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2019 Petzl ASAP

The 2019 Petzl ASAP has been launched from 1st July 2019. In addition, Petzl have also revised their ASAP’SORBER range and introduced the ASAP’AXIS 11mm low-stretch rope.

The new versions look the same. So, what has prompted the changes? The new PPE regulations! These require manufacturers to ensure that their products comply with any change to the Standards. This is the case for EN 353-2 (Guided type fall arresters), which now requires more stringent testing: all fall-arrest devices used with a detachable energy absorber, like the Petzl ASAP, need to pass the tests with or without an energy absorber (impact force < 6 kN). This also led to the development of a rope with an integrated energy absorber on the end that is clipped to the anchor: the ASAP’AXIS (R074DA0X). This is available in 10 m lengths from 10 m to 60 m.

2019 Petzl ASAP (B070AA00)

The most noticeable difference when taking the new 2019 Petzl ASAP out of the box is the missing Petzl OK (M33A TL) karabiner. This will no doubt catch a lot of die hard Petzl users out and the vast majority of the many Petzl UK non-technical resellers.

2019 Petzl ASAP (B070AA00)

In addition to the ANSI certified OXAN TLA (M72A TLA), the ANSI certified Bm’D TL (M032AA00) can now be used with the ASAP. Using both is compliant with ANSI Z359.15 certification. The Petzl OK (M33A TL) is still a recommended karabiner for use with the 2019 Petzl ASAP (where ANSI is not a requirement).

Certification

  • CE EN 12841 type A when used with an OK TRIACT-LOCK carabiner and an EN 1891 type A, 10-13 mm rope. An ASAP’SORBER or ASAP’SORBER AXESS energy absorber can be used, when needed
  • CE EN 353-2 when used with an OK TRIACT-LOCK carabiner and an ASAP’AXIS 11 mm rope. An ASAP’SORBER or ASAP’SORBER AXESS energy absorber can be used, when needed
  • EAC when used with an OK TRIACT-LOCK carabiner and an EN 1891 type A, 10-13 mm rope. An ASAP’SORBER or ASAP’SORBER AXESS energy absorber can be used, when needed
  • ANSI Z359.15 when used with an ASAP’SORBER or ASAP’SORBER AXESS energy absorber, a Bm’D or OXAN TRIACT-LOCK (international version) carabiner, a CAPTIV positioning bar, and a RAY 12 mm rope

New Petzl ASAP’SORBER range

The ASAP’SORBER range is now much easier to understand because all three are certified to EN 355 and ANSI Z359.13.

Petzl ASAP'SORBER AXESS (L071CB00) Petzl ASAP'SORBER 20 (L071AA00) Petzl ASAP'SORBER-40 (L071AA01)

Certification

CE EN 355, ANSI Z359.13 6 feet

The ASAP’SORBER AXESS remains the only product with a rescue capacity (up to 250 kg). The CAPTIV is no longer delivered with the ASAP’SORBER. Please note: for compliance with ANSI Z359.13, you need to use the CAPTIV

The old ASAP and current ASAP LOCK (B071BA00) are compatible with the new ASAP’SORBER’s. However, when used together, the system will not be certified.

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Skylotec Milan 2.0

The Skylotec Milan 2.0 is the ‘go to’ industrial evacuation Controlled Rate Descender (CRD). There are three devices in the range. The A-027 which doesn’t have the facility to lift a casualty (for abseiling only), the A-028 which has the hub / wheel to facilitate a lift and the A-029 which also has the hub functionality but can also be used with the Skylotec Rescue Device Driver (RDD) which provides powered ascents. All three offer:

  • a constant abseiling speed of 0.9 m per second
  • 2 person capacity (260 kg)
  • coated core super static 9 mm rope
  • maximum abseil height of 500 m (subject to rope length)
  • temperature range  -35 °C to +60 °C
  • maximum service life of 20 years

The Milan is ideally suited for numerous sectors, notably:

  • Wind energy
  • Oil and Gas
  • Power networks
  • Telecoms
  • Fire Service / Rescue
  • Construction
  • Crane operators
  • Special Forces

A-027 Milan 2.0

Front of Skylotec Milan 2.0 (A-027)

Karabiners are at both ends of the rope. This facilitates alternate abseiling (in a yo-yo fashion). Provided that the rope length is the same as the structure height, as soon as the first evacuee(s) are on the ground, further evacuee(s) can attach themselves and escape (without having to pull the rope through). Otherwise, a temporary attachment point can be tied into the rope when the first evacuee(s) have safely reach the ground.

