Facade Maintenance Made Easy - RAPTOR Needles and XPLORA Pigtail Anchors


The Ribbon, Darling Harbour, NSW



Karabiner Access



RAPTOR Needle Systems, XPLORA Pigtail Anchors, TRAVEL8 Static Line Systems



Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, The Ribbon has transformed Sydney's skyline with its flowing shape and undulating curves.

The $700M redevelopment has made a spectacular impact on the Sydney waterfront, providing a rooftop pool deck, restaurants, bars, fitness amenities and event spaces. It also houses the rejuvenated Imax theatre and gives pedestrians links across Cockle Bay and from the Harbour through to Darling Quarter.

Although an architectural feat, the curving glass facades were incredibly challenging when it came to designing a system to provide rope access for cleaning and maintenance purposes.



Due to the curvature of the building, it was necessary to create extendable RAPTOR Rope Access Needles that would allow the maintenance personnel to access the glass facades safely and without limitation.

In what was the first installation of our RAPTOR Needles, our engineering and manufacturing teams were able to design and produce these specialised systems in-house. Since this groundbreaking project, and due to increased demand, we have now added a complete range of RAPTOR Rope Access Needles to our product line.

RAPTOR Rope Access Needles have a telescopic boom that can be adjusted in length using locking pins, allowing for situations where extra reach may be needed for more efficient facade access, and it was this innovation that offered the solution the project required, and resulted in an extremely happy customer who was delighted we could meet the somewhat difficult brief.

RAPTOR Rope Access Needles, an Australian made product, in action.


Additionally XPLORA Pigtail Anchors, another new SAYFA product development, were installed to provide lateral restraint for rope access.

"The beauty of these anchors is that they hold the operator in place at selected points down the building giving them the stability to perform their tasks. They are a new addition to our anchor range and it was great to see them being used for this iconic project," said Barry Voss, Sales Manager.


Xplora Pigtail Anchors installed on The Ribbon

XPLORA Pigtail Anchors allow workers more stability and accessibility to irregularly shaped facades.


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