Posted on 11/03/2016 By Norbar Admin
Norbar has been going independently to the ‘Cologne Fair’ for about 27 years now and probably for 20 years before that sharing a stand with our distributor so we have seen a lot of changes. The significant change this year was the drop from four days to three for the event. Strangely, we still started on Sunday; it was the Wednesday that was dropped! Whether the three day show was a good decision was certainly something that exhibitors and visitors were talking about. From a visitor’s point of view the show is significantly smaller than it was 20 years ago and it no longer takes four days to do it justice. On the other hand, they would have found stands busier and may have had to wait longer to speak to the people they needed to. There was talk amongst exhibitors of possibly having to take more staff and having more stand space in order to cope with the concentration of visitors down to three days and this would largely offset the cost benefit of exhibitin ...
Posted on 10/03/2016 By Norbar Admin
The Ferrari Testarossa has been a bit of a dream since I was a kid. I was born in 1977, and it was probably one of the largest car icons during the 80s and beginning of the 90s... maybe one of the greatest ever?
When I thought I had the opportunity to get my hands on one, I really wanted to look at the very first series for one reason only; they have a unique large centre nut that gives them a very classic look, instead of five wheel bolts.
First series car (note large nut on the wheels)... http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/images/car/1889/13782/Ferrari-Testarossa.jpg
Later model (note five bolts on the wheels)... http://cdn.silodrome.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Ferrari-Testarossa-Berlinetta-1.jpg
My decision to purchase one seemed fairly clear-cut, but the internet and classic car owner meetings were full of stories of Testarossa’s having lost one wheel causing enormous damage, and I suspect large bills too. Here I have an advantage – working for torque tool c ...
Posted on 21/08/2015 By Norbar
In my last blog I explained that the working group for torque wrenches had been meeting since 2008 to revise and develop the existing standard for torque wrenches ISO 6789:2003.
The project has taken far too long and sometimes people ask me why we have not finished before. In the following paragraphs I will try to explain some of the reasons, from my perspective. My aim is to give you an insight into standards preparation.
Every ISO standard has an owner, in the form of a Technical Committee. ISO/TC 29 looks after “small tools” which includes drills, milling cutters, abrasive grinding discs as a well as hand tools. The area of spanners, screwdrivers etc are defined as “Assembly tools for screws and nuts” and these are the responsibility of a Sub-Committee called ISO/TC 29/SC 10. Sub-Committees are populated with delegates from member countries. In ISO/ TC 29/SC 10 we have 10 countries who are registered as participating and 16 countries who are observing. More informa ...
Posted on 16/10/2014 By Norbar
It goes without saying that excellent customer service is a vital part of a successful business and at Norbar this is no different. In fact, we pride ourselves on delivering the very best service to our customers at every stage. We don’t just see the customer service team as a group of people who deal with complaints or who are called upon when people have an issue that needs resolving. Exceptional customer service starts from the first contact that is made with the customer to the last, and our staff are trained to always ensure that each and every one of our customers receive the very best service from any member of the Norbar team they encounter.
This customer focused ethos is part of Norbar’s philosophy, something that we instil in all of our staff from the moment they join us, and something that we continually strive to uphold. Our Customer Relations Manager, Stephen Maxfield, has blogged about the mantra that his team upholds:
Good customer service is about giving the customer an e ...
Posted on 20/09/2014 By Norbar
For the first thirty years that Norbar manufactured torque measuring instruments we were not too concerned about what people did with the data that the instrument produced. Of course, the earliest versions did not even provide a means of electronically transferring the data from the instrument to any other device, so the provision of RS-232 in the 1980s seemed like an advance, but a costly one, because we charged over £200 extra or the privilege. Also, it took so much space in the lid of the instruments (TWA and ETS) that you could not have RS-232 and an internal battery pack. Those were the days!
The real Norbar instrument geeks will remind me that RS-232 was not our first means of data transfer – that was Binary Coded Decimal (BCD) on the ETTA instrument of the ‘70s and ‘80s, but I am going to gloss over that!
Thankfully, RS-232 became standard on instruments from 1994 although there is now a question of whether new generation products should include it because ...
Posted on 30/06/2014 By Norbar
Around 300,000 people in the UK suffer from Vibration White Finger (VWF) – an industrial illness caused by the use of vibrating tools and equipment. Traditionally a miners disease, widespread use of modern vibrating apparatus means workers across other sectors are now being diagnosed.
The commercial vehicle industry is one such sector and concerns are being raised about how much is being done to fully protect staff in this area from the effects of VWF.
Commercial vehicle garage workers are often expected to use an impact gun on a regular basis, but we’d suggest the use of a torque wrench instead which is not only more accurate but also protects the operator from the effects of this unpleasant condition.
If impact has to be used we would say use it sparingly and only to tighten bolts to a specific point well below the required final torque. Using a properly calibrated torque wrench beyond this point will finish the job without the dangerous vibrations.
Posted on 08/07/2013 By Norbar
Sam Ortolani is a torque specialist, based at Norbar Torque Tools Inc. over in the USA. Here he discusses the issues surrounding fake, counterfeit and cloned products in the automotive aftercare market.
We have all heard the stories about fake, counterfeit, and cloned products. Every few months another story makes the national news. Whether it is toothpaste that contains anti-freeze, or baby food that leaves dozens dead, or it is children’s toys that contain lead paint, these stories all emphasize one or two common threads. One, counterfeiting and cloning products is a big and fast growing business, and two, sometimes the results can be tragic.
Fake, counterfeit, and cloned products might be produced with the best of intentions, if we are liberal in applying doubt. More likely though, they are to be predatory – to bite into a market that some company spent years in order to become experts. To be sure, there is never a shortage of people who are lured by saving a few pennies in the spirit of bei ...
Posted on 01/05/2013 By Norbar
This might well be the most frequently asked of all frequently asked questions and is rightly a subject of genuine concern to production and quality managers.
To answer the question, I am going to look to the standard BS EN ISO6789 – “Assembly tools for screws and nuts – Hand torque tools – Requirements and test methods for design conformance testing, quality conformance testing and recalibration procedure”. Unsurprisingly, most of us refer to it as “the torque wrench standard”!
In 1992, ISO 6789 was very much a document covering the design and manufacture of torque tools and the requirement was that the tool should be tested at maximum capacity for 5000 cycles in each direction. No guidance was given on recalibration intervals.
However, when the standard was revised to the 2003 edition, the scope was broadened to include “quality conformance testing and recalibration” and so became of relevance to people using torque wrenches ra ...
Posted on 05/04/2013 By Norbar
For the many of you who probably don’t know, Norbar is a family owned and run business. Whilst in 2012 we have quite the global reach, we did have more humble beginnings. How does that phrase go again? “You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been”? Well, here’s a potted history of our life so far…
In 1942, at the height of World War 2, Bill Brodey was engaged in selling various tools and machines including Joseph Sunnen honing machines used for honing cylinder bores of engines. Torque wrenches were already being imported and sold alongside the honing so it was smart business sense (supply and demand) when Bill and his friend Ernest Thornitt applied to the UK Ministry of Supply requesting permission to manufacture torque wrenches in the UK.
Torque wrenches were very much in demand for the manufacture of Rolls Royce Merlin aero engines and the UK Government was keen to manufacture in the UK wherever possible to reduce pressure on t ...