CONNECTORS

APPLICANT STANDARDS: EN 362 / EN 12275


2C30200, 2C304, 2C305, 2C30900, 2C3090B, 2C3090L, 2C31000, 2C330, 2C335, 2C33600, 2C33700, 2C33800, 2C3380L, 2C33900, 2C3390L, 2C343, 2C344, 2C350, 2C35300, 2C35502, 2C35600, 2C36002, 2C361, 2C36200, 2C363W0, 2C36800, 2C37000, 2C37300, 2C38500, 2C3850L, 2C38600, 2C3860L, 2C39600, 2C3960L, 2C39700, 2C39800, 2C3980L, 2C39900, 2C404, 2C406, 2C408, 2C40900, 2C4090B, 2C413, 2C416, 2C423, 2C44200, 2C44300, 2C4430R, 2C44400, 2C4440R, 2C44500, 2C4450R, 2C44600, 2C4460B, 2C44900, 2C453, 2C45500, 2C4550B, 2C45900, 2C46100, 2C46300, 2C46400, 2C46500, 2C4650B, 2C47600, 2C4760B, 2C47700, 2C4770B, 2C488, 2C491, 2C493, 2C503, 2C506, 2C509, 2C511, 2C513, 2C52400, 2C52500, 2C5250B, 2C528, 2C529, 2C530, 2C536, 2C540, 2C541, 2C542, 2C543, 2C547, 2C555, 2C559, 2C583, 2C584, 2C585, 2K640, 2Q82310, 3C344, 3C35200, 3C35800, 3C36900, 3C369G0, 3C4460A, 3C4460E, 3C4550A, 3C4550E, 3C4590A, 3C4610A, 3C4630A, 3C4630E, 3C4650A, 3C4760A, 3C4770A, 3C5240A, 3C5250A, 3C5280A, 3C5280E, 3C5290A, 3C5290E, 3C5300A, 3C536, 3C595, 3Q82008, 3Q82010, 3Q82107, 3Q82208, 3Q82210, 3Q82310, 3Q82608, 4C35000, 4C46500, 4C4650B, 4C465I0, 4C465IB, 4C465IC, 4C52400, 4C52800, 4C5280C, 4C53000, 4C5300B, 4C70908, 4C70910, 4C70914, 4Q82008, 4Q82107, 4Q82207

Carrying out regular periodic checks (at intervals predetermined by the manufacturer) is vital for ensuring the equipment’s efficiency and durability and the user’s safety. Carrying out periodical controls doesn’t relieve the user nor from the obligation to perform the controls before and after each use, neither to require an extraordinary periodic check, in case an outstanding event occurs (ex. a fall, even from a low height, a change of user etc.), or in case of doubts about the correct functioning of the device. Attention! The examiner, after carrying out the periodical check, has the responsibility of the good functioning of a PPE. The check must br performed with the highest accuracy, without haste and after completing all the necessary steps: this is the only way to avoid useless risks.

The regular periodic checks must be carried out:

  • every 12 months, with normal/standard use;
  • every 6 months in the case of intense use or in aggressive environments (ex. marine environment);
  • in case an anomaly has been found during the checks before and after each use;
  • every time there is a change of user;
  • filling in the sheet for the periodic check stated on the user’s instructions, or the one included in the present manual;
  • only by the manufacturer or by a skilled person authorized by the manufacturer.

The sheet for the periodic check must be completed:

  • following the instructions as described in the specific checking procedure of each device (check for latest updates on the site ppe.climbingtechnology.com);
  • consulting the photographs at the end of each procedure;
  • consulting the instructions for using the device, if necessary downloading them from: www.climbingtechnology.com;
  • examining the device in a suitable well-lit and tidy workshop.

The annul sheet for the periodic check is composed by a check list where the output of the ispection must be indicated, for each stage of the procedure:

OK
The device is in a good condition and it can be use safely.

TO BE DISCARDED
The device presents averaga / serious damages which jeopardize its primary functionalities and consequently must be removed from service. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTE”.

