A patented, portable, high-powered hydraulic toolâ€”invented to shear and trap bolt heads during demolition projectsâ€”has proven its worth and is moving to market. Y-12 National Security Complex signed a licensing agreement with start-up company Green Arc Labs, or GAL, of Chattanooga for Omni Jaw 5. This is the first time the two companies have partnered.
The hand-held tool, invented a decade ago by Lee Bzorgi of Y-12â€™s National Security Technology Center, generates up to five tons of force on the cutting jaw and simultaneously collects the trimmings, eliminating environmental and safety hazards. It was designed during demolition of the East Tennessee Technology Park, where asbestos cyanide-dipped bolts posed a problem.
â€œWe are excited about our connection with Y-12. This is a first for us,â€ said Casey York, founder of the GAL start-up company. â€œWe have existing manufacturers in Chattanooga, and the Omni Jaw tool will be machined right here. Thereâ€™s such an apparent need for this tool in the construction or demolition of any commercial building, for example, or in ship deconstruction, asbestos removal, or equipment dismantlement.â€ [Read more…]