BoltSafe bolt load cells can be used in various industries, where they can enhance safety in critical bolted connections. The most common reason for using a load sensor in any industry is when an incorrect bolt load poses a severe and critical risk. It could lead to dangerous situations, downtime or repairs that could have been prevented through the use of bolt load cells. With BoltSafe, it is possible to check and improve the tightening method and monitor the critical bolted connections regularly or continuously. Below are some of the most important industries where BoltSafe load sensors are used.
Mechanical engineering is an engineering branch that combines engineering physics and mathematics principles with materials science to design, analyze, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems. BoltSafe sensors can be used within any field of mechanical engineering, even in aviation. The bolt load cells make sure that critical bolted connections in machines are secure, which prevents damage and decreases the maintenance interval.
Wind industry is the industry where wind power is gained to provide mechanical power through wind turbines to turn electric generators for electrical power. There are onshore and offshore wind farms for this cause. BoltSafe sensors can be used in both environments. In all elements of the wind turbine, including the foundation, the pole and the blades, critical bolted connections need to be secured and monitored in every wind direction.
Civil engineering is a discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the built environment. This includes public works such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, railways, airports, pipelines, sewerage systems and other components of buildings. BoltSafe sensors can be used when these public works are built, for instance to permanently and remotely monitor the tension on clamps that secure the suspension cables of a bridge. Another application is the daily calibration of the tightening tools.
The petrochemical industry is focused on the production and trade of petrochemicals. Petrochemicals are the chemical products obtained from petroleum by refining. BoltSafe sensors can be used in the petrochemical industry, both offshore and onshore. The load cells will make sure that critical bolted connections in machines and process pipes are secured. This prevents damage and decreases the maintenance interval.
Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals and other geological materials from the Earth, usually from an ore body, lode, vein, seam, reef or placer deposit. BoltSafe load cells are used in the mining industry to secure bolted connections in mining machines, which are usually in hard-to-reach places. Continuously monitoring the bolt load from a distance improves safety and ensures that it is possible to intervene in time when the bolted connection is no longer safe.
Power generation (or electricity generation) is the process of generating electric power from sources of primary energy. This can be water, gas, steam or wind. BoltSafe sensors can be used in this industry, for instance in gas and wind turbines, (hydro) power plants, transmission towers and other locations where critical bolted connections are used. It prevents damage to the machinery and decreases the maintenance interval.