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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.

 

Hilti Expands Cordless Tool Offerings

DEWALT® Expands 20V MAX* System with Inflator

DEWALT® Expands 20V MAX* System with Inflator

I don’t know about you but one of the things I find I constantly need to do is add air to my car, truck, ATVs, utility vehicles, bike, mower, snow blower, pressure washer tires – actually anything that has pneumatic tires (that includes my dollies, wheelbarrows…). Most of the time it’s when there isn’t access to an air compressor.  And on some of the current vintage cars there is no DC outlet (i.e. cigarette/cigar lighter) so the typical 12V tire inflators are worthless.

DEWALT to the rescue as it continues to expand its 20V MAX* System, now featuring over 180 products, with the 20V MAX* Corded/Cordless Inflator (DCC020I). For high pressure or high volume inflation or deflation, it features accessories and adapters for a variety of applications such as inflating tires, camping mattresses, sporting equipment, and more.

The 5.5lbs. 20V MAX* Corded/Cordless Inflator can be powered by a 20V MAX* or FLEXVOLT® Battery (DCB606, DCB609, or DCB612) from DEWALT, a 12V DC car outlet (12V DC cord included), or a standard 110V AC wall outlet**. Dual inflation modes allow for either high volume inflation or deflation or high-pressure inflation providing a maximum pressure of 160 PSI.

Featuring a digital gauge with auto-shutoff, the 20V MAX* Corded/Cordless Inflator allows the user to pre-set the unit to the required pressure through an easy-to-use interface. In addition, the 20V MAX* Corded/Cordless Inflator includes a threaded chuck that provides a secure connection while an LED helps to provides illumination. On-board accessory storage means that the included high-pressure nozzle, adapter, inflator needle, and a high volume tapered nozzle are easy to access. The 20V MAX* Corded/Cordless Inflator is a durable choice that also includes a high pressure-capable rubber hose and heavy-duty rubber feet.

It’s battery operated; it’s quiet; it’s easy to use; it’s easy to store; it’s fast; it’s battery operated – I know I already said that but if you have ever inflated tires using a DC-corded unit you will understand the true value of “it’s battery operated.”

The versatile 20V MAX* Corded/Cordless Inflator (DCC020IB, bare tool only) is available where DEWALT products are sold and comes standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

**Battery, charger and AC adapter sold separately.

 

DEWALT® Debuts 20V MAX* Cordless Cable Stapler

At the 2018 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Show, DEWALT will debut the new 20V MAX* Cordless Cable Stapler (DCN701) which is a compact and lightweight solution. Part of the growing 20V MAX* System of products from DEWALT, the Electrician’s Stapler replaces manual cable fastening methods and is twice as fast as manual hammer stapling**, helping to provide fast and efficient wire-ups in residential wiring applications. In addition, the 20V MAX* Cordless Cable Stapler is Made in the USA with global materials.

The 4.7lb (without a battery) 20V MAX* Cordless Cable Stapler is primarily designed for fastening NM-B (Romex®) wires and cables, but can also be used for low-voltage applications. A proprietary cable guide helps to drive staples safely and accurately over the cable. The compact frame and lightweight design are ideal for tight spaces. A center-mounted LED light helps to eliminate shadows and illuminate the work area in low light conditions. It is compatible with the new UL® Listed DEWALT DRS1800 1″ insulated cable staples, which are sold separately.

A belt clip that is included with the stapler offers left or right placement, depending on user preference. Available early 2019, the 20V MAX* Cordless Cable Stapler will come kitted with one 2.0Ah DEWALT Battery.  It will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

**Using DCB203 battery, stapling 12-2 Romex wire in 2×4 wood.

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DEWALT Announces Metal Tool Storage Line Expansion

DEWALT Announces Metal Tool Storage Line Expansion

New Metal Storage units are made in the USA with global materials

DEWALT announces the expansion of its Metal Tool Storage line, including top chests, workbenches, and rolling cabinets ranging from 26-to 52-inches wide as well as 18-inches to 21-inches deep for ample storage solutions. Each is made in the USA with global materials.

The 21-inch depth metal storage options include the 41-inch Wide Tool Chest (DWST24071) and Rolling Cabinet (DWST24071) combination, the 41-inch Wide Mobile Workbench with Wood Top (DWST24192), and 52-inch Tool Chest (DWST25182) and Rolling Tool Cabinet (DWST24191)combination. They are each constructed of double-wall steel for strength and durability. The drawers in the rolling cabinets provide a 200-pound load capacity with one 300-pound, full-width load capacity drawer. Each drawer of all 21-inch deep units features full-extension ball-bearing drawer slides that are equipped with the POSI-LATCH® drawer latching system for easy release. The 21-inch units each include an integrated power and USB port in the top chests and mobile workbench as well as a keyed internal locking system and embossed drawer liners and top mats in each unit. Each top chest and rolling cabinet combination offers an overall load rating of 2,500 pounds with reinforced mounting channels and four 6-inch by 2-inch casters, for easy mobility around the shop floor. These storage units are perfect for mechanic’s tool sets, hand tools, and accessories storage needs and more.

The 18-inch depth series of metal storage options include three top chest and rolling cabinet combinations, ranging in size from 26” inches wide to 52” wide. They are constructed of double-wall steel for strength and durability. Each drawer comes equipped with 100-pound load capacity drawers featuring full-extension, ball-bearing drawer slides with soft close latching for smooth and quiet operation. Each top chest and rolling cabinet features a keyed internal locking system to safeguard tools and each chest has built-in power and USB strips to conveniently charge power tools, batteries, and electronics. Each top chest and rolling cabinet combo has a 1,500-pound load capacity with four, 5-inch x 2-inch casters. Embossed drawer liners and an embossed top mat come standard and help protect drawer and unit surfaces.

Available now where DEWALT products are sold, users can choose from a variety of sizes and depths in top tool chests, rolling tool cabinets, and mobile workbenches. Each 21-inch and 18-inch deep storage unit is sold separately.

About DEWALT

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total jobsite solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the jobsite of the future. DEWALT products are GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com