Thursday, January 21, 2016

PneumaticToolsOnline is now a proud Sioux Tools Dealer!

Zampini Industrial Group is proud to announce a new partnership with Sioux Tools for 2016! We will be carrying the full line of Sioux Industrial Air Tools on our website!
Sioux Tools has a long and proud heritage of innovation as they have helped to shape the face of the tool industry. The company was started in November of 1914 by Swedish tool maker, Oscar Albertson, and office boy, Harold Jacobson, with a goal to become the “best machine and tool shop”.
Sioux has since grown to become a trusted partner by a wide range of industrial and manufacturing segments.
 Originally named Albertson & Company, the first items manufactured were piston rings, spark plugs and a gas saver. They soon expanded their line to become a powerful force in the marketplace. In early 1917, Oscar Albertson designed a valve lathe – a hand tool used to seat engine valves. This invention proved to be the foundation upon which Sioux Tools has built a reputation for innovation throughout the world.
 During the 1920s the company revolutionized the tool industry by introducing some of the very first hand held power tools. In 1958 the company further solidified its position as a market leader by designing and producing its first air powered tools. Today, Sioux Tools has been granted well over 100 patents. Innovation, ingenuity and insight have established Sioux tools in the minds of the professional as the tool to depend on. Our commitment to continued development in ergonomics and innovative design ensures that we will meet the needs of professionals for many years to come. Wherever there are markets for quality-built, reliable products, backed by strong after-sale dedication to customer satisfaction, you’ll find Sioux Tools. Today we continue to strive to live up to our founding father’s wish of being the “best in the world”.
In 1994 Sioux Tools joined Snap-on Incorporated, which added industrial power tools to the extensive Snap-on line. Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand and power tools, diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, diagnostics software and other solutions for the transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2+ billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin and employs approximately 14,000 worldwide.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Many assembly and manufacturing workers find themselves in a situation that requires a screwdriver. If you are on a timed schedule, you will definitely be working diligently to get the job done, in the quickest and most precise manner. A handheld screwdriver will not be adequate for most jobs, because they do not provide the power and precision that is required to set and remove bolts and screws in a productive fashion. Below you will discover several tips that will help you purchase the best pneumatic torque screwdriver for your application and needs. Ergonomically Designed It is vital that you select a torque screwdriver that offers an ergonomically designed handle, with a firm grip. If you are working for long hours, in undue conditions, you will need a tool that is lightweight and designed to fit the hand like a glove. This design will also prevent arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, which is always caused from repetitive movement. Comfortable Noise Level A continuous noise decibel that is suitable for the human auditory range is highly recommended. When working in extreme conditions with an extended exposure to loud sounds, workers have a higher risk of experiencing partial to full deafness. To protect your ears, you should definitely purchase a pneumatic torque screwdriver that provides the lowest noise level possible. Your ears will be safe from danger, if you choose a tool that has an 85dB or lower. Automatic Shut Off When working in a high productive field, such as the automotive industry, you will definitely want to purchase a torque screwdriver that has a clutch with an automatic shut off. Before each task, you will need to set the torque that is required to do a specific job. Once the present setting is achieved the clutch will automatically shut off. This will shut down the air supply, which will stop the clutch instantly, without the operator receiving a high torque reaction. The automatic shut off feature will also prohibit over torqueing. Proper Torque Range Torque is the twisting force that potentially causes rotation. For example, when you apply a specific amount of torque to an object, it will rotate according to the amount of force applied. It is vital that you select a torque screwdriver that will offer the appropriate range of torque for your specific needs. This range will vary depending on job type, fastener type, and the characteristics of the joint. Warranty Before purchasing any pneumatic tool, you definitely need to take the time to fully read the warranty. While most brands only offer a 1-year limited warranty, others will offer a competitive warranty such as a full warranty with a longer coverage time. This will be more suitable, especially, when the tool carries a large price tag. Conclusion If you work in a field that requires you to rely on your tools, then you should definitely take the time to explore your options, when searching for a pneumatic torque screwdriver or other industrial tool. Technology continues to be applied to the original torque screwdriver, which will improve its power, preciseness, durability, and construction.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Proper Ergonomics In The Industrial Workplace

The ergonomics and workstation design features are important to consider when setting up a new manufacturing application. In order to minimize injury and downtime, please consider the following tips which are common components of many successful application setups:


Employers should provide their workers with training to create awareness of:

• the effects of repetitive strain, noise, vibration and dust
• the need to minimise the risks by correct working practices eg. using correct hold/posture using minimum grip force
• keeping cutting tools sharp not removing silencers wearing ear/eye protection and using dust collection/ suppression when necessary
• the need to inform supervision if abnormal vibration or torque reactions occur
• the need for employees to report the onset of any symptoms without delay.

