Safety first: the new valve will reduce the risk of hand injuries related to hydraulic torque wrenches

Safety first: The new valve will reduce the risk of hand injuries related to hydraulic torque wrenches. (Image source: SPX FLOW, Inc.)
In a noisy environment or when the line of sight between the pump and the tool operator is obstructed, communication errors may occur. If the operator starts the pump before the torque wrench is in place, it may cause serious hand injuries. The BFCV can be used with any type of torque wrench to control the tool operator and isolate the tool from the pump until it is in place. Unlike some alternative solutions, the device is lightweight and the trigger fully balances the pressure, making it easy to operate even for a long period of time. Squeeze the trigger upward, away from the valve, and position it so that the operator’s hand is away from the pressure part of the valve.
David Campbell, SPX FLOW Bolt System Global Product Director and Site Supervisor, said: “The BFCV has all the safety features to protect the hand of the tool operator from accidental operation of the pump, but we designed it as a very practical and easy-to-use device-on-site It is neither cumbersome nor cumbersome, the fully balanced trigger is light and handy, and the design ensures that there is no excessive pressure on the tool hydraulic connection, and this does not cause premature leakage.
The launch of the BFCV follows a series of successful trials with a large international oil company. The valve’s ergonomic design reduces hand fatigue, and its two-stage trigger system including interlock and trigger prevents accidental activation. Its use can ensure that the operator can safely perform tool drive direction changes and link switching on thin tools. During the torque operation, the operator can overtake the pump at any time and stop the wrench at any time, thereby further improving safety.
Other features of the valve include ample handle space and non-slip handle, which can be easily operated even with gloved hands. The valve has passed a minimum pressure test of 20,000 psi (1380 bar) and provides a safety factor of 2:1. Despite its light structure, it still has high strength and corrosion resistance and can be used in harsh working environments.
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Post time: Nov-27-2020

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