Tregaskiss Upgrades TOUGH LOCK Contact Tip System with New Technology

WINDSOR, Ontario - September 16, 2009 - Adding to its already high-performing TOUGH LOCK(TM) Contact Tip System, Tregaskiss has upgraded the design of its TOUGH LOCK Retaining Heads. At no additional cost to its customers, the TOUGH LOCK Retaining Heads now feature Tregaskiss' Dual Taper Technology - a second rear taper between the gooseneck and the contact tip. This design further improves electrical conductivity and heat dissipation to provide consistent welding performance and extend the life of the TOUGH LOCK consumables. The upgrade also complements the existing taper design between the retaining head and contact tip, which helps keep the tip secure, centered and cool.

As part of the Tregaskiss TOUGH LOCK Contact System, the new retaining head design complements the company's TOUGH LOCK Contact Tips. These tips are machined with exceptionally tight tolerances and feature a dual-lead thread design that allows the tips to be rotated 180 degrees to create a new wear position and extend tip life.

The TOUGH LOCK Contact Tips operate at cooler temperatures than many competitive tips, reducing wear and minimizing downtime for changeover.

Useable for both semi-automatic and robotic MIG guns, the TOUGH LOCK System also acts as a Common Consumable Platform to help minimize inventory and reduce consumables cost.

Customers can identify the new TOUGH LOCK Retaining Heads by the black O-rings (the preceding single taper design had red or green), the two score marks above the clip and the part number roll-marked along the bottom edge. All retaining heads with the new Dual Taper Technology will have new part numbers, which can be found, for ordering purposes, at or by calling Tregaskiss Customer Service.

For more information on Tregaskiss Products, call 1-877-737-3111 or fax 1-877-737-2111 in Canada & USA, write Tregaskiss, 2570 North Talbot Road, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N0R 1L0, email or visit Internationally, call +1-519-737-3000 or fax +1-519-737-2111.

Tregaskiss is an industry leader in the development and manufacturing of MIG welding guns and peripherals, and offers its products worldwide. Its brands include TOUGH GUN(TM) Manual, Robotic MIG Guns and Peripherals, TGX(TM) MIG Guns and TOUGH GARD(TM) Anti-Spatter. Tregaskiss is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), Glenview, Ill. ITW is a diversified multinational manufacturer of highly engineered components, assemblies and systems.

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