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TCI Expo

December 3rd 2015

The TCI Expo (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA) is the world's largest tree care show & conference. The conference combines first class education with endless networking opportunities.  You will also have the chance to meet with colleagues, vendors and manufacturers from all over the world.

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Trade Shows 2015

November 3rd 2015

Upcoming Show & Events:

15-17 September, 2015- National Coal Mine Rescue Conference (NCMRC)
The Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Kentucky. [USA]

Mine rescue teams and individuals from coal companies throughout the United States will compete to validate the effectiveness of teams training regimes and to ensure their readiness in the event they are called upon to aid in the rescue of industry colleagues.   Rich Hattier (North American Sales Manager), will be exhibiting the range of ISC confined space and rescue products.  Stop by booth 102 totake a look at the latest gear!

Click here for further information & registration

22-24 September, 2015- The IRATA ITEC 
Doubletree Hilton, Aberdeen City Centre [UK]

We will be exhibiting the latest range of ISC Rope Access products on the 23rd and 24th September.  On Friday the 25th September, Adam Davies will be on hand for the IRATA Technical Day, taking place at a nearby Sports Centre.  During the day, Adam will be performing various demonstrations of the gear in use in practical scenarios.

...more details coming soon!

23-24 September, 2015- The Emergency Services Show
NSC, Birmingham [UK]

The Emergency Services Show is one of the key events for anyone involved in the emergency planning, response or recovery, both in the UK and abroad.  The Emergency Response Zone offers visitors the chance to meet agencies and voluntary groups who can offer assistance to the emergency services.  Again this year there will be live demonstrations and workshops showing how the emergency services and suppliers can work better together.  There will be over 240 trade exhibitions to visit.

At the ISC Stand (Stand M45) you'll have the opportunity to view the R-ALF two-way locking mechanical advantage rescue hauling system, the D4 Work Rescue Descender, the range of portible anchor devices and the D2 Emergency Escape Descender (8mm).  This is also a great opportunity to see the mighty Arachnipod; the world's most versatlie total edge management system!  The Arachnipod will be displayed as a Bridge System (one of its eight possible configurations!).

Register here - FREE ENTRY & PARKING, registration now open!

27-30 October, 2015- A+A
Messe Dusseldorf, Germany- Hall 6, Stand D36

A+A is the world's largest and most important specialist trade fair for all aspects of safety and security.  The main focus of the 2015 show will be on innovative products, the latest trends and scientific discoveries as well as the most important developments in the areas of safety at work and special equipment for disaster management.

Join us in Hall 6, at Stand D36 to view the latest ISC range, including the debut outing of our new rescue device!

Register here registration now open!

12-14 November, 2015- TCI Expo
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

The TCI Expo is the world's largest tree care show & conference. The conference combines first class education with endless networking opportunities.  You will also have the chance to meet with colleagues, vendors and manufacturers from all over the world.

Once again, ISC will be represented by Wayne (Commercial Director) and Rich Hattier (ISC North American Sales Manager and Expert Tree Climber!).  Rich is also a guest speaker again this year and when not busy giving his expert advice in the seminar/workshop halls, you'll find Rich performing a range of demonstrations at the ISC Stand (Stand No.1845), so do drop by!

Register here -registration now open!

17-20 November, 2015 -EWEA- Europe's Premier Wind Energy Event

Porte de Versailles Pavillon, Paris.  France

Every year, EWEA brings together over 60 nationalities from across the world, making the EWEA Annual Event truly international and a great place to find new suppliers, check out new developments and build partnerships.

Europe’s premier wind energy event gathers high-level decision makers. With an array of insightful seminars, bustling exhibition, impressive networking events and the whole of the value chain present, it provides the ideal platform to meet valuable contacts and achieve great business performance. 

David Rawlins (ISC Technical Sales Manager) will be attending the exhibition, showcasing the D2 Emergency Personal Escape Descender.  The D2 is a lightweight device, which utilises 8mm rope- offering a compact kit, which can be worn upon the person.  The D2 has a panic brake, which will stop the descent should the user pull the handle too far, or let go of the handle.  The D2 Emergency Personal Escape Descender can be supplied with PER (Polyester) Rope & Sling, or with Techno (heat and abrasion resistant) rope & sling.

Registration begins in September- check back with us in September for registration discount codes!

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ISC Training & Demo Tower

July 28th 2015

Work on our new Training and Demo Tower has now been completed!  The tower, which stands at 19.4m (64ft), is located on site at the ISC Factory in North Wales.  The four month project involved the selection and conversion of an ex-telecom tower.  The addition of 64 anchor points and structural modifications to provide an over-hang have resulted in a facility which allows for  a range of industrial and rope access climbing applications, including Safe Work at Height Climbing, Aid Climbing, Rope to Rope Transfer, Belaying, Rescue and Descent Testing on standard and overhang drops.

