New World’s Largest SmartBolt!

World Records: Largest DTI SmartBolts Date Diameter Application 2013 1.5″ Phosphate Mine Slurry Pump 2014 2″ Mobile Stacking Conveyor 2017 M56 (2.2″) Slewing Ring Bearing We’ve broken another record! The world’s largest DTI SmartBolts have been recently manufactured: M56 hex head cap screws that will be used to bolt giant slewing ring bearings in mining […]

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New World’s Largest SmartBolt!

World Records: Largest DTI SmartBolts Date Diameter Application 2013 1.5″ Phosphate Mine Slurry Pump 2014 2″ Mobile Stacking Conveyor 2017 M56 (2.2″) Slewing Ring Bearing We’ve broken another record! The world’s largest DTI SmartBolts have been recently manufactured: M56 hex head cap screws that will be used to bolt giant slewing ring bearings in mining […]

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Another Successful Manufacturing Day

Thanks to all our visitors who helped make this year’s Manufacturing Day another success! We had a great time showing our visitors our lean manufacturing process and sharing sneak previews of upcoming SmartBolts technology. Manufacturing in Maryland is strong and getting stronger. We had a great turnout this year and were pleased to host aspiring […]

SmartBolts Keep the Power Flowing in Electrical Busway

Electrical Busway More Reliable with SmartBolts

In our recent post, SmartBolts: Keeping the Power Flowing for Over 20 Years, we described how data centers worldwide insist on using SmartBolts to keep critical bridge joints safe and secure. Electrical busway is a modular power distribution product commonly used in commercial environments. Busway provides an efficient, reliable, flexible and safe method of providing electricity […]

Need for SmartBolts Technology Apparent at Off Shore Wind Energy Forum

Update: On May 11, 2017, the Maryland Public Service Commission awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits to two projects to be built off the coast of Maryland. U.S. Wind, Inc. and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC are approved to construct 368 megawatts of capacity, together yielding over $1.8 billion of in-state spending.Read the full press release. […]

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5 Causes of Loose Bolts – and 5 Ways to Prevent Them

A pressurized bolted flange joint assembly begins to leak, creating a safety hazard. A rotor with its blades separates from the nacelle and spins off a wind turbine, crashing to the ground. Under constant vibration from the engine of an ocean freighter, loose bolts on a large piece of mining equipment work their way off […]

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SmartBolts: Keeping the Power Flowing for Over 20 Years

If you work in a facility like a Data Center there’s a good chance it relies on overhead electrical busway to keep the power flowing 24/7. And for the past two decades, many of the world’s largest producers of busway have used SmartBolts to keep critical bridge joints properly tightened. Achieving proper bridge joint bolt […]

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What is Proof Load of a Bolt and How is it Different from Yield Strength?

Your SmartBolts shipment has arrived, along with a Certificate of Compliance, which lists your SmartBolt specifications including bolt dimensions, grade and finish, as well as proof load, and other important information. In this article, we will explain in simple terms the meaning of proof load and why it’s important to know the proof load when […]

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Here’s Our New ‘SmartBolts are on the Job Worldwide’ PDF!

We just released a PDF that gives a quick overview of SmartBolts. Learn some basic facts about how SmartBolts are based on measuring tension — not torque. See examples of SmartBolts on the job worldwide helping all kinds of industries keep production up and running, saving on inspection time and maintenance costs, and helping to […]

What is the Nut Factor and How Does it Affect Torque?

When you tighten a bolt in a bolted joint, you use a twisting force, called torque. Torque is related to bolt tightness, but many additional factors – such as friction – combined into a single “nut factor” can have a significant impact on the relationship of torque to the tightness of the bolted joint. Here’s […]

Liberation from the Impact of Lubricants on Torque Readings

From the dawn of civilization, lubricants have helped make it easier to slide objects past one another. Olive oil helped ancient Egyptians maneuver massive stone blocks into pyramids, and later melted animal fats greased chariot wheels. Up until the 1970s, oil from sperm whales was used to grease automobile transmissions. Today, a wide variety of […]