We’ll shortly be attending Farnborough International Air Show 2012 so it seems fitting that prior to this we consider torque in aerospace engineering.

Now I know that Norbar’s specific offerings to this sector have been outlined already in a previous blog but it is also worth thinking about the industry as a whole and how torque application and measurement impacts aerospace manufacturing, especially with recent pressures to decrease fuel consumption for cost and environmental reasons.

Wider industry concerns like this naturally impact on aerospace engineering which requires absolute precision and rigorous attention to health and safety details. In short, torque calibration and measurement play a vital role in maintaining the performance, reliability and longevity of vital equipment. Aerospace has a critical need to accurately control threaded fasteners.

The accurate measurement and application of torque on joints and fastenings is critical for aircraft manufacturing and maintenance where close tolerance levels are required.

Torque calibration equipment is used by air forces, airlines and OEMs worldwide and accurate testers are sited in production facilities, calibration laboratories and  hangers for regular checks on the wide variety of tools being used.

One of the key issues is access to fasteners, because if the tool operators’ ability to apply the correct torque to a fastener is impeded by space restrictions, then a malfunction is likely to occur.

Constraining factors in aircraft design and construction mean that torque tools used for manufacture and maintenance frequently have to be engineered to order to overcome these challenges.

We’ll be in Hall 1 on stand C9a at Farnborough International Air Show 2012 if you want to talk more torque.

Philip Brodey, Sales and Marketing Director, Norbar Torque Tools