“It’s not rocket science,” people often say when describing how easily a problem might be resolved. But cryogenic technology, now being used to produce stainless steel screwdrivers, really is bringing rocket science to aspiring young electricians.
The principals of cryogenics, used by NASA and the European Space Agency to develop rocket fuel, have enabled designers and production engineers at global tool brand Bahco to make a technical breakthrough in manufacturing their new range of stainless steel screwdrivers.
Renowned for its hygienic qualities and ease of cleaning, non-rusting stainless steel is widely used in clean rooms within the food and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in aerospace, automotive engineering and the oil and gas industry.
Until now, stainless steel which is hard enough for industrial applications has been too brittle for everyday use. Cryogenic vacuum ice-hardening cools the steel and tempers it in a gasless chamber, preserving its flexibility while giving hand tools superb hardness and durability.
Using a conventional steel screwdriver can leave ‘foreign object’ debris on stainless steel screws or elements, causing them to corrode when exposed to oxygen in the atmosphere. This results in extraneous rust, which is not only an aesthetic problem but also a threat to hygiene and safety. The only effective solution is to ensure that stainless steel screws are driven by stainless steel screwdrivers.
The development of the new screwdrivers is timely, as demand for stainless steel screws has risen by almost 70 per cent over recent years.
“This technical breakthrough is further evidence of Bahco’s market leading innovation,” says Mark Haywood, who leads the Bahco team in the UK and Ireland.
“Science has now become reality and our stainless steel screwdrivers and torsion bits offer significant benefits to young electricians and plumbers who may at some time be required to work in an environment where corrosion must be avoided, particularly in clean rooms.”
Bahco stainless steel screwdrivers and torsion bits are now available from trade suppliers with a wide choice of slotted, Phillips®, Pozidriv® and Torx® heads.
For further technical information please visit www.bahco.com