Torque tools built for arctic conditions 08 December 2021

When the team at Baffinland started planning an expanded rail link over the Arctic tundra, nearly 100km away, the company needed tough tools to get the job done - so the team turned to RAD Torque Systems.

Linking Baffinland’s River Mary mine to the Sealift facility meant the company needed to acquire more torque wrenches that could withstand the extreme cold temperatures. The new facility sits about 1,500km inside the Arctic Circle reaching an average winter temperature of -35C. It’s so cold that the extreme weather only allows for 90 days of ice-free shipping every year.

Typically, pneumatic tools are the primary choice for work done in these sub-zero temperatures. However, in these extreme situations, air tools freeze up and workers cannot run alcohol through the lines to keep them from doing so.

Having used RAD Torque battery tools in the past, Baffinland knew that the B-RAD and DB-RAD would be perfect for the extreme conditions. In particular, the Digital B-RAD 3000–2 has become the service tool of choice for both mine operations as well as fleet maintenance. RAD battery tools exhibit the latest lithium-ion 18V battery technology.

A large shipment of RAD’s B-RAD and DB-RAD tool is expected to arrive in August to begin the rail line construction. Then the mine crew will have to act fast, as they will only have 90 days to build the expansion before everything freezes up again.

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.

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