MB-RAD and B-RAD-S with process control software
Radial Torque Tools B.V. is proud to announce its cooperation with ProSuite®, the software developing company for ProTight™ bolting process control.
As a result, the MB-RAD and B-RAD-S works with ProTight™, a combination that provides complete control over the tightening process.
The MB-RAD and B-RAD-S in combination with ProTight™ instructs the user per bolt what the prescribed procedure is and what tightening torque and/or angular rotation is required. This ensures that each bolt is at the prescribed torque, that bolts are torqued in the correct sequence, and that no bolts can be ‘missed’. In addition, every action is logged in the system so that everything can be found and checked afterwards.
The MB-RAD and B-RAD-S series is able to connect with PRO-TIGHT™ by means of enabling the open protocol option in the tool menu.
With this option enabled, the MB-RAD and B-RAD-S can exchange data with the ProTight™ program. The ProTight™ software runs on a laptop or Windows equipped tablet (connects through Wi-Fi or LAN). After successful connection of the system, a bolting job can be configured by setting torque/angle pre-sets in the MB-RAD and B-RAD-S. In the ProTight™ program, it is possible to configure the bolting sequence as well as the barcode and to specify the operator For “live” viewing and data logging, a connection to the customers’ network can be configured. All actions are also stored in the customer’s ERP system so that it is always possible to check afterwards how the work has been carried out.
The ProTight™ system gives the user precise instructions on how and in what order to tighten the various connections to the MB-RAD and B-RAD-S so that all bolts are handled according to the prescribed procedure.
Error free operation
The ProTight™ system ensures that the operator will be precisely instructed how to use the MB-RAD and B-RAD-S so that all bolts are tightened according to procedure and each job can be logged live in the customers’ ERP system for 100% traceability.
ProTight™ actively controls the MB-RAD and B-RAD-S based on the scanned barcode, and subsequently engages the correct torque preset in the MB-RAD and B-RAD-S. It then visually indicates the required actions and bolting sequence on screen and counts whether all bolts have been tightened.
During the bolting process, the operator is visually and audibly updated on the status of the job in progress.
If bolts have been skipped or have been tightened twice, ProTight™ detects this and forces the operator to take action.
If an error alarm is ignored by the operator, the job will not be completed correctly and the printed sticker will indicate an incomplete job.
If later this sticker is scanned again, the system will indicate which bolt still has to be tightened before it will print the OK sticker. In this way the system is still flexible and all results are directly visible with the sticker on the final product. Without scanning a correct job, the MB-RAD and B-RAD-S remain disabled by the program so that mistakes are prevented.
In this way the system is still flexible and all results are directly visible with the sticker on the final product. Without scanning a correct job, the MB-RAD and B-RAD-S remain disabled by the program so that mistakes are prevented.
The end result is that there is 100% certainty that the job has been done correctly, and with the clear visual instruction, a non-trained operator can learn the job very quickly.
The functional ProTight™ system consists of the following components:
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