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Working From Ropes

The number one way of carrying out work on difficult to access structures and locations is rope access. It is the best system for completing work safely and quickly, often without disruption to other work being carried out nearby.

However, the rope access technician starts to have a difficult time trying to maintain stability when performing work on some structures. Wind turbines, ships hulls and offshore structures all provide unique challenges. Especially when performing tasks such as blasting and spraying for instance.The usual method of having to “tie in” to provide the necessary support is difficult and impractical in a lot of cases.

Newtons Third Law of Motion

Newtons third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This can be witnessed during rope access activities.

When a technician is suspended by ropes and attempting to perform work on a substrate. Work such as blasting, spraying, grinding, drilling, welding, and most other mechanical actions. The force being applied by the activity naturally pushes the technician away from the substrate they are working on.

This causes a problem for the technician involved by making it extremely difficult to maintain stability.

How to Maintain Stability on Ropes

Abfad Limited have developed and patented a Magnetic Positioning Aid, for use with rope access techniques. This Magnet System allows the rope access technician to securely lock and anchor themselves into place on any ferrous structures. Thus counteracting the forces which would push them away. Therefore giving the technician the stability needed to carry out required work with confidence and precision.

Abfad’s Magnet System has been reliably developed and improved upon since its conception and its current form is the best yet. The system has been rigorously tested during its development, including by the TWI (The Welding Institute). The TWI also tested the pull off strength of the magnets, which stands at over 350kgs.

Use of this Magnet System provides a clear advantage to productivity. Increasing the speed of work by stabilising the technician on any ferrous structure. Allowing them to carry out any activity with greater precision and accuracy.