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Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc. / Headquarters: Milan, Ill. / Employees: Less than 25 / Specialty: Inventing, designing and manufacturing industrial ergonomic solutions / Phil Chabot, vice president: “I’ve received my share of bear hugs from 300-pound tool operators because I have taken the pain away from their arms.” Relief on the Way bringing relief to operators of vibrating tools in a variety of industries is the specialty of honsa ergonomic technologies inc. by russ gager Many industries such as manufacturing and construction require workers to operate equipment that vibrates during use. With frequent use, pneumatic devices create serious injuries in their operators, such as musculoskeletal and soft tissue disorders of the hands and arms, and hand-arm vibration syndrome. As medical premiums continue to rise and workers’ ages increase, companies are realizing they have to reduce their levels of workplace injuries. Using vibrationreducing tools from manufacturers like Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc. is one of the best ways to do it. “I’ve received my share of bear hugs from 300-pound tool operators because I have taken the pain away from their arms,” Vice President Phil Chabot testifies. “Nobody is being hurt anymore, resulting in increased benefits to our customers. Using Honsa tools lowers costs, reduces worker downtime and increases employee retention. It’s a win-win.” One example of vibrating equipment is chipping guns, which use a flat blade chisel or a custom design to take imperfections out of gray iron castings such as manhole covers. “When they are made, there’s a lot of slag and excess material that needs to be cleaned off to make nice clean edges,” Chabot explains. “When your engine block is made and hanging on large assembly line hooks, workers walk up to them and clean off the slag. “Another example is in engine assembly. The alignment or marriage pins are driven using low-vibration Honsa tools rather than pounding them in by hand using a hammer. Lastly, the new Honsa HTOP38 aerospace riveter and custom tungsten 144 WINTER 2012 bucking bars provide operators with superior power output and control resulting in increased production rates and the elimination of injuries. Regardless of the industry, Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc. has the right tool for the job.” Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc. says it manufactures the world’s only full line of vibration reduced and ergonomically enhanced percussive and rotary tools for industries including aerospace, metal fabrication, automotive assembly, shipbuilding and repair, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, foundries, and engine and transmission assembly. The U.S. military also uses Honsa tools to reduce injuries in maintenance, repairs and refits. “We offer 150 different tool alignments and more are coming,” Chabot promises. “Our focus is to reduce vibration in pneumatic power tools and to ergonomically improve the work envelope.” Honsa has been doing this for more than 25 years using corporate patented technologies. Handling Vibration Products from Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc. include the honsa says it makes the world’s only full line of vibration-reduced percussive and rotary tools.

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012