We are excited to announce that a distribution deal with Head Rush Technologies in the US has been agreed, to supply their products to the UK market.
Who are HRT?
These are the guys behind the brilliant magnetic (eddy current) braking system utilised in their TRUBLUE Autobelays that all around the world have been successfully replacing the old Redpoint autobelay system with no known incidents, safety notices or recalls. They have applied innovative technology to bring new adventure recreation equipment to the climbing, zip line, adventure and amusement industry, to make adventure activities safer while offering the ability to increase throughput. You can view the Head Rush catalogue here.
Why have ACR got involved?
Autobelays are not used extensively in the outdoor adventure industry and although a couple of years later HRT launched their zipSTOP product, it wasn’t until 2014 when they launched their QUICKjump product that we thought there would be a demand in the markets that we service. Since then we have liaised closely with a few organisations that immediately installed them to gather feedback on this new product. Overwhelmingly it has been positive!
However purchasing product (particularly high value and heavy product) from the USA is not easy so we made the decision to get involved and become a UK stockist.
. . . . And here it is, the first official video from the newly opened Zipworld Titan in North Wales. It features Wayne and Kevin from ISC flying the trolleys for the very first time at the new Titan site – consisting of 3 sets of 4 lines (890m, 630m and 450m long) and speeds of up to 60mph.
The trolleys are standard 16mm ISC RP075 built with custom spreader bars for the special sit harness which allows the webbing to be set into a W configuration so that the flyer can hold on to them and reduce the amount of rotation (if they want to!)
ISC and Zipworld team up again to produce a trolley system to work on the new Zipworld Titan site which is due to open in North Wales in early June.
The new trolley is an adaptation of the standard RP076 Zipspeed trolleys which easily accommodate the 8km of lines at up to 70mph. this time though there is no Superman harness – Zipworld are experimenting with something new. More on that later . . . .
ISC designed and developed the trolley used at Zip World
Welsh engineering specialist ISC Ltd are flying high after designing and developing a key component for Zip World’s new attraction in Bethesda that will feature the largest zip wire experience in the Northern Hemisphere.
ISC, which is based in Bangor, developed a new generation of trolley capable of coping with the stresses and strains of the zipline that will enable visitors to travel for over a mile at speeds of 75mph when Zip World opens later this month.
It is the second time ISC has worked with the team at Zip World as they previously developed a unique and innovative product called SmartSnap which allows participants on high rope courses to safely and easily move from one element to the next whilst preventing a fall.
ISC Commercial Director Wayne Ellis said they were delighted to be involved inthis latest project : “We had already started development work on a range of new high-speed zipline trolleys working with the likes of Laggan Outdoors in Scotland and the Eden Project in Cornwall when we were contacted by Zip World.
“Their request was always going to push the engineering boundaries but I’m pleased to say we were able to deliver 100 of these unique trolleys to the site on time for trials before the official opening.”
Economy Minister Edwina Hart congratulated ISC on securing the contract and said: “It’s good to hear that the skills and expertise of a local company have been recognised and that ISC is benefiting from supplying one of the latest tourism attractions in North Wales. Local procurement certainly adds value to the investment and helps spread wealth and prosperity and supports the local economy.”
With projects like these under their belts ISC , which started in 1995, has gone from ‘cottage industry’ to worldwide player in the height/rescue market. It is now a well recognised brand used in diverse markets including offshore rope access, rope rescue, adventure parks, motorsport and even tree climbing.
ISC has grown significantly over the last five years with exports becoming the real driver of success. The company which employs 65 now exports to more than 40 countries and has successfully challenged some of the biggest brands in the world.
Vertical Innovations International based in Australia has developed an Eco-Tourism focused Zip Line Canopy Tour system and installed it in Tasmania for Treetops Adventure.
Its one of the few fully continuous canopy tour systems in the world and it involves taking tourists up into the forest canopy and traversing between platforms along steel cables.
The platforms, called ‘cloud stations’ are constructed around the trunks of large trees, within the mid canopy level of the forest – typically at heights up to 30m above the forest floor. The tour combines the tranquillity of the forest with the adrenalin of sliding above and through a beautiful natural environment. Tourists have a unique view of the forest from above.
The new ISC ZipSpeed Tandem Trolleys are now possibly the fastest, strongest and most durable Zipline trolleys in the world!
Click this link ZipSpeedTandems to view a launch flyer on these brilliant new trolleys. Currently in use at Laggan Outdoors (www.lagganoutdoor.co.uk) in Scotland and at the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow (www.ndac.co.uk) to name but two in the UK alone!
These are the first of two new Zipline trolleys due for release in 2013 – the next being a lightweight portable version for single handed attaching and detaching to compete with trolleys such as the Petzl TRAC …coming soon!!
Designing and building Ziplines is not as easy at it looks – as Boris would tell you! The choice of harness, trolley, wire and cable tension are all critical to the comfort and safety of a zipline user. All CCS supplied Zipline gear is fully CE approved and rigorously designed and tested as fit for use.