TO BE CHECKED
The device presents one or more small damages that don’t jeopardize its primary functionalities. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTES”.

REQUEST OF REPLACEMENT
It is found out that one replaceable part of the device is damaged or missing: indicate the anomaly in the box “NOTES”. At the end of the check, in case no other damages have been detected, if the replacement is carried out, il dispositivo potrà essere declared suitable, otherwise it will be removed from service. If not differently indicated, the replacement can be only performed by the manufacturer, by a technician trained by the manufacturer or by a competent person authorized by the manufacturer. The replaceable parts of each device, if present, are listed in the relevant checking procedure and indicated with their proper purchase code.

Note carefully!

  • Each device can be composed both by primary elements (having structural / safety functions) and by secondary elements (having accessory functions): upon examiner’s discretion, the damages existing on secondary elements could have less importance in causing the unsuitability of the device. The primary and secondary parts of each PPE are listed in the relevant checking procedure.
  • The information on the model, code, serial number, year of manufacture and applicable norm/standard(s) can be found on the device in the position shown in the instructions for use.
  • The service life of the device is indicated in the instructions for use which must be attached to the periodic check sheet.
  • Prior to the check the device should be adequately cleaned as described in the instructions for use. A dirty device can be declared unfit for use because it cannot be inspected properly

At the end of the checking procedure the device can be declares: FIT FOR USE, UNFIT FOR USE, TO BE CHECKED. In this last case, the slight defects, to which must be paid attention during the checks before and after use, shall be indicated in the notes. The examiner can decide, at its discretion, to schedule the successive periodical control of the device within a shorter lapse of time than the forecasted 12 or 6 months.

Checking procedures

Nomenclature

PRIMARY ELEMENTS: body, gate, screw-up locking sleeve, pin, swivel, fixed bas, ACL (Anti-Cross Loading) system

SECONDARY ELEMENTS: /

REPLACEABLE PARTS: /

1) HISTORY AND GENERAL CHECK

1.1 – Check the existence and the readability of the marking details, in particular the CE symbol and the applicable EN norm/standard.

1.2 – Check that device has not exceeded the storage and/or in-use lifetime.

1.3 – Check that the device is intact and no parts are missing (check against a new product).

1.4 – Check that the device has not been modified outside the factory or serviced in a non-approved centre.

1.5 – Check that the device has not experienced an exceptional event (e.g. fall from height, violent blow, etc.). Even in the absence of visible defects or deterioration, the original strength could be seriously reduced.

2) VISUAL CHECK

2.1 – CHECKING THE BODY

  • Verify there are no deformations, cuts or cracks more than 1 mm deep.
  • Verify that the groove caused by the rope or other devices rubbing in the area shown is not more than 2 mm deep. Other parts must not have signs of wear deeper than 1 mm. Check there is no corrosion or oxidation.

2.2 – CHECKING THE OTHER PARTS (GATE, SCREW-UP LOCKING SLEEVE, PIN, FIXED BAR, ACL SYSTEM, SWIVEL, ETC.)

  • Verify there are no deformations, cuts or cracks more than 1 mm deep. Check there is no corrosion or oxidation.
  • Check that all parts are in the original position (check against a new product).
  • Check that internal openings are not obstructed with foreign material.

3) FUNCTIONAL CHECK

3.1 – CHECKING CLOSURE SYSTEM / CONNECTORS WITH AUTOMATIC GATE AND LOCKING SYSTEM

  • Check how the gate opens by actioning the locking system (locking sleeve or second lever) as shown on the instructions for use.
  • Check that when the locking device is released that it immediately and automatically returns to its position. For models with screw-up docking sleeve: check the operation of the sleeve by unscrewing and screwing it up completely. For all other models: check that the docking system (sleeve or second gate) automatically returns to the initial position when released.
    Important! Check that, with the locking mechanism engaged, that the gate cannot be opened. If necessary, lubricate moving parts with a silicon-based spray and in accordance with the device’s instructions for use

3.2 – CHECKING CLOSURE SYSTEM – SCREW-UP / CONNECTORS OR QUICKLINKS

  • Check the functioning of the sleeve by unscrewing and screwing it up completely. When the sleeve is screwed up, the threads should not be visible. If necessary, lubricate the threads with a silicon-based spray and in accordance with the device’s instructions for use.

