Wind Industry's Number 1 Tool: E-RAD Torque Wrench

New World Technologies set the industry standard when the E-RAD electric high-capacity torque wrench debuted in 2005. There was nothing like this tool on the market at that time: a calibrated, accurate, electric torque wrench with a capacity as high as 4,000 feet/pounds. Around the same time, the American wind energy business started to take off in a scalable way.

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Industrial Bolting Safety, it’s all about process and procedure

Industrial safety is an industry in itself today.Avoiding accidents and mitigating lost work time is of the utmost importance for anyone in the industrial workplace.Industrial bolting, is a high risk, focal point of safety managers, and the following is a brief process that should be considered when bolting is part of a job:

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Checking Your Bolt Torque

Knowing how to check bolt torque is a key ingredient in making sure fasteners don’t fail. There are several ways to determine bolt torque, including torque auditing.

Bolt Torque

As Bill Eccles of Bolt Science writes, there are three ways this can be achieved:

  1. The on-torque method – This is the most commonly used form of torque auditing, measuring the torque required to turn the bolt/nut by a small angle (usually two to 10 degrees) in the tightening direction.

  2. The off-torque method – This method involves measuring the torque needed to rotate the bolt/nut in the untightening direction (this is usually less than the tightening torque).

  3. The marked fastener method – This requires you to mark the position of the bolt and nut relative to the joint, loosening it by an angle of approximately 30 degrees, then measuring the torque needed to get the bolt back to the marked position.

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[CASE STUDY] Manufacturing Maintenance and On-Site Calibration

Maxpro has clients from a wide range of industries, from pipeline crews to wind turbine makers to mining operations. Among those clients are manufacturers who work with the U.S. military.

One of them, a firm in northern New Jersey, is a subcontractor for armored personal vehicles. This manufacturer needed to have its torque wrenches calibrated according to ISO 17025 certifications. And as we’ve pointed out in the past, it’s often impractical for companies to ship their tools to our plant for calibration, either due to cost, downtime, or both. Fortunately, our mobile calibration team could head to New Jersey to get the job done.

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