VIDEO: Mechanical Fastening Tools Advance in Ergonomics and Noise Reduction

Chicago Pnuematic releases new series of industrial screwdrivers for general part assembly.

In mass production assembly operations, mechanical fasteners are still a major aspect of the operation, but in the video above, we talk about how fastening screws without mechanical fasteners is becoming easier and significantly more practical.

“We’ve been very attentive to the comfort needs of users and developed our CP2816 series of industrial screwdrivers, paying special attention to the power-to-weight ratio, so that the user can use the tool in a more efficient way,” said Joël Draelants, global business development manager at Chicago Pneumatic.

Chicago Pneumatics’ new line of industrial screwdrivers with a pistol grip design come in two iterations: the CP2816 and CP2817. The series also introduces two straight grip models, the CP2828 and CP2829.

“The pistol types are used for general maintenance and assembly across many industries,” Draelants said. “The straight types are to be used with a suspender along an assembly line in applications where you’ll need a very good torque-to-weight ratio. We also paid attention to the diameter and soft grip of these tools to make them easier to use repeatedly throughout the day, minimizing stress to the hand.”

The tools feature a tough aluminum housing and one-handed forward/reverse switch.

Because noise in workplaces is becoming a greater concern for employers, a minimization on noise was considered in the design of the tools.

Tools at Chicago Pneumatic are required to go through a series of mandatory testing. The company’s tools are required to meet a low noise and vibration criterion, Draelants said.

“Weight, noise and ergonomics are gaining more and more importance in the design of tools like this,” added Draelants. “Customers are showing a very clear demand, and I feel that in the next five to 10 years the choice of tools will be based on those factors before pure performance or technical specs.”

For more information, watch the video above and visit the Chicago Pneumatic website

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James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.