3.3 – CHECKING THE SWIVEL

  • Verify that the swivel can rotate freely without jamming.
  • Check that the swivel cannot move so far as to cover the green load-indicator ring (if present). If this happens, it means that the connector has been subjected to a load of more than 3 kN: check the anti-fall system to which it is connected.

3.4 – CHECKING THE ACL SYSTEM

  • Check the ACL bar opens correctly and returns to its initial position when released.

3.5 – CHECKING CLOSURE SYSTEM – SQUEEZE-ACTIONED CONNECTORS

  • Check opening by forcibly squeezing the handles together.
  • Check that when the handles are released, the two hooks insert correctly into their respective eyes.

Photo doc.

OK The device is in a good condition and it can be use safely.
TO BE DISCARDED The device presents averaga / serious damages which jeopardize its primary functionalities and consequently must be removed from service. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTE”.
TO BE CHECKED The device presents one or more small damages that don’t jeopardize its primary functionalities. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTES”.
REQUEST OF REPLACEMENT It is found out that one replaceable part of the device is damaged or missing: indicate the anomaly in the box “NOTES”. At the end of the check, in case no other damages have been detected, if the replacement is carried out, il dispositivo potrà essere declared suitable, otherwise it will be removed from service. If not differently indicated, the replacement can be only performed by the manufacturer, by a technician trained by the manufacturer or by a competent person authorized by the manufacturer. The replaceable parts of each device, if present, are listed in the relevant checking procedure and indicated with their proper purchase code.
  • Connector’s markings not completely legible.


    Body with distinct signs of use in area subject to wear.


  • Steel connector completely corroded after long exposure to saline environment.


    Oxidation on connector prevents closing catches functioning correctly.


  • Double-lever connector with clear signs of corrosion.


    Connector with clear incision/cut on body.


  • Connector with screw-up locking sleeve showing clear signs of oxidation.


    Connector with screw-up locking sleeve extremely deformed due to incorrect use..


  • Double-lever connector has been subject to major deformation. Body is visibly deformed and double-lever closure mechanism completely compromised.


    Double-lever connector has been subject to major deformation. Body is visibly deformed and double-lever closure mechanism completely compromised.


  • Connector with damaged nose because of the misalignement of the lever.


    Connector with nose misaligned lever from the body.


  • Connector with catch no longer aligned with body due to major torsion loading.


    Connector with completely blocked lever or with damaged / missing spring..


  • Connector with traditional closure mechanism – closure pin deformed.


    With gate in closed position, gate remains slightly open with play towards correctly-closed position.


  • Connector with gate that remains open.


    Connector whose gate has excessive lateral play.


  • Connector whose screw-up locking sleeve has been severely damaged.


    Connector with sleeve which doesn’t automatically return to the locked position.


    Lubricate the sleeve as indicated in the user instructions.

     If the problem is not completely resolved, scrap the device.

  • Connector whose screw-up locking sleeve cannot be completely screwed up. The defect may not be externally visible; in the case shown, it is.


    Double-lever connector whose rear safety lever doesn’t return automatically into position.


  • Connector with deformed ACL bar.


    Connector with deformed bar.


  • Connector with missing bar.


    Connector has been loaded to more than 3 kN: the swivel can move far enough to cover the fall indicator. Service the anti-fall system containing the connector.


  • Quicklink with signs of oxidation and screw-up
    sleeve which you can’t easily screw up.


    Quicklink with the screw-up sleeve screwed beyond allowed limit.


  • Connector with worn-out pin.


    Connector with material inside holes and cracks.


    Clean the device with compressed air and soap and water.

     If the problem is not resolved, scrap the device.

  • Connector with squeeze-actioned closure which doesn’t hook-in correctly.


    Connector with squeeze-actioned closure which doesn’t hook-in correctly.