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Snap-on Debuting the William O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance and the Advanced Technology Lab at AviationPros LIVE Conference

Kenosha, Wis., March 5, 2013 – They are unlike any other, and they’ll both be on display at the AviationPros Live conference, March 13-14, in Las Vegas.

At the conference Snap-on is unveiling the inaugural William O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance, as well as the one-of-a-kind Advanced Technology Lab (ATL), a high-tech product demonstration on wheels.

Both the William O’Brien trophy and the ATL represent Snap-on’s expanded involvement with AviationPros Live and AMTSociety’s Maintenance Skills Competition to further the profession of aviation maintenance.

The William O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance, presented by Snap-on, will be bestowed to the team with the overall winning score from the Maintenance Skills Competition, and be on display in the winning team’s facility for a year. In addition to the trophy, Snap-on is awarding more than $75,000 in tools and equipment to other top finishers in the competition. The Maintenance Skills Competition is an event that gives teams of licensed AMTs, AMEs, international military personnel and qualified aviation maintenance students the chance to test their aviation maintenance skills against those of their peers.  Snap-on is sponsoring the William O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance for the next three years.

The ATL is a vehicle that showcases Snap-on’s tools, equipment, capabilities, services and solutions for the aviation/aerospace industries. Located in Snap-on’s booth next to the Maintenance Skills Competition, the ATL offers visitors the opportunity to see demonstrations on how Snap-on’s innovations and technologies are making technicians in aviation/aerospace more productive and efficient, while addressing problems like foreign object damage (FOD) and foreign material exclusion (FME) that pose tremendous challenges to these industries. 

Visitors to the ATL can see the following demonstrations:

  • Level 5™ ATC (Advanced Tool Control) System – see how digital imaging technology works to control and monitor your tools in real time for the ultimate in tool management.
  • TCMax Asset Management Program – learn how the U.S. Air Force and other organizations are using cutting-edge asset management technology to manage their tool inventories.
  • Tools at Height Retention System – see how Snap-on’s tethered tool system is increasing safety when working at height, while not impeding a technician’s ability to get the job done.
  • TechAngle Torque Wrench – try your hand at applying torque with Snap-on’s TechAngle Torque Wrench, an electronic torque wrench that comes with a new cycle-counting feature which provides important information to help track required calibration cycles.

For more information about William O’Brien Trophy for Aviation Tech Excellence, or Snap-on’s Advanced Technology Lab, call 877.740.1900, visit, or

About Snap-on Industrial

Snap-on Industrial is a division of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics, equipment, software and service solutions for professional users.  Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources.  Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distribution and Web-based channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2.9 billion, S&P 500 Company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.