Reach for the sky with Ascender power
Published: 01 September, 2008
The new battery powered ACC Power Ascender could be set to revolutionise rope rescue operations.
Weighing in at 18kg, this tool has been designed to attach to 11-13mm kernmantle rope for ascent or descent, and can carry an impressive 250 kg on standard EN 1891 rope. It also allows for continuous speed adjustment from 0 to 22 metres per minute in both directions, ideal also for transporting material and equipment – and a potential casualty too of course.
This “personal rope elevator” was launched in the UK only three months ago by Total Access (UK) Limited and according to Sales and Marketing Director Richard Hinckley, it is has already generated much interest within a number of UK fire brigades with trials programmed over the coming months.
“The unique battery ascender was originally designed to satisfy a requirement for wind turbine climbing but the applications have expanded significantly with many industries recognising the advantages of such a safety product.”
The ACC Powered Ascender is virtually maintenance-free and only requires servicing on an annual basis. “It’s not difficult to learn to use, and training can be easily bolted onto existing rope rescue training, Simplicity in its use is the whole point.”
Developments are underway to make a Power Ascender ATEX compliant, and also to develop a remote control, “We see great potential in both on-shore and off shore applications for this unique access device,” commented Hinckley.