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Omni Jaw 5 Powered Protrusion Cutter

Y-12 National Security Complex

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Technology Marketing Summary

Y-12 invites interested companies to license its patented Powered Protrusion Cutter (PPC), originally designed for the Department of Energy as a portable asbestos cyanide-dipped bolt cutter. The PPC cuts and traps the bolt head to eliminate environmental and safety hazards.

The PPC is a high-powered hydraulic tool that generates up to 5 tons of force on the cutting jaw. An electric trigger placed ergonomically on the handle actuates it. The longer the momentary trigger is held open, the higher the force generated. This allows the tool to use the minimum amount of power required to cut. After the trigger is released, the system automatically resets, and the cutting jaw returns to the open position.

  • 4140 steel alloy machined body and cutting jaw
  • S7 high-impact tool with steel machined cutting blades
  • Stainless steel jaw guards and handle frame
  • 1⁄4” Lexan transparent shield
  • Ultra alloy steel bolts
  • Strong – generates up to 5 tons of force
  • Ergonomic electric trigger – improves ease of use
  • Safe – traps trimmings to eliminate environmental and safety hazards
  • Portable – weighs 18 lb, including section of hydraulic hose and fittings
  • Fast – shears bolts in seconds
  • Versatile – with an interchangeable jaw, the PPC can be used as a bolt cutter, punch, or shear
  • Precise – leaves surface undamaged
Applications and Industries
  • Asbestos removal
  • Equipment dismantlement
  • Building demolition
  • Ship deconstruction
  • Construction
More Information

Lee Bzorgi, Director of the National Security Technology Center, is a senior technical advisor to Y-12’s Science, Technology and Partnerships organization. He manages the design, fabrication and testing of new products for law enforcement, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and Y-12 Security.

Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Patent 7,673,392
Powered protrusion cutter
An apparatus for clipping a protrusion of material is provided. The protrusion may, for example, be a bolt head, a nut, a rivet, a weld bead, or a temporary assembly alignment tab protruding from a substrate surface of assembled components. The apparatus typically includes a cleaver having a cleaving edge and a cutting blade having a cutting edge. Generally, a mounting structure configured to confine the cleaver and the cutting blade and permit a range of relative movement between the cleaving edge and the cutting edge is provided. Also typically included is a power device coupled to the cutting blade. The power device is configured to move the cutting edge toward the cleaving edge. In some embodiments the power device is activated by a momentary switch. A retraction device is also generally provided, where the retraction device is configured to move the cutting edge away from the cleaving edge.
Y-12 National Security Complex 03/09/2010
Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
2036Development - TRL 8 - Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions.Available03/28/201112/06/2016

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