bolts on an offshore wind turbine

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 […]

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 […]

SmartBolts are Critical Component of Agrico’s Massive Shiploader

Last week, CEO, Charles Popenoe, III and Chief Engineer, Chris Bunai visited Agrico Sales in New Orleans to oversee the installation of our heavy-duty SmartBolts. Agrico ordered hundreds of two inch diameter bolts between 14 and 16 ¼ inches long which will be on the job holding the massive slewing bearings together — the most […]

Torque is Not Always Tight

Using Torque to Measure Clamp Force — An Inconvenient Truth

The traditional method for tightening fasteners is to turn the bolt head or nut using a torque wrench. While the tool may be very accurate, measuring torque only measures how difficult it is to turn the bolt. Measuring rotational force provides little information about what is actually holding your critical joints together – these are […]