Training Program Update

One of our main objectives at Grand Rapids Metrology is to constantly strive for improvement and to progress in a manner that continuously adds value to doing business with us. As our accredited scope expands, our headquarters undergo renovations, and our social networking reach increases, we asked ourselves, “What other aspects of our business can we enhance?” With this question in mind, looked toward our most valuable asset, our people, and decided to revise and greatly expand our technical training program.

To truly develop our technical staff, the largest in the state, we decided to make our training program more rigorous, detailed, comprehensive, and tailored for employee and customer success. The idea to improve our process actually came from our own service staff, who strive to learn and better themselves each day. With this new program in mind, our technicians expressed a desire to control their own destiny when it comes to career advancement. A team of employees got together to create and implement GRM’s new training passport program. The passport allows technicians to become certified and capably trained in numerous aspects of calibration, repair, install, overhaul, etc. Existing technicians are certified in required fields, but with this new program, they have the option to advance their careers and further their knowledge of this industry by becoming certified in as many areas as they wish. Likewise, technicians are given a physical, passport-like binder that contains instructions of the process of becoming certified, along with trainer/trainee information, a flowchart of operations, and a section for quality manager approval when evaluations are completed.

The allowance for growth brings value to more than just our technicians. Grand Rapids Metrology’s service coordinators will also benefit. By using a matrix created and maintained by our quality manager, they will be able to easily and visually see which technicians are able to perform which tasks and thus be able to send them on appropriate jobs. This will make work easier for our coordinators by reducing the risk for error and eliminating ambiguity when it comes to knowing a technician’s certified abilities. Similarly, managers will possess more confidence in their technicians and will be able to directly encourage them to purse continuous training. Lastly, our renovated training program will ensure top-notch quality for our customers, as well as a confidence that is hard to find elsewhere. We have always prided ourselves on promoting people from within, and have watched our employees create their own career path to find contentment while creating value.  The training passport program is yet another path to measuring success.

Plans for Expansion: Electronic Calibration


So much of what we do at Grand Rapids Metrology is due to the needs of our customers. Listening and responding to our customers has kept us in business for almost 100 years! Recently, we had existing customers ask us if we could calibrate their electronic instruments, since we were already calibrating other equipment of theirs, it made sense for them to look to us. Unable to meet the demand and having ran into the problem more than once, GRM decided to seriously look into becoming A2LA accredited in electronic calibrations.

Gaining accreditations from A2LA is no easy task. As one of the strictest accreditation bodies in the business, A2LA accreditations are more difficult to attain but more beneficial for our customers. This is because they are the largest U.S. based, multi-discipline accreditation body. Likewise, A2LA works in accordance with standards published by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and has done so for 30 years! The decision to expand our scope to include electronics was made after much discussion with our employees and research into A2LA requirements, for we wanted to be confident this was the right move for us and our customers. The operation began back in October 2015. As of May 2016, we are approximately 25% done with the process of becoming accredited, however we project to achieve the accreditations by October of 2016. If your company does not require accredited calibrations, we are currently able to provide NIST traceable calibrations of the electronics equipment listed below.

Below is the list of electronics Grand Rapids Metrology will be able to calibrate once we receive our A2LA certification:

  • Clamp-on Ammeters                        
  • Current Shunts
  • Decade Resistors
  • Frequency Counters
  • Function/Waveform Generators
  • Hipot Testers
  • Loop Calibrators
  • Megger/Megohmmeters
  • Milliohmmeters
  • Multimeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Panel Meters
  • Power Supplies
  • Process Calibrators
  • RTD Simulators
  • Scope Meter DMMS
  • Stop Watches/Timers
  • Strobeoscopes
  • Tachometers

One of our paramount goals here at Grand Rapids Metrology is be a single-source vendor for our customers. Expanding into electronics calibrations allows us to take a huge step towards achieving that objective. Our calibration lab members have been working extensively on securing our accreditations and we are certain this expansion will be truly valuable to our customers come October. If you have any question of our upcoming electronic calibration certifications, please do not hesitate to contact us, we’re here for you!

