Quick-Release Pliers Eliminate the Need for Plastic Disconnect Clips
Author(s): Bob King
Aug. 18, 2013
The recipe for success in industrial-product development is simple: Solve a common problem with a product that's durable enough to endure the rigors of manufacturing work.
Mill-Rose quick-release pliers meet both criteria, says Greg Miller, general manager of the Mentor, Ohio-based Mill-Rose Clean-Fit Division.
The pliers not only provide a faster and easier way to remove pesky push-lock fittings, Miller asserts, but they also are ideal for working in hard-to-access areas.
And the pliers "are designed for years of service as opposed to cheap or disposable tools," he tells New Equipment Digest.
"The only existing tool designed to remove push-on fittings is very rudimentary as well as cost-ineffective," Miller adds.
NED: What motivated Clean-Fit Products to develop this tool?
GM: Quick-release pliers were developed to address the need for a faster, easier and more practical way to remove "push-on fittings." Additionally, the pliers address the challenges contractors often encounter in certain applications where limited accessibility and crowded working conditions are an issue.
NED: How is this tool different from similar ones currently being offered?
GM: Mill-Rose quick-release pliers are designed for years of service as opposed to cheap or disposable tools. The only existing tool designed to remove push-on fittings is very rudimentary as well as cost-ineffective. There is nothing comparable.
NED: Any particular problems that came up during the development process?
GM: Designing the quick-release pliers to securely grip the many different sizes and types of material currently being used in plumbing water lines proved to be a complicated engineering challenge.
NED: What was the length of time from conception to ultimate production?
GM: The process required almost two years to bring the tool to a production state.
NED: Did cost factors affect the final design of the product?
GM: Cost factors were a consideration, but the goal was to produce a high-quality durable tool that would continue to give years of use.
NED: Who do you view as the primary users of these pliers and how will they benefit?
GM: The primary users are plumbing contractors, but since these push-on fittings provide solutions in HVAC and industrial applications, the tool will provide benefits for those contractors as well.
NED: Care to add any other interesting sidelights?
GM: The quick-release pliers are an adaptation of an existing tool design. Over the years, the Mill-Rose Clean-Fit Division has become a recognized leader in developing hand tools designed to be used in conjunction with challenges brought on by new plumbing materials and technologies.