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Safety Tips for the Industrial Construction Industry

Between ladders and scaffolding, heavy equipment and chemical and electrical hazards, an industrial construction site can be a dangerous place to work.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make your workplace safer. Read on to learn more about industrial construction worker safety.

Torque Wrenches, Industrial bolting tools

Wind Turbine Maintenance Requires Calibrated Tools

Like any piece of machinery, a wind turbine can only do its job with proper maintenance. Vibration and movement put stress on the turbine, which means the bolts holding them together must be recalibrated and retightened frequently.

It takes a lot of bolts to keep a wind turbine turning – roughly 1,500 per some estimates – which means wind turbine maintenance requires precise, durable tools.

“Because of the rigorous physical demands faced by technicians, not having the proper tool can slow down maintenance, or, more troubling, may increase the chances of a task being performed with a tool that is less than optimal,” writes Mark Del Franco in North American Wind Power.

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[VIDEO] How to Calibrate RAD Torque Transducers

Today we’re going to continue our video blog post series with a guide to calibrating RAD torque transducers. These transducers have become an important asset in calibration laboratories worldwide because of their high accuracy and repeatability.

Maxpro carries a range of products from RAD, including RAD Transducers.

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[VIDEO] How to Calibrate a Hydraulic Torque Wrench

Last year, our video blog series explained how to set up and use a hydraulic torque wrench.

Today, we’ll look at how to make sure those wrenches are providing proper torque.

In the clip below, Maxpro's Tom Macey walks viewers through explaining some of the steps involved in calibrating a hydraulic torque wrench.

Torque Wrench Calibration

Bolt Tightening and Quality Control

We’ve used this blog to talk about quality control before, but today we’re going to approach this topic from a new angle: quality control as it relates to bolt tightening.

As the website Bolt Science puts it:

“It is no longer sufficient just to run a nut down a bolt until it stops and hope that it is tight enough. A single bolt, inaccurately or incorrectly tightened, can lead to the failure of the complete product.”

If a bolt torque is too tight, you risk a stripping or bolt shank failure. If the torque is too low, the bolt tension won’t meet functional requirements. Either outcome can cause significant problems.

torque tightening, bolt tightening

The Top 5 Reasons Why Nuts and Bolts Come Loose

Industrial bolts are used in various applications and environments, and feature an advantage that isn’t present in other fastening methods: they can be loosened as needed.

But with this advantage comes a problem: nuts and bolts can come loose without warning. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the ways that can happen.

Industrial bolting tools, bolt failure, bolt tightening