Heat-Shrink Torch offers temperature range to 2,500 F.

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Shrink-Kon® portable heat-shrink torch uses standard butane fuel and has safety lock that prevents accidental ignition and kill-switch button that allows instant shut-off. Dual gas and air flame controls make it suitable for brazing and soldering. Torch offers fuel tank capacity of 2.03 fluid oz for operating time of 220 min. Removable base enables hands-free operation.

Original Press Release:

Thomas & Betts' Shrink-Kon® Portable Heat-Shrink Torch Provides Safety, Convenience and Precision with Temperature Range to 2,500 F

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 21, 2006 - With the introduction of the Shrink-Kon® Portable Heat-Shrink Torch, Thomas & Betts offers a versatile torch with a safety lock that prevents accidental ignition and a kill-switch button that allows instant shut-off. The Portable Heat-Shrink Torch also offers the convenience of using standard butane fuel and the precision of dual gas and air flame controls that generate temperatures as high as 2,500 F (1,371 C).

"With a temperature capacity of 2,500 F, an operator can shrink heavy-wall, heat-shrink materials with little effort," said Dan Vega, product manager for Thomas & Betts' Industrial Products Group. "In addition to heat-shrink applications, such as sleeving, terminals and labels, the Portable Heat-Shrink Torch also functions as a brazing and soldering tool. It's useful for any application requiring a controlled flame."

Additional features include a piezo ignition, which automatically lights the torch when the operator twists the start button to the "ON" position and pushes, and an ergonomic rubber grip. Constructed of durable brass and steel, it weighs only 9.88 ounces when filled with butane. The fuel tank capacity is 2.03 fluid ounces for an operating time of 220 minutes. A removable base enables hands-free operation.

For safety, the Shrink-Kon® Portable Heat-Shrink Torch ships without fuel.

For more information about Shrink-Kon Portable Heat-Shrink Torch (catalog number WT-PTORCH), visit www.tnb.com or contact your Thomas & Betts sales representative by calling (800) 816-7809.

Corporate Overview

Thomas & Betts Corporation (NYSE: TNB) is a leading designer and manufacturer of electrical connectors and components used in industrial, commercial, communications and utility markets. The company is also a leading producer of commercial heating units and highly engineered steel structures used, among other things, for utility transmission. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company has manufacturing, distribution and office facilities worldwide. In 2005, the company reported sales of $1.7 billion

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