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New tool enables safer bolting with reduced risk of pinch points

2 August 2016

Hydratight has launched a new accessory for its RSL torque wrench product line to increase safety and minimize the possibility of pinching during bolting operations. 

The Safe T™ is designed to allow a single person to operate the wrench and its hydraulic pump simultaneously. The tool houses a control panel with the two main operational buttons which must be pressed at the same time, ensuring safe operation.

If the operator’s hands are released, the torque wrench and hydraulic pump will cease to operate immediately. 

Typically, one technician would operate the torque wrench and another would control the hydraulic pump. With the Safe T, any chance of miscommunication in a noisy environment is eliminated improving the safety of the operation.

Chad Brooks, Product Market Leader, Hydratight, said:  “Our customers identified pinch points in their work processes and we’re pleased that this tool addresses these important safety concerns.  We’ve designed versions for use with electric and air pumps, and the low profile design option will work with hex wrenches in tight spots.

“We’ve used a lightweight, durable aluminium housing and large diameter buttons for ease of use by a single technician.  Both the RSL20 and RSL30 models have built in loops for lifting straps also.  We’ve thoroughly tested the Safe T and it is ready for use.”

More about Hydratight:

Hydratight provides world-class bolted joint solutions and machining services, plus innovative mechanical weldless connectors, to power generation, oil and gas, nuclear, wind and aerospace industries. Over the last 20 years Hydratight has pioneered systems for complete joint integrity assurance that are now incorporated in industry-wide safe-working guidelines around the world.

Hydratight is wholly owned by Actuant Corporation, a diversified industrial company serving customers from operations in more than 30 countries and headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Actuant trades on the NYSE under the symbol ATU. For further information on Actuant and its businesses, visit the Company’s website at