Curious as to why Grand Rapids Metrology chooses A2LA as our sole accreditation body? Stay tune for next Wednesday’s blog post where we will examine what A2LA is and why it’s important!

World Metrology Day – May 20th

World Metrology Day is not celebrated like numerous other holidays, for there are no fireworks or parades in honor of what this day represents. However, its importance should not be overlooked..

As you may know, metrology is the study of measurement, which can pertain to anything from measuring the temperature in a room to weighing a semi-truck full of blueberries. It may not always be apparent, but measurement and metrology have been a part of your everyday life since you were born, in fact you were most likely placed on a scale right after birth and your weight was recorded.

Metrology would not be what it is today without May 20th of 1875. On this day each year, we celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in Paris. This convention provided the basis for an understandable measurement system worldwide, for it marked the beginning of formal international collaboration in metrology. One of the most valuable outcomes from the convention was the creation of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM). To this day, this intergovernmental organization sets and maintains universal measurement standards that allows for accurate and comparable measurement results. Since 1875, these standards have created a much more welcoming environment for international trade, at least when it comes to measurement.

The 2016 World Metrology Day theme is Measurements in a Dynamic World. This theme resonates with Grand Rapids Metrology specifically. The metrology realm seems to be continuously expanding and increasing standards in order to keep up with the aptly named, dynamic world around us. GRM has recently expanded our scope, for we are now A2LA accredited for temperature and humidity calibrations and we are working on expanding our accreditation to include electronics, pressure and pH calibration. These additions to our accredited scope of capabilities come in response to our customers’ needs and our mission to be the best measurement company in the state of Michigan.

Measurement of some type is used every day in the most unimaginable ways and affects virtually all of us. So whether metrology is your business, like us, or you just use a scale every now and then, remember that even though there are no fireworks or parades, the importance of this day still shines bright. So this Friday May 20th, have a cupcake or a doughnut or do something special, because hey, it’s World Metrology Day!

Holiday Message from the CEO | 2015

For the past couple weeks, I have been organizing my thoughts for my annual Holiday message. I pondered over our successes and challenges, our employees, customers and suppliers and our good fortune. After all, as I have told you before, I am the eternal optimist!


As I was putting myself in the holiday mood and preparing to begin to write, I received a message on my cell phone last week regarding the horrific events in San Bernardino, California. My mood changed quickly and along with my mood, my thoughts and my message.


I know several things for sure. One, I will remain optimistic. We live in a country of tremendous opportunity, full of people who do the right thing every day, work hard, worship at churches of their choice and encourage their friends and relatives to be good citizens. I am thankful to our employees at Grand Rapids Metrology, who make me look good every day and who come to work each day to improve themselves and their fellow employees.  I appreciate our customers and suppliers for their loyalty and their values. I am blessed with many friends and colleagues on whom I can always rely for comfort, support and incredible knowledge and wisdom. Most of all, I am blessed with a wife of 32 years and two wonderful daughters who love and support me every day and make me proud beyond words. What a lucky guy I am!


Back to San Bernardino. I want to speak to you as a 64 year old friend, father, husband, employer, supplier and sometime advisor. Too many people in the world are angry, dissatisfied, selfish, entitled, racist, homophobic and narcissistic. Much of the world seems at a boiling point. Political polarization seems more extreme than at any point in my life. Politicians who bloviate about fear and terror seem to have the largest followings. Our leaders spend their political capital bashing one another instead of solving problems. Many leaders are afraid or unable to lead because of perceived “political correctness”, whatever that might be! Racial and ethnic issues are exacerbated by political posturing. More and more people around the world seem to be motivated by an ever increasing sense of entitlement. Many college students have forgotten that campuses are places of learning, not places to pout and demand. Even in small places of employment like ours, there seems to be more “what’s in it for me” narcissism. I read yesterday that 8,000 children die around the world every day from hunger. Feelings of religious persecution, resentment and misunderstanding create a worldwide epidemic. What are we going to do as a nation, as a company and as individuals?


