Torque’s Impact on You

What Is Torque?

Torque is rotational or turning force and is calculated by multiplying length (measured from “center of drive” to “center of handle) and force.

Why Is Torque Important?

If torque is not properly applied, it can lead to safety hazards such as stripped threads and premature loosening, or broken fasteners. Any of these outcomes could lead to product failure resulting in damages to other equipment or workers. However, if it is applied accurately, it is used to fasten specified components to precise values. There are three basic measures that influence torque application. They are:

  1. Condition of the components – if the fastener has rusted or stripped threads, it could result in poor performance and lead to failure.
  2. Accuracy of the instrument – if the torque wrench is not accurately calibrated, the fastener may be too loose or tight which can also result in product failure.
  3. Properly applied torque values – once the torque wrench is calibrated, it is important to apply the correct amount of torque to the fastener to ensure high performance.

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How Can We Help?

GRM offers the full line of CDI/Snap-On and TorcUp products, including hydraulic wrenches, impact sockets, pneumatic wrenches, and hydraulic pumps. We are A2LA certified in torque wrenches and measuring devices.

 

Please, contact a Grand Rapids Metrology representative with additional questions.

 

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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – TorcUP CP Series: Complementary Products

 

BOLT TENSIONING TECHNOLOGY FOR WIND TURBINES

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 WORLD’S MOST SIMPLE WAY TO STOP NUT ROTATION

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 WORLD’S MOST MULTI-PURPOSE HYDRAULIC FLANGE SPREADER

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 WORLD’S MOST SOUGHT AFTER NUT SPLITTER

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.

TLM ULTRASONIC BOLT TENSION MONITOR

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.

INDUSTRIAL IMPACT SOCKETS

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.

TURBINE TOOLING

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.

For more information, please visit: http://www.torcup.com

 

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 http://www.grmetrology.com for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701

Source: TorcUP Inc. (http://www.torcup.com/ac_overview.html)

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – TorcUP SV Series: Auto Cycle Pump

The SV1000 is the perfect synthesis of continuous speed ratcheting and power torque. This industrial pump succeeds in combining all that is desired in a hydraulic torque wrench pump… and more! An upgrade of the popular EP1000, it integrates a new style of roll cage and different configuration of the gauge setup. Our customers spoke and we listened! The handle of the pump is no longer a part of the shroud, but is now a part of the roll cage! But what makes the SV1000 SUPER is its built-in circuitry that allows you to choose the tool you are using on the pump and the timing is automatically adjusted to be correct FOR THAT TOOL SPECIFICALLY! After that, simply put the tool on the nut and this pump with CONTINUOUSLY ADVANCE until the bolt start to tighten! THAT’S RIGHT, ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON! The pump KNOWS WHEN TO STOP! It senses the tightening of the bolt and allows you to finish the application to achieve proper torque!

 

SV Series Features

Industrial Grade LED Membrane Switch: Enables quick selection of tool for auto-cycle operation.

Removable, Easy To Read 4” PSI/BAR Gauge: For ease of tool torque adjustment.

Low Voltage Ergonomic Pendant: For continuous hands free operation.

Quick-Connect No-Drip 4:1: With safety locking couplers.

Slight Glass: Enables operator to monitor reservoir oil levels.

Powder-Coated Aluminum Reservoir: Is light weight yet durable in the harshest environments.

For more information, please visit: http://www.torcup.com

 

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 http://www.grmetrology.com for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701

Source: TorcUP Inc. (http://www.torcup.com/sv_overview.html)

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – TorcUP EP/AP Series: Electric/Air Power Packs

The TorcUP EP and AP Series Power Packs are engineers with the end user in mind. The EP Electric Pumps and AP Air Pumps are manufactured to withstand harsh environments and heavy duty applications. Each pump comes complete with a 15’ Twin Line Hydraulic Hose and 15’ Remote Pendant. Custom lengths available. By setting the calibrated gauge to the desired PSI/Bar, you can ensure the proper torque output each and every time. Whether running 1 tool or 4, the EP and AP Series Pumps are the power behind the TorcUP Product Line.

