Take advantage of controlled bolting techniques

Posted by stephen avv


For all operations, controlled bolting is highly important. It ensures that the tightening and loosening of bolts are done in a controlled manner. If you rush through this process, then you could risk complications further down the line. If you correctly use a controlled bolting technique, then it can help you meet tighter deadlines and also has a number of benefits and advantages.

Together, with hydraulic torque wrench specialists, HTL Group, we cover the advantages of controlled bolting techniques:

Reduces time
Because controlled bolting has an automated set-up, there's no heavy loading and manual effort required. This means that fatigue won't set in, which in turn would lower productivity levels. Not only is the manual labour a lot more strenuous on workers, it's also a lot more time consuming for a human to do this task.

Let's not forget the safety benefits. The controlled bolting equipment in this scenario can take away any unsafe actions of manual uncontrolled tightening. This is because the equipment requires highly-skilled and trained operators who follow specific procedures.


When dealing with joints which have gaskets, consistency is crucial. This is because an even and consistent compression is required so there's no damage and so that the gasket can work effectively.

Human error is one of most common cause of error in engineering. This in itself would mean the task could take a lot longer. But, controlled bolting eliminates this risk. With this bolting technique, you can feel assured that you will be correctly operating every time. This is possible thanks to skilled operators using calibrated and tested equipment and follow specific procedures. 

Accurate calculations can also be provided by controlled bolting, which can help give the operator the required tool setting so that usability is easier.

It's essential to bare in mind before you undergo any tightening procedures, that give the equipment a full inspection. It's also imperative to check the lubrication of any nuts and bolts and to make sure they're flush against the flange. Be sure to check for uneven bolt tensioning as this can result in bolts being overloaded or too loose, a gasket leakage, and less than 100% tensioning.

Even though controlled bolting is more consistent, time-effective and safe, you must ensure that you're correctly trained in the method used.


New service from OilVoice
Trip Shepherd is for companies who need to track their staff in areas of risk.
It's free to use, so we invite you to try it.

Mech-Toolasset integrity engineeringHydraulic control systemshydrauliccontrol equipmentEquipmentOffshoreRigsoil industryOil Industry Newssubsea equipmentSubsea

More items from madfool2008

Education in the manufacturing and engineering sector

Engineering and manufacturing are responsible for a significant sum towards the UK economy as one of the largest economic sectors. In 2014 alone, the engineering sectors contributed an estimated £455.6 billion to the Gross Domestic Product – 27% of the total UK GDP. They are also responsible for an ...

stephen avv

Posted 10 days agoPress > educationManufacturingEngineering +6

Are Women Equally Represented in the Engineering Sector?

Are we doing enough to encourage young women to get into engineering? Currently, it seems that much more could be done. The number of women entering into roles in the STEM industry is much lower than that of men. This disjunction is odd, considering the fact that a higher number of girls than boys ...

stephen avv

Posted 11 days agoOpinion > EngineeringcareersCareers in Oil & gas +7

How changes to the oil industry impact the construction industry

Thanks to worldwide changes in demographics, attitudes, and costs, the construction industry has to adapt and evolve constantly to stay ahead of the game. The availability of oil is a crucial factor in this. With the cost of oil fluctuating unpredictably, those in the construction industry need to ...

stephen avv

Posted 18 days agoOpinion > oil industryConstruction IndustryFossil Fuels +7

Reducing Human Error in Construction and Engineering

Human error is inevitable, but it is not uncontrollable. Many steps can be taken to reduce the risk of human error in the workplace. For the Construction and Engineering sector, these methods can be the difference between a completed project and a stalled process. It can also be the difference betw ...

stephen avv

Posted 20 days agoOpinion > human errorconstructionEngineering +3

The importance of waste-to-energy solutions

Our world is dealing with a crisis — mountains and mountain of waste. At the same time, the worry of fuel shortages is also rising. Can the two issues be combated together? According to waste management experts, yes, we can. With progress being made across various "waste-to-energy" schemes, just w ...

stephen avv

Posted 21 days agoOpinion > wasteWaste Managementfossil fuel +7
All posts from madfool2008