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Industrial Bolting Tool Applications for the Wind Turbine Industry

Wind_turbines.jpgThe wind turbine industry is going to take off over the next few decades.

According to projections from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, total wind power capacity will increase from 113.43 gigawatts in 2020 to 404.25 gigawatts by 2050.

And that’s good news for the bolting industry, whose precision torque tools are necessary to keep wind turbines turning. There are a lot of bolts on the average wind turbine – approximately 1,500 by some counts – which means the need for precise-yet-durable tools.

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The Basics of Proper Torque Wrench Technique

The Basics of Proper Torque Wrench TechniqueWhen you use a torque wrench, you’re adhering to Hooke’s Law, the core of any torque wrench operation.

Torque is a twisting force around a point or axis that is measured by multiplying applied force by the distance through which the force works. The force is measured in pounds or ounces, and the distance in feet or inches. So 10 pounds of force exerted at the end of a three-foot breaker bar would yield 30 pound-feet – or “foot pounds,” depending on the wrench scale you’re reading -- of torque at the socket.

How does Hooke’s Law come into play? And for that matter, who was Hooke?

Hooke’s law gets its name from Robert Hooke, a 17th century English philosopher, scientist and inventor credited with discovering the law of elasticity.

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9 Things You Should Know About Your Torque Wrench

iStock_000045234036_Small.jpgWhen we invest in things, we try to protect them. We get our car serviced regularly, we make sure our home is well maintained.

And as we’ve argued here before, your torque wrench is an investment as well, not just a purchase. Here are nine things you should know about caring for it.

1. One click is enough

When you’re tightening a bolt, one click is enough. Many users allow their wrenches to click more than once, but this means they’re applying added torque to the bolts. Use your tool in a smooth, steady fashion and let it click just once.

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Maximize Your Torque Wrench Investment

Hydraulic Tool CalibrationWhen you buy a torque tool, you’re not making a purchase, you’re making an investment. But how can you tell whether you’re getting a return on your investment?

There are a number of factors to consider, such as price, quality, and ease of use, along with durability and product features. Beyond those points, there are a few questions you should ask yourself to determine the ROI of your torque tool.

1. Will I Need This Tool Again?

There are some tools you may only need to use once, so if you haven’t spent a lot of money, and the tool does its job, then you’ll get a decent return on your investment.

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