Our country and our values seem to be under attack, sometimes by our own leaders, who for reasons unknown feel the need to apologize for our historical role in world affairs. Deviant religious extremists want nothing more than to kill us. They seem to be able to dote on the anger of some of the marginal, disenfranchised residents of our country to act out on their behalf. Too much anger, too much division, too much political division, too many principles and not enough values. Hate, anger, violence and resentment only serve to breed responsive hate, anger, violence and resentment. We are living in a whirlpool from which we need to escape. Our leaders do not seem able or interested in leading us out of this quagmire. They blame one another, religions, races and even climate change. Leaders need to talk about values, not about reactions. Maybe we need new leaders. We, as a nation, certainly deserve better.


I ask, why do our leaders seem embarrassed by our nation’s success and history? Why do leaders and media talking heads encourage class and race warfare? Why are corporate profits somehow dirty? Why is a sense of entitlement more admired than a sense of achievement? Why do we seem to be encouraged to do less and ask for more? I really don’t know all the answers but, I do know that each of us can work toward solving the problems and it all starts with our sense of leadership, our confidence and our knowledge and recognition of our values. We cannot be casual observers who complain about issues but do nothing to solve them. We need to speak up and speak out. We owe that to one another but, more importantly to ourselves.

So, with all that said and all the violence and division in the world, with all the negative talk, anger, resentment, entitlement, racism, etc., I remain optimistic for all the reasons listed in my third paragraph above. My Christmas wishes for all of us:

  • That our families and friends show us the love and support that we want and deserve and encourage us in our personal success and that we have the love and wisdom to do the same for them.
  • That we treat one another with respect and dignity in everything we do. We are meant to encourage and teach one another. Ridicule, public embarrassment, violence and prejudice must never show their faces in our homes, work or public gatherings.
  • That we know and advertise our personal values. Value systems around the world have been replaced by political principles, often extreme and exclusionary. Write your values down, share them and most importantly, live them.
  • That we, as individuals, media members, politicians, business leaders, doctors, lawyers, mothers, fathers, etc. learn to confront anger, discrimination, prejudice and violence. Unfortunately, we see these things celebrated every night on our televisions. Rest assured, there will be a made for TV movie about San Bernardino. We need to find ways to turn that around.
  • That the leadership role of our country in the world portray our values, not our politics. Leaders need to be held accountable to show America’s core values of freedom and independence. We are a country of individual and collective success and achievement.
  • That success be praised and encouraged and not be portrayed as unfair and somehow evil. The capitalist economy of America has provided so much to the world. We cannot take actions against this success mechanism because of politicians who want to call it “unfair”.
  • That we more aggressively address poverty and opportunity. I see income and asset inequality as a problem in our future that could prove catastrophic. Our system has made it easier to be entitled than to be successful.
  • That we respect all religions. I don’t know of an evil religion though throughout history, evil has been done in the name of religions.
  • That when evil presents itself as it did in San Bernardino, we need to point out the evil, what caused it and chase it down without shame and deal with it. This must be a worldwide effort of all nations.
  • That we all be more charitable with our money and our time.
  • That I personally have the courage to lead effectively and encourage leaders among you.

That is a pretty extensive list for Santa! Each of us, by the way we talk, work and serve can make little contributions that will collectively change the world.


Charity is a wonderful way to share your success and values. There are many large and small charities, local and nationwide that need and deserve our support. As a final part of my holiday message, I am asking our GRM employees to join me quarterly to participate in GRAND RAPIDS METROLOGY CARES! We will meet each quarter with every attendee bringing a $10 bill for charity which the company will match with another $10 and we will pick a charity as a group for that quarter’s donation. We will ask interested people to bring and recommend charities. Obviously, this will be voluntary. Our branches will participate by phone and/or video.


I wish you all a blessed, safe and Merry Christmas and blessings of prosperity and success in 2016! Thank you for all you do for Grand Rapids Metrology.

A Holiday Message from the CEO | 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers and reflect on what a busy, rewarding year this has been at Grand Rapids Metrology. We launched into 2014, our 92nd year of serving our Michigan and Northern Indiana customers with practical solutions to their measurement needs, and successfully built on the momentum we have been developing over the past several years.

