TEI has once again hosted another successful open house this past October 8-10. Attendees came from all over the world to visit the manufacturing plant, learn about the uses of TEI products and watch demonstrations of the new TEI drills. Every night there was a social dinner for all attendees to mingle and get to know each other. The open house is an annual event held every October we hope to see you next year.
The TE260HT is a new drifter that was demonstrated during the open house. The new drifter uses the same reliable percussion unit from the original TE260 but has a new high-torque rotation unit. The new rotation unit has 2 ½ times the torque of the original TE260 drifter. This higher torque enables the TEI man-portable drill to install 38-40 mm hollow bars in a small two by two foot area.
Also shown for the first time at this year’s open house is the new Slope Drill. A unique design with an electric motor and a pressurized hydraulic tank for power. With this paring the drill can literally be put upside down and still work properly. The new Slope Drill has been a collaboration with TEI customers to come-up with a hydraulic drill for slope stabilization. There are many old pneumatic wagons still being used for slope stabilization but they don’t have the power to install higher capacity soil nails and micropiles. This drill is still in the testing phase and will be available in early 2014; here is a peak at the one from the open house.