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Governor ropes shall comply with the requirements of ASME A17.6, Part 1, and 2.18.5.1 through 2.18.5.3.
2.18.5.1 Material and Factor of Safety
Governor ropes shall be made of iron, steel, monel metal, phosphor bronze, or stainless steel. They shall be of a regular-lay construction and not less than 6 mm (0.25 in.) in diameter. The factor of safety of governor ropes shall be not less than 5. Where provided, ropes of a diameter less than 9.5 mm (0.375 in.) shall have a factor of safety not less than 8 and shall be a six-, eight-, or nine-strand construction. Tiller-rope construction shall not be used.
2.18.5.2 Speed Governor Rope Clearance
During normal operation of the elevator, the governor rope shall run free and clear of the governor jaws, rope guards, or other stationary parts.
2.18.5.3 Governor-Rope Tag
A metal data tag shall be securely attached to the governor-rope fastening. This data tag shall bear the following wire rope data:
(a) the diameter (in millimeters or inches)
(b) the manufacturer's rated breaking strength
(c) the grade of material used
(d) the year and month the rope was installed
(e) whether nonpreformed or preformed
(f) construction classification
(g) name of the person or organization who installed the rope
(h) name or trademark by which the manufacturer of the rope can be identified
A new tag shall be installed at each rope renewal. The rope data tag shall comply with 8.13.3, except that the height of the letters and figures shall be not less than 1.5 mm (0.06 in.).

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