TEC Torch

TEC Torch is the premiere handheld breaching tool for law enforcement, military, and first-response emergency personnel. TEC Torch is designed for speed and portability to save lives.


How it Works

Combustion products jet through an engineered nozzle for approximately 2 seconds. The escaping jet is a combination of vaporized metal and particulate which quickly heat the target above its melting point and erodes the target material away.

Cartridges contain a unique thermite formulation for maximum temperature and velocity for optimized cutting performance. The cutting jet burns hotter than 4000°F. Cartridges are designed to contain this intense pressure and thermal energy safely within inches of the operator’s hand.

System Design

The cartridge is completely self-contained with an internal igniter. The handles supply a small amount of electrical power to the cartridge for ignition. Handles are designed with redundant safety features to ensure intentional ignition.

The system is designed to be COMPACT. At 1.5-inch diameter and an assembly length of 12-14 inches (depending on product options).

The system is designed to be SAFE. In-house and outside testing has been performed to verify function, reliability, and safety. We have put the product through a gamut of worst case and extreme scenarios to ensure operator safety.

The system is designed to be FAST. The 2-second burn-time cartridge was chosen specifically for the largest variety of operational targets. The Rod Cutter cartridge can cleanly cut a solid steel rod up to 0.75-inch (hardened, plain carbon, or stainless does not matter). The Plate Penetrator cartridge can create a 0.35-inch diameter hole through a 0.50-inch steel plate. These two cartridge designs can be used in combination and rapid succession to defeat numerous obstacles.

The system is designed to be VERSATILE. The back end of the cartridges has a 1.0-inch D x 1.0 inch long coax electrical connector that forms a mechanical joint to the handle. This connector is common to the splitter and extension cables so that user can quickly assemble an entire system custom to the scenario. Users don't need a large bag of unique parts for each mission.

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US Customers, ATFE license or exemption required for purchase. ATFE storage requirements may apply.

Non-US Customers, provide country of destination with your quote request. Additional fees may apply. Shipping may not be available to all locations.

Product training is mandatory and available upon request.

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Contact our Sales Department for more information on the TEC Torch products or to discuss details of your applications. Email us directly at sales@empi-inc.com, or fill out our contact form.

If you have a related application for our thermal cutting technology. Contact our R&D Department.