St. Paul, Minn (June 21, 2018) – Ergodyne has announced an addition to its line of pioneering one-step attachment points meant to simplify the challenging process of tethering power tools, hand tools and instrumentation.
Squids® Hand Tool Slips™ provide a simple solution for smaller hand tools such as screwdrivers and hex (Allen) wrenches. These small tools have always had their own unique set of tool tethering challenges, as have power tools and instrumentation like cell phones.
“Not only are they built without captive connection points, but the low-profile designs can make it difficult to apply tapes, shrinks and tails to create retrofit attachment points,” explained Nate Bohmbach, product director, Ergodyne.
The patent-pending design and functionality of Slips™ include a durable ABS plastic encasing a soft friction-fit star that holds a membrane. The user slides the tool through this membrane to create a secure attachment point for tethering. The single piece design also features an attachment ring (where the worker connects the tool lanyard) that swivels around the tool eliminating tangling from the user rotating tool.
“Slips™ do just that... slip right onto the tool to create a simple attachment point for tool lanyards,” said Bohmbach.
Squids® Hand Tool Slips™ have been have been stringently tested in numerous conditions and allow workers to tether tools up to one pound based on their diameter. Four sizes of Slips™ are compatible on tools with diameters ranging from 0.05” (1.3mm) to ½” (12.5mm).
“We know it’s vitally important to tether tools as part of an overall fall protection plan,” said Tom Votel, president & CEO, Ergodyne, “but the lack of these connection points on smaller hand tools has made that difficult in the past. Well, now we’ve boiled the process down to one simple step, removing the common roadblocks and excuses that so often got in the way of protecting against the damage of dropped objects.”
The newest solution comes only a few weeks before the launch of Ergodyne's Tablet and Cell Phone Traps™, and on the heels of its Squids® Power Tool Brackets, which make clever use of existing utility screw ports in power tools to create a straight-forward attachment point on traditionally hard-to-tether power tools such as drills, impact drivers and grinders.