Posted on 21 November 2012

SABIC Europe uses Power Wrench to save time and effort

SABIC Europe, the major plastics, chemicals and innovative plastics producer, has been using the Netherlocks Power Wrench as an effective and efficient alternative to multiple actuators for operating its hand wheel valves. Netherlocks and Sabic have also cooperated to produce a video about how it can be used to save time, effort and cost.

Portable valve actuator


Using pneumatic pressure (4-7 bar) the Atex-certified Power Wrench is a portable valve actuator, suitable for operating any size of handwheel valve, with up to 515Nm of torque available to the user with a twist of the throttle – making light work of even the heaviest handwheels. “It really allows me to do my job faster and more easily – which is great because I’m not that young any more!” explained G. Knepper, Dayshift Operator, HDPE Polymers – Production, SABIC Europe B.V., in the video.

‘2-hands’ operation for added safety

Weighing only 10.2 kg, Netherlocks has designed the Power Wrench to be easily portable and operable by anyone, and has integrated, enforced ‘2-hands’ operation for added safety. The Power Wrench is available as a stand-alone product, or can feature alongside fixed actuators as part of an optimised ‘actuation plan’ designed by Netherlocks to suit a plant based on the functional and financial requirements of the customer.

“Great device”

J. Habets, Senior Dayshift Operator, HDPE Polymers – Production, SABIC Europe B.V, commented: “SABIC’s relationship with Netherlocks is very good. The people there are very cooperative and always look for a suitable solution to the various valve safety issues we experience. The Power Wrench is a great device for us, because we can open and close our manually operated valves much more quickly and safely.”

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