Manufacturing features a lot of tools, machinery, and equipment. But among these, torque wrenches are perhaps one of the most important. Unfortunately, while it may sound simple, some workers are unaware of how to use a torque wrench—or at least use it properly.
It’s important for workers to know how to use tools properly. This article will talk about what a torque wrench is and how to use one. We’ll also discuss some benefits of using a torque wrench and provide a quick guide on properly using this tool.
What is a Torque Wrench?
A torque wrench is an instrument that adjusts or tightens bolts and nuts to a predetermined torque value. This tool allows for tightening fasteners to their proper tension, helping avoid damage from over-tightening of joints coming apart from under-tightening. Applying the correct torque measure is essential for equipment safety, assembly, and performance.
Designed in 1918 by Conrad Bahr, the torque wrench has been in use since the early 20th century. The torque wrench is a very versatile and useful tool, which is why it’s often used in various industries.
What is Torque?
To recap, torque is a turning or twisting action, typically applied to a bolt or nut to tighten it. The torque wrench allows this force to be applied with a predetermined pressure, ensuring that the correct torque level is achieved and maintained.
Torque is measured in either Newton meters or foot pounds. For those who are more familiar with the imperial system, one Newton meter is approximately equal to 0.73756 foot-pounds. Therefore, the torque setting on a torque wrench is usually expressed in Newton-meters or foot-pounds.
What are Torque Wrenches Used For?
Torque wrenches are used in various applications but are most commonly used in the automotive and aerospace industries. They’re also used in manufacturing electronic equipment, such as computers and servers.
In general, torque wrenches are used whenever it’s important to apply a specific amount of torque to a fastener. This could be for the purposes of safety, assembly, or performance.
In addition, torque wrenches can be used to loosen fasteners that have been applied with too much torque. This is often the case with over-tightened bolts and can be difficult to loosen without using a torque wrench.
How Does a Torque Wrench Work?
It’s important to understand how a torque wrench works before using one. After all, these tools can be used to apply a significant amount of force—enough to cause serious injury if used improperly.
A torque wrench typically has two parts: a handle and a drive. The drive is the part of the torque wrench that engages with the fastener, and it’s what applies the torque. The handle is used to apply force to the drive, which in turn applies torque to the fastener.
Some torque wrenches also have a dial or digital display that indicates the amount of torque that’s being applied. This can help ensure that the correct amount of torque is being applied.
How to Use a Torque Wrench
Now that we’ve discussed torque wrenches and how they work, it’s time to discuss how to use one.
As mentioned earlier, one must understand how a torque wrench works before using one. Once you have a basic understanding of the tool, follow these steps to use it properly:
- Choose the correct size torque wrench for the job.
- If using a torque wrench with a dial, set the dial to the desired torque setting.
- If using a torque wrench with a digital display, set the desired torque setting on the digital display.
- Place the torque wrench on the fastener, and make sure that the drive is properly engaged.
- Apply force to the torque wrench handle until the desired torque is reached.
- If using a torque wrench with a dial, release the force on the handle when the needle reaches the desired torque setting.
- If using a torque wrench with a digital display, release the force on the handle when the digital display indicates that the desired torque has been reached.
- Finally, remove the torque wrench from the fastener.
As you can see, using a torque wrench is relatively simple. Just be sure to follow these steps carefully to avoid any accidents.
Why Use DATAMYTE?
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DATAMYTE is used by some of the largest names in multiple industries. Its software and hardware products are designed to be intuitive and easy-to-use, while also being powerful and customizable.
If you’re looking to implement the proper use of torque wrench in your organization, you can take advantage of the DataMyte Digital Clipboard—DATAMYTE’s workflow automation software. With the DataMyte Digital Clipboard, you can create workflows, checklists, inspection reports, and even SOPs about using torque wrenches. You can also track torque wrench usage data and performance over time to ensure that the proper procedures are being followed.
DATAMYTE also has a torque wrench product of its own in the form of the LightStar Torque Wrench. This torque wrench is designed for use in light assembly applications. It has a built-in digital display showing the amount of torque being applied, making it easy to ensure that the correct amount of torque is being applied.
If you’re looking to implement and reinforce the proper use of a torque wrench in your manufacturing or automotive line, DATAMYTE can help. Book a demo today to learn more about how we can help you optimize your torque wrench usage.
Sometimes, even a tool so simple as a torque wrench can be misused. However, by following the steps outlined in this article, you can be sure that you or your workers are using the torque wrench correctly and efficiently.
DATAMYTE offers quality management solutions that can help you ensure the proper use of torque wrenches and optimize your torque wrench usage. Book a demo today to learn more about how we can help you.