Weight 4.24 kg

Certification:

ANSI Z359.4:2013, EN 341-A:2011, MEETS CSA Z259.2.3-1B:2012

A-28 Milan 2.0 Hub

Offers the ability to lift a casualty / evacuee

Front of Skylotec Milan 2.0 Hub (A-028)

Weight 4.8 kg

Certification:

ANSI Z359.4:2013, EN 1496-A:2006, EN 341-A:2011, MEETS CSA Z259.2.3-1B:2012

A-029 Milan 2.0 Power

Also offers the ability to lift a casualty / evacuee. In addition, it’s designed for use with the Skylotec Rescue Device Driver (RDD) (A-029-G) and the Skylotec Milan 2.0 Power Battery (A-029-A). With this in mind, energy saving ascents of up to 60 m carrying 100 kg in weight are possible. Surprisingly, the battery can even be charged during operation (on the rope). In rescue situations, weights of up to 280 kg can be lifted.

Front of Skylotec Milan 2.0 Power (A-029) Front of Skylotec Milan 2.0 Rescue Device Driver RDD (SET-260)

 

Weight 4.82 kg (excluding RDD and battery)

Certification:

ANSI Z359.4:2013, EN 1496-A:2006, EN 341-A:2011, MEETS CSA Z259.2.3-1B:2012

Moisture protection

All rescue devices kept for emergencies must be checked once a year, even if they have not been used. The Skylotec SEAL PAC makes this regular thorough inspection unnecessary. In this case, the Milan is stored in a specially sealed aluminium box. Once a year, a Skylotec authorised inspector should open the box and check the moisture indicator on the packaging to make sure it is in good condition. If it is, the inspector seals the box once more. This saves time and money in not having to send the Milan away. This makes the SEAL PAC ideal for use in wind turbines and crane cabs. After 10 years, Skylotec must re-seal the SEAL PAC, which can then give an overall life-time of 20 years.

Top view of Skylotec SEAL PAC (SET-SEAL PAC-)

It’s important to realise that only the Milan 2.0 and Milan 2.0 Hub can be stored in the SEAL PAC. The Milan 2.0 Power can’t because of the battery pack on the Rescue Device Driver (RDD).

The Seal Pac Light To Go (SET-SEALPAC-LITG10L) has been designed to ensure safety for mobile deployments. This 59 litre padded lightweight dry bag can easily be taken with you from deployment location to deployment location (provided the indicator does not show any signs of moisture). Maximum service life of 10 years.

Front view of Skylotec Seal Pack Light To Go (SET-SEAL-PAC-LITG-L)

The SEAL PAC and SEAL PAC LIGHT TO GO are sold empty. The Milan 2.0 and other associated equipment must be specified.

Training & Servicing

Training should be provided by a Skylotec certified instructor, who is specifically trained in using the Skylotec Milan 2.0 devices.

Abaris International is an authorised and Skylotec approved Inspection and Service Agent for the Skylotec Milan Constant Rate Descender (CRD) Rescue Device. For further information please click www.abaris.co.uk/Skylotec-Milan-Servicing.

www.skylotec.com

Harken Ninja

Harken Ninja Foot Ascender (IN400) – Arb Climber Magazine

A great article about the Harken Ninja Foot Ascender by Arb Climber magazine. It runs through the pedigree, innovative design and the advantages over the competition. Definitely worth a read.

Article by Arb Climber about the Harken Ninja Foot Ascender

Please click the link for more information on Arb Climber and other magazines offered by www.rescuemagazines.com

In stock and available for next day delivery from Abaris International – www.abaris.co.uk

Further details see www.harkenindustrial.com

Cresto Smartline X

The Cresto Smartline X is the smallest and lightest emergency personal evacuation device on the market. The device is light enough to be worn continuously thanks to the lightweight and strong Twaron® Aramid rope. The Cresto Smartline X is designed to be used once by one person. However, after use, the device can be sent to an authorised Cresto body for inspection and rope replacement.

