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Hydratight launches new product to make machining services safer

22 February 2017

Joint integrity specialist Hydratight has launched a new tool to make pipeline machining services safer for technicians.

The Profile Slide Attachment has been custom designed by Hydratight for heavy cutting and beveling at the pre-weld stage in combination with the company’s clamshell lathe range.

It has a patent pending due to its unique design which enables ‘hands-free’ weld preparation. Automation of the weld preparation process will increase operator safety due to a reduction in manual interaction with moving parts.

Lotus Zhou, Product Marketing Manager – Machining, Hydratight said: “We’ve been able to create a product that builds on our own high levels of safety. Automation of the pipe-end cutting process is accurate and efficient, but most importantly reduces risk.

“The two Profile Slide Attachment modules cover a wider range of pipe sizes and can be adjusted quickly during operations. The slide can also be fixed in a stationary position for counterboring. We believe it will be a highly versatile tool.”

The Profile Slide Attachment will allow the operator to carry out facing, compound bevel, J-prep, ring-type joint flange preparing and counterbore work. The device can cut a pipe wall up to 5” thick and bolts directly to Hydratight clamshells.

The larger model can be mounted on all Hydratight clamshells from 26” to 50” diameter and the smaller model is suitable from 8” to 24”.

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