De­vice boosts safety for in­dus­trial work­ers

Southern Telegraph - - News -

The Man­durah-based de­vel­op­ers be­hind an in­no­va­tive nut tipped to go global have re­ceived $519,245 to help pre­pare it for the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

Seg­nut has de­vel­oped what is touted as a faster, safer fas­ten­ing sys­tem de­signed to re­duce down­time by al­low­ing the re­moval of most studs or bolts in a frac­tion of the time of con­ven­tional bolt­ing sys­tems.

The nut de­sign con­sists of an in­ner sec­tion with three seg­ments en­cased by an outer sleeve.

When the outer sleeve is turned in the tight­en­ing di­rec­tion, the Seg­nut re­leases from the bolt and falls away.

Seg­nut is one of 11 busi­nesses of­fered a slice of $5 mil­lion in com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion grants an­nounced by the as­sis­tant Min­ster for In­dus­try, In­no­va­tion and Sci­ence Craig Laundy un­der the Ac­cel­er­at­ing Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion element of the Australian Govern­ment’s En­trepreneurs’ Pro­gramme.

“These grants will help the re­cip­i­ents to con­duct com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, prov­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of their prod­ucts, pro­cesses or ser­vices and pre­par­ing them for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets,” he said.

Can­ning MHR An­drew Hastie said the in­no­va­tive prod­uct was fur­ther ev­i­dence of good things com­ing out of the Peel re­gion.

“Seg­nut’s de­sign is sig­nif­i­cantly safer for work­ers do­ing heavy in­dus­trial main­te­nance as it elim­i­nates the need for oxy-cut­ting and other dan­ger­ous equip­ment,” he said.

“The in­creased ef­fi­ciency it of­fers to main­te­nance will also mean sig­nif­i­cant savings for busi­ness.”

Pic­ture: David Birch

Can­ning MHR An­drew Hastie with Seg­nut chief ex­ec­u­tive Tom Baskovich.

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