Powerful spreading wedges launched at OTC 2013

Equalizer Spreadwedge Hydraulic SWi20 25TE. (Image source: Equalizer International)Equalizer International has launched what it says are the world’s most powerful flange spreading wedges at OTC which is currently underway in Houston, US

The SWi range has been designed to decrease downtime and provide a safe, efficient and cost effective way to access and spread flange joints.

The tools are capable of generating what Equalizer says is a world-leading spreading force of up to 25T.

The SWi range, which has been unveiled on Equalizer International’s OTC booth, includes an hydraulic (SWi20/25TE), integral hydraulic (SWi20/25TI) and a mechanical (SWi12/14TM) version.

"Throughout the industry there are increasing challenges associated with working with ageing equipment and facilities; at this stage planned maintenance is critical," said Ian McCormick, managing director of Equalizer International.

"Maintaining the integrity of such assets is key to their smooth and efficient operation.

"Designed with the end user in mind, the SWi tools are portable, safe and efficient to use. They are the optimum tools for anyone undertaking flange spreading maintenance."

The new SWi range’s maximum spreading force has increased by up to 60 per cent. This is combined with a potential 30 per cent increase in the spreading distance and they are also shorter and lighter.




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