SOMETIMES small problems can delay big projects - especially when fabrication and maintenance crews are working in remote places onshore and offshore.
One of the most typical examples is stubborn, broken or rusted-on nuts that resist the hammers, chisels and flogging wrenches wielded by cursing workmen.
Not only does the frustration and effort pose an OHS risk to the staff involved, but also the physical abuse of the workpiece can produce further breakages and further delay.
In response to such problems, Enerpac produces a series of hydraulic nut splitters offering 5-90t of force to smoothly and precisely eliminate such problems arising on pipelines, railway lines, heavy vehicles, tank cleaning, petrochemical applications, steel construction and mining and industrial infrastructure.
Weighing from 1.2kg to 34kg and handling bolt types from M6-M48, the high-pressure (700Bar) NC and STN splitters are designed to be as compact as possible, while offering the greatest power-to-weight ratios to split nuts up to hardness HRc 44.
A 20t capacity NC4231, for example, weighs only 4.4kg, is just 244mm long and can be powered by a lightweight handpump that can be easily carried in a vehicle, aircraft or service boat.
The splitters' compact and ergonomic design, with a unique angled head for easy access to awkward tasks, saves time on the job.
Their single-action, spring-return cylinders are drawn from an Enerpac range proven for reliability onshore and offshore throughout Australasia for more than 30 years.
The splitters all come with a spare heavy-duty chisel that can be reground. They are also available as sets incorporating pump, tool, gauge, couplers and hose.