Typical SureBolt Application
Manufacturer #2


Actually this is going to be easier than you think. Since you have already gone through example #1 (you have haven't you?), you already know all the screens you will need for manufacturer #2's example. 


Remember, manufacturer #1 only had 3 basic steps (1 - enter your bolt's parameters, 2 - record the echo when there is zero tension, and 3 - record the echo when there is tension in the bolt) and now, manufacturer #2 simply adds 2 additional steps:

  1. enter your bolt's temperature coefficient, 

  2. enter your bolts temperature

The step numbers below are the same steps you used in Manufacturer #1's example. This will make it easy to compare bolt examples.


The green text below is to highlight the differences between manufacturer #1 and #2.

So lets get started: 

We will show you every screen and every parameter that may be useful. We will only have to cover those screens that are used differently

  1. Startup screen.  SAME:  This startup screen lets you choose between recording new tension data or playing back old tension data. In the manufacturer #2's application, we just want to record new tension readings.

  2. Press the button Labeled "New Bolt Enter Parameters". SAME: You can start a new data file, or add tension data to a previous data file.

  3. Enter the bolt length. SAME:

  4. Enter the stretch coefficient for this type of bolt. In addition, also enter the temperature coefficient. See the example of how SureBolt helped measure this temperature coefficient.
    SB Coefficients screen & temp, www.gif (50465 bytes)


  5. Enter your bolt's file name. SAME:

  6. Place the transducer and get a good signal. Choose the signal echo and get ready to record. In addition also enter the bolt's temperature.
    SB Real-Time, M2, 1st step, before taking zero.gif (80242 bytes)

  7. Reminder screen. Good coupling? Zero tension? Correct temperature?

  8. Ready to take tension readings. SAME: Just torque the bolt and watch the tension increase.

  9. Monitor & Record Tension. As the torque wrench is set at different torque values, you can see the bolt tension increase. In addition, also enter the temperature, if it changes.

  10. Same Data In Graph Form.  SAME: Real-Time graphing of tension data. Notice the sensitivity to even the smallest tension changes. Press the small pictures to enlarge (64 Kbytes) and see the steps you will take. Notice the different torque wrench settings. Notice the sensitivity of SureBolt.

  11. Back To The Startup Screen. SAME: This time you will choose to playback the data you just recorded. Manufacturer # 1 only does this on the first "training" bolt. They only want to verify that the user is operating SureBolt correctly. Press the small picture to enlarge (57 Kbytes) and see the steps you will take.

  12. Immediately Playback Data. SAME: Graph the recorded tensions to verify that all is working. Press the small picture to enlarge (60 Kbytes).

  13. Write Excel Report. SAME: Open Microsoft Excel (included with SureBolt), load data file, and make your report. Press to see the data recorded.

  14. Check the bolt tension a month later. Just follow the same steps as before with ONE EXCEPTION: When you get to the second step (select New Bolt Enter Parameters or Add Tension Data To Existing Bolt File button), select the "Add Tension ..." button instead of the "New Bolt ..." button.
    SB_2_choices_month_later_ADD_data.gif (37088 bytes)

  15. Place your transducer on the same bolt. SureBolt will have already loaded all the parameters for you. SureBolt will take you to the real-time tension monitoring screen. Just keep adjusting the transducer until you see the same amplitude and general shape echo. Note: This is why you must use the same transducer.
    SB Real-Time, M2, month later.gif (79334 bytes)

  16. Press the green "Record ..." button. 

  17. And then exit SureBolt until next month.

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