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Archive for September, 2014

Rollgliss R550 Controlled Rate Rescue Descender (CRD)

The Rollgliss R550 is the lightest, most compact controlled rate descender (CRD) on the market and is unique in that it also offers a dual brake for the ultimate level of safety.

Rollglise R550 CRD

Ideal for use as a wind turbine rescue device, with the capability to rescue two people in one descent, it is also bi-directional (someone can descend on one rope end and as they do the other end gos up allowing for immediate descent by the next person on the other end of the rope – Yo-yoing!).

Rollglise R550 Maximum Descent Information
The R550 Rescue & Escape Device is also configured to allow a Power Drill to be attached to the centre of the Rescue Hub which can be used in remote assisted rescues to raise the fall victim.

It’s 9.5mm static kernmantle rope is hardwearing and is available in any length from 10m up to 300m (in 10m increments).

For full details or to buy please click the following link: Rollgliss R550 CRD

Petzl Serial Numbers

Knowing the age of a Petzl product / Deciphering the Serial Number

All new Petzl products are individually serial numbered and this number can also help the user establish the exact age of the item. Depending upon the age of the product, you will find one of a number of varieties of Petzl serial number designs.

Gradually being implemented (from 2016 onwards), the serial numbers will be 13 digits and will look like the following:

13 Digit Petzl Serial Numbering 2016
The first two numbers (16) are the year of manufacture (2016), the single letter (C) is the month of manufacture (March), the next sevens numbers are the batch number, and the final three numbers are the incrementation.

Prior to the 13 digit format serial number was an 11 digit format:

13 Digit Petzl Serial Number
The photo example shows the serial number (15041OI4974) which is taken from one of Petzl’s newer products. The first two numbers (15) corresponds to the year of manufacture I.e. 2015, the next three numbers (041) corresponds to the day of manufacture in that year I.e. the forty first day of 2015 (10 February), the two letters (OI) is the code of the person who inspected the product and the final four numbers (4974) is the individual product number.

You will find products with the same first five numbers (i.e. have been manufactured on the same date) and furthermore which have been inspected by the same person (so the first 7 digits will be the same) BUT the complete last four numbers will be different (0001, 0002 etc) and it is this difference that makes the full serial number unique.

For older Petzl products the serial numbers differ:

6 Digit Petzl Serial Number

Oldest Petzl products my be marked with a 6 digit serial number like the one above 01009A. 01 is the year of manufacture (2001)/ 009 is the day of manufacture in that year (9th January) / A is the code of the person who inspected the product. Older products may be marked 05 06, where 05 is the month of manufacture in the year / 06 is the year of manufacture.

Maintenance and Marking / Engraving of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

A lot of manufacturers now uniquely mark every item allowing the user to differentiate between identical products. Some of these individual serial numbers also give more pertinent information* such as the exact date of manufacture and even the person who inspected the product after manufacture.

Petzl have produced a very good guide on the care and maintenance of their equipment. This guide also provides information on the marking of their equipment (pages 4, 6, 7, 8 & 10): Petzl Kit Guide

Engraving Petzl Equipment

S-Tec have produced a guide for marking of the S-Tec Duck: S-Tec Duck Engraving Guide

 

*In the case of Petzl products the serial numbers they now use look like: 11045FM7461 with the first two numbers (11) corresponds to the year of manufacture I.e. 2011, the next three numbers (045) corresponds to the day of manufacture in that year I.e. the forty fifth day of 2011, the two letters (FM) is the code of the person who inspected the product and the final four numbers (7461) is the individual product number.

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