New Petzl ASAP Lock
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 | Admin
Petzl have responded to the specific feedback provided by end users of the Petzl ASAP over the past 8 years of its service.
The new Petzl ASAP range aims to:
Evolution of the Petzl ASAP back-up device range:
Introducing the all new specific rope access back up device, the Petzl ASAP Lock:
The Petzl ASAP lock has been designed to address the specific pitfalls of the original ASAP when used in a rope access environment.
Integrated ASAP locking function:
The new locking function allows the ASAP Lock to be positioned and 'parked', it also allows the user to simply lock the device when at the work location to prevent the wind blowing a loop of rope through the ASAP.
New connection arm makes the ASAP simpler to install and almost impossible to drop:
The ASAP Lock connects directly to its shock absorbing lanyard (these can be interchanged / replaced by removing a simple Allen bolt). You no longer need to detach the ASAP device to install it onto the rope, during normal use this should greatly reduce the risk of dropping the device and has done away with the 'keeper cord' previously used. The rope is now installed into the device in much the same way as a handled ascender.
Locking wheel re-designed:
The ASAPs lock function operates separately to its fall arrest function. The wheel is now manufactured from stainless steel to facilitate the locking / 'parking' mechanism. This has improved the wheels corrosion resistance over the previous chromed alloy construction and its ability to oval. This improvement means better continuity between devices and a smoother operation for all.
Where to attach the Petzl ASAP Lock:
Can the Petzl ASAP Lock be used at the end of a cows tail?
NO - The ASAP Lock connection arm must be attached to either an L57 Petzl Absorbica (rated for two person loads) or one of the L71 20 or L71 40 Petzl ASAP'Sorber Lanyards (you cannot perform a rescue with either the L71 20 or L71 40)
Can the Petzl ASAP Lock be used for two person loads exceeding 100kg?
Can a casualty suspended by their ASAP Lock be rescued via accent of the back-up rope?
Notes on the use of knotted ropes with the Petzl Basic ASAP and ASAP Lock:
test The ASAP LOCK/rope combination was dynamically tested in house by Petzl against the requirements of EN353‐
The ASAP LOCK/rope combination meets EN353‐2 in all practical dynamic tests.
For EN1891 TYPE A new, knotted ropes of ≥ 10.5mm, the ASAP LOCK/rope combination works, but this cannot be formally certified to CE EN 353‐2.
Introducing the all new Petzl ASAP designed for 'Basic' fall arrest:
Typical applications for the Petzl ASAP basic fall arrest:
So what's changed?