New washer system offers better safety

Since 1968, Hytorc Torque Tooling has been developing, engineering and perfecting torque tools designed to improve productivity and safety across a number of industries.

One such tool is Hytorc’s washer system which sits underneath a nut and when used with the correct Hytorc products completely does away with the need for reaction arms and backup spanners.

WATT Torque and Porta Power General Manager Paul Farbrace said this setup reduced the chance of getting pinch injuries or crushed fingers from reaction arms.

“It’s been out for a couple of years but we’re trying to promote it as we’re trying to make the industry safer,” Mr Farbrace said.

One of the ways WATT is looking at to spread the message about the effectiveness of this product is through free demonstrations for those interested.

During these demonstrations, a trained specialist from WATT Torque and Porta Power will showcase how the product is compatible with a variety of Hytorc’s products, including the Hytorc Lithium BTM Gun.

“The Hytorc Lithium BTM Gun is torque-controlled, with push button controls and a graphic interface it can download

to Excel format, which allows you to run a report on your tightenings with results for target torque, time and date available as standard,” Mr Farbrace said.

“It’s a BTM lithium gun, making it a cordless tool which creates a further safety aspect in that it does away with potential trip hazards created by using hoses.

“The Hytorc cordless range currently covers torques from 250ft-lb to 3000ft-lb.A complete cordless 250ft-lb kit is the grand prize of a draw we will be carrying out in April.”

To be in with a chance of going into the draw simply purchase any Hytorc Torque Tool from WATT Torque and Porta Power between now and April 1. For more information about the draw get in touch with WATT Torque and Porta Power.

As part of its endeavour to make the mining industry safer, WATT Torque and Porta Power recently became Hytorc Torque Tools exclusive dealership in Western Australia. This means that both the Karratha and Perth branches have been appointed as Hytorc Approved Repair Centres.

“The only places in Western Australia you can purchase, hire, service or calibrate a Hytorc Tool is WATT or through Hytorc directly” Mr Farbrace said.

“We started out 12 years ago as a family-run business and it is our aim to make the Australian mining industry a safer and more productive place. Linking our assets and expertise with Hytorc is a great step forward in achieving this aim.”

In addition to being the sole WA distributor of Hytorc products, WATT has received triple ISO accreditation and possesses a wealth of talent and experience across its Perth and Karratha offices.

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