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Industrial power tools and assembly equipment

From the earliest pneumatic tools to today’s battery-driven, software-packed equipment, Atlas Copco’s product development has turned industrial assembly into a high-tech business.

  • 1901: Design of the first pneumatic hammers for chipping and riveting. The hammers were developed on the basis of English and American models used in the Atlas workshops.
  • 1910: Presentation of a new series of improved and simplified chipping and riveting hammers with a spool valve — the R series. The hammers were very advanced in design for their time and were designed by the skilled Atlas engineer Gustaf Andersson.
  • 1918: First grinder in series production.
  • 1930: Launch of new grinder generation with the revolutionary RS motor, developed by the Atlas engineer David Roos. This vane-type motor had only half the weight of the piston motors and a performance that greatly surpassed it.
  • 1950: Launch of a series of modern impact wrenches, the LMS series. The LMS assembly system was further developed in the 1970s to handle simultaneous tightening of several screws in a single joint. The new advanced LMS assembly tools combined high working efficiency with flexibility, making screw tightening up to 20 times more efficient than conventional methods.

  • 1957: Launch of the first turbo-driven dentist drill – the Atlas Dentalair. This drill made dental drilling extremely effective and much less painful for the patient. Dentalair was further developed during the 1960s into a universal dentist´s drill with a speed range from 500-100,000 rpm.
  • 1969: Launch of a multiple nutrunner for the auto industry.
  • 1987: First generation of a new electric nutrunner, the Tensor, is introduced in the market.
  • 1991: Development of the ErgoPulse hydraulic impulse nutrunner. Using a hydraulic pulse unit to gain more accurate final torque and reduce noise and vibrations in the impulse nutrunner was a known concept as early as the 1970s. Atlas Copco took this concept further with the patented pulse unit with unique cam-guided vanes.

  • 1992: Introduction of the turbine grinder GTG 40, with outstanding power-to-weight ratio and ergonomic design.
  • 1994: Second generation of Tensor S, the Power Focus 2000 is launched. Using entirely new motor technology, the Tensor S is a fast, uniquely light tool for precision tightening of critical joints. The Tensor motor has a performance five times that of a conventional motor and is very user-friendly due to its low weight.
  • 1994: Introduction of the world´s most powerful hand-held grinder, the GTG 40 turbine grinder.
  • 2000: Power Focus 3000 is launched. It is a modular range of control systems for car assembly. One unique feature is that the system was designed for Internet-type communication and data management. The web interface makes it easy to view and collect data from production sites all over the world, simply by using a web browser and an Internet connection.

  • 2005: Introduction of  the high performance Tensor ST, the first nutrunner to incorporate 100% digital communication. Accessories like bar code scanners were launched.
  • 2008: Tensor STB cordless tools were introduced. Battery powered and with industrial radio communication they give full process control.
  • 2009: Launch of the STwrench, an all-purpose wrench for production and quality assurance. Thanks to the modular design, the product suits a variety of applications within critical fastening.
  • 2010: Introduction of Tensor Revo for high torque tightening. The unique T-design gives a compact tool with integrated transducer.
  • 2010: Launch of PFD 1500, a powerfeed drill developed for the aerospace industry. The modular design increases productivity and makes maintenance quick and easy. 
  • 2010: Launch of Tensor STR61 with extraordinary performance and ergonomic design. The product received the iF design award in 2010.
  • 2012: Lanch of Power Focus 600 and Tensor ES nutrunners. The tools, which received the Red Dot design award in 2012, provide error proofed tightening and low energy consumption.