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The Top 5 Reasons Why Nuts and Bolts Come Loose

The Top 5 Reasons Why Nuts and Bolts Come LooseIndustrial 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.

1. Frequent Use Of Equipment

If a piece of machinery is used again and again – especially by employees who may handle it in a less-than-gentle manner – bolts can come loose little by little every time you use the equipment.

2. Changes In Temperature

Working in colder climates can influence the tightness or looseness of your fasteners. When temperatures drop, metal will contract and push the fastener outward, making it come loose

3. Too Much Weight

The more weight a piece of equipment holds, the more likely nuts and bolts can come loose. The constant shifting of weight on a piece of equipment can also affect bolt tightening.

4. Over Tightening

There’s a thin line between “tight” and “too tight.” If your employees tighten loose bolts too much, they can end up stripping the bolt.

5. Vibrations

In some cases, bolts can come loose because of the conditions in which they operate. One of the most common examples of this is vibration. If there are a lot of vibrations in your workplace, this can cause side to side thread movement, leading to loosening of your bolts.

One way of ensuring you’ve achieved effective bolt tightening in your equipment is by using the right equipment. For more than 20 years, Maxpro has been offering high-quality industrial torque wrenches for rent or sale. We’re confident we’ll be able to provide you with the right tool to help prevent your fasteners from coming loose.

And if you want to be certain about the effectiveness of your industrial torque wrench, Maxpro can help in that department as well. We’re proud of our ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from A2LA, which means that our calibration lab has the approval of the nation’s top accreditation group.

Contact us today to learn how Maxpro can help you with your next project.

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