Many cable crimping applications throughout the industry are conducted using manual ratchet tools or hand hydraulic tools. Depending on the number of operations conducted each day and the hand force required to close the handles of the tool, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) can result.
Looking to statistics available on-line, 29% of repetitive strain injuries will result in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). In worst cases CTS can only be resolved with surgery, one hand at a time, resulting in employees being unable to work for six to eight weeks.
The new alternative to manual ratchet crimping tools for high volume, high force applications, is the Klauke Micro tool. This is an electro-mechanical tool suitable for pre-insulated connectors (up to 16mm2), boot-lace ferrules (up to 50mm2), and CU tube lugs (up to 25mm2). The Micro provides a 90% reduction in hand load experienced by the operator to help keep employees safe and maintain high productivity.
The Micro is less than 1kg and completes in excess of 300 crimps per charge in less than 1.5 seconds per crimp. As an intelligent tool, it ensures full closure of the jaws on every crimp and comes with the ability to link to Klauke iPress software, where quality records can be downloaded and stored for improved traceability.
With cases of CTS within the industry on the rise, better, safer, more productive tool solutions available today, each employer has a duty of care to provide the most suitable tools to their employees.