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ISC Training & Demo Tower

July 28th 2015

ISC Training & Demo Tower

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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  • ISC Training & Demo Tower Close up

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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 metal 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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