Innovation medal for Atlas Copco’s RTEX pneumatic breaker
First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
At the 2016 GaLaBau exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, Atlas Copco’s RTEX pneumatic breaker was awarded the Innovation Medal.
The medal was awarded by the Bundesverband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau (BGL) to a total of 15 either new or substantially redesigned products, selected from over 120 entries.
The RTEX received the prize for its novel design concept, which enables a 50% reduction in compressed air usage.
Olof Östensson, RTEX project leader at Atlas Copco, explains the new operating principle in this way.
“In a conventional breaker air is discharged each time the acting piston moves up or down. In the RTEX we discharge the air only once, on the piston´s return stroke. Then the constant pressure from a chamber on the top of the RTEX pushes the piston down. The pressure on top of the acting piston is constant and therefore does not generate vibrations as on conventional breakers, so there is no need for vibration damping.”
Atlasd Copco says that the breaking force of the RTEX is equal to that of a 30+ kg breaker, while it weighs 25% less.