Recommendations for Spool Handling

     Hyndman Industrial Products, Inc.
     4031 Merchant Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
     Phone: 260-483-6042 | Fax: 260-483-1722

Proper Spool Handling – Reducing the Potential for Tangled Wire


Wire and ribbon spools are best handled and stored in the “rolling position” with the spool setting on both flanges as pictured here. Storing spools on their end (single flange) can cause the outer wraps of the spool to shift or drop over the underlying layers and cause tangles when unspooling.
Another critical step in storing both wire and ribbon is to maintain positive tension on the starting end of the spool. Do not allow the end to hang freely at any time as the loss of tension will cause the material to spring back and dramatically increases the likelihood of crossovers.

Receiving and Inspection

Upon receiving your order from Hyndman Industrial Products, please ensure spool arrived in an acceptable condition. Damage to the box or spool flanges are good indicators of poor handling by shipping contractors, and all damage should be reported upon receipt as a claim to the freight handler.
Damaged spools should be respooled prior to use. If respooling is not possible, please report spool as a total loss to the freight handler and notify your customer service associate at Hyndman for replacement.
If incoming inspection is performed, all sampled spools should be maintained under tension while a sample is obtained. At no time should tension be released, and spool must be “reverse tied off” or taped as they were received.
[Spools should never be tied off by twisting the startup end under another wrap of wire.]


All spools should be stored in the “rolling position” on racks designed to prevent free-rolling or in their original packaging from Hyndman. Spools should never be positioned in such a way that the flange comes in contact with the wire on another spool or stacked in multiple layers.
Spools should be stored at a constant temperature consistent with the operating environment where the wire will be used. If wire is stored in a cold environment it is recommended that the wire warm up for 24 hours prior to use to allow the tension to adjust to temperature where it will be used.

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