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Checking Your Bolt Torque

06/06/2017 08:30 AM

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. As Bill Eccles of Bolt Science writes, there are three ways this can be achieved: “Each of these three methods have their deficiencies,” Eccles says. “The key assumption […]

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How to Avoid Bolt Failure

05/23/2017 07:30 AM

“We sometimes underestimate the importance of little things,” wrote Charles W. Chestnutt in 1901. Why is a torque wrench company opening a blog post about bolt failure with a quote by a turn-of-the-century author? Because bolts are often the smallest elements of a design, but that does not make them unimportant. When bolts fail, they […]

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The Basics of Bolted Joints in Wind Turbines

04/25/2017 08:00 AM

Wind turbines are held together with bolted joints that are under constant attack from vibration, fatigue, corrosion and bolt relaxation. Windpower Engineering magazine lists a few things professionals in the wind industry – especially those in the market for new wind turbine torque tools – should know about tightening and tensioning.

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Bolt Tightening and Quality Control

01/18/2017 08:12 AM

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 […]

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The Top 5 Reasons Why Nuts and Bolts Come Loose

01/11/2017 08:40 AM

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.

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New Pneumatic Bolt Tightening Kit from RAD Torque

11/02/2016 08:16 AM

Regular readers of this blog know that we’ve spent a lot of time discussing the benefits of the various tools made by RAD Torque Systems. Today we’ll continue that trend by looking at one of RAD’s latest offerings, the 15DX-NX Tool Kit. Lightweight and ergonomic, this pneumatic torque wrench combines several application-specific reaction arms and […]

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