New remote Holmatro cutter tackles physical load

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Last modified: 9 May 2023
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Cutting by means of various hand cutters often involves working in unusual positions, physical exertion and the constant need to change tools during the job. This combination puts the operator at increased risk of physical injury and symptoms, what’s more it negatively influences the work efficiency. As a solution to these problems Holmatro presents the ICU 02 A 40.

The Dutch Institute of Technology (TNO), Van den Mosselaar Vehicle Recycling and hydraulic specialist Holmatro Industrial Equipment joined forces in order to develop an innovative improvement for the bottlenecks in question. Point of departure for TNO was reducing health risks and increasing the productivity in cutting and dismantling activities. Holmatro’s knowledge and experience of hydraulic equipment was brought in to search for an industrial cutter which would create an acceptable physical load.

In the field of comfort, user tests proved that the model with an extended operation part performed better than the compact version. The difference can be explained by the fact that the extended cutter is more easily manageable. Car parts which used to be (nearly) out of reach can now be reached without overloading the users’ lower back. The two-hand operation also relieves forces on the wrists and reduces muscle strains. These test results have lead to the final development and manufacturing of the ICU 02 A 40 which is now available on the market.

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Holmatro, established in the Netherlands in 1967, originally traded high-pressure hydraulic equipment for the ship building industry. Today, we design, develop, manufacture and supply high-pressure hydraulic Industrial Equipment, and Rescue... Read more