Visiting Arce Geofisicos Lima Peru December – 2014

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L to R Jose E Arce (founder) and Jose Arce CEO of Arce Geofisicos with Ruslyn Cordwheels ready for field work

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L to R Russell Maddern CEO Ruslyn Holdings, Lyndal Maddern Ruslyn Holdings Company Secretary and Jose Arce CEO Arce Geofisicos

We had the great pleasure of visiting our esteemed client Jose Arce at Arce Geofisicos and meeting his father and staff at the company headquarters in Miraflores, Lima, Peru.
Arce Geofisicos commenced operations in 1960 and was founded by Jose E Arce. The company has over 54 years extensive experience in areas such as Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Guyana, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Arce Geofisicos has completed more than 1140 geophysical surveys, with over 463 mineral deposits, over 116 groundwater aquifers and more than 230 geotechnical surveys studied up to date (October 2013).
The geophysical methods offered for mining, groundwater, engineering and archaeological applications are: self-potential, micro-gravity, magnetics, radio-metrics, induced polarization, electrical resistivity, electro-magnetics, seismic refraction tomography, MASW, ground penetrating radar.
Arce Geofisicos use the Ruslyn Cordwheel extensively in their field operations.

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Maintenance News 2006

This is an article written by the Australian Defence Department in March 2006 just after the Cordwheel was introduced into service.


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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.

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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
  • wire

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

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For more information and the supplier’s details the web site is
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:

Further information available on the uses page

Cordwheel and JP2089

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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.

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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

Thinlight Sweden – Distributor

ThinLight Sweden AB are now distributors of the Ruslyn Cordwheel and Pack Reel.
ThinLight are using the cordwheel and small reel in their portable LED cable lighting kits. ThinLight will also be promoting the cordwheel and small reel in Sweden and Norway for use by defence, homeland security, emergency services and industry. The cordwheel will be promoted at a cable reel, AV reel, rope reel, barrier tape reel, wire reel and hose reel. The small reel will be promoted as a hook & line reel, det cord reel, firing cable reel, sigs reel, AV reel, rope reel and wire reel. Ruslyn Holdings are hoping for much to come from a partnership with Thinlight throughout Sweden, Noway and the rest of Europe.

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Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2013

August 2013

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mining tagg reelmining mitimeasure reelVisited the mining expo at the Sydney Showground and spoke to many people interested in the Ruslyn Cordwheel and Ruslyn Pack Reel. The Ruslyn Cordwheel was demonstrated as a hand held rugged and lightweight reel used extensively as a dipping weight reel, surveyors rope reel, barrier tape reel, safety rope reel, extension cable reel, wire reel, power cable reel, test cable reel, rope reel and cable reel. The Ruslyn Cordwheel is used in mining for handling many coil-able products in Australian, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Columbia and other countries around the world.
The Ruslyn Pack Reel was demonstrated as a test cable reel, cord reel, tape reel and able to handle any shorter lengths of coil-able products.
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