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MANUFACTURING MARVELS® SPOTLIGHTS WOMAN OWNED MANUFACTURING COMPANY ON THE FOX BUSINESS NETWORK®.
SIMONDS INC. A woman owned, family company waschosen for their 50 years of manufacturing in the U.S.A. and for their reputation for being the world leader in pneumatic hand tools. They were featured by Manufacturing Marvels on The Fox Business Network.
Manufacturing Marvels filmed their facility in Southbridge, MA on Jan 8th showing the production process. Three generations of family all working together to design and manufacture cutting and crimping tools from the ground up. Starting with the raw stock materials they create ergonomically designed tools. These replace manual tools that cause strain and injury such as carpal tunnel and tendinitis due to repetition. Pneumatic tools are a desirable addition to any production process. They drastically increase production times and improve consistency. This also allows the human touch to still be a part of production which today is easily lost to automation.
Useful in a variety of applications, their tools are sold throughout the world serving the injection molding, electronic, automotive, industrial, aerospace and railway industries including clients like GE, Toyota, Tesla, and John Deere. Engineers work closely with the customers; testing product samples and visiting on location to assess challenges and engineer viable solutions.
James Pawloski Sr., founded Simonds in 1967. His youngest daughter Julie Reid, is now CEO of the company. She states:
“We are proud to have our third generation of family here to take part of what our father started, and we have some people that have been with us for over 40 years. It’s safe to say that the “family” here goes beyond blood. “We have a beautiful team, and we are all thrilled to be on Manufacturing Marvels. It is a great opportunity to show people what we do.”
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Why Pneumatic Hand tools-8 Ergonomic advantages
1) REDUCE FORCE AND INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Forceful exertions with a hand tool can cause many CTDs, including trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis. Using a hand held manual tool requires the exertion of force, which can put the employee at risk for injuries. By switching to a Simonds air powered tool, the force the employee must exert may be completely eliminated. The only force the employee may have to exert would be the minimal pressure of the thumb or finger to activate the trigger. On many power tools, even this is required since a foot pedal can be used to activate the tool, which effectively eliminates the risk of CTDs to the hand. Using the Simonds air powered cutting tools eliminates the excessive forces that are necessary when manually cutting through heavy materials, such as cables, wires or plastic gates, thereby significantly reducing the risk of injuries, while increasing productivity.
2) USE STRONGER THUMB MUSCLES
Operating hand held cutters and crimpers involves the exertion of force by continuous flexing of fingers and thumb. In contrasts, using the Simonds air powered cutters will eliminate the use of the fingers to operate a tool and relies instead on the stronger thumb muscle with is less prone to injury.
3) ELIMINATE CONCENTRATION OF PRESSURE IN PALM
In addition to the amount of force exerted, where is also an important issue. Most hand held cutters have handles that dig into the center of the palm, increasing the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. By using a Simonds air powered cutter, there is no longer an exertion
4) ELIMINATE EXERTION WITH FINGERTIPS
The majority of hand crimpers available have such large grip spans that employees are forced to hold and operate the tool with their fingertips. The forceful exertions with the fingertips can cause trigger finger. By switching to Simonds bench mounted air powered crimpers, the risk of trigger finger is eliminated.
5) AVOID PINCH GRIP
Finally, it is best to avoid the pinch grip, which is weaker and makes the hand prone to injury. Hand held manual cutters require the employee to use the pinch grip (thumb opposes fingers, even though it is a wide span). In contrast, the Simonds air powered cutters allow the employee to use the safer, whole hand power grip.
6) ELIMINATE AWKWARD AND STATIC POSTURES
Using manual or powered tools with the hands and arms in awkward or static postures can lead to CTDs. Be sure to evaluate your workstations to insure that employees are working with their wrists held straight, with their hands held close to waist height, and with their elbows held close to their bodies. Additionally be sure employees do not reach forward, upward, backward or sideways for extended periods of time, especially if they are holding an object in their hands.
7) MINIMIZE REPETITION
Repetitive use of tools can cause CTDs. However, when the repetitive task does not involve forceful exertions or awkward postures, there is a significant decrease in the risk of injury as compared to a repetitive tack which includes these factors. Nonetheless, jobs should be designed to minimize repetition as much as possible.
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