The Smartline X can be used in all climatic conditions, with temperatures ranging from minus 25°C to plus 50°C. During wet or humid conditions the user will see a lot of smoke; this is normal.

Descent speed should be between 0.5m/s to 2m/s (metres per second). It is vital to keep control of the tail rope during descent. During long descents (more than 80m) or depending on speed and weight, the descender will get hot. Always wear gloves. The Energy absorber safeguards against peek loads during rigging/descent.

The built-in 3:1 mechanical advantage can be used to lift a user off their equipment during a pick-off rescue.

Designed for use in the following sectors:

  • Wind, Telecoms, Tower, Oil & Gas, Cranes, Offshore
Cresto Smartline X - 01223012x - rigged device

Cresto Smartline X – Specification

  • Rope: Heat resistant 5.5mm Aramid (Twaron®)
  • Minimum load: 60kg
  • Maximum load: 140kg
  • Packaging: open or vacuum sealed
  • Standard lengths: 50m, 75m, 100m, 125m, 150m and 200m
  • Weight: 3.8kg (200m)
  • Built-in 3:1 progress capture pulley system
  • RFID

Cresto Smartline X includes:

  • Smartline X descender
  • 5.5mm Aramid Twaron®rope
  • Energy absorber
  • Connecting shackle (between energy absorber and rope)
  • Karabiner x2
  • Aramid anchor sling (EN 795 class B)
  • Red waterproof PVC kit bag

Certification

EN341:2011 class 2D

Life-span

  • 10 years – device
  • 7 years – rope
Cresto Smartline-X_01223012x bag
For further information visit Smartline X

Lyon Obelisk Quad-Pod

The Lyon Obelisk Quad-Pod is designed and manufactured by Lyon Equipment. The Obelisk (LPP0003) provides an elevated anchor point(s) for combined loads not exceeding 272kg (refer to User Instructions). It’s many features and configurations make it a flexible tool in a variety of situations.

Supplied with a 500mm top-beam, which provides a maximum width of 400mm at the cross-head. The adjustable width top-beam allows wider loads to be passed between the two pairs of legs.

The swivel feet enable use of either the flat foot or the spike, depending on the surface. The Obelisk can also be used with dissimilar leg lengths, if dictated by an undulating/uneven surface. However, the top-beam must always be level. The leg restraint straps must always be used as they are essential for the structural stability of the Obelisk.

Lyon Obelisk lowering

Lyon Obelisk Quad-Pod – Product features

  • 3 section telescopic legs (two pairs) for optimum adjustment
  • 500mm top-beam
  • One carriage with swivel anchor point
  • Adjustable width cross-head
  • Captive locking pins provide tool-less locking
  • ‘Swivel and lock’ feet – load spreading or stainless steel spike
  • Leg restraint straps
  • Guy line attachment points
Lyon Obelisk foot/spike Lyon Obelisk with 2x carriage Lyon Obelisk push-pins

Conformity

  • EN 795:2012 type B (when used for a single person load)
  • CEN/TS 16415:2013 type B (when used for a two-person load)

Specification

  • Working Load Limit (dynamic load) single user up to 100kg, two people up to 200kg (refer to User Instructions)
  • Working Load Limit (static load) up to 272kg (refer to User Instructions)
  • Minimum Breaking Strength – single user 12kN, two people 13kN
  • 2200mm maximum height (under swivel anchor point)
  • 400mm maximum width (at cross-head)
  • 22 kg (including accessories)

Materials

  • Body – stainless-steel
  • Legs – aluminium alloy
  • Locking pins – stainless-steel
  • Leg restraint straps – polyester
  • Leg restraint straps quick links – steel
  • Leg restraint straps adjustment buckles – aluminium alloy

Product options

  • 300mm top-beam
  • Second carriage (anchor point). No more than two carriages are permitted for use with the 500mm top-beam
  • Transport/storage bag
  • Split transport bag (separates into two units for two person transport)

Replacement parts

  • 300mm top-beam
  • 500mm top-beam
  • Carriage (anchor point)
  • Strap set (4 straps)
  • Replacement pin – long (80mm)
  • Replacement pin – short (50mm)
  • Transport/storage bag
  • Split transport bag

Click this link for further details on the Lyon Equipment Obelisk

User Inspection Notice – ISC RP205 / RP209 Pip-pin Ropegrab

Please read below the ISC User Inspection Notice for ISC RP205 / RP209 Pip-pin Ropegrabs. This applies to all units sold in 2018/ early 2019.

