Every year at this time, I remind my family and our family of Mountz employees how much I love Thanksgiving. I’m sure they are tired of hearing it, but it’s true – I love Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving to me means family, something near and dear to most everyone. Our kids come home from college more thankful than when they left. If you’ve had a chance to work a church event or soup kitchen at Thanksgiving it humbles you and provides a feeling of how lucky we are to have a warm home, quality food to eat and a family to cherish. This kind of reflection feels good to me.
Thanksgiving always causes me to hit the pause button and remind myself and anyone who will listen that to be thankful for what we have is more fulfilling than recounting what we may want. At Mountz we want things, like any company. However, what we have is a great resume of customers, vendors and employees to whom we owe a huge gratitude of thanks.
William Shakespeare said it best, “O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.”
Deep down in a coal mine, the foreman faced lengthy and costly dilemmas for two key maintenance applications. The first maintenance application was for removing and re-tightening the bolts during the servicing process for “Mining Heads” used on the industrial machines attached to the vehicles underground. The “Mining Heads” are used to channel through rock and extract the coal from the underground mine. Being the deepest coal mine in the US, 5 miles deep, bringing these Mining Heads out of the mine each time for service was not economical and would create too much down time. It would take 4 days to bring the Mining Heads to the surface.
The other key maintenance application challenge for the foreman was servicing the conveyor systems underground. The conveyors are used to carry the coal out of the mines and are loaded onto either barges or trucks. These conveyors can take up to 7 years to build, and can expand over 10 miles if needed. The rollers and expansions pieces of the conveyor system have to be serviced frequently and bringing these parts out of the mine was not practical and would be too costly.
The maintenance foreman was looking for simple, heavy-duty tool that would not require costly maintenance and not be an ergonomic issue for his staff to use. Selecting the right heavy torque tool for the job was crucial. The maintenance foreman tried using impact wrenches for both applications, but the tools were not ergonomically friendly to the operators and required a high maintenance budget. The Impact wrenches are destructive by nature with its “hammering” design.
Then the maintenance foreman tried a hydraulic wrench. The bulky compressor and laborious operation for the tool wasn’t the solution. The hydraulic tool operates through a hydraulic ram that extends and retracts, ratcheting the head. It was a long and tedious process that required the operator to be more activate and stand by the pump with a hand-held controller. The tool was heavy and took too long to set up and operate. The foreman needed a tool that was more portable and took less time to set up. Read the rest of this page »
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Choosing a socket for a power tool might seem like a simple task. Open any tool catalog or tool chest, find the correct drive size, select the hex size you need – and off you go. But it’s not that simple. The socket is often the most overlooked component when properly installing fasteners with power tools.
A socket is also a tool. These items come in many designs and sizes and you need to select the right design and size for your application. Sockets are exposed to continuous strain during the fastening process. Depending on the fastening application, maximum wear resistance and highest elasticity are key items.
With the investment you have with each power tool, you need to ensure you have the proper socket to get optimum performance from the tool as well as ensuring operator safety. With over 45 years of experience, Mountz is a specialist in torque. Here’s a quick guide to proper socket selection that will improve your results when using a socket with a power tool.
1. Impact sockets – they call them that for a reason. It means they are built to withstand impacting and they have some important safeguards built into their design. Usually with a Rockwell hardness specification of HRC43-45, impact sockets can be used with most any non-torque control power tool, but especially impact tools. So next time you are tempted to put a chrome socket from your tool chest on the end of your impact wrench, grab the protective eyewear at the same time. Take steps to secure it to the tool with a pin and o-ring. After all, the tool spins in free speed at several thousand RPM, so protect yourself and others around you by securing the socket to the tool. IMPACT TOOLS = IMPACT SOCKETS. Read the rest of this page »
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