As a life-critical device, ongoing product certification is an essential requirement for operating Perfect Descent Auto Belays. Recertification starts with the disassembly, cleaning, and inspection of each unit. Tolerances and other wear indicators are measured and components are replaced as necessary. The unit is then reassembled and tested to confirm that it operates within the manufacturer’s limits.
The use and popularity of auto belays in climbing gyms and similar facilities has grown significantly in recent years and standards for their operation continue to evolve. Improving PPE regulations in the European Union, specifically EN341:2011 Class A, represent the most comprehensive guidance for the operation of recreational auto belays.
Auto belays certified as EN341:2011 Class A require periodic examination by a factory authorized technician every 12 months. This includes Perfect Descent Auto Belays with a manufacture date of July 2020 and later and older units that have been updated to a Class A certification by a factory authorized service center. Perfect Descent Auto Belays with a manufacture date of June 2020 and earlier are certified as EN341:2011 Class C and require periodic examination every 24 months.
Whether 12 or 24 months, the timeframe for the periodic examination is considered to be the maximum amount of time that should lapse before a unit is recertified. Units with a high volume of use, those used in competition climbing, and units used in harsh environments may require more frequent examinations. Regardless of the recertification term, a unit should be returned to a service center any time a Competent Person inspection suggests the need to remove the unit from use.
To determine if your auto belay is certified as Class A or Class C, simply review the manufacture date listed on the side label of the unit.
Most Perfect Descent Model 220 Auto Belays manufactured under the Class C certification can be updated to Class A. This update can be performed by Oasis Rigging Inc. at the time of your next certification or at any time in between for a nominal fee.
Before sending in your Perfect Descent Auto Belay for service or recertification, contact Oasis Rigging Inc. and provide them with the following information for each unit you intend to return:
Pack each unit in the original box using the original foam inserts to minimize the potential for damage during shipping. Be sure to include the Operations Manual containing the Factory Service Log found in section 14.6. Replacement box and foam inserts can be purchased from your service center.
The average timeframe for a unit to be serviced or recertified can vary between service centers and the volume of units being serviced at the time. Typically, units can be prepared for return shipping 5-8 business days after the units have been received. Contact Oasis Rigging Inc. to review options for expediting these services.
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