How a torque meter works

How a torque meter works
In situations where we need to be precise in the tasks we are doing, it is important to have the right tools to perform that task.

The torque meter is a high precision tool, widely used in many workshops and industries. Next we will know what a torque meter is, how it works and what types there are.

What is a torque meter?

How a torque meter works
The torque meter is a tool that is used to apply a certain torque to certain parts, such as screws, nuts, etc. The main feature of this tool is its ability to apply a specific voltage with high precision.

This is why they are widely used in places where precise torque is critical such as combustion engines, equipment that handle high pressures, pipes, among others.

Torchometer types

There are different types of torque meters to adjust parts but that have different characteristics or different purposes. Among the types of torque meters we find:

Torque Multiplier: These are torque meters that allow you to increase the value of the applied torque.

Multitorque: The main feature of this torque meter is that it has a data collection system which is used with extensions, dice, handles or a combination of these.

Computorque electronic torque meter : It is a type of torque meter that allows several applications but is mainly characterized by having greater precision than others.

Cover torque meter: Measures the torque using a cover making a quick and accurate reading of it.

Torquimetro de Thunder: In this case, the torque to be applied before performing the operation is determined.

Pre-adjusted torque meters: They are with pre-established values ​​and are used in production lines where the task is repetitive.

How to use a torque meter

Next we will detail the steps to follow to correctly use an analog or needle torque meter.
  1. First of all, the torque that should be given to the piece must be known. Generally this data comes in the manufacturer's specifications.
  2. Adjust the piece until it arrives. Then place the analog torque meter on the piece.
  3. Move the torque meter by tightening the piece, until on the scale we see that the needle reaches the desired value. In that case the torque would already be applied.

Parts of a torque meter

The parts of a torque meter are:
  • Input: They can be 1/4 ”, 3/8”, 1/2 ”, 3/4”, each of these inputs will apply a different force for the different sizes of pieces.
  • Turn selector: Allows torque to be made for both the left and right sides
  • Scale: Shows the torque values ​​that are applied in different units of measurement.
  • Safe: Allows that once the required torque is applied, it does not continue to apply or does not decrease the torque already made. "Lock" the torque meter.

What is a torque meter for?

The torque meter is used in case it has to be properly tightened, according to a specified torque for that piece. There are parts in which it is important that they have a torque depending on the specifications given by the manufacturer since if, for example, we pass torque, the part can be unbalanced, broken, cracked, or it can damage another nearby part.

It is clearly not necessary to use a torque meter in cases where you have to simply do a "strong tightening", without knowing the value of the torque that was applied.