Just Right For The Job


Milwaukee power tools and Stabila laser measurers have played an integral role in assisting sub-contractor FE Shelv & Rack complete a storage-extension project at the Heineken brewery in the Kliprivier Business Park.

Distributed exclusively in Southern Africa by Upat, the shelving-and-racking specialist
is dependent on the Milwaukee and Stabila products to ensure its solutions are installed accurately and quickly, according to site supervisor, Rocco Potgieter. The project
involved the erection of about 150 frames for the expanded shelving-and-racking section.

Built to last
Milwaukee’s tools are built to last, owing to features like compact brushless motors, in addition to gearboxes made from magnesium and durable and heat-resistant material that extends the lifespan of the motor. The tools used by FE Shelv & Rack run the gamut from impact wrenches to drills, screw guns and grinders.

Brushless motors
The Powerstate brushless motors are supported by Milwaukee’s Red-Link Plus Intelligence system, an onboard electronic system incorporated in every tool to optimise performance and decrease overheating of the motor and batteries.

This smart system allows for full-cycle communication between the battery, charger and motor and optimises performance by monitoring the internal workings of the tool. In addition, Milwaukee’s Red Lithium battery technology optimises motor performance while under load.

This all ensures that the battery can give users a better lifespan, which is on average five times greater than that of other power tools. Maintenance is minimal and mainly preventative, such as checking that all tools are dustfree and that batteries are fully

Other features designed to make work both safer and more productive include built-in shock absorbers and anti-kickback or safety clutches. Particular attention has been paid to safety, like dead-man switches, while all battery-operated tools have built-in LED lights to illuminate the work area.

Laser measures
Rocco points out that since standardising on Stabila laser distance measurers, they have seen a dramatic increase in turnaround times and quality on project sites.

Stabila offers laser distance measurers from 30m to 200m, with a 1mm to 2mm accuracy. The larger measuring tools can perform multiple tasks in conjunction with Bluetooth enabled distancers, like measuring cubic metres, square metreage and distance.

Measurements can be added in and added up, price per square metre can be added to quotes and range finding can all be undertaken. For example, the LAX 400 multi-line laser can measure diameter distances up to 150 m via a receiver, while the LAR 350 rotation laser can measure diameters of up to 800m when used with a receiver.

While the Milwaukee and Stabila innovations are key to the continued success of these product ranges, the aftermarket and technical support offered by Upat is an essential value-added service.

Alison Thomet
Tel: (011) 624-6700
Email: alison.thomet@upat.co.za