Continuing Evolution of Technology

A recent press release from Snap-on Industrial got me thinking about how technology continues to evolve in the workplace. The press release was promoting Snap-on’s new Intrinsically Safe ControlTech™ Electronic Torque Wrenches.

We are familiar with traditional click-style torque wrenches. You set the wrench to the desired torque setting and go through your torque process. In some situations, you need an extension to reach certain fasteners. You break out your formula and, based on the length of the extension and the torque wrench itself as well as the angle (if any), you figure out what you need to set the torque wrench to in order to achieve the desired torque at the fastener.

This new torque wrench from Snap-on takes care of all that for you. They come with a variety of interchangeable ISO/IZO heads to handle a variety of torquing application. They are Bluetooth compatible, enabling users to record torque and turn-angle in real time. Data can be transferred for increased quality and traceability of work. Here are some features:

  • Torque and angle combo modes for the most accurate and fastest way to achieve torque, plus angle, in a single motion
  • Built-in calibration factor for different extensions and adapters
  • Dual side LED indicator lights with configurable settings for operational guidance
  • Easy-to-read LCD screen, LED indicator lights; audible beep and handle vibration work together to signal when torque is within the targeted range
  • On-board rechargeable NiMH battery and smart charging system via USB
  • Ingress protected for water and dust rated to IP55
  • Meets or exceeds ISO 6789 standard
  • Rugged all-steel body designed for industrial use
  • Two-year wrench warranty; one-year battery warranty
  • Battery cap with integral drop-prevention attachment point
  • Angle range 0-360°

I would say comparing this torque wrench to a traditional torque wrench would be like comparing an old rotary-style landline phone to current smartphones. I can’t wait to try one out myself. You can read the press release HERE.

In other aviation-related technology news, the Pentagon seems to be inching towards using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in drones and other battlefield weapons. Are we witnessing the beginning of Skynet?

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back.


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