Gates Australia has released its new hydraulic coupling for longwall mines, iLok, at AIMEX.
Speaking to the company at the show, they stated that the coupling has a new unique safety feature that replaces the current traditional staple lock and super staple lock couplings.
Where on average it takes 20 minutes to de-couple traditional staple-lock couplings, iLok couplings can be safely disconnected in 2 minutes or less, according to Gates.
The coupling is approved for underground mining applications, safe, damage resistant and impulse tested to 133% of operating pressure at 121°C for 1 million impulse cycles.
In addition to this it has twin threading,which not only makes it easier to start putting the coupling on, but also ensures that the coupling remains on until the last moment and can still hold itself against an energised system.
Unlike the standard staple locks the system can be used without tools or training.