The TorcUP EP Series Electric Pumps provide the power for your torque wrenches with the same reliability you have come to expect from a TorcUP product. With models suited for both heavy duty and light duty applications, TorcUP has the pump to suit your needs. The EP Series is available in both single port models for single tool operation and quad port models for running up to four tools concurrently, as well as your choice of 115V or 230V voltages to suit your power needs. The permanent magnet motor runs at 1/3 the RPM’s found in other models, yet delivers plenty of power to the high efficiency gear pump providing additional first stage flow and higher crossover pressures. Its field-proven gears run cooler, last longer and are proven to provide years of trouble-free service. Put Clydesdale technology to work for you!

The TorcUP AP Series Air Pumps are there for you when electricity is not. In explosive environments or on applications when air is more readily available than electricity, the AP Series Air Pumps are yet another quality example of TorcUP’s attention to the needs of our customers. Available in both single port models for single tool operation and quad port models for running up to four tools concurrently, the AP Series is the power for your tools. Its design allows it to work in the harshest of environments, such as on offshore drilling platforms, and under the most demanding of conditions, such as mining. Let the TorcUP AP Series Air Pumps drive your tools!

EP500/1000 Series Features

Quadra-Torc: Multi-port manifold (max. 4 ports) with optional quad kit.

Clydesdale Pump: Cool running continuous duty.

Powerful 1.125: Permanent magnet motor.

115V and 230V: Available.

Starts: Under full load.

Runs On: Reduced voltage.

Quiet Operation: Approximately 80dB at 10,000PSI.

Rugged Remote: 15’ Pendant to control motor and value.

Easily Adjustable: Pressure control knob.

Auto-Dump: Relieves all pressure from hoses.

Completely Enclosed: Motor housing and electronics.

1 Gallon & Larger Reservoirs Available: Oil reservoir.

Precise PSI/BAR: Pressure gauge.

Quick-Connect No-Drip Couplers: With safety locking collar.

Supplied With Dual Non-Conductive: High pressure hoses with couplers.

AP1000 Series Features

Quadra-Torc: Multi-port manifold (max. 4 ports).

Powerful 4.0 HP: Runs on 50cfm/100PSI.

Quiet Operation: Approximately 80dB at 10,000PSI.

Rugged Remote: Pendant to control motor and valve.

Easily Adjustable: Pressure control knob.

Auto-Dump: Relives all pressure from hoses.

Filter-Lubricator: Supplied with high flow F/R/L for long trouble free operation.

1.5 Gallon: Oil reservoir; “Rugged”.

Precise PSI/BAR 4”: Pressure gauge.

Quick-Connect No-Drip Couplers: With safety locking collar.

Supplied With Dual Non-Conductive: High pressure 15’ hose with couplers and 15’ remote pendant control.

Disconnect Removable Pressure Gauge.

For more information, please visit: http://www.torcup.com

 

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 http://www.grmetrology.com for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701

Source: TorcUP Inc. (http://www.torcup.com/ep_ap_overview.html)

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – TorcUP RP Series: Pneumatic Torque Wrench

THE NEW HI-SPEED PNEUMATIC TORQUE WRENCH

 

The RAPTOR series ranges in torque from 120 Ft/Lbs. to 6,000 Ft/Lbs. and Free Speeds of up to 45 RPM.

TorcUP introduces the RAPTOR series of industrial pneumatic torque wrenches. This new line provides continuous and repeatable torque with an accuracy of +/- 5%. Unlike previous pneumatic torque wrenches, the RAPTOR series has the fastest speed when it counts, which is during actual torque and not only during free nut run down! Inherent in all RAPTOR models is a patented gear technology which creates greater durability, lower operational temperatures and increased efficiency.

RP Series Features

Square Drive: Direct socket engagement. Available in 3/4″, 1″ or 1 1/2″ square drives.

Pistol Grip: Firm pistol grip control.

Air Drive: Constant speed rotation.

Reaction Member: Sturdy “non-welded” construction.

Internal Gear Drive: Patented planetary design.

Operation Trigger: Feather touch forward/reverse.

For more information, please visit: http://www.torcup.com

 

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 http://www.grmetrology.com for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701

Source: TorcUP Inc. (http://www.torcup.com/rp_overview.html)

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – TorcUP TU Ultra Series: Square Drive Hydraulic

THE BEST JUST GOT EVEN BETTER!

TorcUP realizes that sometimes you need just a little more which is why we are improving our TU series! The TU “Ultra” Series combines all of the beneficial features of the TU, from the Multi-Axis Swivels to the Laser Engraved Torque Chart, along with all internal mechanical moving components being machined from VASCOMAX! Unlike any other brand of Hydraulic Torque Wrench in the world, TorcUP has created a tool with the major components which create torque out of the UNDISPUTED STRONGEST MATERIAL KNOWN IN THE INDUSTRY!