We are particularly proud of our new IndySoft calibration software system and our expanded scope of calibration capabilities and new product offerings. We invite you to visit our website at and click on the icons for “GRM’s New Paperless System”, “Products” and “Services”. From micro-balances to vision systems to truck/ railroad scales, we can meet all your measuring needs.

While proud, we are also excited about our future and grateful to live, work and to support our local communities. For our current customers, I humbly thank you again for your business and look forward to continuing to provide you with smart measurement solutions and exceptional service. If you are not currently doing business with us, I welcome the opportunity to introduce you to our positively different service experience and earn your business.

I would be remiss if I failed to express my gratitude to the group of professional employees here at Grand Rapids Metrology who work diligently to support the needs of our customers. Their loyalty and hard work are the bedrock of our success.

In 2015, we have plans to continue to expand our scope of services and our product offerings in our continuous effort to meet the requirements of our customers so that you can better succeed in your own competitive environment.

Happy Holidays!

Dick Spruit

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Starrett Force Measurement Testing Systems – For Medical Device Manufacturers

Starrett Innovation.

Helping You Make Your Products Better.

Our new Starrett force measurement systems exemplify the craftsmanship and quality synonymous with all Starrett products. Since 1880, Starrett has helped leading global manufacturers make better products through innovation, advanced measurement technologies and a commitment to customer satisfaction.

Starrett force measurement systems are optimized for demanding, high-volume manufacturing environments. Our systems are designed to help you improve your testing while increasing productivity, production yields and product quality.

The Better Solution for Force Measurement.

The Starrett FMS Series is a family of new and innovative force measurement systems. Available in four load capacities, these universal testing systems are ideal for general purpose force testing, demanding high-volume production testing, and exacting quality control testing.

Starrett force measurement systems are your solution for tensile, compression, flexural, shear, coefficient of friction, and cyclic testing. You can easily and efficiently perform push/pull testing, break testing, constant hold testing or tests that muse meet international testing standards from ASTM, ISO, BS, DIN and others.

The FMS Series consist of a single-column electro-mechanical testing frame, combined with our L2 Series digital controller and a Starrett load cell sensor.

Features & Specifications

  • Universal Testing
    • Tension, Compression, Cyclic, Flexural, Shear, Creep, Peel, COF
    • Four Load Capacities: 500N, 1kN, 2.5kN and 5kN
    • 0.001 to 50.0 in/min (0.02 to 1270mm/min) Test Speed
  • Outstanding Measurement Accuracies
    • Better than 0.1% Load Measurement Accuracy
    • Smart Load Cell Sensors per IEEE 1451-4
    • Better than 0.2% Speed Rate Accuracy
    • Meets or Exceeds ASTM E4
  • Innovative User Interface
    • Multi-touch Color Tablet PC Operation
    • Test Templates for Simple Testing
    • Advanced Test Builder for Complex Testing
  • Test to Internationally Recognized Test Methods
    • ASTM Test Methods
    • BS Test Methods
    • DIN Test Methods
    • ISO Test Methods
  • Lead Manufacturing & System Integration
    • Compact Footprint
    • Interface with I/O Devices
  • CE Compliant


For Medical Device Manufacturers.

Advances in medical devices increase life expectancy and improved the way we live and recreate. Medical device researchers are continually evaluating products and materials.

Medical adhesives, syringes, artificial skin, foam orthotics, stents, medical gloves and other products require critical and exacting measurements prior to commercialization.

Starrett FMS Series can be used to test medical devices for their form, fit and function. Because of their ease of use and ability to create sophisticated test methods using our L2 Series software, FMS Series systems are ideal for medical device manufacturers. The ability to measure, analyze and collect data for exporting to quality control applications or to a network, make the FMS Series a cost-effective solution for medical device manufacturers around the world.

