(PRWEB) December 7, 2005
A new company, Hi-Co Technologies, established to supply energy industry and hazardous area specialities, reports keen interest in their non-spark hand tools because of the pending ATEX directive on safe working practices in explosive areas. Hi-Co holds UK distribution rights to Carltsoe non-spark tools, Jaeger non ferrous castings and Lubchem low temperature lubricants. The company has been founded by Mike Wilkerson and John Bain who together have more than 50 years experience in the industry.
Mike Wilkerson explained, “The ATEX directive requires employers to conduct risk assessments and classify at-risk areas as Zone 0, 1 or 2. Within these areas, steps must be taken to use equipment with a low probability of creating a source of ignition. This equipment must be independently certified as ATEX compliant and carry the Ex hexagon mark. Carltsoe tools are certified as fully compliant.”
Carltsoe tools are manufactured in Denmark to an ISO certified quality system, under which all tools are individually tested before shipment. Copper Beryllium or Aluminium Bronze are the main alloys used, but other alloys may be used where this is more appropriate. The tools have been tested and accepted by OSHA, DIN, NATO, ISO and other notifying bodies. This equipment is already used in offshore and land facilities operated by Esso, Exxon, Stat Oil, BP and other leading energy companies.
All non-spark tools can be supplied drop-protected for use at height. Guaranteed for life, the tools are non-magnetic, corrosion resistant and have a no quibble replacement guarantee. “Our aim in establishing the new business is to become a key supplier of specialist tools, components and lubricants to the energy sector and we will be expanding the range of products further as we identify new needs and quality suppliers,” explained Mike.
The company aims to launch its web site early in 2006, but companies needing advice on the right products to meet the requirements of their risk assessments can call Mike on +44 (0)1467 894 100.
Mike Wilkerson Hi-Co Technologies Ltd
21 Crichiebank Business Centre, Mill Rd, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB41 9BU, UK
Tel. +44 (0)1467 894 100 Fax +44 (0)1467 894 101
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