Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems opens tool museum
At the end of May, Atlas Copco opened its new tool museum in Stockholm. It houses a unique collection of more than a hundred tools, the majority collected by an Atlas Copco tool salesman in Denmark throughout his working life. The museum shows the development of pneumatic tools over more than a century and electric tools during the last 20 years.
Up to the 1980’s the focus is on pneumatic tools. In 1985, Atlas Copco introduced the first electric screwdriver and the development of electric hand-held and fixtured tools really took off. Engineers will be interested in the technology development section which covers tool motors, transformation and controllers.
Pioneers in human engineering
The ergonomics section shows how, in the 50s, Atlas Copco began focusing intensively on operator health and safety in relation to tool design.
Called human engineering, it began with a drill handle design project led by engineer Rune Zernell. This resulted in the well-known LBB 33 handle that is still in use today. The clay models used by Rune to test prototype handles are on display in the museum. Other exhibits show the continuous efforts made over the years to reduce tool size, weight, noise and vibrations, while maintaining speed and accuracy.
Ergonomic tool design is now a cornerstone of Atlas Copco’s business philosophy and the company has published several books on the subject.
Turbine-driven dentist’s drill!
The oldest tool in the collection is a pneumatic hot riveting hammer manufactured in 1898. An unusual item is the first turbine-driven dentist’s drill, the Dentalair, launched in 1957. The drill was extremely efficient with a speed range of 500-100,000 rpm.
The museum takes the visitor well into the 21st century – the age of computerization and web-based communication. Digital control and monitoring systems with advanced process software now control the tools in many assembly operations worldwide.
Continuous investments in tool development have paid dividends for Atlas Copco. Today the company is the market and technology leader, supplying a huge range of tools to manufacturing operations of all types worldwide, where traceability, error-proofing and lean production are key factors.
The museum is open to customers and suppliers.
For further information please contact:
- Inger Brahme, Divisional communications manager Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems
Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems General Industry Division
Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems General Industry is a division within Atlas Copco’s Industrial Technique business area. It markets hand-held electric and pneumatic tools, assembly systems, software and services to customers worldwide within general engineering, aerospace, appliance and consumer electronics, transport, power and energy equipment. The division is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.