New ultrasonic bolt load measuring equipment 22 February 2018

Joint integrity specialist Hydratight has introduced the BoltScope Ultra, a handheld device that monitors and displays elongation, stress and load on fasteners, for use on any critical bolted application. 

Hydratight has provided the system for use in many industries including oil and gas, nuclear, as well as wind and power generation industries. However, it can support any application where the accuracy of bolt load requirements is highly critical.

The BoltScope Ultra is compact, lightweight, durable and easy to operate. It also has an anti-glare screen for use in bright conditions. An electric transducer captures the acoustic velocity of fasteners before, during and after the tightening process. The monitored data is presented on a large, easy to read colour display and recorded for offline reporting and storage. The BoltScope Ultra also has a built-in fastener temperature feature via an automatic temperature probe. Thus, temperatures can be more easily and efficiently monitored by the operator than ever before.

These units have a range of automatic settings to optimise signal detection, strength and stability. The data is displayed in a format for quick recognition by the operator. A simple ‘one key’ press optimises signal stability and strength, eliminating interrogation by the operator. The product is also provided with all associated accessories in a compact carrying case.

“The launch of the BoltScope Ultra represents a step-change in the technologies used for monitoring bolted joint operations. Its ease of use and adaptability across industries will increase joint integrity, leading to safety through clarity and consistency,” comments Ian Thompson, technical authority at Hydratight. 

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