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After five years working as a sales manager in Lithuania and Latvia, I am now facing the challenge of being Business Development Manager at Norbar Torque Tools in Banbury, Oxfordshire, responsible for Russian speaking countries and the Baltic States.
While working in Lithuania and Latvia, I learned a lot about the ways of doing business in both Baltic and Russian cultures. In the last 8 months I have acquired plenty of experience travelling in Russian speaking countries - particularly Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The knowledge I have gained here has been fascinating and sometimes very challenging.
Take for example the business dinner (which in my opinion is one of the most important parts of my work). What do you think the dress code is there? Pretty formal? No. In Russian and Baltic cultures there are no dress codes! People can come to a business dinner just wearing shorts and t-shirt and feel very relaxed about that. However, if it is your first meeting, or a meeting with the board, they wou ...
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Norbar’s research revealed that traditional electric torque tools were giving vastly different results depending on the joint type. The torque delivered to a hard joint could be more than double the torque that the same tool with the same settings would deliver to a soft joint with great potential to leave bolts under or over tightened and potentially dangerous. In developing our own electronic torque tool we decided that we needed radically different motor technology and control software to eliminate these issues.
Our solution needed to be accurate, efficient, ergonomic and intelligent. It needed to deliver the exact amount of torque required during the tightening or joint verification process of bolts, across a range of joint types and applications - from the commercial vehicle sector to wind energy.
Our extensive technical studies and development trials revealed the ideal formulation of motor technology, software and exterior design features required to deliver a state-of-the-art elect ...
One of the more frequently asked questions from our customers is “how do I select the correct torque wrench for application?”
Generally, most torque wrenches are used for tightening nuts and bolts accurately. Nuts and bolts need varying degrees of accuracy depending on the materials being fastened together, and therefore, there are different wrenches for different applications.
The two main reasons why we use torque wrenches are to achieve the correct level of tightness and then to ensure consistency across all of the bolts in the assembly. Used properly, a torque wrench will ensure that all bolts have the same level of torque applied. The effect of badly tightened bolts can be seen in lost time and money. It’s also worth noting that careless torque can cost lives.
The most common torque wrench is called a click wrench. This wrench is used to tighten bolts and nuts and will indicate when a pre-set torque has been reached. The pre-set value can be set by the user, or by a quality control ...
Like most drivers I often take my car into a franchised dealership or an independent garage for a change of tyres.
Usually, the mechanic removes and then replaces the wheel with a torque wrench. All generally goes well until the first click of the wrench which signifies that the nut has been tightened to its optimum torque.
However, all too often in my experience the mechanic continues to tighten the nut beyond its optimum torque. In the past, I have counted two, three and even four clicks of the torque wrench before the operator stops tightening.
The assumption appears to be that a nut can never be “too tight”. Unfortunately, this is untrue, as the impact of a nut being too tight is as serious as being too loose.
For this reason, all car manufacturers specify the correct torque for wheel nuts on their vehicles in the handbook. For example, a wheel nut on a BMW 5 series is 120 N.m, whilst a Ford Focus Titanium requires only 95 N.m.
Why is this important? B ...
Norbar has devised easy-to-use online calculators that support the correct application of torque in three key areas:
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