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Torque Control Takes the Gamble Out of Slot Machine Fabrication

Posted by Mountz Torque November 15th, 2013 0 Comments   
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Quality and reliability form the foundation upon which new companies build their futures and stake their reputations. As consumers, we are largely unaware of the painstaking pre-production steps and choices that companies make in order to develop products and assure their reliability. One of the most challenging steps that face these fledgling manufacturers is the selection of the tools that they will be depending on to maximize production, guarantee product quality, and assure the productivity and safety of their workers.

Tool selection posed a challenge for a slot machine manufacturer that was developing a new computerized gaming system. The new slot machine contained delicate and sophisticated electronic components. It needed to be built to withstand the rigors of twenty-four hour a day use by enthusiastic gamblers.

Before going into full production, the slot machine manufacturer initiated an extensive prototyping program to establish assembly procedures, and torque specifications using hand torque tools. However, before full production could be started, it had become apparent that more attention was going to have to be given to tool selection with an eye to the issues of productivity, quality and worker comfort.

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Three Test Methods of Verifying Torque Specifications

Posted by Mountz Torque May 18th, 2011 0 Comments   

Once a torque specification is determined, the joint should be audited to verify the product has been fastened to the proper torque value. It is important to audit the joint for accuracy and to ensure your product’s quality, safety and reliability isn’t compromised. The failure of a three-cent fastener that isn’t properly tightened can lead to catastrophic or latent failures. Fasteners that are insufficiently torqued can vibrate loose and excessive torque can strip threaded fasteners. It is important for many companies to ensure that proper torque is being applied and maintain requirements associated with the ISO 9001 quality standard.

Traditionally there are there three main test methods to verify the torque specification. These include first movement in the fastening direction, first movement in loosening direction (breakaway) and determining the rotation angle by marking the fastener; loosening it and determining the torque required to move the fastener back to the original position. While these methods can achieve the intended purpose they have drawbacks.

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