A diverse panel of judges made up of contractors, construction business owners, tradesmen and media professionals from across the US came together to vote on entries submitted by top global manufacturers.
“The HYTORC LITHIUM SERIES II Electric Torque Tool is one part fastening tool and one part scientific instrument, albeit a very well-built scientific instrument,” PTIA judges said. “We say this with a healthy respect and sense of awe for what all is built into the tool. Models go as high as 5,000 foot-pounds of max torque using a 36-volt battery for industrial applications that have to be very accurate.
“Repeatable, controllable fastening torque has been the Holy Grail of smart tools since they first started coming out and HYTORC seems to have dialed it in. Add in wireless communication and an LCD control screen and you have the most advanced fastening tool we’ve seen so far.”
After looking through and judging hundreds of power tools, hand tools, fasteners and accessories, winners were chosen based on industry innovation. Winners consistently demonstrated achievement in any combination of innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements and value.
“We are honored to receive the PTIA Tool Innovation Award in the Cordless Specialty Drills/Drivers category,” said Eric P Junkers, HYTORC president. “It is an exciting time for HYTORC. The industry is seeing how innovative our LITHIUM SERIES II Tool technology is in providing industrial users with the flexibility they need to get their bolting jobs done efficiently, accurately and at a cost savings. This award confirms that this technology from HYTORC is like no other in the industry.”
The LITHIUM SERIES II Tool features TorcSense Technology, a new method of direct torque measurement and closed loop control that provides more repeatable bolting performance, HYTORC said. The tool has a new brushless 36-volt motor coupled with a more robust gearbox optimized to deliver increased strength and control in heavy industry applications. The user interface was redesigned from the ground up to provide intuitive access to all software-controlled bolting features through the high-resolution display and push button control panel.
The LITHIUM SERIES II Tool also contains a wide array of data acquisition and advanced bolting features that set the standard for next generation bolting.
Improvements HYTORC says add greater durability, expanded functionality and intuitive usability include:
- TorcSense Technology to improve bolting control and repeatability
- Brushless 36-volt motor than runs quieter and more efficiently
- All-aluminum nickel plated handle and gearbox provides greater corrosion resistance
- Dual speed gearboxes are 20% stronger for greater reliability
- High-resolution display clearly presents all bolting parameters
- Rear cover shock guard protects the display and buttons
- Trigger and directional switch designs improve ergonomics and increase reliability
- Bluetooth for wireless data transfer and firmware updates
- Work light illuminates the operation area, increasing safety and productivity
- Snug feature helps bring bolting surfaces into alignment
- Advanced bolting features include turn angle, torque check and rotations
- Hierarchy of access levels provides greater administrative control over tool functions
- Available with output up to 5,000 foot-pounds, supporting a wider range of applications
“Each year, manufacturers reach further and further to innovate and improve their products, helping improve job site efficiency, safety and productivity,” said Clint DeBoer, executive director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. “While incremental advancements are the norm, some products truly distinguish themselves in the industry and deserve particular recognition. Business owners, builders, contractors and tradespeople can look to the Pro Tool Innovation Awards to find the products that will help them work more quickly, safely and with greater efficiency.
“These new tools also tend to save pros and businesses money in either material costs or time-savings. That’s the kind of innovation that often speaks the loudest.”