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Bolting in Civil Engineering

If you want to understand the importance of proper bolting in civil engineering and bridge construction, spend some time reading about what happened to the Bay Bridge in California in 2013.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 32 bolts on the bridge snapped during tightening in March of that year, “leaving the seismic safety of the massive endeavor in question.”

These thick steel bolts connect the deck of the bridge to its “sheer keys” which control movement of the bridge during an earthquake.

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A325/A490 Torque Tools Used for Bridge Construction

America’s bridges need help.

According to an April 2019 report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, an estimated 47,000 bridges in the U.S. need to be repaired – if not replaced outright – to meet future traffic demands.

While this situation seems dire, the good news is that significant improvements in bridge construction and design over the past 20 years will lead to much sturdier bridges. In this blog, we’ll look at the updated standards for bolted connections in the bridge industry and the importance of calibration for bridge construction torque tools

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What is an Industrial Torque Wrench?

Many of the things that hold our world together are held together by bolts. And those bolts are firmly held in place thanks to proper tightening by industrial torque wrenches.

In this blog post, we’ll learn more about these invaluable tools and the types of jobs where they’re used.

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Introducing the New V-RAD Select Electric Torque Wrench Series

For the past several years, Maxpro has been the nation’s leading supplier of torque tools from RAD, whose line-up includes electric, pneumatic, hydraulic and battery-operated torque wrenches. 


We’re proud to announce a new addition to the RAD family: The V-RAD Select electric torque wrench, developed to fill a void in the high capacity electric torque wrench market between high-end servo powered electric wrenches and inaccurate basic clutch style electric wrenches.

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