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Current News

Torque vs. Tension: Is There a Clear Winner?!

From the July 2013 Wind Systems Magazine

Analyzing the individual applicational needs of critical bolted joints is key when choosing bolting techniques and equipment.

The debate rages on about whether torque or tension is the best method to preload a fastener, and it is nearly as controversial as the age-old question of which came first… the chicken or the egg?

Each side argues that their method is the best. However, the real question, and true heart of the matter, is whether torque or tension is the best method for each job’s specific bolting application…

Download the full “Torque vs. Tension: Is There a Clear Winner?” article in PDF format here.

FASTORQ calls for a ‘Tool Revolution’ at this year’s 0TC!

FASTORQ OTC 2013 Press Release

It’s time to stop accepting the “industry standard” of slow and weak hydraulic tools and start demanding speed, innovation and strength with every tool purchase. It is time to join the FASTORQ tool revolution.

 ANSI Welcomed 10 New Members in December 2012.

“Active participation in ANSI and its programs can serve as both a strategic and tangible asset for an organization,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO… Read the full article here.

News Archives

“The Need for In-Situ Pipe Support Testing”
by Gerry May, ASME Magazine, February 2005
“Pipe support functionality is critical to the long-term life of piping systems. Spring supports degrade with time due to the flexing in the spring and wear in constant support bearings…” Read full article here.

Author’s Acknowledgements: “The methods and tools to perform in-situ testing of pipe supports was developed by Rich Potter of Fastorq. The author gratefully acknowledges Mr. Potter’s ability to develop tools, and to accurately test the pipe supports at operating plants…”

“New Compund Overcomes Stainless Bolt and Nut Thread Galling”
by Joe Greenslade, American Fastener Journal, January/February 2003
“Several times each year I receive calls from suppliers who have sold stainless steel bolts and nuts to a customer is encountering thread galling problems during assembly…
…Recently a supplier told me of a new anti-galling compound he tried that provided amazing results…” Read full article about FastLUBE AG (formerly called Fastorq AG) here.

“Fastorq(R) Announces Industry’s Largest, Most Versatile Nut Splitter”
Fastorq Auto-Splitter(TM) Removes Up to 6-1/2 Inch Nuts

Torque Wrench operates in tight spaces.
Bolting Systems suit hazardous environments.
Nut splitter cuts through hardest nuts.
Flange Spreader creates 3 in. gap in single pass.