Snap-on Tools Co. has introduced the TechAngle wrench to save time and increase accuracy, the company claims.
The torque-plus-angle method helps take friction and variability out of the torquing process by specifying a torque preload and an additional angle of rotation to accurately predict bolt stretch and applied torque. Usually this method involved the technician using a protractor or other angle gauge in very tight quarters.
Snap-on's TechAngle tool uses computer technology to allow the technician to apply a torque load and then read out the additional applied angle with one tool.
The company claimed the wrench saves between two and five minutes per head bolt in studied applications, saving a total of 68 to 80 minutes vs. a conventional torque angle gauge.
The torque and angle wrench is available in 3/8-inch and ½-inch flex-ratchet sizes. The device can measure in inch-pounds, foot-pounds, Newton meters and degrees.
Contact: Snap-on Tools Co. Phone: (877) 762-7662. Internet: www.snapon.com.
Turtle Wax Inc. has introduced a clear, thick gel-dubbed Turtle Wax Platinum Series Tire Gel-that produces a high-gloss shine on tires for a wet look that lasts for weeks rather than days, the company claims.
The product is made from a blend of silicones and high-molecular weight resins capable of producing long-lasting shine that won't spin off the tires onto body panels, the company said. The gel will retain its look through vehicle washes and heavy rain. An applicator is designed to deliver evenly spread product plus eliminate overspray onto body panels and wheels.
Contact: Turtle Wax Inc. Phone: (800) TURTLEWAX. Internet: www.turtlewax.com.
Hybrid Nitrogen Systems Inc. has unveiled a nitrogen inflation system-the N200-designed for shops with a quick turnover, such as fast oil change and lube outlets.
The system is geared toward fast operation, the company claimed, with the N200 replacing the air in a customer's tire faster than an oil change takes to complete. With one button, a technician can set up the machine to simultaneously replace the air in all four tires of any vehicle automatically while the tech performs other services, such as an oil change.
The unit does not require extra installation of other equipment such as compressors, dryers, storage tanks or piping, the company said. The N200 is connected to a nitrogen cy-linder and plugged into a 110-volt outlet. One filter in the unit must be replaced every six months.
Hybrid Nitrogen Systems' units operate on canisters of 99.99-percent purity nitrogen. The company establishes a strategic agreement with customers to de-liver the canisters of nitrogen for what it called a ``low rate'' and suggests selling nitrogen inflation for $6 to $10 a tire. The unit's list price is $6,995.
Contact: Hybrid Nitrogen Systems Inc. Phone: (262) 284-6396. Internet: www.hybridn2.com.
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Vehicle Inspection Systems Inc. has launched a nitrogen inflation system, VIS-Nitro, designed for truck dealers and tire shops.
The company said the unit-which automates air purge, nitrogen fill and nitrogen fill-ups-eliminates the need for handheld pressure gauges, improves inflation accuracy and fills four commercial tires simultaneously. A technician clips the chucks on and sets the pressure and the machine beeps when done.
The nitrogen system also is available in a VIS-Nitro Plus format, offering a higher capacity and faster recycle time than the standard model.
Contact: Vehicle Inspection Systems Inc. Phone: (800) 219-6256. Internet: www.visnitro.com.
Hunter Engineering Co. has updated its RKHD Heavy-Duty Power Rack to accommodate lower and longer vehicles better via a power rack that features longer approach ramps and a redesigned rub rail system.
The standard RKHD configuration is 24 inches high and includes a turnplate section, four runway sections and a pop-up ramp per side. Additional runway sections can be added for unlimited wheelbase capacity. The RKHD also can be installed in shallow-pit configurations of 24- or 30-inch depths.
The truss design provides a 20,000-pound capacity per axle. Each leg bolts directly to the bay floor for maximum strength, Hunter said, and the legs also can be adjusted for level accuracy.
Turnplate sections are recessed to accept optional turnplates and include adjustable front wheel stops to provide clearance during service. Runway sections are 33 inches wide. Rub-rails on the inside prevent smaller vehicles from slipping off the runways.
Contact: Hunter Engineering Co. Phone: (314) 731-3020. Internet: www.hunter.com.