FMS Series solve these testing problems and more…

  • Syringe Test
  • Plunger Force Test
  • Tissue Test
  • Adhesive Strength Packaging
  • Tissue Adhesive
  • Needle Insertion
  • Tubing
  • Stent Dislodgement
  • Catheters
  • ASTM F88 – Seal Strength
  • ASTM F382 – Metalic Bone Plates
  • ASTM F451 – Bone Cement Strength
  • ASTM F564 – Metallic Bone Staples
  • ASTM F1828 – Ulteral Stents
  • ASTM F1839 – Foam Devices
  • ASTM F1874 – Sutures Bend Test
  • ASTM F2009 – Dissassembly Force Taper Connects
  • ASTM F2079 – Stents Tensile Strength
  • ASTM F2132 – Puncture Resistance
  • ASTM F2183 – Punch Testing
  • ASTM F2255 – Lap Shear Testing
  • ASTM F2256 – Tissue Adhesives
  • ASTM F2258 – Tissue Adhesives
  • ASTM F2392 – Burst Strength Sealant
  • ASTM F2458 – Closure Strength
  • ASTM F2477 – Stents Strength
  • ASTM F2502 – Plates & Screws
  • ASTM F2516 – Tensile Nitinol Wire
  • ASTM F2606 – Bend Vascular Stent
  • ASTM D6319 – Medical Gloves
  • BS EN 455-2 – Medical Gloves
  • ISO 7886-1 – Hypodermic Syringe
  • ISO 14879 – Tibial Trays
  • ISO 11193 – Medical Gloves



Grand Rapids Metrology is Michigan’s premire source for measurement solutions and has provided sales, service, calibration and rental of weighing and measuring equipment since 1922. GRM is a proud distributor of Mitutoyo metrology equipment. Please contact for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701


PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – Mitutoyo Micro Vickers Hardness Testing Machine: HM-200 Series

Equipped both with the latest optical system ideal for measuring the dimensions of indentation images and a test-force loading device that lets you set the desired. The HM-200 series is ideal for quality control and mechanical characteristic evaluation using Vickers hardness testing of small areas.


–   Touch-panel operation

–   Measurement of indentation dimensions using a measuring microscope

–   Positioning using a manual XY stage unit

–   Operation using AVPAK

  • The latest technology electromagnetic force motor used in the loading mechanism enables the test force to be freely selected over the wide range of 0.4903mN to 19610mN (0.05gf to 2 kgf). It is also possible to freely set load dwell times. Now your desire for absolute control over the indentation size in Vickers hardness testing can be satisfied. The HM-200 series always offers the test force most appropriate for the specimen material and shape.
  • The long working distance objectives used enable a very comfortable working distance between the objective and the specimen surface. This greatly reduces the possibility of collision between the specimen and the objective during focusing operations. (e.g. for 50x objectives: 1.1mm for conventional models, 2.5mm for HM-200 series)
  • Newly-designed ‘MH Plan’ objectives are optimized for measuring indentation images. The lineup includes 6 types of long working distance objectives: 10X, 20X, 50X and 100X for measuring indentation images, and 2X and 5X for enabling wide-range measurement around indentations.
  • LEDs, which have a longer life, produce less heat, consume less power and are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, are employed for the illumination system.
  • The motorized turret allows for up to 4 objective lenses and 2 indenter assemblies to be mounted at the same time.



Grand Rapids Metrology is Michigan’s premire source for measurement solutions and has provided sales, service, calibration and rental of weighing and measuring equipment since 1922. GRM is a proud distributor of Mitutoyo metrology equipment. Please contact for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701




PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – Mitutoyo Automatic Indentation Detection Program VLPAK2000

Operator influences on hardness measurement are reduced. Only 0.3 seconds for detecting, dramatically improving efficiency.


Automatic detecting speed of 0.3 seconds is achieved. (When a PC with recommended specifications is used)

It is a high-speed automatic detecting machine that detects an indentation in 0.3 seconds and displays the hardness, shortening the time required for measurement.

Detecting reproducibility of +0.5% (for 0.1mm indentation) is achieved. (For objective lens 50X, diagonal line 11 to 45mm, and 500HV) 

It provides high-precision measurement results due to improved detecting reproducibility.

For hardness measurement, the diagonal length of an indentation must be measured on the TV monitor, and operator variation in measurement and labor saving are major issues.

The automatic length measuring program VLPAK2000 automatically reads the diagonal length of an indentation and converts the result to a hardness value, reducing measurement errors due to operator variation. In addition, it can read hardness at high speed in only 0.3 seconds, dramatically improving the work efficiency of hardness testing.

