Our distributor in the UK exhibited the Ruslyn Cordwheel and Pack Reel at the 2015 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 15 – 18 September 2015.
EOD UK together with Guartel Technologies is a supplier of defence equipment to the UK Ministary of Defence (MOD). EOD UK have been supplying the Cord Wheel and Pack Reel to various areas within UK military for a number of years.
NATO Pack Reel
Black Pack Reel
Visited the EOD team at US Marine Corps Base Hawaii to demonstrate the Ruslyn Pack Reel.
This mini EOD reel is used worldwide by EOD, search, combat engineers, special forces and clearance divers as a hook & line small reel, det cord small reel, firing cable small reel and many other uses where small lengths of coil able products are used.
This is an article written by the Australian Defence Department in March 2006 just after the Cordwheel was introduced into service.
The Ruslyn Cordwheel
Reeling problem resolved?
A RODUM articulating a capability deficiency identified there was no lightweight reeling devices available for unit members to order through the system.
RODUM 20011310 and 20011995 refer to the incidence where damage has occurred to deployable fibre optic cables and associated drums. An engineering change proposal (ECP) was raised to solve the problem, and the Ruslyn Cordwheel, NSN 8130/661533558 was identified as a solution.
Another problem identified was that it is simply not practical to use the Battlefield Telecommunication etwork (BTN) 300-metre optical fibre cable assembly when associated communications equipment are located within few metres of the main BTN assemblages.
Another ECP identified the Ruslyn Cordwheel and a 10-metre fibre optic cable will be included in the revised CES for the Circuit Switch Assemblage and SATCOM Terminal Assemblage.
The Ruslyn Cordwheel is a hand held, compact, lightweight (785 grams), rugged and stackable reeling device made from UV stabilised and recyclable impact resistant polypropylene spool and a plastic handle.
Cable can be collected or reeled out quickly and efficiently allowing tangle free safe handling and storage. Ruslyn Cordwheels are able to be stacked vertically or on their sides for easy storage.
The Ruslyn Cordwheel is a simple and easy to deploy reeling device with the potential for many more applications. It has been introduced into service to meet the requirements of the above RODUM and ECP and is open to the rest of the deployable defence user community.
Whether BCOG will continue to support the capability outside the BTN requirement will depend upon responses from users.
Towards the end of this calendar year (October – November 2006) BCOG will be sending out a questionnaire to the major users requesting feedback on its application.
Some identified applications for the Ruslyn Cordwheel are to reel and store:
- COMMS (DON10) 350 m
- Data (CAT 5) 175 m
- Power Supply 30 m (15 Amp)
- Rope 50 m (10 mm)
- Fibre Optic
- Audio Video cable
- Air hose
Any feedback on the Ruslyn Cordwheel is valued. We need ‘your input’ via RODUM or email to the National Fleet Manager James McCloskey at james.mccloskey @defence.gov.au.
For more information and the supplier’s details the web site is www.cordwheel.com
Solutions to problems can only be found after the problem has been clearly identified. This trial should identify if the Ruslyn Cordwheel helps with reeling out cable, and whether BTN equipment can be deployed better with the new CES.
The POC is WO2 Martin Fisher, BCOG on tel: (03) 9292 4198 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information available on the uses page
The NATO Ruslyn Cordwheel NSN 8130/661533558 is now used within JP2089 for handling 100 metres of armor sheathed
fibre optic cable.
This cord wheel has many uses in defence and we are proud that it solves a fibre optic cable problem that was being
experienced by JP2089.
NATO cord reel with black cord reel and yellow cord reel together with the optional cord reel mount bracket
Further information available on the uses page
NATO stock number (NSN)
EOD United Kingdom have a shipment of NATO Cord reels on order to supply the MOD. This shipment is traveling by sea freight and should arrive in the UK early March.
EOD UK supply both the Cordwheel and Pack Reel to EOD and CIED units within British Army, Navy and Air Force. The Cord reel is used as a comms reel, firing cable reel, det cord reel, rope reel and power supply cable reel. The Pack Reel is used as an army engineers small reel, search mini reel, EOD small reel, sigs small reel and as a clearance divers mini reel. This small reel is used for handling det cord, firing cable, hook and line as well as a small anchor rope reel.
Ruslyn Pack Reel
NATO stock number (NSN)
We are proud to announce a quantity delivery of the Ruslyn Cordwheel to the Australian Federal Police. The reels they required were black with part number AUS004754-11.
These cord reels are proudly manufactured in Australia by Ruslyn Holdings Sydney.
REELING IN DEFENCE
When you think of SME’s, they don’t come any smaller than Ruslyn Holdings Pty Ltd.
Established in Sydney in 1989, Ruslyn is a family owned company employing just four people.
The company has been working as a Defence Recognised Supplier since 2005.
With Projected ramp-up in DMO procurement activity over the next 10 to 15 years, Ruslyn is
typical of enterprises that may play a larger part in supplying to DMO during replacement or update
to a huge part of the ADF’s capabilities.
Being a small personalised company, the staff who run the company know everything about their
products, and are involved across the board in assembly, packing and distribution. It also enables
them to maintain a high quality product, right through from research and development, to
manufacturing, to production.
Ruslyn are able to maintain an up close and personal relationship with Defence and DMO and use
this to their advantage by corresponding personally with numerous areas in Defence to promote
awareness of their company and products.
The company’s mission is to supply high quality Mil spec, ergonomic, hand held reeling devices to
Worldwide Defence, Emergency Services, Aerospace, Mining, Maritime, Broadcast, Energy,
Geophysics and other industries.
They are responsible for the manufacture and distribution of the Ruslyn Cordwheel primarily to
Defence and Emergency Services. The reel is used by Army, Navy and Air Force in Signals,
Battlespace Communications, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Clearance Diving, Special Operations
and Aerospace. It is currently being used in the Middle East.
The Ruslyn Cordwheel is an ergonomic hand held, compact, Lightweight (785 grams), rugged and
stackable reeling device for the efficient handing and storage of cable, rope, hose, wire, chain and
The reel is UV stabalised and recyclable impact resistant polypropylene spool and plastic handle.
Cable can be collected or reeled out quickly and efficiently allowing tangle free safe handling and
Ruslyn Cordwheels are able to be stacked vertically or on their sides for easy storage. The reel is a
simple and easy to deploy reelinf device with potential for many mor applications. It has been
introduced into service and is open to the rest of the deployable defence community.
Current customers of the reel are Defence Materiel Organisation, Rural Fire Service, State
Emergency Service and Police and Rescue.
The targets for Ruslyn Holdings at present are the Australian Defence Force and Emergency
Services, as well as NATO member countries including United States Department of Defense, and
the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. Recently the company has been listed as a supplier to the
New Zealand Defence Force, with the first shipment of reels being sent early November.
One of the many uses for the Ruslyn Cordwheel in Battlespace Communications for WD-1TT
cable, optical fibre and cat cable
Further information is available on the Defence page