Hi-Force’s answer to joint integrity

26th August 2016


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In support of its range of hydraulic bolt tightening tools, UK-based hydraulic tool manufacturer Hi-Force recently launched Boltright Pro – an innovative, bolt joint integrity software program designed to assist engineers.

The program provides accurate bolt load calculations, based on key input data, related to each specific bolted joint.

Primarily designed for use in the oil and gas industry, where the safe movement of hydrocarbons in a leak-free environment is critical, Boltright Pro can also assist in many other industries, where bolted joints are present.

Hi-Force explains that the user enters available data about the joint, such as the flange size, material and rating, gasket type, bolt size and material grade, lubricant type and operating temperature. The software program will then analyse the data and produce a comprehensive calculation of the required torque or tension to be applied to all of the flange joint bolts to achieve a leak-free joint.

In addition, Boltright Pro will produce a clear and easy-to-follow bolt tightening procedure, which will include the correct Hi-Force tool selection, along with the correct sequence of applying the loads onto the respective flange joint bolts. The procedure will also include the applicable hydraulic pump pressure settings for each stage of the bolt tightening process.

The methodology of the software calculations is fully traceable to industry standards, ensuring that the latest best practice procedures are always followed. As part of the software joint integrity review process, the product will also display all of the relevant combined stresses within the joint, once the bolt tightening is completed. This includes not only bolt stress, but also gasket and flange stress to ensure all stresses are within acceptable levels.

Hi-Force reports that the flexibility of the Boltright Pro software enables the user to change any of the input data, so that optimum integrity can be achieved within each and every joint. As an example, a change of bolt and gasket material, or lubricant in torque applications, can and will affect the software calculations and bolt tightening procedures.

For multiple joint applications, Boltright Pro is also able to compile and store a flange joint register, which can be used to control the issue and return of specific work packs to the bolting crews. Provided these are kept updated within the program, the software can also maintain a live update of the work as it progresses.

“Boltright Pro is evidence of Hi-Force’s desire to remain at the leading edge of currently available hydraulic tool technology and technical after-sales support services,” the company states, adding that further evidence of its commitment to technical support can be found at its multiple worldwide training facilities.

These facilities offer Engineering Construction Industry Training Board- (ECITB-) approved mechanical joint integrity (MJI) training courses. Delivered by the company’s ECITB-approved in-house trainers, these courses are ideally suited for personnel carrying out bolting activities in the oil and gas, petrochemicals, power generation and construction industries.

During a recent global gathering of Hi-Force employees for their biannual conference, Hi-Force global head of bolting Patrick Wright emphasised the need for combining MJI training and practical experience, with the built-in accuracy and reliability of Boltright Pro software. Wright also highlighted the need for companies and individuals to take full ownership of asset management so that a potentially catastrophic incident with possible injuries and loss of life, as well as significant damage or loss of asset, can be avoided.

Boltright Pro is available for download across all operating systems under a yearly licence agreement.

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Edited by Creamer Media Reporter


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