While only some of today’s vehicles are getting smaller on the outside, across the board spaces for technicians to work are getting smaller and tighter. With that in mind, Ingersoll Rand at SEMA 2013 debuted the IQV12, a new line of 12-volt compact cordless tools.
Joshua Johnson, engineer manager for cordless tools, says, features on this line of tools will rotate, making it easier for a technician to reach in today’s smaller, more confined spaces in a vehicle. The company conducts a lot of in-shop research in addition to employing industrial designers who work on ergonomics, making sure the tools’ fit and design are natural.
“It’s not an easy process, but it allows us to develop prototypes and see what works,” Johnson states.
The IQV12 Series includes three Impactools™, two ratchets, a drill/driver, a screwdriver and an LED task light.
With these air tools that don’t lie down, it is much like a carpenter’s pocket tool, “so things we find out about that, we use,” Johnson says.
The IQV12 Series features even weight distribution and a three-point system so if you lay a tool on its side, it stays in place. The buttons are easy to push to remove the battery, and technicians will hear a loud audible click to know the battery is engaged. Also, Johnson adds the touch points on the battery are something tangible the techs can see and feel.
All of the tools feature an LED worklight that points out toward, not down at the part.
IQV12 Series Impactools are available in 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch square and 1/4-inch hex quick-change models, and deliver 100 foot-pounds of reverse torque to tackle hard-to-remove fasteners in hard-to-reach places. Measuring just 5.9 inches from tip to tail, IQV12 Series Impactools feature small-diameter, ergonomically designed handles for improved comfort, according to the company.
Ingersoll Rand designed two cordless ratchet wrenches on the 12V battery platform. The R1100 Series ratchets are available in 3/8-inch and 1/4-inch drives. Both ratchets deliver up to 30 foot-pounds of torque and have durable heads to handle additional manual ratcheting, when the application demands it. R1100 Series ratchets have a patent-pending slim-line battery design and paddle-style trigger that allows for easy operation in a variety of grip positions and angles.
The D1130 3/8-inch drill/driver is one of the most versatile tools in the IQV12 Series. With two speeds and a 15-position clutch, the drill/driver supports drilling and fastening applications. The D1130 has 1,600 rpm and 205 inch-pounds of torque for faster drilling, and weighs only 2.43 pounds to help minimize user fatigue.
Like the IQV12 Series drill/driver, the D1410 screwdriver has two speed settings and a 15-position clutch. The screwdriver is designed to support assembly and disassembly applications, and features a magnetic, pin-detent bit holder for fast, one-handed bit changes. The D1410 has a variable-speed switch with an electronic brake to provide maximum control of the tool and a smaller-diameter, ergonomically designed handle to help reduce operator fatigue and tool vibration during extended use.
The L1110 LED task light completes the IQV12 Series cordless line. The ultra-bright white LED light has a 20,000-hour life and delivers up to 180 lumens of light for up to 6.5 hours on a single charge.
Every tool in the line is powered by a long lasting 2.0 Ah 12V lithium-ion battery. The battery has a positive-lock feature that emits a click to let the technician know when the battery is properly secured in the tool, helping to prevent drops and damage.
Johnson adds that like with all Ingersoll Rand batteries, serial numbers are laser-etched into the battery and cataloged so that they cannot be rubbed off, should a technician need to contact the company for support.
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