It is easy to use with your hardness testing machine (*HM-112, 122, 114, 124, etc.) and provides additional functions.

It has great operability and allows you to perform setting and data processing on a Windows PC for efficient operation.

Equipped with an automatic detecting function for the Vickers hardness test and Knoop hardness test

Automatic detecting is available for Knoop hardness tests as well as Vickers hardness tests. It also has a video line detecting function, which allows you to perform indentation dimension measurement manually by directly from the PC screen.

Measurement can be performed easily by mouse operation

You can perform all required operations from setting to measurement results display on a Windows PC. MS-Excel is adopted for a data processing of measurement results for various types of data processing.



Grand Rapids Metrology is Michigan’s premire source for measurement solutions and has provided sales, service, calibration and rental of weighing and measuring equipment since 1922. GRM is a proud distributor of Mitutoyo metrology equipment. Please contact for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701




PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – Mitutoyo Hardness Testers For All Applications


Lineup of testing and measuring instruments

There are 5 major product lines: in the testing field we have hardness testing machines, vibration testing systems, and balancing machines; and in the measuring field we offer vibration analyzers and seismographs.

Lineup of hardness testing machines

Hardness testing machines provide the simplest and most economical testing methods among many material testing machines, playing an important role in research activities, production activities, and commercial transactions. Mitutoyo offers a choice of standard hardness testing machines that are optimal for hard materials such as metals to soft materials such as plastic and rubber, as well as custom-designed testers such as in line-type automatic machines and labor-saving machines required on the shop floor.

CE compliant

The products listed in this brochure provide safe design that is compliant with the low voltage directive, EMC directive, and machine directive of the EU.

Overview of hardness testing machine SHT Series

The hardness standard testing machine SHT Series provides high precision, stability, reproducibility, and high quality required for standard hardness testing machines. The SHT Series hardness testing machines are optimal as the specified secondary measurement standard and/or specified secondary standard such as the specified standard for the domestic traceability system that is currently under review in Japan, as well as the measurement standard for general users. The hardness standard testing machine SHT Series includes a lineup of 4 models that support the 4 most important types of hardness measurement in the industry; Rockwell hardness standard testing machine SHT-31, Vickers hardness standard testing machine SHT-41, Brinell hardness standard testing machine SHT-5, and Shore hardness standard testing machine SHT-6. The SHT Series are the testing machines that provide a superb range of hardness standard. In 1997, the Korea Research Institute of Standard & Science (KRISS), the organization of metrology in Korea, adopted all 4 models. In 2001, the Centre of Measurement Standards of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the organization of metrology in Taiwan, adopted SHT-41. In Japan, SHT-31, delivered to the National Research Laboratory of Metrology (currently the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), was designated as the specified standard according to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Notification No.587 in 1998. In March 2001, the Vickers hardness standard testing machine (SHT-41) was designated as the specified standard in addition to the Rockwell hardness testing machine (SHT-32) stored by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, according to Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Notification No.210.



Grand Rapids Metrology is Michigan’s premire source for measurement solutions and has provided sales, service, calibration and rental of weighing and measuring equipment since 1922. GRM is a proud distributor of Mitutoyo metrology equipment. Please contact for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701


PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – TorcUP CP Series: Complementary Products



Fully aware of the difficulties associated with wind turbine blade tensioning, the new TorcUP WTB Series is a purpose designed range of hydraulic bolt tensioning tools to suit most wind turbine bolting applications. All WTB Tensioning tools have the capacity to achieve the specified proof load requirements as detailed in EN ISO 898-1:1999 and ASTM A490M for grade 10.9 Bolts. These feature packed tensioners have been designed with rapid tensioning in mind and offer a safe, reliable and consistent method to simultaneously tension many bolts.


The TorcUP TBW Series BackUP Wrench is the simplest way to stop nut rotation. When torqueing bolts, the slim designed TBW Series BackUP Wrench prevents the nut on the opposite side of the stud from turning. It is totally mechanical. Its heavy duty industrial construction makes it ergonomic, safe and durable. The handle can be used with a wide array of BackUP Cartridges, to make this tool adaptable to a wide variety of applications. With its easy to release handle, cartridges can be exchanged simply. This tool eliminates the use of striker wrenches, shims, and vice grip style back up wrenches.

