Torque Wrench Calibration

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Over time, a wrench’s performance degrades due to the wear and tear of industrial use. Many pieces of equipment are subject to vibrations, repetitious movements and pollutants that can have a negative impact on the accuracy of the torque wrench; calibration readjusts it so that the performance it delivers matches the amount of torque indicated on the gauge or screen. Read More…

Torque Wrench Calibration Torque wrench calibration is the process during which a torque wrench is adjusted to ensure its accuracy and precision of a device. It is performed on new tools to show that it was manufactured with high accuracy as well as on used equipment to update it and keep the torque wrench performing at certain standards.

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West Conshohocken, PA  |  610-825-3310

For over 40 years, Strainsert Company has been an industry leader in manufacturing calibration services. Our goal is to provide calibrating services that are thorough and accurate, and we have experience serving a variety of applications. Our team of engineers can find a solution to your application, no matter how stringent your demands. Contact us today and let us know how we may assist you.

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Strainsert Company $$$

Orangeburg, NY  |  845-770-3000

AALFA-KAL Metrology Laboratory, division of Aalborg Instruments & Controls, offer calibration services on meters and controllers on various products. Our laboratories are fully equipped to perform NIST traceable flow calibrations for rotameters, mass flow meters and mass flow controllers. We can also calibrate NIST traceable approved “in-house” equipment to certify our primary calibration devices.

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AALFA-KAL Metrology Laboratory $$$

Exton, PA  |  484-266-0599

Established in 1989, Prime Technologies has offered quality management products and services to a number of industries for almost twenty five years. We are proud to be innovators in our field, providing solutions with the latest technology including our widely successful proprietary ProCalV5 professional calibration software and the first paperless 21CFR Part11-compliant calibration system. Call or visit our website today for details!

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Prime Technologies, Inc. $$$

McKeesport, PA  |  412-751-3055

Here at Strainsense Enterprises, Inc. we offer calibration services that are extremely accurate and reliable. These processes are great for calibrating and recalibrating force measurement systems, strain gauge type load cells and transducers, displacement transducer systems, and locomotive brake shoe systems. If you would like more information about our products and services then please give us a call today!

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Strainsense Enterprises, Inc. $$$

Rochester, NY  |  800-800-5001

We offer expert A2LA-accredited calibration services for all types of calibration, test, and measurement instruments including calibrators, temperature calibration, electrical, electronic, pressure, physical, mechanical and RF instruments. Located across North America.

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Transcat, Inc. $$$

Hopkinton, MA  |  800-242-6022

TTE Laboratories specializes in calibrating services including load cell calibration and gage calibration services. Our calibration services are utilized for nearly any force measurement application and this even includes custom designs. These are very easy to use and our products offer consistent results. Call us if you have questions about our calibrating services.

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TTE Laboratories $$$
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Calibration is a comparison between a measurement of a known magnitude and a measurement taken from the wrench that is being calibrated. The difference is observed and then the technician makes the necessary changes and adjustments before measuring again to ensure that the values are identical. The calibration process is important to many industries and companies because the accurate functioning of their torque wrenches is fundamental to their daily operations.

Since torque wrenches are widely used for the correct tightening of nuts and bolts, a torque wrench or other torque tool that incorrectly displays the force may lead to under-tightening which does not provide the proper thread loading or over-tightening which stretches the fastener beyond its limits, causing it to fail.

Torque wrench calibration may take place in a torque lab or onsite. In a torque laboratory, professional calibrators test, repair and adjust torque wrenches and other tools. They service and calibrate torque wrenches to levels of 0.5% to 1% margin of error. A trained technician performs the calibration by attaching a device that is able to produce a correct reading in contrast to the measurement of the torque wrench.

The technician who performs the calibration usually completes a summary report and certificate to show that the torque wrench has been calibrated to industrial and national standards. Another option is to adjust the tools onsite using a system of weights and distances to "teach" the torque wrench what certain measurements are. That is, when a known weight is applied, the wrench can be adjusted to display that measure which it then will use as a reference.

Many mechanics rig up their own systems using a vise and hanging weights. Because torque is the product of force and distance, a torque wrench can be calibrated using a weight that is accurately measured and a known distance. Calibrations are usually performed for the middle of the torque wrench's range and they are usually done within 4% of the exact amount.