Petzl Energy Absorbers

A year ago, the Petzl L57 Absorbica energy absorber was discontinued and replaced with the Petzl ASAP SORBER AXESS (L071CA00). So, here’s a chance to catch up on the current range of Petzl energy absorbers and the applications for each one; new and old.

Petzl ASAP SORBER AXESS – L071CA00

This is designed to connect to the Petzl ASAP (B71AAA) and Petzl ASAP-LOCK (B071BA00). It replaces the L57 Petzl Absorbica; which was discontinued in March 2018.

Features

  • Limits the impact force on the user in the event of a fall
  • Allows the user to work at a distance from the rope; which helps to declutter the work zone and keep the rope away from potentially damaging situations
  • Can be used in a two-person rescue situation – up to 250kg
  • Designed for users weighing between 50kg and 130kg (thanks to the innovative progressive tearing of the energy absorber)
  • The fabric pouch helps protect against abrasion and contaminants and enables easy inspection of the energy absorbing webbing
  • Length = 40cm
  • Includes the:

– Petzl STRING, which help to hold the connectors in position and also helps to protect the webbing

– Petzl CAPTIV (M093AA00) positioning bars, which help to keep the karabiners correctly orientated with the energy absorber

Certification

Petzl_L071CA00-ASAPSORBER-AXESSPetzl ASAP'SORBER AXESS three stage tearingTwo person rescue using Petzl ASAP'SORBER AXESS

ASAP SORBER (European version)

Like the Petzl ASAP SORBER AXESS, this is designed to connect to the Petzl ASAP (B71AAA) and Petzl ASAP-LOCK (B071BA00).

Features

  • Limits the impact force on the user in the event of a fall
  • Allows the user to work at a distance from the rope; which helps to declutter the work zone and keep the rope away from potentially damaging situations
  • The fabric pouch helps protect against abrasion and contaminants and enables easy inspection of the energy absorbing webbing
  • Does NOT provide the ability for a two person rescue
  • Includes 2x Petzl STRING, which help to hold the connectors in position and also help to protect the webbing
  • Available in two lengths:

– 20cm – L71AA 20

– 40cm – L71AA 40

Certification

Petzl L71AA-20-Asap-Sorber-20 Petzl L71AA-40-Asap-Sorber-40

ASAP SORBER (International version)

This is designed to connect to the Petzl ASAP International version (B071AA00) and Petzl ASAP-LOCK (B071BA00).

Features

  • Limits the impact force on the user in the event of a fall
  • Allows the user to work at a distance from the rope; which helps to declutter the work zone and keep the rope away from potentially damaging situations
  • Does NOT provide the ability for a two person rescue
  • Designed for users weighing between 50kg and 130kg (thanks to the innovative three stage tearing of the energy absorber)
  • The fabric pouch helps protect against abrasion and contaminants and enables easy inspection of the energy absorbing webbing
  • Includes the Petzl CAPTIV (M093AA00) positioning bars, which help to keep the karabiners correctly orientated with the energy absorber

Certification

Petzl L071BA01-ASAPSORBER-40 Petzl L071BA00-ASAPSORBER-20Petzl ASAP'SORBER AXESS three stage tearing

Petzl ABSORBICA – L064AA00

Designed for use in combination with a JANE lanyard to make a fall arrest lanyard with a maximum length of two metres.

