Torque tool specialist ITH joins expanding Cordless Alliance System

Torque tool supplier ITH has joined the growing Cordless Alliance System (CAS), a cross-manufacturer battery alliance initiated by power tool manufacturer Metabo.

ITH joins CAS hard on the heels of GESIPA and TRUMPF, with 24 brands (and 230 machines) now using one battery system. ITH Bolting Technology has extended the portfolio with the Battery Torque Wrench type ADS for torques up to 6,000 Nm (4,425 ft lbs).

Precise bolting tools and system solutions have been developed by ITH for tightening and loosening bolt connections with thread diameters bigger than 16 mm (5/8”). The company from the Sauerland region in Germany is a leading global system supplier in bolting technology.

ITH is expanding the product portfolio of the cross-manufacturer cordless system initiated by Metabo to include the ADS battery torque wrench.

"With ITH, we now have a strong partner on board who is a specialist for large bolt connections," said Metabo CEO Horst W. Garbrecht. "This shows that CAS is also the best choice in this industrial sector - when it comes to very high torques and bigger bolt connections."

ITH President Frank Hohmann runs the globally-focused family business ITH in the second generation together with his brother Jörg Hohmann. He said: 

"It was not only the quality of the rechargeable battery technology that convinced us, but also the previous, long-standing cooperation with Metabo in the development. We are an engineering company with a focus on innovation and customer focus – that is why cooperation in terms of engineering and development are important to us."

Jörg Hohmann added: "The cooperation has always been very productive. So, it was only a matter of time for us to join CAS as well. At ITH, the benefits for our customers have always been at the centre of our strategy, which is reflected in the so-called “ITH customer focus strategy”. When looking at CAS, professional users recognize the advantages of a cross-brand battery system. They are adding many highly specialized manufacturers to their own toolset - all based on powerful battery technology."

Torque tool: Battery torque wrench with optional turning angle function and digital data logging

The first CAS compatible machine from ITH Bolting Technology is the battery torque wrench type ADS. The small and lightweight battery nut runner with power classes up to 6,000 Nm (4,425 ft*lbs) has the "best power-to-weight ratio in the market", according to ITH, and turns off automatically as soon as the target parameters such as torque or turning angle angle (ITH option “ALPHA”) are reached. The ADS features a newly developed high-performance gearbox and a brushless motor, which is highly wear-reduced.

"The ADS is the world's only cordless torque wrench in the segment for high torque values that can be optionally equipped with an external, digital control unit, the 'ADS Smart Control'," said Frank Hohmann. "With one control unit, the bolting parameters such as torque or angle of rotation of several cordless torque wrenches can be set and documented centrally - ideal for series assemblies. Likewise, with the `Docu` option, we offer a version for digital documentation, which, in addition to the cordless technology, is a decisive trend in the market."

The ADS is available in three versions:

  1. Basic,
  2. Standard, and
  3. Digital.

System components such as supports can be designed according to customer requirements. Existing power sockets (hexagonal, hexagonal, hexagonal, or other) in the customer's inventory can flexibly be  exchanged on the square drive of the cordless battery torque wrench - depending on the bolt connection.

Cordless torque wrenches up to 6,000 Nm are used in steel construction, commercial vehicles, construction machinery, cranes, wind turbines, the rail industry and other sectors.

The Hohmann brothers are the second generation of their family to run ITH (Industrie-Technische Konstruktion Hohmann, “Industrial-technical design Hohmann”). A leading system supplier in bolting technology with bolting tools, engineering, fasteners, and service is present in more than 40 countries worldwide - including 12 own ITH subsidiaries. With more than 200 international patents, ITH Bolting Technology is one of the major innovation drivers in the market.

About the Cordless Alliance System CAS

The Cordless Alliance System (CAS) is a cross-manufacturer battery system initiated by the Nürtingen-based (Germany) power tool manufacturer Metabo. CAS was launched in summer 2018 with nine power tool and machine manufacturers from different sectors. Currently, the companies Metabo, Rothenberger, Mafell, Eisenblätter, Collomix, Haaga, Electrostar (Starmix), Eibenstock, Steinel, Rokamat, Elried/edding, Birchmeier, fischer, Prebena, Cembre, Pressfit, Jöst abrasives, Gesipa, Trumpf, Monti, Baier, Scangrip and ITH Bolting Technology are part of CAS.

Within this battery system, which is unique in the industry, all machines of the CAS partners are 100% compatible with one battery and can be combined in any way. Based on the powerful Metabo LiHD battery technology, CAS brings together the most diverse trades under one roof and offers professional users the freedom to work with standard and special products from various manufacturers in a mobile and flexible manner, far away from the power socket.