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Enerpac History: Connections to WWII  

Enerpac History: Connections to WWII  

Editor’s note: It’s interesting to look at today’s tools and equipment and reflect onthe roles it pllayed in history. Enerpac’s history takes us back to the days of WWII. We hope you enjoy this history lesson.

 With a rich history of company transition and growth, Enerpac has deep roots dating back well before the WWII era. Known then as Hydraulic Tool Company, Enerpac supplied devices and products that were used during and after the war. These remnants of the WWII era continue to be found across Europe to this day.

 Lugentz Florent of Belgium found a Simplex Model 29 Mechanical Jack, manufactured in Chicago, IL, in the middle of a Belgian forest in fall of 2016. The forest is close to where WWII battles took place, which means the jack had been sitting in the woods unnoticed for over 60 years.

Simplex RJ2029 15 Ton 18” Stroke Ratchet Jack

It turns out this jack is the “great-grandfather” to Enerpac’s Simplex Model RJ2029 Ratchet Jack. It has an 18-inch stroke, 20-ton support capacity, and 15-ton lifting capacity. The product number 29 transformed into RJ2029 over the years as the product line expanded. The Simplex Model 29 was used in Western Europe during WWII and after, for bridge repair, lifting and positioning operations.

Simplex developed this “no hydraulics” system at the turn of the 20thcentury, manufacturing these jacks for over 100 years. The product is still used today for work on railway track systems. In 2007, Simplex was acquired by Enerpac and continues to be a world leader in mechanical jack systems.

Not only have Enerpac’s products transformed throughout the years, but they have also been designed and created for specific solutions that were needed after the war.

In the years following WWII, Germany rebuilt their infrastructure and transportation systems. While doing road maintenance and building new bridges, embedded, unexploded ordnance left from the war were found. These munitions need to be defused before being removed from their locations to prevent personal injury and property damage. Enerpac was approached to create a special tool to diffuse the bombs by carefully removing the fuse device. This operation required precise control of the process and a high level of applied force to accomplish removal.

The Enerpac cylinder tool met both of these essential requirements.

The diffusion tool consisted of a small, high-pressure hydraulic cylinder mounted into a frame assembly that would attach to the nose of the bomb and remove the fuse. To create this device, Enerpac used a model in testing the design and safety of the tool. This model has remained in the Enerpac lab and is always a topic of conversation for visiting employees.

While this project occurred in the late 1980s, it is believed this tool is still in use today.

In addition to hidden munitions, an abundance of equipment and tools were abandoned across Europe after the war. Some have been recovered and preserved, and are now displayed in museums.

 The National War and Resistance Museum, located in Overloon in the Netherlands, is the largest WWII museum in Europe. There are over 200 pieces of military vehicles and equipment displayed. One of the largest tank battles of WWII Battle of Overloon took place here between September and October of 1944. The battle lasted nearly three weeks and resulted in the deaths of many soldiers. The Germans defended their occupation of this area by attacking the Allied Forces, but finally retreated and abandoned their equipment at the site. The city of Overloon built a museum around the discarded equipment and left most in battle condition to keep the memory of WWII alive.

In the room that displays the tank support vehicles used to perform field repairs, a Porta Power hydraulic tool can be found. This tool from Applied Power, the parent company of Enerpac, was used for maintenance operations requiring the application of high force, such as bending, straightening and pressing. These tools are still produced and used today, performing very similar operations.

Enerpac’s reputation as being a technology leader began back in 1910 and still remains as the company continues to develop innovative tools for thousands of applications across virtually every industry. Enerpac products made their way into the war and part of history and will continue to deliver impactful solutions for the future.

 

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Enerpac Introduces Portable Hydraulic Toolbox for Safety and Convenience

 

Enerpac, a global market leader in high-pressure hydraulic tools, has introduced a convenient tool set for the industrial market. The Enerpac Hydraulic Toolbox is a portable tool set that includes all necessary hydraulic components to immediately begin working on any application. The new solution makes hydraulic tools easy to manage while keeping operators safe.

default_enerpacs_hydraulic_tool_box_copyThe Hydraulic Toolbox is a full hydraulic system, including a hydraulic cylinder, a lightweight hand pump with angled gauge adaptor assembly, couplers and hose. The Hydraulic Toolbox is available with several cylinder options, including general-purpose cylinders (Enerpac’s RC-Series), low-height cylinders (the RCS-Series) and Flat-Jac® cylinders (the RSM-Series).

Hydraulic tools are often damaged due to the environments in which they are stored, cutting their operating life short. The box protects hydraulic tools from dust, water, and other environmental contaminants to help keep tools working efficiently and reduce future replacement costs.

“We’ve found that our customers often carry their tools by using the hose or couplers as a handle,” said Tim Kellagher, Americas Marketing Specialist at Enerpac. “This puts additional stress on the components of the tool which can lead to damage and potentially dangerous situations. This durable, easy-to-carry case will help keep you safe and your new tools running longer.”

While the simplistic hydraulic system fits in a case, its uses are versatile and can accomplish a variety of tasks including:

Equipment maintenance and leveling
Pin or bushing removal
Material positioning and fabrication
Enerpac Hydraulic Toolbox has a limited time offer of 20% off through February 28, 2017. For more information and product applications for the Hydraulic Toolbox, visit enerpac.com.

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