Features

  • Limits the impact force on the user in the event of a fall
  • Designed for users weighing between 50kg and 130kg (thanks to the innovative progressive tearing of the energy absorber)
  • The fabric pouch helps protect against abrasion and contaminants and enables easy inspection of the energy absorbing webbing
  • Length = 25cm
  • NOT to be used with the ASAP or ASAP-LOCK

Certification

CE EN 355, EAC

Petzl L064AA00-ABSORBICA
For further details of the range please visit Petzl.com

New Petzl I’D EVAC

In April 2019, Petzl will launch their new range of I’D’s; including the new Petzl I’D EVAC.

Petzl I’D EVAC – Specific design

Like the Petzl I’D S and I’D L, the I’D EVAC is a self-braking descender with anti-panic function. However, there are a couple of clear differences. Firstly, to make lowering from an anchor more ergonomic, it’s handle orientation has been changed. Secondly, the inclusion of the auxiliary open brake means friction can easily be increased for handling heavy loads or using thinner rope.

D020CA00 Petzl I'D EVACD020CA00 Petzl I'D EVAC

D020CA00 – Petzl I’D EVAC – yellow

Similarities to the I’D S

  • Easy rope installation thanks to the rope guide and markings on the moving side plate
  • The safety gate allows the rope to be installed without disconnecting the device
  • Anti-panic function – helps to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled descent
  • AUTO-LOCK system – automatically locks the rope without having to manually move the handle or tie-off
  • Stainless steel wear plate – improves durability
  • Two descent modes – over the stainless steel wear plate or in the v-shaped rope friction channel
  • You can take up rope with the handle in the locked position. For instance, for a reverse haul system
  • You can screw shut the moving side-plate for incorporation in a pre-rigged rescue kit
  • Anti-error catch – helps to prevent incorrect rope installation
  • 250kg load capacity
  • Rope diameter 10mm-11.5m
D020CA00 Petzl I'D EVAC

In conclusion, the new Petzl I’D EVAC is well designed and provides a useful and ergonomic solution for lowering loads from an anchor.

Certification

  • EN 341 type 2 class A, when used with a PARALLEL 10.5 mm or AXIS 11 mm rope
  • EN 12841 type C, when used with a 10 to 11.5 mm EN 1891 A rope
  • ANSI Z359.4, when used with a 10 to 11.5 mm rope
  • NFPA 1983 Technical Use, when used with a 10 to 11.5 mm rope
  • EAC

Available in two colours:

  • D020CA00 – yellow
  • D020CA01 – black

Petzl ASTRO – International vs.European

The new International version of the Petzl ASTRO Bod Fast harness is available in the UK from April 2019. There are a number of differences between the International and the European versions; mainly due to the ANSI Standards requirements. We’ve collated the relevant information and have highlighted the differences below:

Petzl ASTRO International – Differences

Releasable shoulder buckle and lanyard parking points

  • The addition of the releasable shoulder buckle on the International version of the Petzl ASTRO is a useful addition
  • The doubleback buckle on the right-hand side (while wearing) is different to the European version
  • Lanyard parking points have been included; a parked lanyard connector will release with a 5kg force (0.05kN)
Petzl C083ba_astro_bod International

C083BA0x International showing shoulder buckle and lanyard parking points

Fall indicator on dorsal attachment point

The International version of the Petzl ASTRO includes a fall indicator on the dorsal attachment point which means it conforms to the relevant ANSI Standard.

Petzl C083ba_astro_bod International

C083BA0x International showing fall indicator on dorsal attachment point

Ventral attachment point

The European version of the Petzl ASTRO ventral attachment point cannot be used on the International version, again, because of the ANSI Standards. The International version does not therefore offer the facility to captivate progress lanyards on the central bar of the ventral attachment point. It does however still offer the ability to connect the Petzl PODIUM to the ends of the bar, using either the shackle accessories (C087AA00) or my using two Petzl Sm’D’s (M39A TL)

c083ba_astro_bod_Leg loop webbing to ventral

C083BA0x International ventral attachment point

"C083AA-ASTRO-BOD-FAST

C083AA0x European ventral attachment point. Lanyard, shackles and PODIUM sold separately

Lateral attachment points

  • The two lateral attachment points are conventional metal construction (rather than the plastic inserts of the European version)
  • This means they can be folded back out of the way when not in use
  • There is a saving on weight due to the H-profile (cross-section) construction
Petzl C083ba_astro_bod International

C083BA0x International lateral attachment point

C083AA-ASTRO-BOD-FAST lateral attachment points

C083AA0x European lateral attachment point

Waist-belt buckles

The doubleback waist-belt buckles are different to the European version.