Who says that you have to sacrifice looks for strength? Good looks are just the start, with a distinct advantage added to the drive plate, segment and ratchet. These three components take the brunt of the wear and tear, and the TU “ULTRA” they are made of Vascomax, which means they are 30% stronger and 15% harder. With US Patent No. 6,068,068, the TU “ULTRA” will remain distinctive among the field of torque wrenches.

Why now, one may ask, the TU is a dependable work horse, strong enough to meet applications and accurate to +/- 3% ? The reason TorcUP redesigned our reliable TU is for those ULTIMATE applications… the work that requires brutal and unforgiving usage, especially the wind industry. With a torque range from 127 Ft/Lbs. through 58,000 Ft/Lbs., the TU “ULTRA” Square Drive Wrench is the wrench you will have for a lifetime.

US Patent No. 6,068,068

TU Ultra Series Features

Patented Mono-Body Housing: A TorcUP exclusive!

Balanced Drive Rod: Side load free piston movement.

Multi-Tooth Drive Segment: Insures up to 27 degree torque stroke.

Anti-Back Lash Mechanism: Provides hands free operation.

Laser Engraved Torque Chart: No more searching for charts.

Multi-Tooth Ratchet: Strong Vascomax teeth provide strength, accurary and 27 degree torque stroke.

One Piece Drive Plate: One piece Vascomax drive plate provides longer life durability.

Push-Through Drive: Simply push to switch from loosen to tighen.

Single Seal Piston: Assures extended maintenance free operation.

Direct Housing Reaction: Allows use of tool without reaction arm.

Steel Reaction Boot: Field replacement features protects reaction arm.

Long Length Reaction Arm: Allows for reaction on all applications.

Reaction Arm Release Button: Protected within reaction arm housing.

360°x 360°  Swivel: Allows hose to be cleared on all applications.

No Drip Quick Connect Couplers: Assures easy and safe operation.

Steel Alloy Piston: Robust composition allows for longer operation cycle.

For more information, please visit: http://www.torcup.com

 

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 http://www.grmetrology.com for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701

Source: TorcUP Inc. (http://www.torcup.com/tu_overview.html)

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – TorcUP TX Series: Low Clearance Hydraulic

THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE LOW CLEARANCE HYDRAULIC TORQUE WRENCH

TorcUP is a name that needs little introduction. It has always stood for BEING DIFFERENT! Every TorcUP tool is very much a product of today’s technology. New resources and new investment in the latest computer aided design and engineering facilities, in statistical process control and any other leading edge disciplines are ensuring that for TorcUP, the future is every bit as bright as its entrepreneurial past.

While we hate to admit it, sometimes size does matter. The TorcUP TX. Unrivaled design. Unbelieveable reliability. Uncommon features like the patented “peanut-shaped” piston, inline raction pad, and flat design from cylinder to link. Easy to find in any tool room. Sized to fit. We have the largest stock inventory of the TX line, more than any other competitor in the world. In fact, we have more stock than a few of those competitors combined.

US Patent No. 6,223,836

 

TX Series Features

Patented “Peanut-Shaped” Piston: This feature allows the cylinder and ratchet link to be the same width. Friction reducing sliders prevent wear on the piston.

Dual Independent Swivels: 360° x 360°  swivels allow for individual movement of duplex hoses. Steel construction adds durability.

Hex Link Cassettes: Steel alignment pins connect lower reaction area for added strength.

Quick Connect Couplers: Each tool is fitted with quick connect, no-drip, threadless safety couplers, with 2:1 safety ratio.

Cylinder and Link Material: Both cylinder and link are manufactured from 4340 Aircraft Quality high strength steel alloy.

Nose Radius: Tight nose radius allows this tool to fit in applications where clearance constraints make other tools too bulky.

In-Line Reaction Pad: This design ensured torsion-free reaction every time.

Link Pin: One pin for link to cylinder engagement – no tool required for swapping ratchet links.

For more information, please visit: http://www.torcup.com

 

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 http://www.grmetrology.com for additional information and product request forms.

Tel: 800.348.5701

Source: TorcUP Inc. (http://www.torcup.com/tx_overview.html)