The main function of the tower will be for our IRATA and Safe Working at Height trained Development Engineers and Demo Team to conduct extensive practical testing of both existing products and new development projects. As well as being able to properly and professionally demonstrate our products to customers In addition to the tower, we have also built a new ground anchor, to allow us to perform in-house testing of Tripod Systems.

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The NEW RAD Work Positioning Device

July 8th 2015

We're pleased to announce the launch of the the RAD, a new Rope Adjustment/Work Positioning Device.  The RAD is a sister product to the AB Descender.  Working in partnership with SAR Products in the UK, we have developed the RAD Rope Adjustment Device for use on 10.5-12.7mm SAR Rope.

The RAD is an equivalent Work Positioning Device to, for example, the Petzl Grillon, but the RAD can also be used as a Descender.  Simple and smooth to operate, the RAD allows easy adjustment, with the option of an even greater degree of adjustment control, using the flip-out handle.

The RAD is CE Approved to EN358 and EN12841, as well as being ANSI Compliant to z359.3/2007.  The RAD weighs in at 306g (10oz) and has a rated WLL of 200kg (529lb).  The super robust RAD features an all Aluminium construction- no plastic parts!

Outside of the EU, we can also offer the RAD with Bluewater Armortech Rope. Aromortech is a DOUBLE SHEATH rope and the 100% Technora Aramid outer sheath has superior cut resistance, compared with synthetic fibers. This exceptionally heat resistant rope has a decomposition temperature of 501 Degree Celsius (934 Degrees Fahrenheit)! 

Even before the launch of the RAD, we have had Yates Gear (USA) bite our hands off for the device!  Yates are a specialist provider of high-spec solutions for the work at height and rescue industry.  Yates have introduced the RAD in to their range, teamed with Armortech Rope.  The first batches of RADs went to the crews at Bonneville Power Administration and Pacific Gas & Electricity in the USA.  

"The RAD is so much stronger than the Grillon at failure.  The in-field tests with the 12mm Dry Armortech lanyards have been exceptional.  Using the Armortech rope in them really increases the strength and makes them highly abrasion resistant on Steel towers.  As a bonus, they pass the Arc Flash testing requirements too.  All the in-field testing we have done with guys on the electric utility transmission crews LOVE the device".

John Yates,
Yates Gear Inc. USA

Click below to see the RAD in use on Hewall Safety's tower in Sweden.  You can also see footage of the ISC demo team as they climb the 62m (205ft) high Rollercoaster at Thorpe Park, accompanied by Dave Stott (L3) of Line Ryder Structural Climbing Solutions, UK.

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Dot Matrix Serial Markings

July 1st 2015

As of July 2015*, we're pleased to introduce Dot Matirx serial number markings as standard on all our Steel and Stainless Steel Karabiners and Snaphooks.  This marking method provides permanent, highly wear-resistant markings, for traceability throughout the lifespan of the product.

ISC Serial Markings are made up of the year of manufacture (Y), the batch identification number (B) and a serial number (X) which is unique the to individual product: YY/BBBBB/XXX  This system provides more information, making it beneficial to product management systems (compared with using the batch number only).

The Dot Matrix marking method has been introduced in response to market feedback, to offer a marking method which offers better visibility/legibility of marking, greater longevity of markings and greater resistance to corrosion, (compared with the Laser marking method, used on Steel and Stainless Steel products).  click the PDF link below to see the results of the Salt-spray Testing

Dot Matrix Marking (also known as, Micropercussion Indent Marking), utilises a pneumatically driven carbide tipped stylus, which electromagnetically indents the marking surface of the Karabiner with a succession of closely spaced dots, to form continuous lines of alphanumeric characters.    As the force used by the Dot Matrix device is controlled by air pressure, it can produce a permanent marking solution, without stress concentrations or compromise to the strength rating of the Karabiner.

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Merlin 10m (32ft) Wire Fall Arrest Block

April 28th 2015

We're pleased to launch the UB100 Merlin Fall Arrest Block, a 10m (32ft) standard Fall Arrest Block with the option of Galvanised Steel or Stainless Steel cable.  The Merlin Block is rated at 140kg (310lb) load capacity to meet both CE and ANSI standards.
The 10m (32ft) Block is the first in a new range of Merlin FABs.  Merlin Blocks have Cast Aluminium housings for increased durability in all sorts of environments, but at just 4.2kg (8.8lb), we think that the Merlin has the best performance to weight ratio in the world, comparing favourably with: 

  • Ridgegear – whose RGA 10m Block weighs 6.5kg
  • Globestock – whose 7m Block weighs 5.5kg
  • IKAR – whose H12 12m Block weighs 5.9kg
Even Tractel – whose plastic housing Blocfor 10m Block weighs in at 4.8kg!!
Download the PDF information sheet for features and benefits of the new Merlin! (see 'BLOG Downloads' below)

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NEW Anti-Rollback Cam for ZipSpeed Trolley!

February 5th 2015

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NEW Zippey Clip'n'Zip Trolley

February 5th 2015

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