The TBW Series is totally mechanical – no hydraulics. With its easy to release design, the TBW Series BackUP Wrench is the answer.


The TorcUP TFS Series Flange Spreader is the most multi-purpose flange spreader available. Working on flanges, heavy machinery, injection molding machines, and heavy field equipment maintenance, this tool is universally useful. The TFS Flange Spreader is available in both hydraulic and manual models, and is made for easy, single-operator usage. The jaws are designed for “no-drift”. The unit stay where it is placed. With 10,000 Ft/lbs. of spreading force and a full operation spread to 3”, the TFS Series Flange Spreader applies spreading force where you need it, when you need it.


The TorcUP TN Series Nut Splitter is there when you just can’t turn the nut. It’s EASY – sets up and cuts within minutes, SAFE – no sparks, no flames, no flying fragments, FAST – cuts nuts in seconds compared to hours with a torch, FLEXIBLE – designed to fit all API and ANSI flanges, and VERSATILE – cuts the hardest of nuts without damage to the stud. The TN Series is priced competitively amongst lesser quality products and covered for 6 months from defects in material and workmanship.


The TorcUP TLM Ultrasonic Bolt Tension Monitor defines the state of the art in measurement of the actual elongation produced by tightening a threaded fastener. The TLM can measure the elongation accurately in fasteners of virtually any material from ½ inch to 4 feet in length. The measurement is achieved by determining the change in the transit time of an ultrasonic shock wave along the length of the fastener as the fastener is tightened by any method. The on-board microcomputer automatically interprets this time measurement to display the time (nanoseconds), elongation, load, stress, or % strain from stretching a fastener. Through the use of high speed digital signal processing and automated diagnostics, the TLM-1 minimizes the requirement for extensive operator training. With built in data recording and reporting through an RS232 interface, the TLM offers an easy to use and reliable solution to the most difficult bolting problem.


The TorcUP Industrial Impact Sockets feature freecorner design for flats above 5/8” (17mm). All TorcUP Industrial Impact Sockets are made from high strength alloy steel, heat treated for the best combination of strength and impact resistance. With optimum wall thickness, TorcUP sockets have the strength to withstand the necessary torque and the access to reach the most restricted of nuts. The depth of the hex openings are designed to accommodate the nut, for full engagement.

¾” DRIVE – Imperial (1/2”-2 3/8”) and Metric (17mm-60mm): Available in 6 Point Standard, 6 Point Deep, 6 Point Thinwall, 12 Point Configurations, as well as Hex Driver Sockets, Extensions and Adaptors.

1” DRIVE – Imperial (1/2”-2 3/8”) and Metric (17mm-60mm): Available in 6 Point Standard, 6 Point Deep, 6 Point Thinwall, 6 Point Deep Thinwall, and 12 Point Configurations, as well as Hex Driver Sockets, Extensions and Adaptors.

1 ½” DRIVE – Imperial (1 3/8”-4 ½”) and Metric (19mm-115mm): Available in 6 Point Standard, 6 Point Deep, and 12 Point Configurations, as well as Extensions and Adaptors.

2 ½” DRIVE – Imperial (1 5/8”-9 ¼”) and Metric (43mm-225mm):  Available in 6 Point Standard and 6 Point Deep Configurations, as well as Extensions and Adaptors.


The TorcUP Line of Turbine Tooling includes Standard Slugging Wrenches, Standard Stack Sockets, Castellated Slugging Wrenches, Castellated Sockets and Castellated Stack Sockets. Made of the same high strength steel alloy as our Industrial Impact Sockets, TorcUP Turbine Tools are made to the specifications of industry standards.

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Grand Rapids Metrology is Michigan’s premire source for measurement solutions and has provided sales, service, calibration and rental of weighing and measuring equipment since 1922. GRM is a proud distributor of TorcUP metrology equipment. Please contact for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701

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