Exploring the Latest Breakthroughs in Low Torque Wrench InnovationDecember 20, 2023
Tools for The Hydropower Industry: What They Are And What They Should Be
Modern hydropower projects depend on advanced technologies and instrumentation. Engineers employ specialized tools for critical tasks like site surveying, flow measurement, power generation, and maintenance.
This article reviews key equipment and systems used in the hydropower industry today. We will examine important hardware and software tools that enable hydroelectric dam and plant design, construction, operation, and upkeep.
But first, why are bolts commonplace in the hydropower industry?
Dams use large rotating blades to generate electricity. These blades need to be bolted together and maintained. Locks on dams have doors and gates connected by bolts at the hinges. These also require upkeep.
Even pumping stations have flanges that are bolted in place. They need maintenance too. In all parts of a hydropower system, bolts hold key components together securely. That’s why bolts are so common and important in this industry.
Bolting Solutions for the Hydropower Industry
Below we will explore in detail the various bolting solutions by TorqLite, tailored for the hydropower industry. So without further ado, let’s begin.
#1 IU-XL Series
Hailed as the best low-profile torque wrench, this tool features an innovative inline ratcheting design. The integrated cylinder and body allow simple head swaps to switch torque ranges. This consolidated wrench saves operators time and costs for a wide range of bolting jobs.
With its super-low profile design, this torque wrench fits into tight spaces for enhanced maneuverability. The patented 360-degree dual-axis swivels provide superior control when accessing bolts at odd angles. The integrated cylinder and body allow simple head changes to switch between torque ranges, too.
- Inline Drive
- Drive Pin Design
- Solid One Piece Construction
- Multi-Axis Porting
- 360º Swivels
#2 SU-XL Series
The TorqLite SU-XL stands out as the toughest and most reliable square drive wrench available. It excels in both make-up and break-out tasks across various applications. Featuring a patented ratchet design, this wrench not only enhances accuracy but also boosts durability by minimizing the number of moving parts.
Crafted for versatility, this industrial square drive wrench is adept at handling torquing and break-out duties across diverse applications. The patented ratchet mechanism not only ensures precision and reliability but also reduces the likelihood of wear due to its streamlined design.
Additionally, its innovative swivel system enables operators to manually reposition swivels from the top to the back of the wrench using basic hand tools.
- Square Drive
- Reaction Member
- Piston Rod
- 360º Swivels
Offering precise tightening for crucial bolted joints in pipelines, vessels, pumps, windmills, and various applications, high-quality hydraulic bolt tensioners excel in ensuring optimal performance.
Whether tackling standard tasks or custom applications, these tensioners are designed to adhere to essential CE safety standards for pressure equipment. Engineered with versatility in mind, they guarantee reliable and precise tensioning, catering to a wide range of industrial bolting needs.
Bolt tensioners should provide:
- Elimination of torsional loading on fasteners
- Direct loading, preventing damage to the assembly
- Simple and rapid operation
- Exceptionally high accuracy and repeatability
- Feasibility for automation, suitable for critical applications
Kinds of Tensioners:
- TL-PST Series Bolt Tensioners: Among the most lightweight, compact, and versatile tensioners in the market.
- TL-TSS Series Bolt Tensioners: Specifically crafted for subsea applications.
- TL-MSBT Wind-Mill Bolt Tensioner Series.
- Dedicated Tensioners: Tailored for specific thread size applications, where the threaded piston also functions as a puller.
- Customized Tensioners: Designed for unique applications.
The TLSM Series Industrial Torque Multipliers deliver high speeds and durability surpassing competitive products. These essential tools provide the power and flexibility professionals need to excel at any bolting task.
The product line offers a multiplier or tool for every application.
Kinds of Multipliers:
- The High-Speed Series TLSM-370 & TLSM-590 Multipliers: Engineered to be among the lightest and fastest tools in its category on the market.
- The Single-Speed Series: Compact yet powerful.
- The TorqLite Wheel Nut series: Offers increased efficiency with a powerful, user-friendly tool.
- The LCU standard filter: Ensures optimal air pressure.
- The EvoTorque®2: An electronic torque tool designed for accurately applying torque to threaded fasteners.
- The EvoTorque® Battery Tool (EBT): Offers a powerful and easy user experience.
To optimize hydraulic torque wrench performance, the proper supporting pump is critical. The pumps offer versatile configurations – with adjustable pressure regulators, custom pendant lengths, single or double-acting options, and electric or air power sources – to meet any application.
With expert design maximizing durability, the lineup provides the ideal pump whether using a manual, automatic, or DC tool for precise hydraulic bolting control.
Kinds of Pumps:
- TL-SAHC Series Pumps: Rotary-style air motor, 3hp, two-speed operation, remote control, tandem center for load holding.
- TL-SEHC Series Pumps: Heavy-duty electric pump, 10’ remote control, low voltage starting, tandem center, true unloading valve for efficiency.
- JN Series Pumps: Versatile electric pump, 10’ remote control, low voltage starting, tandem center, true unloading valve for higher efficiency.
- TL-PM-EH-1500 Electric Bolt Tensioner Pump: Electric motor with gear pump, remote control, 5 Ltr. tank, electromagnetic level, and protective framework. Customizable options are available.
- TL-PU-AH-1500 Air/Hydraulic Bolt Tensioner Pump: High-pressure equipment pump, with customizable options for pressure, gauges, and reservoir capacities.
- TL-PU-HP-1500 Hand Bolt Tensioner Pump: Compact hand pump for bolt tensioners, minimal effort, supplied with fittings and stainless steel pressure gauge.
Tools & Accessories:
- Tensioner Hoses: High-Pressure Tensioner Hoses are available in different lengths and end-fittings for various tensioning applications.
- Manifold, Fittings & Couplings: These tools are suitable for various configurations in all tensioning applications.
Flange alignment tools effortlessly correct pipe misalignments without causing additional stress. Hydraulic cylinders, jacks, and wedges support optimal positioning.
The versatile hydraulic and mechanical flange spreaders, along with calibrated valve change-out sets and nut splitters, ensure efficient, safe, and straightforward operation.
- Extreme Torque
- Reaction Bar
- Square Drive
- Comes in Packages
The hydropower industry has significantly evolved with specialized tools developed for every project stage, from planning to operation.
TorqLite, as a leading innovator, propels this evolution through products like hydraulic power units, underscored by our ISO 9001 certification ensuring the highest quality standards.
Through direct collaboration with professionals like you, we aim to optimize water power utilization responsibly, shaping the future of cleaner and more abundant energy. Contact us today for inquiries!