rope life comparative to traditional lubricating methods?
2. How time consuming is the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator to use?
3. Why does the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator come in a Kit form?
4. What is the weight of the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator Collar?
5. How do you select the correct Seal and Scraper size to suit a wire rope?
6. How long will a set of Seals last when lubricating wire ropes?
7. How effective is the VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator with Locked Core / Non Rotating / Armoured wire ropes?
8. In what applications would you use the VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator?
9. Who are some of the customers that have successfully used the Wire Rope Lubricator?
10. What technical support and backup is available for the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator?
11. How do I remove old built up lubricant and contaminants from Wire Ropes?
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1. Does use of the Viper® Wire Rope Lubricator increase wire rope life comparative to traditional lubricating methods?

Yes, there is a significant increase in Rope life due to the penetration of the lubricant to the core of the rope. Typically wire rope users are manually applying lubricant to the outer strands or using a low pressure applicator that only fills the wire rope valleys. The VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator will apply lubricant to the core of the wire rope sealing out moisture and protecting the strands against fretting, corrosion and fatigue failure. In marine applications such as ROV umbilical wires, ship deck winches, oil rig applications and wharf cranes the ropes typically corrode from the inside out.

Also in many highly loaded applications such as large cranes and mine winders the ropes suffer fatigue failure due to the wire rope having friction from the strands rubbing against each other as the rope travels over sheaves and onto the drum. When using a Wire Rope Lubricant the rope is protected against corrosion and internal friction is reduced and therefore the Wire Rope life is improved. Major wire rope manufacturers such as Bridon suggest that lubrication with a pressure lubricator may increase wire rope life by up to 300% compared to unlubricated wire ropes.
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2. How time consuming is the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator to use?

In comparison to manual lubrication the VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator delivers a significant reduction in labor and downtime, once the VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator is set up and the wire rope speed versus pump speed is adjusted then the operation is virtually automatic. Lubrication can occur at speeds of up to 6,670 feet per hour (2,000 meters per hour). Back to FAQ’s.

3. Why does the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator come in a Kit form?

The VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator Kit includes a complete suite of proven accessories that allows for rapid on-site deployment and enables the manufacturer to offer a standard 12 month warranty on all parts (excluding normal wear & tear). When the VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator is used in conjunction with Lubrication Engineers LE453 Wirelife coating lubricant the equipment warranty is doubled to 24 months. Back to FAQ’s.

4. What is the weight of the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator Collar?

The VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator Collar weighs approximately 16kg / 35lbs with Scraper plates. The fact the unit is one piece with quick tighten toggles means it is more maneuverable and easier to set up than other two piece units. Back to FAQ’s.

5. How do you select the correct Seal and Scraper size to suit a wire rope?

Please refer to the document “VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator Seal & Scraper Selection Guide”. The seals and scrapers are installed into the collar to achieve the most effective sealing of lubricant between the collar and wire ropes. Seals are made in approximately 1/16″ (2mm) increments and are interference fit depending on the size rope. Scrapers are supplied 2mm / 5/64″ larger than the actual wire rope size to allow for Rope flexing. It is recommended that wire ropes be physically measured prior to ordering seals and scrapers as ropes in service can stretch and sizes may vary.
See PDF Seal & Scraper Selection Guide.
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6. How long will a set of Seals last when lubricating wire ropes?

This depends on a number of factors including the condition of the wire ropes being lubricated and whether there are abrasive contaminants on the ropes prior to them entering the seal. However as an example a marine customer recently lubricated 7,000 metres / 4.3 miles of 1-3/8″ (34mm) wire ropes while their ship was in dry dock. At the end of the lubrication session the customer feedback was that there was no leakage from the seal and that the seal had virtually no wear visible. It is estimated that in normal use VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator seals will last 40,000 — 50,000 feet (12,000 to 15,000 meters). Back to FAQ’s.

7. How effective is the VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator with Locked Core / Non Rotating / Armoured wire ropes?

These types of wire ropes have extremely tightly wound strands with little space between the strands for wire rope lubricants to penetrate. While it cannot be guaranteed that the VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator will enable penetration of lubricant to the core with these types of ropes, it can be guaranteed that it will provide significantly improved lubrication compared to traditional manual lubrication methods. It is even more important with these types of ropes to select an effective wire rope lubricant such as LE453 WireLife coating lubricant. Back to FAQ’s.

8. In what applications would you use the VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator?

The VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator can be used in any application where wire ropes can be drawn through the collar, please refer to the applications listed below:
Crane Wire Ropes
Static overhead cranes, mobile cranes, tower cranes,ship cranes, wharf crane…
Marine applications
Ship deck winches, ship Cranes, mooring lines, remote Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) umbilical cables, dredge cables, anchor cables, tug Boat winches, dam sluice gate lubrication…
Mining applications
Mine winder applications, stacker Reclaimer boom wires, bucket wheel excavator boom wires…
Industrial applications
Overhead cranes, conveyor cable lubrication, wire manufacturers (coating while in production)…
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9. Who are some of the customers that have successfully used the Wire Rope Lubricator?

Dof Subsea ROV umbilical wire lubrication / BHPB Petroleum - Oil and Gas rigs at sea / Woodside Petroleum - Oil and Gas rigs at sea / Alcoa Aluminum - Ship loader / Xstrata Coal Mine winder cable / Mentrade OEM – Deck winch manufacturer / BHPB Iron Ore - Iron ore ship loaders / MOL Tankships Ship Management Company – Oil tanker / Cervan Marine Ship loader / Clough Engineering ROV umbilical wire lubrication / OSG Ship Management Company – Ship mooring lines / SeaTrucks – Marine pipe laying ship / Acergy – Marine Engineering Company / LMS Ship Management – Ship Cranes / Mermaid Marine – New vessel with submersible / Marine Equipments Pte Ltd – OEM Winch Supplier / BHPB Olympic Dam Uranium Mine – Mine Winder / Waterway Constructions – Bridge Building Crane Ropes / VSL – Cable manufacturers – Pre-coating of cables to the core. Back to FAQ’s.

10. What technical support and backup is available for the Viper Wire Rope Lubricator?

Support for the VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator is available via email, phone or fax. The VIPER Wire Rope Lubricator is a proven, high quality unit that features only the best standard of accessories to ensure long term reliable service. VIPER distributors worldwide are also available for onsite support and demonstration. Back to FAQ’s.

11. How do I remove old built up lubricant and contaminants from Wire Ropes?

We recommend the use of a ‘Viper Rope Cleaner‘ to remove contaminants from wire ropes prior to lubricating with the Viper unit. The ‘Viper Rope Cleaner‘ is a high density polyurethane clamp which fits onto the rope prior to the lubrication collar. It is matched in size and design to each individual wire rope and can strip away hard built up lubricant and other contaminants. The angular design effectively cleans out the valleys and outer strands to assist the Viper collar to lubricate and penetrate as required. Back to FAQ’s.
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