Allegan, Mich. (02/20/18) — The latest innovation in harness safety technology was recently introduced by Ropes Courses, Inc. (RCI) named the Single Redundant Slingline (SRS). Developed over several months by RCI’s Compliance Manager, Matthew Kiella, the new single sling line effectively replaces the older double version while offering the same security with a single line made possible with dual connection points. The SRS is attached to a harness that each participant wears when climbing on any of the Sky Trail® or Sky Tykes® ropes courses and Clip ‘n Climb® climbing challenges.
The new design was engineered to provide participants with the same secure look and feel as the old double line, however it combines components into a single line and eliminates the need for slotted webbing helping clients reduce maintenance costs, while increasing durability and strength. Redundancy is achieved by sewing together three essential pieces of the device – the continuous exterior loop, the redundant inner loop, and the inner carabiner loops. This connection allows participants to easily navigate through a course with one slingline but with two separate safety attachments on their harness.
The SRS meets all U.S. safety requirements and has been available for all new installations since Jan. 1 and is in the final stages of receiving its CE marking that certifies compliance with the essential requirements of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European Union (EU).
“I think our clients are going to be pleasantly surprised by the quality and durability that this new slingline delivers,” explains Kiella. “For retrofits, operators will be provided with fully machine-made aluminum Sky Rail™ slider assemblies that come with or without wheels to ensure compatibility and the right fit with all Sky Trail® models around the U.S. and the world,” he continued.
The new SRS has an approximate five-year service life, two years longer than the existing devices. Repairs and replacements are sewn onto existing slider assemblies for additional and substantial cost savings.
“Taking a project from the starting point of having a great idea, through design development and adjustments, all the way to certification has been very gratifying,” added Kiella. “We are confident that our customers are going to appreciate the more streamlined system that offers the same high level of safety but at a much better cost,” he concluded.