Attention should be paid to:

To reduce the risk of Vibration-Induced White Finger, it is important to maintain a good blood supply to the finger tips; therefore indoor workplaces should be comfortably warm.

Seated workers should have adjustable-height seating, so that the work is within the “ergonomic envelope” of the individual. Standing workers should be provided with anti-fatigue mats.

The background noise should be as low as possible. Booths may reduce the noise levels for other workers, but usually amplify the noise for the operator inside.

Where dust is produced by processes such as sanding or sawing, its concentration in the workplace atmosphere shall be kept as low as possible. The use of dust collection, extraction or suppression systems may be necessary.

  Rest areas
Rest areas should be warm, quiet and relaxing so that workers can use break periods to recover from the effects of repetitive strain, noise and vibration. Wherever practically possible, the levels of noise, vibration and dust should be reduced by means other than the use of personal protective equipment.

Task design

The design of the workstation and the way in which a task is performed are critical in avoiding long term problems. Here are the main pointers to success:

Work within the ergonomic envelope. Ensure a neutral wrist position.
– by selection of correct tool (pistol
or straight case)
– by orientation of work piece e.g. angled towards workers.

Avoid excessive twisting or bending of the wrist. Do not expect the worker to overreach, or reach up. 

Match the size of the task to the strength of the person.

Minimize lifting – provide tool balancers or, if not practical, leave the tool at bench height between operations, not on the floor. Balancers can also reduce the effects of vibration by lowering the grip force exerted by the operator.

Replace screwdriver bits regularly, before they start to “ride out” (this causes the operator to use excessive axial force to keep the bit engaged with the screw head.

Where possible, provide side handles or bench stands to take torque reaction and reduce vibration transmitted to the operator.

Minimize repetitive movements – substituting power fastening tools for hand tools can reduce stressful repetition.

Provide task rotation, to ensure that different sets of muscles and joints are used during the day, and to limit exposure to noise, dust and vibration. Job enlargement may bring the benefits of a multi skilled workforce and may result in reduced handling times and reduced work in progress.

Ideally, avoid incentive schemes which can lead to operators neglecting scheduled breaks or
exceeding safe rates of work. Nevertheless, self-paced systems are preferable to machine paced systems, insofar as loss of control is a major determinant of stress-related problems. 

Avoid clustering noise sources, this adds to noise exposure and may cause mental stress and increase the likelihood of RSI.

Provide a firm fixture for the work piece, so that it doesn’t reverberate and amplify noise and vibration levels.

Assess and minimize daily noise, dust and vibration exposure.

Power Tool Selection

These are the “ergonomic” features to look for when selecting handheld power tools:

1. comfortable contoured grip shape
2. grip large enough for operator to take torque reaction without using excess clamping force (high clamping forces create strain and increase the vibration transmitted to the operator)
3. adjustable trigger or lever
4. warm touch
5. good friction grip
6. correct handle
7. suitable for left and right handed operators
8. thrust bump
9. shaped so that operator can take torque reaction easily
10. impervious to oil and grease (does not become slippery or harbor bacteria)
11. allows area between hand and power tool to be ventilated

12. lightweight/well balanced/can be suspended
13. light trigger or lever load
14. two finger trigger or lever
15. low torque reaction/plenty of power – tool does not “struggle” to drill hole/tighten screw (the longer the time at high torque, the greater the torque reaction build up and the greater the risk of RSI)

  Emissions: noise/ vibration/oil/dust
16. low noise level
17. exhaust air can be piped/directed away from operator/workpiece, as desired
18. low vibration
– balance vibration level against exposure time to minimize total exposure
– if the workstation design allows, select a pistol grip tool (generally lower vibration levels than straight case tools)
– select screwdrivers with shutoff clutches to limit vibration exposure
19. short cycle time (plenty of power) to reduce exposure time to noise & vibration
20. low oil emission
21. low dust emission/can be fitted with dust suppression/extraction

For more information on the individual tools and components that are utilized in a proper ergonomic workstation setup, visit