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Culture of innovation

Equipment manufacturers commit significant resources for new product research and development, in order to meet users’ changing requirements and to offer the benefits from incorporating the latest technological advances. Hilti says that what it describes as a ‘culture of innovation’ lies at the heart of its business, with the aim of having the flexibility to meet new trends, and it believes that hirers should adopt a similar outlook.

Active Torque Control system

Also new is the SF 6H-A22, a cordless hammer drill/driver for applications in wood, masonry, metal and other materials, which replaces the former SF 22 model. The most significant difference is that the product now incorporates Hilti’s Active Torque Control (ATC) system which is designed to protect the user from the tool twisting if the drill bit should jam. An electronic clutch also provides different operating modes for various applications.

The SF 6H-A22 incorporates Hilti’s Active Torque Control.

“We introduce new products at three specific times of year, with many being seen for the first time at the Executive Hire Show,” said National Tool Hire Manager (UK), Walid Hussain. “Some hire companies immediately see the benefits that these can bring in areas such as Health & Safety and productivity, and they can make quick purchasing decisions. However, others are less responsive, which means they and their customers lose out, so they need to ensure that they have similar flexibility to really embrace such innovations.”

Amongst tools being launched in August is the DD-WMS 100 water management system which is compatible with any of Hilti’s diamond drilling products. “In recent years, many users have been using water to suppress dust and reduce HAV when operating this kind of equipment. However, our research found that there could be on-site issues relating to the availability of a convenient and reliable water supply, and the collection of the slurry. Some users said that it could take up to an hour to clean the work area afterwards. Also, if the slurry is allowed to dry, it can subsequently create a dust hazard itself.

“The DD-WMS 100 has its own water reservoir and can collect and recycle the water up to seven times, giving the equivalent of a continuous 100-litre supply and extended operating times. A suction


The SF 6H-A22 is lighter and has an improved power-to-weight ratio compared with its predecessor. It utilises a 22V Lithium-ion battery which can be used with other Hilti tools operating on this platform.

Another new product that will be available from August is the PD-CS laser measure, a Wi-Fi enabled instrument that has an on-screen camera for collecting and storing measurements. This allows the user to take a picture of a work area and to calculate lengths, volumes and other quantities by tracing directly on the screen, which gives greater efficiency and facilitates measuring operations in areas that are high up or otherwise difficult to access.

The data can be stored for downloading on a later occasion or exported as a PDF, and can be transferred via USB, Bluetooth or wireless internet. The screen is configured so as to be easy to use in poor conditions or bright sunlight, and when wearing work gloves.

Hilti is also making additions to its line-up of rotating lasers, designed to be robust enough to withstand the rigours of rough usage. The new models include the PR 2-HS for horizontal and manual slope applications,

The versatile DD-WMS 100 can help combat workplace dust.

Hilti is adding a number of new tools to its portfolio and believes that they offer technological enhancements and benefits that hire should be quick to embrace.

ring fixes around the drill to capture the water at the point of contact, and this is then filtered and returned to the tank. The machine can also be used as a vacuum to clean up after the task is completed.”

The PC-DS laser measure is designed for ease of use.

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