C083BA0x_astro_bod_waist-belt buckle

C083BA0x waist-belt doubleback buckle

C083AA-ASTRO-BOD-FAST

C083AA0x European waist-belt doubleback buckle

Wider webbing from the leg loops to the waist-belt

The webbing from the leg loops to the waist-belt is wider than the European version because the webbing needs to be folded in order to fit onto the central bar of the ventral attachment point.

c083ba_astro_bod_Leg loop webbing to ventral

C0830BA0x International wider webbing from leg loops to ventral attachment point

C083AA-ASTRO-BOD-FAST_leg loop webbing to ventral

C0830AA0x European narrower webbing from leg loops to ventral attachment point

Leg loop buckles

Again, to comply with ANSI Standards, the leg loop FAST buckles are different to the European FAST-LT buckles.

C083BA0x_astro_bod_leg loop buckle

C083BA0x International leg loop FAST buckle

C083AA-ASTRO

C083AA0x European leg loop FAST LT buckle

You can buy both versions of the Petzl ASTRO Bod Fast from www.abaris.co.uk

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Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI +

In this blog we’re going to run through the differences between the Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI + and what to consider when buying one of these devices.

Main differences

Anti-panic handle

The anti-panic handle: if the belayer pulls too hard on the handle, it clicks and the cam engages, pinching the rope, which stops the rope travel. The handle needs to be released in order to reset it and resume the descent. In other words, this is a really useful function when learning to control a lower.

The GRIGRI + is the only device of the two to have this function.

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

Petzl D13A-AG-GRIGRI+

Petzl D13A-AG-GRIGRI+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choice of belay mode

The GRIGRI + has a selector knob which can be switched between top-rope and lead modes. Top-rope mode aids taking up slack which helps provide for a more comfortable belay. The 2019 GRIGRI does not have this function.

GRIGRI and GRIGRI + rear view

Stainless steel wear plate

The GRIGRI + has a stainless steel wear plate on the moving side plate. As a result, this improves durability, which is particularly useful for intensive use.

The 2019 GRIGRI does not have this

GRIGRI and GRIGRI + profile view

Rope compatibility

Dynamic Kernmantle single ropes conforming to CE EN 892 and/or UIAA should be used with both devices. Petzl recommends rope diameters between 8.5mm and 11mm for both devices, with optimum rope diameter of 8.9mm and 10.5mm.

Conformity

GRIGRI

CE EN 15151-1 type 6:2012, UIAA

Mountaineering equipment. Braking devices. Braking devices with manually assisting locking.

Type 6: Devices for belaying and abseiling without a panic locking element.

GRIGRI +

CE EN 15151-1 type 8:2012, UIAA

Mountaineering equipment. Braking devices. Braking devices with manually assisting locking.

Type 8: Devices for belaying and abseiling with a panic locking element.

Similarities

Both devices have:

  • Assisted Braking function. This is activated when a climber falls. With the result that the cam pivots and pinches the rope which stops rope travel. Holding the brake side of the rope assists with the cam engagement. It is vital to always hold the brake side of the rope.
  • Rope installation diagrams on the moving side plate and the interior of the device.
  • Ergonomic handle
  • 3 year guarantee

Conclusion

These are two market leading devices, with functions appropriate to difference users. Petzl suggests the GRIGRI + is suitable for all users.  However, it is particularly useful to learners and Instructors. The GRIGRI is intended for experience users. The RRP for the GRIGRI + is £101 because of its additional features. The RRP for the GRIGRI is £65.

GRIGRI codes

  • D014BA00 – grey
  • D014BA01 – orange
  • D014BA02 – blue

GRIGRI + codes

  • D13A G – grey
  • D13A AG – orange
  • D13A VI – violet

To buy these two devices from Abaris International, please click on the highlighted links below:

Petzl GRIGRI

Click here

Petzl GRIGRI +

Click here

For more information on the full range of Petzl Sport belay devices and descenders, please visit www.petzl.com

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