KLEIN TOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR SAFETY CONTRIBUTION AT SAE MOTORSPORTS CONFERENCE
WARRENDALE, Pa. (12/9/2006) -- A bolt set developed by Klein Tools, Inc., which results in increased safety for drivers as well as time saved at the racetrack is the winner of the 2006 SEMA Motorsports Engineering Award. The award is sponsored by SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) in conjunction with SAE International and the SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference and Exhibition.
The device that won Klein Tools the award is a Self-Piercing Bolt Set for Trackside Energy Attenuating Tire Barriers which, in a single operation, will puncture a light-truck or automobile tire thread so that tires can be connected to form an attenuating barrier for racetrack use. Past practice required as many as 12 holes be drilled in a single tire to fasten it to adjoining tires in the construction of barriers. More than 20,000 tires are required to build the barriers necessary for a two-mile road course. Failure of barriers may result in inability to effectively manage the energy of an impact and create debris on the field; both circumstances increase risk to drivers.
Klein Tools of Lincolnshire, Ill., supplied more than 125,000 of the fastener sets in two lengths in fewer than six weeks after the request came to the company for such a device.
The award, presented during the SAE Motorsport Engineering Conference and Exhibition held this week in Dearborn, Mich., recognizes organizations that have developed a product or process that is considered to be "the outstanding contribution to the state-of-the-art of motorsports engineering during the period since the previous SAE Motorsports Conference," in this case December 2004 through August 2006.