UK: Network Rail has granted full approval for the EvoTorque Battery Tool range from Norbar Torque Tools, which is designed for applying torque to threaded fasteners.
This follows the approval in 2017 of Norbar’s EvoTorque 2 range of corded electric torque tools. The models covered by the latest approval have torque capacities of 200 N∙m to 4000 N∙m.
Like EvoTorque 2, the EBT range has ‘intelligent joint sensing’ technology that will accurately tighten to the correct torque without the risk of excess overshoot or undershoot. Positive confirmation of correct joint tightening is displayed on the tool.
A built-in data logging capability helps contractors and engineers keep track of completed work, logging up to 3 000 different time, date and task stamped torque readings, including identification of the tool-user, enabling the creation of a clear installation and maintenance audit trail. Once work is completed, this data can be downloaded and stored in EvoLog, a dedicated software platform, via USB or Bluetooth 4.0 transfer.
An audit mode also allows existing bolts to be checked to ensure that contractors can identify bolting ‘hotspots’ where persistent problems occur.
‘Approval is the culmination of a long and rigorous acceptance process by Norbar Torque Tools and Network Rail’, said the manufacturer’s Technical Support Engineer Graham Hudson. ‘The EvoTorque Battery Tool range has been deemed to be compatible with all of the criteria necessary to work on the UK’s rail infrastructure and can now play its full part in improving safety and traceability across the network.’
Norbar is based in Banbury, and has sales, service and calibration facilities in Australia, the USA, Singapore, China and India as well as a network of distributors elsewhere.